Monthly Archives: October 2013

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Toggle Your Chain

When we look at satisfying your fashion needs, we realize that some ladies love the heirloom feel of vintage looks. So we’re ready with a collection of old and new jewelry finds that will suit your wallet and your fashion fancy. Just take a look at the comparison that we’ve drawn up.

This week’s Vintage to New comparison is all about the toggle chain. Toggles got their start back in the mid to late Bronze Age, but they were used more like the safety pin to hold together cape-like clothing. Their popularity in jewelry is a rather new development that really took off in the 1960s.
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Vintage: Starting out as a costume piece in the 1960s, this piece has made it into our Heirloom Finds collection by a stroke of luck, and it’s going for gold with its gold tone pendant and rope chain. Its healthy helping of pastel jewels and faux pearls take center stage, but this 1960’s pendant necklace is really all about its unique toggle chain and flawless vintage quality. Get a good look in full detail here.

Present-Day: Its look-a-like isn’t vintage, but might as well be with its worn look and ‘60’s style. Still sporting that toggle clasp, this costume piece has a worn gold tone that gives it its heirloom feel. Like the ‘60s necklace, it also has a disc pedant with faux pearl embellishments. But it takes a step toward the trendy with its two tone make and iconic Maltese cross. Get a better look at the Better for Wear collar here.

By Melanie Lamb

Art Deco Flapper

Gibson Girl Be Gone-The Rise of the Flapper

The American girl of the late 1800s and early 1900s. She had a massive up-do of long hair, an impossibly thin waist, and curves to write home about, but by the 1920’s she’d had her day. Women were dying to trade that classic Gibson girl garb for fresh flapper fringe that was both boyish and liberating for the female body.

Coco Chanel set the stage for the modern flapper look, and boy did people catch on quick. Women shortened their dresses, bobbed their hair, dropped their waistlines, and pitched the corsets. No more were the curving lines from the previous era, all the girls were after the straight-ironed look with loads of geometric designs and a splash of global influence.

Women weren’t throwing out all their tricks, just reinventing them. The Roaring 20s stayed true to their name with their jewelry roaring in a bigger and more brilliant way. The exciting jeweled bandeau became the newest addition to accessories, while earrings grew in size and linear forms. And don’t forget that classic draping of pearl strands.

It was an explosion of new fashion choices for women, and proved to be a time of great freedom and reinvention for the modern woman. The fascination with the art deco look of the roaring 20’s is still alive and well today in pop culture. Just take a look at the many Gatsby themed weddings or the ever popular flapper Halloween costumes of the past few years. Recently, many Hollywood and television sensations, including Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, have immortalized those classic times. So much, that Tiffany & Co. brought back to life their vintage collection of art deco jewelry for Luhrmann’s film.

Although many people idolize that blue Tiffany’s box, the price tags are enough to shock the fringe right off your dress. If you are looking for a more cost-effective version of some art deco, Gatsby inspired gems, make sure to check out our collection at Heirloom Finds. Our wallet friendly jewelry is a great choice for accessorizing your Halloween costume or even glitzing up your holiday attire this year. Maybe even throw a Jazz Age New Year party while you’re at it!

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By Melanie Lamb

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Tortoiseshell Timewarp

You’ve seen it through the years in sunglasses on Audrey Hepburn to Jackie O and Kate Moss, and today they remain the quintessential accessory to highlight those ruby red lips and little black dresses. But sunglasses aren’t the only accessory to join the timeless tortoise parade. Bracelets, watches, necklaces, and earrings are racing to keep up. The tortoise is the clear winner in the fashion jewelry race this fall.

First constructed from the shell of the hawksbill turtle, tortoiseshell jewelry has remained popular through time but traveled into more nature-friendly avenues of late. In the past, real tortoise shell was a top choice for jewelry because it could be softened by heat and molded into different shapes. But when the tortoise craze created a hawksbill turtle endangerment, plastic imitations of tortoiseshell took over. The imitation was crafted out of mottled brown, black, and orange hued plastics. This faux tortoiseshell is what you see in all of today’s fashion jewelry and home décor.

So step outside your shell and add a piece or two of faux tortoiseshell jewelry to your collection this fall.

Here’s some inspiration.

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By Melanie Lamb