Pastel fans, you’re in for year of fantastically delicate hues! The Pantone Color Institute has announced that Rose Quartz and Serenity are sharing the title of 2016′s Color of the Year. These soft shades of pink and blue evoke the tranquility of nature, a calming sense of security and the sweet freedom of open personal expression. Such versatile colors are nicely complemented by warm neutrals and muted shades, and they make a fabulous canvas for styling a range of accessories. One simple way to enhance this pretty pastel palette: adorn yourself with the cool tones of silver jewelry. Enliven your wardrobe by styling silvertone baubles inspired by old fashioned designs, or make a curated chic statement with crystal vintage pieces boasting the endlessly appealing vibes of yesteryear. If you need further inspiration, we’ve prepared a photo style guide to spark some excitement for 2016′s fashion landscape.
The season of giving is here! And, for us, it’s about so much more than gifts of jewelry. Even though we are an ecommerce company selling globally, we don’t live in the ether of the internet. We are proud to live and work in the Mid Ohio Valley.
We like to show our appreciation for our community by loving on our local charities. Here are some of the amazing local organizations and community programs we support. Thank you to all of the hard-working people that keep these services and support systems running!
Here at Heirloom Finds, we have always been passionate about our four-legged friends. (Sometimes they even come to work with us!) That’s why we have been loyal supporters of The Humane Society of Parkersburg, WV for the past several years. They are a not-for-profit organization that relies heavily upon donations to provide for their animals. If you’re thinking about giving a forever home to a pet this Christmas, think about adopting one of their adorable fur babies! If you would like to make a donation, click here. You can also connect with them on Facebook!
We believe in empowering women. We celebrate their style with our jewelry and their independence with our donations to West Virginia Women Work. This nonprofit’s main focus is “to help women explore, train and secure employment in nontraditional occupations, especially the skilled trades. “ They have served nearly 1,000 West Virginian women with their coaching service, classes and exploration workshops. Click here to support WV Women Work or connect with them on Facebook.
We value our local youth which is why we contribute to the Shop with a Cop program. All about spreading Christmas cheer, this program has Parkersburg City police officers meeting local, disadvantaged youth at an area Walmart to purchase presents. The children shop the store accompanied by the officers and choose Christmas gifts they are otherwise unable to afford. This program runs entirely on contributions. If you would like to help too, please visit their website.
Hunger is an overwhelming and worldwide issue that we believe in combating on a local level, which is why we support a local charity called The Good Samaritan Center. Right in our own back yard, The Good Samaritan Center is a collaborative food pantry and assistance ministry supported by 15 local churches. They provide much-needed food to local individuals and families all year round.
Our relationship with SW Resources began more than five years ago when we contracted for them with help packing our products. In 2013, we hired two of their clients as members of our staff. This year, we were thrilled to provide jewelry as Christmas gifts for all their clients. SW Resources provides “vocational training and employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities, enabling them to achieve their full potential.”
All of these programs and organizations care passionately about the local community and the people and pets at the heart of it. During this time of the year, we are reminded of the integral part they play in keeping the area happy and healthy which is why we want to say thank you to all of those caring, encouraging, empowering and giving people, so THANK YOU! Here’s to a bright New Year working side by side!
The holidays are nearly here! If you find yourself scrambling to find gifts for the ladies in your life, Heirloom Finds has you covered. We’ve rounded up some of this year’s most popular styles that make the perfect presents for any fantastic fashionista. The best part of this list? Many of these pieces pair nicely together, giving you the option of making an especially grand statement with your gifting this season.
If your giftee likes crystals, she’s sure to adore any piece from this exquisite collection of rhinestone baubles. Pick out a chic shield-shaped ring, crystal encrusted studs, a lavish bracelet or a trendy tassel necklace to give the gift of amazing bling. Get ready to hear admiring oohs and aahs when these beauties are unwrapped!
Looking for modern statement baubles with a little less ice? Grab a preppy monogram bangle, scintillating simulated pearl collar necklace, matte goldtone drop earrings or an intricate open-top ring. She’ll cherish these memorable accessories while making everyone else oh-so jealous!
Should you happen to be shopping for a special trendsetter, these uniquely gorgeous pieces make such savvy gifts! Opt for a dainty heart-shaped midi ring, rose goldtone ear jackets, a whimsically fancy rhinestone collar necklace or a tantalizing multi-tassel statement bracelet. Your fashion maverick will undoubtedly appreciate these jewels when she’s crafting all of her one-of-a-kind looks.
If you’re prowling for presents for a throwback fashionista, we have the vintage jewelry you need! An amazing antique Victorian locket, a WWII era expansion bracelet, cute Sarah Coventry clip ons and a brilliant double blossom brooch all make exquisite gifts. Check out our vintage catalog for a wide variety of rare retro treasures that just might steal her heart!
This gift guide should have you well on your way to scoring unforgettable accessories for the ladies on your list, so get shopping while there’s still time! Just don’t get so overwhelmed that you forget to treasure your loved ones this holiday season and, as importantly, to be kind to yourself.
by Sarah Clark
The days are getting shorter, the temperature is getting colder and sweater season is upon us! While these cozy knits are often completely necessary for staying warm, they tend to present one bothersome problem: they can snag easily. This can make styling your favorite pieces of jewelry something of a hassle during the chilly months. Luckily, we here at Heirloom Finds have some tips for choosing pieces that reduce the risk of pulls, snags and loose stitches.
First and foremost, shirk the statement necklace and instead let a pair of vivacious earrings do the talking for you. Statement earrings positioned safely at your lobes won’t pose a threat to your threads. Our favorites for wintertime styling include crystal scrollwork dangles, dramatic black resin drops, Deco-inspired beauties and fanning rhinestone dazzlers.
If you simply must wear a necklace with your pullover or cardi, don’t fret! Not every necklace poses a risk to your knits. Opt for beads and smooth-surfaced pendants rather than crystal clusters and spiked metallics to avoid those snags. Consider, for example, a trendy floral beaded tassel, a bold simulated pearl number, a teardrop tassel pendant with a hammered finish or a chic combination of simulated pearls and sparkly crystal beads.
Wrists aren’t too problematic, provided you skip bulky stretch bracelets and troublesome mechanical clasps. Settle on cuffs, memory wire bangles and magnetic clasp bands instead. Your sweaters will thank you! Need some inspiration? Check out this imitation snakeskin statement cuff, shiny magnetic bangle, double simulated pear memory wire wrap and ultra-glitzy aurora borealis crystal spring coil bracelet.
These suggestions should see you well on your way to styling sweater friendly jewelry like a pro. If you want to bring some retro appeal to your look, consider also adding vintage brooches or sweater clips to your knitwear. They’re the classic accessories for winter apparel. Whatever baubles you choose, stay warm and stylish out there!
by Sarah Clark
Although the wearing of special tokens such as amulets and sentimental baubles is certainly an ancient practice, the popularity of lockets began to rise in the 17th century and reached its peak of popularity in the Victorian Era. A bauble worn close to the heart and containing an image or memento of a cherished loved one becomes an incredibly personal piece of jewelry. We’re thrilled to offer both a treasure trove of stunning lockets at HeirloomFinds.com and a little insight into their history in this week’s blog.
Lockets often served as meaningful pieces of mourning jewelry. The Victorian Era’s low life expectancy and high mortality rate meant that baubles designed to honor a lost loved one’s life were in high demand and at the center of the period’s fashion scene. Queen Victoria initiated the decades-long trend when she went into mourning for her mother and husband in 1861, inspiring society to follow suit and adorn themselves in black clothing and jewelry replete with memorial significance at the loss of a family member.
This is not to say that all lockets of the age were used strictly for mourning. Family members and sweethearts alike would exchange lockets as a sentimental sign of devotion. The wearer of a gifted locket would enjoy a special link to the piece itself, as well as its contents and the person from whom it was given. So heart-warming!
The growth of the middle class and the lowering of production costs gave a wider range of people of varying social statuses access to jewelry, both mourning and otherwise. Previously, affluent members of society could commission portraits of loved ones to be worn in lockets of gold and silver. The development of photography and introduction of base metals made lockets more affordable for the lower classes. Well-off individuals could still have specially designed, bespoke lockets made for them. The lower classes could choose from pieces already available and personalize their interiors with photos, woven hair or other tokens.
In the United States, lockets were especially popular during the Civil War. Soldiers leaving for battle could have their portrait taken for a loved one to wear in a pendant or brooch. They could also carry tokens of their families and sweethearts with them in cleverly secretive lockets of their own. For example, one piece we have discovered at first glance appears to be a pocket watch, but opens to reveal the portraits of an older man and woman – presumably an officer’s parents. One portrait can be removed from the case and reversed to reveal a young lady’s photograph. How deceptively darling!
The use of lockets decreased around the First World War, but came back in vogue during WWII as soldiers were leaving their sweethearts behind on the home front. The pieces of this more recent era have an air of Victorian sentimentality, but often boast their own flairs of modern design and construction.
But what is the appeal of antique and vintage lockets today? For one, their beautiful artistry is timelessly appealing. And who can deny the attraction of concealing a secret while at the same time wearing it around your neck? The aspect we find most appealing, however, is how it offers an analog escape from the digital world. Of course you can keep all the images you like of family, friends and partners on your electronic devices, but a locket creates a special space to hold a tangible token of a person you care deeply about. A locket is real, always accessible and will never run out of battery power.
One final note about the vintage and antique lockets we offer on Heirloom Finds: Many of our locket pendants come with new gold-filled cable chains to create immediately wearable necklaces. You don’t often find lockets of yesteryear on chains, however. Instead, an individual would usually obtain one or more lockets separately and then style them one at a time on a single watch chain. This particular practice of displaying wearable keepsakes lasted up until the 1930′s.
The important questions to ask now are, how will you wear your lockets and what secret treasures will they contain?
by Sarah Clark
If throwback fashion is kind of your thing, you’re in luck this season. Vintage vibes have overtaken the runway! We here at Heirloom Finds have been noticing that brooches have become especially prominent in this year’s fall fashion trends. If you’re looking for ways to rock these retro baubles while making a cutting-edge statement, we have some tips you’ll be dying to try!
Perhaps the most commonplace location for attaching a brooch is on a blazer. However, that doesn’t mean the look needs to be boring. Opt for something large, bright and eye-catching to enliven an otherwise demure lapel and attract compliments on your unique fashion sense.
If you’re not quite ready to go bold with your brooches, a more delicate alternative is to pair a romantic long-stemmed rose pin with a blush pink blazer. The resulting look is flirty, floral and feminine without being overly cloying.
Does your workday wardrobe include several collared blouses? Every one of those tops offers an opportunity to style a vintage pin. Simply attach a classically gorgeous brooch below the top button and go! It’s best to opt for smaller, lightweight pieces in these instances.
Trying to keep off the crisp autumn chill? You can easily rock a brooch while staying bundled up! Pick out a cozy blanket scarf, wrap it around you and attach a brooch to hold it in place. We’re sort of obsessed with the look of sparkling crystals against soft woven textiles.
The resurgence of the ruana this year provides yet another fantastic chance for rocking a brilliant brooch. Choose something bright, bold and metallic to fasten onto a fringed wrap. The ruana’s versatile nature is replete with potential with regard to pin placement.
If sweaters are more your scene, try fastening an eye-catching brooch onto a turtleneck collar. You couldn’t ask to look more fabulous while staying so warm! We prefer the appearance of a metallic flower pin against a darker knit for optimum autumn panache.
Don’t be afraid to wear more than one brooch at once! The clustered look is lovely when you have the right collection of pins. The possibilities here are limitless! A few flower pins, for example, turn a denim jacket into a backdrop for a lovely bouquet of beautiful blooms.
Think brooches are only for wearing below the shoulders? Think again! Any pin styled on a chic chapeau can make an incredibly gorgeous and wholly original statement. A band on a black floppy felt hat is the perfect place for fastening the prettiest brooch you own. You can also experiment in glamming up beanies, cloches and trilbies as well to curate a look that’s uniquely you.
If you have a hair tie, you have one more opportunity to show off a favorite brooch. A basic ponytail becomes something one-of-a-kind when you add a brooch to the back. Any hairstyle you choose, however, has creative potential for stunningly showcasing a pin.
These suggestions should have you well on your way to becoming a brooch styling expert. Enjoy finding your favorite way to wear these dazzlingly versatile accessories!
by Sarah Clark
We’ve been studying the runways, red carpets and fashion mags here at Heirloom Finds and have noticed an absolutely thrilling trend: statement earrings are in for Fall 2015! Our stellar selection of extraordinary ear candy offers something for nearly every fashionista who wants to stay current this season.
Are you dying to combine two of today’s trends while standing out from the crowd? A fabulous pair of tassel statement earrings fits the current fringe fascination and will catch eyes wherever they’re worn. From the office to the gala, these glorious goldtone earrings glam up demure autumn palettes while drawing much-deserved attention to your face.
If you find yourself unable to give up summer’s boho vibes, we have earrings that will let your free spirit shine without looking too festival chic. These brass-tone beauties are full of romantic bohemian attraction that’s perfect for apple picking, pumpkin carving, latte sipping and all your other autumn adventures.
To really amp up this season’s glamour game, try rocking some ultra-luxe antiqued goldtone earrings. These earrings’ modern design, fanning rhinestones and edgy finish make an extra bold statement you can’t help but covet.
The classic mottled brown hues of simulated tortoiseshell resin combined with glittering crystal accents are undeniably appealing paired with cardis, blazers and anything warm enough to keep brisk temperatures at bay.
Don’t overlook the vintage! We’ve noticed how retro-inspired accessories have been adorning couture and are so pleased to have a catalog filled with authentic vintage treasures. These earrings offer a gothic spin on the classic cameo and a linear filigree design that’s fashionably flattering. Looking for something else that’s still similarly unique? Peruse our extensive line of vintage earrings for more beautiful statement-makers.
Are you ready to get out there and get noticed this season? Simply slip on a favorite pair of statement earrings and go!
by Sarah Clark
Tired of your usual jewelry lineup and looking for something fresh to try? We here at Heirloom Finds have a look that’s fun to experiment with and easy to achieve. We give you: paired bracelets! Simply find two identical bracelets, slip one onto each wrist and voilà! You’ve crafted a statement look that will glam up nearly any ensemble. Need a little more inspiration? We’ve got you covered.
For formal attire, all you need are two sparkling rhinestone bracelets with an attractively ornate design. We’re definitely in love with how this blush pink dress plays perfectly with these Art Deco-inspired bands. The look is on-point for wedding couture, soirée ensembles and every outfit in need of some exquisite double shimmer.
Don’t be afraid to try styling multiple pairs of matching bracelets. We’ve combined clear crystal and white simulated pearl stretch bracelets together and found the look to be nothing short of fabulous. Their coordinating antiqued goldtone finish lends a timeless feel that’s ideal for evening wear.
If you prefer something a little more casual, try styling colorful crystal bracelets in a double arm party. The arrangement makes a wonderful addition to your go-to jeans and blouse combo! This look lets you rock favorite colors that fantastically fit your mood. We’re a little bit obsessed with this pink and black stretch bracelet mélange.
Something a little more daring but definitely striking is wearing bold cuffs over long sleeves. Such an eye-catching look makes an incredible statement your fashionable friends will envy. These polished goldtone cuffs create a vibe that’s perfect for fall when they’re combined with a chic marsala sweater.
This incredible style breathes new life into wardrobes, but it’s actually a rather old look. Wearing matching wide repoussé cuffs or wrap bracelets on both wrists was a major fashion fad during the Victorian era. The style also appears in the artwork of ancient Greek and Egyptian civilizations, among others. When you’re ready to rock your own take on this time-tested trend, rest assured that we have the bracelets you need to craft a matching double arm party that’s uniquely you!
by Sarah Clark
We’re all about fringe for fall this year here at Heirloom Finds. Tassels that combine attractively sweeping lengths, classically delicate vibes and edgy designs make the optimum autumn accessories. Their elongating effect is fantastically flattering and perfect for adding the ideal amount of flash to any ensemble.
One of our favorite aspects of tassels? They’re so incredibly versatile in their ability to transition from breezy bohemian to elegantly tailored with a simple change of outfit. And their swinging kinetic appeal is both entrancing and effortlessly fun!
We can’t help but notice that this season’s fashion landscape is full of retro-inspired clothing and baubles. Why not craft your own look using authentic vintage jewelry? The tassel pendants of yesteryear are definitely as admirable as they are today. Paired with a cozy pullover and jeans, the right vintage fringe necklace will add a brisk autumn vibe to your casual couture. If you need “something old” for an October wedding, our vintage catalog is replete with classic necklaces that fit well with bridal attire while staying true to the fall fringe trend.
Another thing we love about tassels is the fact that they come is such beautifully diverse styles. They are far from restricted to chain fringe and a metallic finish. Mixed media pieces composed of polished stones, leather and thread add artistically eclectic flair to fit your unique personality. How fabulous!
The timeless feel of the season’s fringe trend is simply irresistible, so make sure your autumn wardrobe is ready for an influx of beautiful tassel jewelry that’s easy to style and always on point. How do you plan on showing off your tassel necklaces, earrings and bracelets this fall?
by Sarah Clark
We’ve been seriously crushing on the brilliantly bold look of layered beaded necklaces here at Heirloom Finds lately. Their potential for adding playful pops of color to any ensemble is highly appealing, while the chunky construction is perfect for making a fabulous statement when dainty chains simply will not do. What’s not to love?
If you’re feeling the attraction of this exciting trend, we have an extravagant array of beaded necklaces that are sure to tickle your fancy. Prefer to go retro? We’ve released a collection of vintage multi strand necklaces and sets that will fit a range of occasions. Searching for some inspiration for your fall fashion lineup? This style guide will have you rocking the beaded layered look in no time!
If your cool weather cardigans need some extra shine, try tricking them out with crystal necklaces in earthy brown and orange colors that fit the fall season. The shimmer of pretty glass beads will sparkle up any outfit, while the caramel, chocolate and pumpkin hued palette will evoke changing leaves and tasty autumn treats. How scrumptious! For an added touch of drama, try including a strand of bold black beads with an entrancing opaque gleam.
Were you in love with summer’s bohemian trend as much as we were? You don’t have to let the festival stop! Simply layer bold beaded necklaces in brisk autumn shades for a hippie chic vibe that will last all fall. Avoid colorful prints and opt for an elegant black blouse if you prefer a more modern look while still letting that free spirit shine.
Don’t feel obligated to wear only earthy neutral colors for autumn. The Pantone Fashion Color Report for Fall 2015 indicates that the season’s style landscape will be filled with bolder, more vibrant hues. Feel free to experiment accordingly! We’re especially thrilled that Amethyst Orchid is included in the Pantone Color Institute’s fall lineup, because we’re totally in awe of this curated set of vintage amethyst beaded necklaces.
We hope you’re ready to start building your own beaded necklace collection! Remember, the possibilities for styling beaded necklaces are limited only by your imagination. How are you going to rock the layered look this season?
by Sarah Clark