Monday, 24 November 2014

18th Century Faux Pearls - a mini history

Faux pearls were already being developed in the 18th century. Real pearls were extremely expensive and  exclusive to royalty and the rich.

Even so, many well to do ladies wore replicas of their real pearls, and kept their priceless pearls under lock and key.
For more about 18th Century faux pearls read this lovely  post, 'Roman Pearls for the 18th Century Lady':

Modern faux pearls - detail of vintage gold tone and white faux pearl tiara by Thomas Sabo, early 1990s, and matching drop earrings.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Invite to the Christmas Shopping Party at Grays Antiques, London

We're soon going to be back in our shop at Vintage Modes in Grays Antiques!
We would love to see you at the Christmas Shopping Party!

Monday, 27 October 2014

The Trifari Birthday Collection - vintage Trifari 'Amethyst' ribbon bracelet for February
This beautiful brushed gold plated ribbon design bracelet by Trifari is from Trifari's Birthday Collection, amethyst rhinestones for February. Stunning jewellery for a wedding or special occasion! £95.

Trifari was born in Naples but emigrated to New York in 1902. Gustavo Trifari began his own business in 1918 when he met Leo Kraussman. They were joined by Carl Fishel, in 1925. In 1975 the company was bought by Hallmark, and since then has been taken over by several companies. In 2000 production was finally moved overseas which brought an end to high quality signed Trifari jewellery. 

More about Trifari ...
  • Trifari Patent Pending Vintage Jewelry - Collecting Vintage & Contemporary Jewelry
... and we really love these, Trifari's jewellery patents, what amazing designs!
Have a great week readers!

Monday, 13 October 2014

Jimi Hendrix, great music, but where did he buy his clothes?

Jimi Hendrix performing "The Star Spangled Banner" at Woodstock, August 18, 1969

Jimi Hendrix has been voted the greatest guitarist of all time, and if you want to learn about his music watch this great programme on the BBC
He was also a style icon of the 60s, but where did he buy his clothes? Many were bought in London boutiques. Here's a fab article on Jimi Hendrix fashion!
For Jimi Hendrix vintage looks to inspire,  read here!
Have a great week readers!