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Festival Jewelry: Boho Baubles at their Finest

Attending a music festival is a chance to express your bohemian spirit in a vivacious environment charged with creative energy. Here at Heirloom Finds, we’re excited to offer a wide selection of new boho styles, from glamorous fringe pendant necklaces to seed bead bracelets to midi rings that will delight your inner indie fashionista. Combine any of these beauties with a flower crown, sunnies and your favorite cutoffs, and you’re already well on your way to becoming a fabulous festival fashion plate.

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To capture the bohemian spirit of the Southwest, you cannot go wrong with styling sterling and turquoise.

Finding new styles of hippie chic jewelry is of course nothing short of thrilling, but scoring vintage pieces to rock with your festival couture authentically connects you with an undeniably vibrant past. Luckily for you, we’ve rolled out an amazing collection of vintage Southwestern Native American jewelry that captures the region’s inspiring beauty and the retro vibe of 1970’s freewheeling fashion.

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Pile on eye-catching turquoise and coral necklaces, then add a sterling snake arm cuff!

Southwestern sterling silver mined from the earth combined with fiery red coral and turquoise stones the color of the sea and sky gives you an elemental edge you simply cannot find elsewhere. Imagine multiple retro sterling necklaces tucked beneath loose Janis Joplin hair. Visualize a mountain of turquoise bracelets stacked into an arm party every festival crowd member will envy. Fantastic, yes?

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Bring the festival to your digits with some vintage Southwestern sterling rings.

And the rings! Have you ever been in a Western style trading post and found yourself ogling the mélange of inlaid turquoise, coral, mother of pearl, abalone and jet found in the ring display cases? Maximize your hippie cred this festival season by stacking some or several vintage sterling rings on your digits. You won’t regret their dazzling effect!

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Boldly rock stacks of vintage sterling and turquoise rings and cuffs.

So, when packing your bags to leave for this year’s big musical gathering, don’t forget to include sunblock, lip balm, your best fringed boho threads and a lavish array of Southwestern jewelry. Your eclectic ensemble will shine with throwback pizzazz wherever you bohemian spirit takes you on this year’s festival adventures.

by Sarah Clark

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Warm Your Heart this Winter with Vintage Brass Brooches

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This brass Art Nouveau swan brooch is part of a collection that’s sure to steal your heart.

One of our favorite things about Valentine’s Day – besides the great opportunities for wearing fabulous jewelry, of course – is the sweet iconography that has come to be associated with this especially romantic holiday. Vintage valentine cards with their imagery of lavish floral arrangements, cute flying cherubs and scenes of old fashioned courtship are just so heartwarmingly sentimental, you can’t help falling in love with their unique throwback charm.

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This lovely brass pin is all about old fashioned sentimentality.

Our newly released collection of vintage brooches was manufactured in Italy in the 1980’s using original antique dies dating from the Victorian and Edwardian eras, with some designs boasting heavy influences from the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements. Some are fantastically on-trend for iconic Valentine’s Day fashion, while other reproductions are perfect for year-round vintage glam.  Their warm golden tones are perfect for brightening up your wardrobe on dreary wintry days, and the images they depict are sure to pique your fancy.

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This Pegasus brooch has a romantic vibe that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Cherubs, Kittens and Pegasus, Oh My!

Of course, no Valentine’s Day is complete without images of cupids and cherubs everywhere in sight. A glance backward in time shows that the same was true in the Victorian era. Cherubs dancing! Cherubs in flight! Cherubs grasping big red hearts! Our brass brooch collection stays true to the theme. Add in a Pegasus pin, and you’re all set for a darling Greco-Roman display of romantic winged characters.

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This vintage cherub pin perfectly captures the feel of Victorian valentines.

Vintage Valentine’s Day artifacts also boast a heavy focus on cats. Much like today’s internet fascination with furry felines, Victorian valentines of yesteryear showcase a wide array of all sorts of kitties. You’ll find soft-looking kittens in big bows looking oh-so cute, anthropomorphic cats standing up on their hind legs doing human activities and even particularly sophisticated ones dressed up in period costumes. If you’re taken with these comely creatures and need a Victorian valentine kitty in your life, look no further than this fabulous brass brooch!

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This Victorian kitty cat brooch is both cute and sassy.

Romantic Bohemian Beauties

One does not have to look exclusively at old fashioned valentines to get a sense of romance dating from the mid-twentieth and early nineteenth centuries. Examine works from the Pre-Raphaelite and Art Nouveau movements to find paintings of lovely long-haired ladies surrounded by flowers, often depicted in idyllic settings or framed by botanical graphic borders. This sort of imagery is highly romantic, and perfectly on-trend for this year’s revival of bohemian fashion. You don’t necessarily need to emulate the exact looks of these women by crafting DIY flower crowns or wearing dresses ranging from exceedingly elaborate to scandalously loose. Instead, fasten one of our reproduction vintage brass portrait brooches onto your coat or purse, put on a boho beaded fringe necklace or bangle stack and you’ll be well on your way to a hippie chic look that’s great for Valentine’s Day glamour or year-round panache.

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This gorgeous Art Nouveau brooch is replete with bohemian glam.

Creatures to Warm Your Heart

There is certainly a lot more to the Valentine’s holiday than retro cards and art history tableaux. Do you like elephants? Is your sweetheart a fan of birds? When gifting yourself or a loved one this Valentine’s Day, you have to be sure to find something charming that will be cherished for years to come. Taking your pick of our iconic animal brass brooches means that you’re selecting a sort of love token with staying power. Our Victorian elephant bauble is nothing short of fabulous, and a shining Art Nouveau bird pin makes a stunning avian addition to any vintage fashionista’s jewelry collection.

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The detailing on this iconic elephant brooch is exceptionally extraordinary.

This Valentine’s Day, warm your heart and your wardrobe with stunning vintage brass brooches with beautifully romantic iconic themes. They’ll enliven your mood through the last leg of winter, and will easily become favorite baubles for wearing all year.

by Sarah Clark

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Why Buy Vintage Jewelry?

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These vintage clip on earrings have gorgeous retro flair.

Objects carry a meaning, with each owner infusing their own energy into every item. That’s the power of vintage jewelry. With a vintage piece, you’ll be the only one wearing that specific look. People notice. It becomes your It Girl signature, a way to stand out. It’s about sensibility as much as style.

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Layering on luxe vintage necklaces adds classic style to a modern trend.

We seek out vintage finds with current trends in mind; nothing goes up on our site unless we think it’s relevant today. Vintage jewelry worn in a contemporary context ties together past and present, a history that adds emotional depth to your everyday wardrobe and dovetails with the repetition and evolution of up-to-the-minute fashion cycles (Vogue says that for 2015, it’s the 1970s).

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This Southwestern style vintage baubles are fabulous for crafting a boho look.

Our vintage offerings bring you a huge variety that spans decades. Styles range from romantic Victorian-revival cameos to pin-up era Bakelite brooches to tailored, long pendants from the Nixon years to Native American sterling and turquoise from the Age of Aquarius that perfectly accent today’s boho looks. Whether you want a classic gold bangle that adds just a touch of difference or a bold rhinestone bib that shouts Hollywood vixen, there is something in our vintage collection for you.

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Make every day Throwback Thursday with pretty baubles like this vintage Bakelite brooch.

Not only does vintage jewelry come with a rich backstory — you get craftsmanship and staying power for only a fraction of what a new designer piece of fashion jewelry might cost. We pull together notable pieces with an eye for top condition and a deep knowledge of the era’s history. We know when a find truly is a find, because we’re familiar with the materials, techniques and history of the manufacturer.

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The ages haven’t tarnished these lovely accessories’ romantic feel.

That’s because Heirloom Finds was built on our love for antiques and collectibles. For years, our co-founders Kim and Jeanne have scoured estate sales and auctions, looking for notable pieces and fun finds. The very basis for our fashion jewelry business began with vintage jewelry. It’s in our blood — Jeanne’s parents were antique dealers, and Kim’s idea of a relaxing weekend still includes hitting up flea markets.

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Expect to craft looks that are as exquisite as they are unique when you buy vintage jewelry.

And the best part is that we do the legwork for you. When you order vintage jewelry from Heirloom Finds, you know it’s the finest example of its kind, because we buy for condition and relevance. Our fast, free delivery means a distinctive vintage piece is only a few clicks away. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or someone you love, vintage jewelry offers a romance and power all its own.

by Sara Bir

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Lariats & Tassels, from Ancient Macedonia to Today’s Fashion Icons

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One of today’s hottest accessory trends owes its origins to the domestication of horses. In jewelry terms, a lariat is a long, open-ended necklace that has no clasp. But historically, a lariat is a lasso used to catch or lead livestock. Like ropes themselves, decorative lariats have been around for millennia. One of the most iconic examples of a lariat is a golden snake dating back to the Macedonian and Ptolemaic period (332–30 B.C.), which is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection.

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Some lariats are thick and coiled, while other are loose and flowing. The latter, with their light, breezy attitude and fluid movement, are ideal for summer. And lariats that incorporate a pendant with delicate beaded or chain fringe echo the tassels we’ve been seeing all over the place this year, from couture to street wear (and even home décor.) The lariats and tassels in our newest collection run the gamut, offering something for everyone.

One of the most recognizable tassels-wearers might be Mad Men’s Joan Holloway, played by Christina Hendricks. In the show’s first few seasons, Joan never appears at the offices of Sterling Cooper without her gold pen pendant. Much later in the series, as Joan engineers her way out of her secretary role, we see Joan at a party decked out in a stunning red satin dress, flaunting layers of topaz-hued rhinestones and gold-tone rope chains with a tasseled pendant—the jewelry of a powerful woman who wants to call the shots. She wears a more understated but equally striking tasseled pendant to work in Season 6.

Joan’s look is very structured and composed, just as Joan’s demeanor is on the show. But long, slender, and funky lariats speak to the casual boho look. Chain lariats with faceted beads evoke more of a Jazz Age scene, as do strands with tassels and crystals. Flappers loved luxe, long lariats with gemstones or rhinestones and frosty white pearls.

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Contemporary boho style, with its tassels and airy layering, owes a debt to the young, willowy rockers and groupies who frolicked with musicians and celebrities on the Sunset Strip during the late 60s and early 70s. Plundering thrift shops and vintage stores, they resurrected feminine floral dresses from the 30s and 40s and mixed them with lace, velvet, baubles, and layers upon layers of fringe. (For a fun and dishy read, nab Pamela Des Barres’s I’m With The Band: Confessions of a Groupie. It’s surprisingly uplifting, and will fill you in on this time of unbridled L.A. hippy glam.) While more eclectic than flappers of the 20s, the two styles share an affinity with their liberated, live-in-the-moment approach to fashion and passion.

So whether they’re precious metal that’s thousands of years old or brand-spankin’-new fringed leather accented with rustically hewn stones, lariats and tassels personalize any outfit. Some are crisp and elegant; others are relaxed and casual, but there’s at least one that’s just right for you.

Check out our Pinterest board to see these and more tassely looks.

 By Sara Bir

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