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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.


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.


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.


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.

by Sarah Clark

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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.


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?


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!


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


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.

Pegasus Brooch

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.

Sunflower Girl Brooch

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


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


Make a Sparkling DIY Jewelry Christmas Tree

Heirloom Finds DIY Vintage Jewelry Christmas Tree

Make the holidays even brighter by crafting your own decor using vintage jewelry.

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.


We sorted our vintage jewelry craft supplies by color.


  • 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)

Besides an assortment of vintage jewelry, this project only requires basic craft supplies.

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.


We found it was easier to unroll the scouring pads before trying to stretch them over the foam cone.


We needed a total of three unrolled scouring pads to cover our 12″ foam cone.

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.


Be sure to pick out your tree topper first and set it aside for later.


We’re starting to add beautiful baubles to the tree with pins and hot glue.

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.


Chains, pearl strands and tinier baubles are great for filling in the smaller spaces.

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.


Our DIY jewelry tree is almost finished. We just need the star on top!

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.


Our gorgeous vintage jewelry tree is complete!

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


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.
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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.
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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.

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.

by Sara Bir


DIY Jewelry Holder: Warped Record Bowls

Create your own jewelry display with vinyl records.

Any lover of LPs who’s been a little careless and left records in a sunbeam or inside a hot car knows how easily vinyl can warp. And while that’s a bummer, it’s a big plus for a person who likes fast, fun, and useful projects with retro appeal. In about five minutes (most of it inactive), you can transform a forgotten album into an eye-catching bowl to hold and show off your most colorful baubles.

Step one records in box

First, find records to warp. This entire box was only one dollar at the Goodwill, but we’ve also used beloved records that became too scratched to play enjoyably.

Step two record Captain and Tenille

The best records for warping are from the 1970s and 1980s, when manufacturers began pressing vinyl thinner; they’re easier to shape. This copy of Captain and Tenille’s Greatest Hits was a perfect candidate.

Step three Record on baking sheet

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. This may seem low, but we promise it gets the job done fast. Then, put your record on a baking sheet and keep it in the oven for 3-8 minutes, until it’s pliable (the length of time will depend on the thickness of the record and the accuracy of your oven). Set a timer and don’t leave the kitchen—records can go from cold to off-gassing toxic fumes in a short period of time.

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Next, swiftly press your record into a heat-proof bowl. Or, drape it over an overturned bowl. Work quickly—the records firm up fast.

step six record out of bowl

After a minute or two, your record will be cool enough to handle. Try this not just with LPs, but with 7-inches, too (old-fashioned 45s have a large hole, so look for singles with small holes). If you can find neato colored or clear vinyl to warp, all the better!

The finished design makes a perfect catch-all for your jewelry collection.

This is a project you can take in many different directions, such as building a tiered stand. But we love the simplicity of plain bowls. They’re great for holding fruit, trick-or-treat candy, keys, or any odds and ends you’d like to corral into one spot.

by Sara Bir


DIY: Tiered Jewelry Display


Jewelry looks best when it’s displayed, whether it’s around your neck or sitting on the top of your dresser. Since you can’t wear all of your gems and baubles at once, give it a home that will show it off to its advantage. And exercise your crafting abilities in the process by making this tiered jewelry display!

We got together with a local antique store, H. Reitz and Company to bring you this heirloom-inspired display. They provided us with three gorgeous antique plates, one pink glass goblet and a vintage blush pink salt shaker for our project. Here’s the materials you will need:


  •  3 plates (These can be old China you find at a yard sale, leftovers from an old plateware set, or Grandma’s hand-me-downs.)
  • 2 goblets, candlesticks or topless salt shakers (All you need is a vessel that is flat top and bottom.)
  • 1 tube of silicon caulk (Typically, crafters use hot glue for this task, but hot glue tends to grow brittle with time.)


Step 1: Be sure that the plates and goblets are free of any dirt or debris before starting. Then, apply silicone caulk to the edge of bottom of a goblet and attach it to the top of the largest plate in the center.


Step 2: Apply caulk to the rim of the goblet and attach it to the bottom of the second largest plate.


Step 3: Attach the bottom of the second cup, or salt shaker, to the top of the second plate with the caulk.


Step 4: Attach the final, and smallest, plate to the top of the salt shaker with the caulk.

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Step 5: Display all of your beautiful baubles for all to see!