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Let’s Focus on Brooches

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!

Black Blazer

This vintage Bakelite brooch adds a perfect pop of color to a black blazer.

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.

Pink Blazer

A romantic vintage rose brooch makes such a sweet statement on a pink lapel.

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.

Collar

This Sarah Coventry cameo brooch adds classic appeal to your workday wardrobe.

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.

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This 1960′s aurora borealis crystal brooch suits a purple striped blanket scarf perfectly!

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.

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This vintage wire wildflower brooch makes a striking statement on a fringed knit ruana.

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.

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Take a turtleneck and add a fabulous floral brooch to achieve vintage fashion greatness.

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.

Denim Jacket

This super cute cluster of floral brooches expertly enlivens a basic denim jacket.

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.

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This darling Coro cameo brooch makes the ideal companion for a black floppy hat.

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.

Ponytail

Wear a retro brooch in your hair to make an unparalleled vintage fashion statement.

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!

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Clip on Earrings

Why We Love Clip On Earrings

Here at Heirloom Finds, we strive to cater to a variety of fashionistas with unique style requirements. One such type that often goes overlooked and under-celebrated elsewhere is the clip on earring wearer. Some people prefer to avoid needles and piercings for a number of reasons, and so must replace post backs and French hooks with clips and cuffs for styling their ear candy.

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These crystalline baubles are anything but lackluster!

What we find particularly fabulous about clip on earrings is that they don’t stretch out the holes in pierced earlobes. They can decorate both pierced and unpierced ears equally, without leaving any trendsetter excluded. And if you want to further accessorize your wardrobe and establish yourself as a fashion maverick, clip ons make amazing additions to sweater necklines, shoes and more! Because they’re so versatile and lovely for any occasion, we’re thrilled to offer a range of both new and vintage clip on earrings for your perusing pleasure.

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Clip on earrings are lovely for lobes and fabulous for sweater necklines!

Although ear piercing is one of the earliest recognized forms of body modification, it did not become a mainstream practice in the United States until the 1970’s. A glance at vintage earrings dating from before this decade reveals gorgeous arrangements of colorful crystals that are so easy to love. The boldly metallic mod artifacts of the 1980’s have their own appeal, while today’s clip on collections are artfully curated to accommodate the diva who would hate to miss out on an opportunity to accessorize just because she’s never gotten her ears pierced.

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Glam up your denim with clustered vintage brooches and clip ons to match.

Are you interested in finding alternative ways to style these versatile baubles? Arrange your hair into an up-do and add one or a few clip ons for a wholly original coif when you need to make a memorable statement. Glam up your outerwear by fastening some earrings into your jacket’s buttonholes as an outrageous take on traditional brooches. These methods are particularly excellent for giving new life to old earrings that have perhaps lost their partners but still deserve some time to shine.

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Let your shoes make a statement by attaching some gorgeous clip ons.

There’s no need to be intimidated by clip on earrings. They come in extraordinarily chic modern designs and fantastically retro compositions, and are oh-so appealing for their ease of use that makes accessorizing refreshingly simple. So don’t be afraid to rock these beauties!  You could be missing out on something truly, fashionably wonderful.

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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.

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Styling Seventies Pendants

Vintage pendant necklaces: anything but humble, these versatile baubles are rife with styling options that will keep your look fresh and fabulously on-trend. Everything old becomes new again, and here at HeirloomFinds.com we’ve been keeping our eyes out for runway trends that undeniably borrow from classic throwback glamour. What we’ve found is that statement pendants are definitely the baubles to rock for Spring 2015. And so without further ado, we’re proud to show off our newly launched line of 1970’s pendant necklaces with stunning styling options.

Black turtleneck pendants

These vintage necklaces’ geometric pendants make them perfect for pairing with a black turtleneck sweater.

Although the flared slacks and popping psychedelic prints we’ve seen on the runway might make great companions for necklaces like these, you needn’t completely refurbish your wardrobe with updated takes on retro threads to achieve an amazing throwback look. Instead, simply sport one of these grand accessories solo over a timelessly stylish black turtleneck for a swinging look that will last all season long. Their warm metallic tones and geometric designs will stand out perfectly from a dark subtle background.

White t-shirt pendants

These necklace’s unique designs are perfect for styling over a chic white tee.

Would you prefer a comfier look that’s perfect for enjoying some warm springtime weather? Try styling a vintage pendant necklace with a slouchy white tee as an extraordinary update to your basic weekend casual. Simply slip one of these perky pendants’ chains to effortlessly and instantly become a groovy throwback fashionista!

Pottery Pendant

This floral pottery pendant adds instant boho appeal to a comfy V-neck.

We’re so excited about the prevalence of fashion inspired by 1970’s styles on the runway today. It allows us delve into our treasure troves of vintage jewelry and couture to resurrect retro looks and add our own brand of fresh contemporary flair! According to Harper’s Bazaar, “The pendant necklace is coming out swinging for Spring ’15—taking over the statement market and changing the game for updating your basics.” So whether you love the tailored look of old estate jewelry or adore unique artifacts with a bohemian vibe, 1970’s pendant necklaces are positively ideal for achieving an on-trend look spiced up with vintage glam.

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How to Style Brooches

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Dazzling combinations of brooches and accessories give vintage baubles a whole new life.

When we start to pull out our favorite hats, scarves, and jackets in the fall, it’s time to dig into something else, too: brooches. Whether dainty or big and glittery, brooches aren’t just artifacts that grace the lapels of grandmothers’ blazers. This season, we’ve spotted statement brooches all over, from runways to spreads in our favorite glossies.

While a brooch gracing a collar at the base of your neck will never lose its classic appeal, it’s smart and fun to embrace this essential jewelry piece’s versatility. Anywhere you can pin it, you can wear it.

  • Spruce up a basic knit toboggan.
Hat Brooch

Glitz up your favorite chapeau with a pretty brooch fastened above the brim.

  • Make an even bigger statement in an asymmetrical gown with a brooch right at the top of your shoulder. Or pin a matching pair of rosettes at the base of each strap on a sleeveless dress.
  • Glam up a plain gray sweatshirt, boyfriend sweater or denim jacket with a cluster of statement brooches. Grouping together multiple, complimentary brooches brings an edgy new flavor to contemporary or timeless brooches.
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Pin several brooches onto your denim jacket, and add crystal clip-on earrings to the buttonholes for maximum appeal.

  • Pin a brooch at the front of a sash belt, or to the side of a drop-waist dress.
  • Add a brooch to the closure of a cardigan or the center of a collar on a  sweater.
Sweater brooch

Sport a gorgeous brooch at the center of your sweater for an alternative look that’s absolutely stunning.

  • For an unusual keepsake wedding bouquet, check out these brooch bouquet arrangements that swap live flowers for crystal or enameled brooches.
  • Lend sparkle to a clutch or handbag with a simple or elaborate brooch.
Purse

Pin a multicolored crystal burst brooch onto your bag for glamour on the go.

  • Keep a scarf in place with a brooch fixed at the knot.
  • For grab-and-go fashion, pair a brooch with all of your favorite fall and winter coats and jackets, and keep them pinned on all season.
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Glitzy baubles and a fabulous color scheme make this arrangement a real success.

  • Lend your Annie Hall-style menswear a feminine tough with a strategically placed, elegant brooch.
  • Add a retro brooch to the lapel on a cardigan. Mix in a graphic tee for added flair.
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This 1940′s swallow pin combines perfectly with a comfy cardigan and a graphic tee.

Iconic animal brooches laden with crystals harken back to 1930s and ‘40s style icons like Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor. Looking for something especially distinctive? We also have vintage brooches galore.

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright famously wore brooches as a “diplomatic accessory.” She told Smithsonian magazine in 2010, “I was the only woman on the Security Council, and I decided to get some more costume jewelry. On good days, I wore flowers and butterflies and balloons, and on bad days, all kinds of bugs and carnivorous animals. I saw it as an additional way of expressing what I was saying, a visual way to deliver a message.” Why not take a cue from one of the most powerful women in American history? Enjoy yourself when you rock your brooches your way, every day.

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Ready, Steady, Go! Make the 60s Mod Look Work for You

Heirloom Finds Mad for Mod 60s Vintage Jewelry

Mod is not just a style. It’s a scene, a sound, and a spirit. Short for “modernist,” the concept was popularized in the mid-1960s by British fashionistas and teen rockers. A youth culture emerged in the post-WWII years, and those teens had access to pocket-money for clothes, records, and clubbing. A highly stylized, cutting-edge visual language set them apart from the sappy sentimentality of their parents’ generation. Mods craved the hip, smart, and streamlined.

Like punks and hippies, the mod subculture has endured with an instantly recognizable look that’s remained strikingly unchanged since its inception. What typifies the mod look? Think of the model Twiggy, the most well-known icon of mid-60s fashion. Bold, geometric forms. Primary colors and black-and-white motifs. Structured tailoring and fitted jackets. Mini-dresses and go-go boots. Vinyl belts, coats, and footwear in unexpected colors. White lipstick and prolific black mascara. Vital urban energy. The mod look is inextricably associated with 1960s swinging London and designer Mary Quant, who made the miniskirt mainstream. Italian scooters like Vespas and Lambrettas, with their gleaming chrome trim and smooth, highly contemporary design.

Accessories make the mod look accessible. Mod jewelry is fun and outrageous while retaining an arty sophistication. Sleek plastics like acrylic are mod signatures, so indulging in a colorful assortment of statement mod jewelry won’t break the bank. The mini-dresses designers are trotting out this fall are a natural to pair with mod bracelets, earrings, and necklaces. But since the Mod look is timeless, you know you’ll always have an occasion to punch up a simple ensemble of fitted trousers and a blouse, or a minimalist shift with tights.

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Here’s our 1960′s Vintage Mod Squad Colored Plastic Bangle Bracelet Set

You can’t discuss the mod style without discussing music, which has always been part and parcel of the mod scene. Kids in the early mod days gravitated toward the American R&B records: Motown and 1960s American soul are as important to the mod scene as rock bands like The Who and The Small Faces. During the mod revival of the late 1970s, ska and reggae groups joined those ranks. Like punk, mod songs are often short, direct, and rallying. There are great mod bands now, and a far-flung but thriving global mod scene that connects through festivals and podcasts. Everything mod retains a distinct British sensibility—perhaps part of the attraction for Anglophiles outside of the U.K.

Mod purists might poo-poo a casual adaptation of the mod look, but who cares? Dabbling in mod is a kick because it’s fun to look so stylish. Whether you consider a Vespa an obscure indulgence or a fashion necessity, our mod jewelry makes it easy to rise above your station and look fantastic while doing it.

Heirloom Finds Vintage 60s Mod Abstract Pendant Necklace

Here’s our Vintage 1960′S Groovy Copper Modern Design Pendant Oval Link Necklace.

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