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 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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
by Sarah Clark
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.
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.
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!
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.
by Sarah Clark
Here at Heirloom Finds, we’ve been busy scouring the runway, red carpet and all the latest fashion magazines to bring you an update on the most recent fashion trends. We’re excited to announce that delicate layered jewelry is in! And, we have lots of styles, including every piece shown here, at HeirloomFinds.com
Rocking the layered look is as easy as it is versatile. Simply wear two or more glamorous gold or silver tone necklace chains together to curate a luxe look that’s totally crush-worthy. Mix it up with pendants, beaded stations and different chain types. Use both vintage and new necklaces to craft a look that’s entirely your own. The possibilities are endless!
Alternatively, styling necklaces that already come with multiple chains joined together at a single clasp makes achieving this fantastically dainty look fabulously effortless! We’re so thrilled to be offering several such necklaces with varying chain lengths embellished with crystal, faux pearl beads, bar pendants, tassels and more! All you need to do is select your favorite layered necklace and put it on to enjoy a whole day’s worth of looking exceptionally on-trend.
The chic layered look doesn’t need to be limited to your neckline. If you have a thing for blinging out your digits with dazzling baubles, consider stacking multiple rings together for a fantastic look your friends will envy. Simply combine a slender sparkly crystal bauble with some midi rings and perhaps a sweet iconic piece or vintage treasure to create a dainty look that will leave a lasting impression.
The delicate layered look is fabulous because it manages to be incredibly beautiful and amazingly versatile at the same time. Workdays, weekends and even evenings out make perfect occasions for sporting the dainty look. So layer away! Your wardrobe will thank you.
by Sarah Clark
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
We know we’re not the only ones who stockpile sparkly bits of broken jewelry. Heirloom Finds co-founders Kim and Jeanne are always bringing home boxes of assorted vintage treasures from auctions and estate sales, and inevitably they contain some mismatched earrings or loose baubles. We gathered all of those shiny pieces together to make a glorious, glitzy Christmas tree centerpiece.
- Foam cones
- Stainless steel scouring pads, such as Scotch Brite
- Hot glue gun and plenty of extra hot glue sticks
- Assorted pins: straight, pearl-headed, and U-shaped
- Glass, pearl, and metallic beads in assorted sizes
- Jewelry wire cutters
- Needled-nosed pliers (not required, but helpful)
Get a foam cone form. The one we’re using here is 12” high, but a 9” or smaller cone is more realistic for a modest collection of jewelry odds and ends.
Unroll the Scotch Brite (we’re actually using off-brand scouring pads from the dollar store) and slide it onto the tree. Although they may not look too impressive at first, the scouring pads create a glittery background for the pinned jewelry and will add fullness to the finished product.
Select a piece to top your tree and set it aside. Now start pinning and gluing the jewelry on. It’s best to get the larger statement pieces on and work from there, adding smaller bits as you go.
Fill in any empty spots with beads, pearl strand and pieces of garland-like chain. The pins will keep most jewelry pieces in place, and the u-shaped pins (optional but handy) are especially useful for anchoring larger pieces. The hot glue really secures them so they don’t slip.
Last, add your tree topper. We hot-glued an old hat pin to the back of this star to hold it in position at the top of the tree.
All done! Now you just need to decide where to display it. A glamorous wintertime tablescape would be absolutely lovely, or perhaps your desk at the office needs some fabulous Yuletide cheer. You can adapt this craft in many ways to fit your own creative style and holiday decorating desires. For example, try covering a foam wreath in metallic wire organza ribbon and festoon it with your choice of jewelry to create a fantastic hanging display.
We love giving new life to discarded objects, especially when it’s so striking. Forgotten heirlooms can become new heirlooms, infused with memories and meaning.
by Sara Bir