Thrift stores and yard sales are excellent places to find items to use in jewelry photography. Little boxes, dishes, vases, frames, and other items can add dimension and interest to photographs. Early on, I found photographing earrings to be a daunting task, mainly because I tried to do it with the earrings laying flat. Then I realized that shooting them hanging was much better and that many cups, vases, and other items were just perfect for the task.
These earrings were photographed on an old pitcher I got at a thrift store. It was yellow with roses on it and I painted one side a bronze color and the other the gold color shown here. Perfect for photographing earrings, a bargain, and reuse of an item that had completed its service elsewhere.