For a little while I have been collecting Lea Stein brooches. I can't remember how I got into them, but I have to be very careful when I am browsing eBay as it can end up costing me a small fortune.
Have a read about her HERE.
I did recognise pieces of hers on the odd occasion that they appeared, but it wasn't until I saw a lady wearing a magnificent one that I decided I might collect them.
I told the lady that I loved her Lea Stein brooch, she looked at me oddly and said "My what dear?" - "Your Lea Stein brooch" I repeated pointing to it. "Oh, this old thing, my husband picked it up on a car boot sale a few years ago for a couple of pounds"
I told her to take care of it then as I was pretty sure it was worth around the £100 mark now, in fact that particular one sells for around £150, so I hope she does look after it.
In July 2012 I bought myself the collectors book and drooled my way through it - such gorgeous work.
My first piece soon followed in the same month, I got this little fellow. Isn't he cute? I paid £43.04 for this chap.
The following month I treated myself to this cat brooch. They are quite large pieces, this one measures about 6cm across and cost me £36.97.
The following month I bought this butterfly, this has been my cheapest Lea Stein piece at £26.79 and I have to say, my least favourite so far.
My beautiful ballerina was £37.99 and this is my favourite to date, that might change if I get a fox, I do like the foxes :)
The latest purchase is this cute key at £31.50.
Have a look on eBay, there are some beautiful designs. You can tell a Lea Stein brooch by the 'wing' shaped clasp on the back, although some of her earlier pieces are just regular clasps.
I never wear the brooches, I just like to look at them. Knowing me I would probably leave them pinned to a jumper and end up putting them through a wash and tumble dry!!
Does anyone else collect brooches?
ps: The Amazon links are affiliated if you click and buy I might get a few pennies. Just so you know :)