We have published a few of our readers’ favourite vintage jewels and will be publishing throughout the rest of our vintage jewellery extravaganza week, so do send an image and a few sentences about your favourite piece to firstname.lastname@example.org.
MARIAN KIHOGO FASHION STYLIST AND WRITER
This brass necklace is my favourite piece of vintage jewellery. I remember vividly the day I bought it. I had dashed into a small, fairly neglected charity shop to get shelter from the rain. I was rummaging about in a box of old books at the back of the shop and discovered the necklace at the bottom of the box. Although it was covered in dust, I was immediately taken by the necklace, as it had a solid, heavy feel to it. It has a hinge opening which opens letting the wearer wrap it around their neck. All adjoining pieces hanging off the main choker jangle when worn. I paid only a pound for it four years ago and affectionately call it my treasure find.
JESSICA DE LOTZ JEWELLERY DESIGNER
My favourite vintage piece would have to be a 1930s enamel brooch of a young female swimmer that I bought in Vancouver, during my second trip to Canada. I stumbled across a run-down art gallery whilst on a stroll in the city, and amongst all the frames and stained canvases was a hidden wooden Edwardian cabinet. The beautiful blue and white detailing on the delft-like porcelain immediately jumped out at me, and my endearing swimmer has found herself on everyone of my bags and coat lapels, ever since.
VANESSA FRISBEE OWNER OF ATELIER, UK
My favourite vintage jewels are this 1970s enamel and silver brooch by Norman Grant and this ‘Icarus’ 1960s silver ring by Bjorn Weckstrom for Lapponia.
DANIELLE BUTLER VINTAGE JEWELLERY CO
Firstly I love your site, especially the trend section. Here is my fave vintage jewel of the moment: Writers Block – a vintage solid sterling silver typewriter charm with moving parts, hung from a 46cm dainty sterling silver necklace & finished with the sterling VJC tag.
JACKY BOY JEWELLERY SASS
I love these earrings because they were a gift from a dear friend who got my personality spot on! They are made from fabulous faceted glass beads in the most gorgeous green, which is one of my favourite colours. They’re quite large and make me feel so glamorous when I wear them, but I know that they’re original and not likely to be seen on anyone else.
SUSAN MORROW LYNWOOD JEWELLERY
I have a piece that is from the 20s. It is a scarab pendant on a silver chain, made to commemorate the opening of King Tut’s tomb and it is a beauty. The necklace is a very large winged creature made of silver with a central scarab – I’m not entirely sure what stone was used to make the scarab (sort of looks like turquoise but I think it’s likely to be a composite). The silver is inset with turquoise and sea jasper cabochons. It is truly a statement necklace and always gets noticed when I wear it.
COURTNEY BLACKMAN FASHION BUSINESS CLUB
The attached necklace is from my great-grandmother, Florence. It’s very regal and princessy looking, made of glass crystals and filigreed wire. The main pice of crstyal rests just below the neckline. I rarely wear it. I keep it tucked away in a jewellery box, as I would be devastated if I ever lost it.
LENA WEBER STYLE HIGH CLUB
I thought I’ll share my favourite vintage piece of jewellery with you. It’s a late 1920s vinyl brooch in the shape of a fly. I’m a huge fan of designers like Schiaparelli, who mixed fashion and art, and this brooch reminds me of her designs. To me it also completely embodies what the 20s were about: bold and ground-breaking.
NEELY REYES SAPPHIRES MODEL MANAGEMENT
My favourite piece of vintage jewellery is this brooch from the 1960s that my Nan gave me. She used to wear it when I was very young and I was always fascinated by the forget-me-not shaped flowers, not to mention that blue has always been my favourite colour! I remember constantly sneaking into her jewellery box to try it on for myself and she always promised I could have it when I was older. Even though it’s not in the best condition I love the design and the fact that it was my Nan’s makes it very special to me.
RITA NAZARENO S.C. VIZCARRA
When I was younger, whenever my mom would take her jewelry collection out, my sister and I would put them on and prance about. The two pieces I remember the most are this bracelet because it is so intricate and this gold necklace because I remember my mom would tell us how the piece was dug up after having been covered in hundreds of years of earth. Just a few weeks ago, my mom took them out again and they brought back wonderful memories. I am looking forward to wearing the bangle to a party this weekend – I’ll be prancing about again with it, just like when I was a kid!