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  • Styling tips for vintage floral jewelry

    Blossom This Spring with Vintage Floral Jewelry

    If it’s spring, it’s time to bring out your flowers – in your garden and your wardrobe. A perennial fashion favorite for decades, floral prints were again in bloom on the runways for Spring/Summer 2019. According to British Vogue, “there’s a floral for everyone”. And that includes jewelry. This month’s styling tips focus on vintage floral jewelry. I hope these ensembles inspire you to add blossoms to your everyday wardrobe.


    Fahrner sterling floral necklace with office wear
    Floral necklace by Theodor Fahrner with jeans

    These two outfits from cool color palettes feature the same jewel – a Sterling Flower 1930s Necklace by Fahrner. Though simple in design with its filigree-topped flower petals and decorative chain, this piece is a fine example of the high-quality of this German maker. I’ve styled this versatile piece two ways. In Roses Are Red, it’s office-ready with a red-and-grey, round-necked floral print silk dress. I’ve paired it with a red cardigan, but you could also wear a blazer. Violets Are Blue shows the necklace as an embellishment to a smart-casual ensemble of jeans, tee shirt, and denim jacket. The floral motif is repeated in the bag.

    Coro flower brooch/pendant with warm colors
    Trifari dress clip worn as necklace

    These ensembles show brooches worn as necklaces. The Aquamarine, Ruby, Diamanté & Vermeil Sterling Flower in Blossoms has a loop on the back that allows it to be worn as a pendant. I’ve shown it on a gold chain with a round-necked flowered blouse, jeans, and a linen jacket, in warm colors. The jewel could also be worn as a brooch on the blazer shoulder. In Bloom on the right features this Chalcedony & Moonstone Fruit Salad Dress Clip on a silver chain. It is worn in the V-neck of a white tee-shirt paired with grey jeans and a navy cardigan. The shoes have a flower motif in a melange of hues. This outfit is for women who look best in cool colors.


    Turquoise bracelet with khaki green outfit
    1940s sterling floral bracelet with black, white & pink

    Whenever your sleeves leave your wrists bare, consider wearing a bracelet. Because both of these outfits are smart-casual in style, you can go with bigger, more elaborate jewels than you`d wear to the office. The sleeves on the draped cardigan in Greenery are long, but you can push them back to reveal this Turquoise Glass Bead & Diamanté 1950s Bracelet. This fun piece has molded-glass leaves and diamanté woven onto a gold-tone mesh cuff. I think the color is a beautiful compliment to the khaki-green jeans and sweater – all from warm color palettes. Vintage Florals shows black-and-white floral-patterned jeans with a short-sleeved tee and sweater in cool colors. They`re the perfect backdrop for this Sterling Floral Link 1940s Bracelet. The textured surfaces of the flowers and leaves are raised from the back (a technique called repoussé).


    Floral outfit with Alice Caviness earrings
    Floral skirt with aqua & sterling Pennino earrings

    Flower Power, on the left, shows the floral motif in the espadrilles, top, and earrings. These Citrine, Golden Topaz & Mother of Pearl 1950s Earrings have layers of beads, stones, and metal leaves woven onto a mesh back. Well-made and unusual, these colorful ear clips are a fun addition to this outfit in warm hues. On the right, Wild Flowers is a more subdued look in cool colors with a floral skirt, white blouse, and these Aquamarine & Vermeil Sterling Flower Petal Ear Clips by Pennino Brothers. The term vermeil refers to gold-plating, which was used extensively in the 1940s.

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    Visit the Spring Florals collection to see these and other bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and brooches that will bring your spring/summer wardrobe into bloom.

  • Red Carpet Looks -- Amy Adams

    Red Carpet Looks for You

    Whether you watched the stars arrive at the 2019 Oscars in real time or waited for the reporting afterwards, you probably have a favorite red carpet look. Hot pink dresses, romantic ball gowns, and capes were among the spotted trends. And, of course, we saw loads of sparkle. Lady Gaga…

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  • What to wear with a tweed blazer

    Blaze Up Your Tweed with a Vintage Brooch

    As soon as I saw the cover of the October 2018 issue of Vanity Fair, I knew what I wanted to do for this month’s styling tips. Felicity Jones is pictured wearing a black-and-white herringbone jacket with a simple white shirt, open at the collar. Her lapel is adorned with…

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  • Cartier bracelets worn by Gloria Swanson in Sunset Blvd.

    Jewelry in the Movies: Cartier Bracelets

    In June last year, I wrote about “The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s”, an exhibition I saw in New York City. Among the magnificent jewels on display was a pair of Cartier bracelets bought by Gloria Swanson in 1930 and now part of the maker’s collection. Those bracelets…

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  • How to accessorize smart casual outfits

    From the Runway to Every Day

    If you think vintage costume jewelry is just for dressing up, think again! Yes, TruFaux Jewels walked the runway during Toronto Fashion Week for Spring 2019. But the same pieces can add a touch of glamour to your everyday attire. This month’s styling tips show you how to accessorize smart…

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  • Jewelry on the Runway at Christopher Paunil's show

    Jewelry On the Runway: A Modern Take on Vintage

    Even though the record-breaking heat and humidity altered my planned attire for the evening, the weather didn’t dampen my excitement. On September 5, I attended my first fashion show. But that’s not the exciting part. From my front row seat, I was thrilled to see my jewelry on the runway,…

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  • Summer bracelets for casual, office and evening wear

    Summer Bracelets to Adorn You

    From ancient civilizations to the present day, bracelets have been one of the most popular forms of adornment. In addition to their role as decorative ornaments throughout history, they have served as protection, objects of religious significance, and expressions of wealth and power. I like to wear this type of…

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  • History of costume jewelry -- researcher's story

    The History of Costume Jewelry: A Researcher’s Story

    Years ago when I was a consultant, one of my favorite clients told me that I was like a terrier. He wasn’t trying to insult me – he was just acknowledging the fact that I am a tenacious investigator. I don’t stop until I have all of the answers to…

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  • Summer necklaces

    Summer Necklaces: Colorful, Chic & Cool Jewels

    I love to play with color when I dress and when I prepare styling tips to share with you. Now that summer is here, I particularly enjoy putting together colorful outfits accessorized with equally colorful, yet lightweight jewels. Last month’s styling tips focused on earrings with these qualities, so this…

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  • Summer earrings

    Summer Earrings to Stay Cool, Look Chic

    The summer season is nearly upon those of us who live in the northern hemisphere. To keep me cool and comfortable while temperatures rise, I dress in mainly cottons and linens. Although I tend to wear the same colors all year-round, I do have some summer-only clothes, shoes, and handbags.…

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