A Travelling Tiara from the 1830s

Antique 18th century tiara at Richard Ogden

Early 19th century tiara at Richard Ogden

This is a ca 200 year old tiara that I found while rummaging through in the secret cabinet at Richard Ogden.  Robert Ogden told me the story behind it and also why it is referred to as a “Travelling Tiara”:

Antique 18th century tiara at Richard Ogden

Antique 19th century tiara at Richard Ogden

The wealthy ladies in the 18th and 19th century didn’t want to bring their diamond-set jewellery along on long horse drawn carriage-journeys, so they had the workshops design identical pieces in paste (glass) that they could safely carry along on their travels.  This tiara is a wonderful piece of history, which has stayed in such great condition, despite having almost 200 years on its shoulders:

Travelling Tiara ca 1830s at Richard Ogden in the Burlington Arcade

Travelling Tiara ca 1830s at Richard Ogden in the Burlington Arcade

In the 1700s Bohemian glassmakers’ designs were the most sought after in Europe, and they had just surpassed the once unrivalled Venetian glassmakers in skill and design.  Their designs were like works pieces of art, mirroring precious stones so perfectly (1) and it became common practice for all the great jewellers to sell paste jewellery alongside their precious pieces.  Even royalty – for example Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scots, Queen Anne, the wife of James I, the first Duchess of Marlborough and Henri IV of France – owned paste jewellery (2).

In 1869 the following statement could be found in Queen magazine:

“If the profession or career of the husband requires that his wife should go much into society on a small income, she would be perfectly justified in wearing imitations to save money… it cannot be wrong for a lady who cannot afford and has not inherited them to wear a moderate amount of paste.”  

The article added that she should not give the impression that her “jewels” were of any value.

Antique 18th century tiara at Richard Ogden

Antique 19th century tiara at Richard Ogden

The designs were very clever, which we can see in this little beauty: it can be taken apart and turned into a brooch and a smaller tiara/headpiece.  You can see the mechanism at the back in the photos above and below here:

Antique 18th century tiara at Richard Ogden

The tiara comes apart and splits into various other pieces

Antique 18th century tiara at Richard Ogden

it can be worn as a lovely brooch… 

Antique 18th century tiara at Richard Ogden

and as a smaller tiara!  A girl can never have too many tiaras, right?

Eventually, in the mid-2oth century costume jewellery was made popular on its own, by various designers, and high as well as low priced brands would become renowned names in costume jewellery; Crown Trifari, Dior, Chanel, Miriam Haskell and Monet.  I am pleased to say that we have had the pleasure of encountering designs from quite a few of these previously on the blog!

Sources:

(1) The Legend of Bohemian Glass: A Thousand Years of Glassmaking in the Heart,
by Antonín Langhamer

(2) How to spend it – the real appeal of paste jewellery 

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The Beautiful World of Emeralds

Good afternoon my dear, I hope that you have had a lovely one so far.  I find that a New Year always motivates me to sort things out and start afresh, and this January is no exception!  Today for example I have been transferring a lot of jewellery photos onto an external hard drive, to hopefully free up a bit of space on my laptop – and I kept running into all these interesting pictures of emeralds, that I wanted to share with you:

Emerald and Diamond ring at Richard Ogden, the Burlington Arcade

Emerald and Diamond ring from Richard Ogden, in the Burlington Arcade

The ring above features an emerald and two diamonds and it landed in my hands at work, as the stone weight needed to be measured.  Now I have learnt to calculate the weight of a gemstone the old school way too, but in this case I played around with an amazing app on my phone, where the following result came up:

Measuring the weight of an emerald, Gem Weight App

My measurement of an emerald in the Gem Weight App

As per usual I was a few digits away from my boss’ result, but not too far, so I was quite pleased!  Often when you buy an antique or vintage diamond ring, the diamond hasn’t been taken out of its setting to be measured and certificated, as it could damage the beautiful old settings, so the antique dealers have to be very good at calculating weights etc from difficult angles.  I always find it such fun to try to master a diamond gauge – they look like this (top right corner of the photo):

Diamond Gauge and loose small diamonds

A diamond gauge at the top right of the picture, used to calculate the weight of gemstones

And emeralds are just such divine little gemstones!  Sometimes people come by to look at an emerald ring for an engagement ring, but I tend to advise them to either choose a diamond, a sapphire or a ruby – only because emeralds are not the hardest stones around…

Emerald and Diamond Ring from Moira Fine Jewels at Richard Ogden, Burlington Arcade

Emerald and Diamond Ring Art Deco style from Moira Fine Jewels

… and the last thing you want to do when you wear your engagement ring every day, is having to worry about cracking or denting it, so a more robust gemstone is usually a better idea.  However – I know one lady who has worn an aquamarine, which is an ever softer stone than an emerald, as her engagement ring for thirty years, and it is in perfect shape!  So it obviously also comes down to what kind of a person you are – I for one could never wear anything even remotely fragile, as I would damage it in no time.  Unfortunately!

Emerald and Diamond Ring from Moira Fine Jewels at Richard Ogden, Burlington Arcade

Emerald and Diamond Ring from Moira Fine Jewels at Richard Ogden, Burlington Arcade

And here is another lovely emerald and diamond ring – this one is from Moira Fine Jewels and you can pop by Richard Ogden in the Burlington Arcade to view it closer, if it takes your fancy.

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Gorgeous Gerties in Dorking

Gorgeous Gerties Vintage Dorking, Surrey

This one goes out to all of you vintage lovers – we are popping by Gorgeous Gerties in Dorking

I visited Gorgeous Gerties in Dorking for the first time last week, and was so surprised to find such a wonderful vintage adventure in a town that I thought I knew inside out!  Under their roof you will find a vintage tearoom, an olde world sweet shop, a beautiful collection of vintage jewellery, vintage accessories and vintage crockery – and on top of all this you can also sign up to their creative workshops and get your imagination and creativity going!

Gorgeous Gerties Vintage Dorking, Surrey

Lovely scarves and fabulous dressing gowns – of course in the romantic vintage rose pattern 

Vintage style dress, Gorgeous Gerties Vintage Dorking, Surrey

You know when you are running through all the shops in London, trying to find a nice present for a friend’s child’s birthday, but everything looks exactly the same?  Well, guess where I will be getting my pressies from now on?

Vintage style dress, Gorgeous Gerties Vintage Dorking, Surrey

The perfect dress for a little summer princess!

Vintage style dress, Gorgeous Gerties Vintage Dorking, Surrey

with a very reasonable ticket to go with it!

Vintage Toys and Games, Gorgeous Gerties Vintage Dorking, Surrey

A lovely collection of vintage toys and games

Upstairs in this charming 15th century building you are surrounded by vintage fabrics, old vintage patterns for making your own pieces of clothing, a children’s department, a vintage jewellery section and some beautiful items for the house.  I would come love to come here when I am decorating my future house one day, as I can’t imagine a better place to find unique pieces that give the home a very personal touch.

Gorgeous Gerties Vintage Dorking, Surrey

Gorgeous Gerties Vintage Dorking, Surrey

Gorgeous Gerties Vintage Dorking, Surrey

I love this – so very French country

Vintage sowing patterns, Gorgeous Gerties Vintage Dorking, Surrey

Some charming vintage patterns for all you amazing people who make your own clothes!

Vintage sowing patterns, Gorgeous Gerties Vintage Dorking, Surrey

Whenever I have spent hours searching the shops in vain for a specific design that I have in mind, I always decide that one day I will design my own clothes!  I might just start collecting vintage patterns like these so that I am prepared for that day when I finally have a sowing machine!

Vintage fabrics, Gorgeous Gerties Vintage Dorking, Surrey

Some lovely vintage fabrics 

Gorgeous Gerties Vintage Dorking, Surrey

The DYI corner at Gorgeous Gerties

Vintage Jewellery, Gorgeous Gerties Vintage Dorking, Surrey

The Vintage Jewellery Corner, where I may or may not have bought something….

The shop and café combined is just such a well-thought through concept.  I love how they are promoting independent designers and dealers, as I am always much more inclined to shop at places like this, than at high street chain shops!  They call it a “modern day vintage department store”, which is a perfect description, except that it is so much more charming and intimate than a regular department store!

The old sweet shop at Gorgeous Gerties Vintage Dorking, Surrey

The olde sweet shop at Gorgeous Gerties

Gorgeous Gerties Vintage, Dorking

Do pop by for a cream tea! 

 

Gorgeous Gerties Vintage, Dorking

Peeking into the charming tearoom at Gorgeous Gerties

Gorgeous Gerties Vintage, Dorking

Through this window we get a preview of what they have to offer in this fabulous “vintage department store”

Gorgeous Gerties

61 West Street

Dorking

RH4 1BS

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Afternoon Tea at the Fig Tree Coffee Lounge and Tea Room

 

After a few hours of shopping in Dorking we ended up at the café at Christique Antique Centre, called the Fig Tree Coffee Lounge and Tea Room.  To get to the café you will go through the most alluring vintage and antique jewellery section, where glass cabinets so proudly show off their treasures, and basically it is just impossible to get to the café without buying a few pieces that one really needs!

Afternoon Tea at the Fig Tree Coffee Lounge and Tea Room

The sun shone so beautifully on us while we were enjoying our cream tea

Afternoon Tea at the Fig Tree Coffee Lounge and Tea Room

Afternoon Tea at the Fig Tree Coffee Lounge and Tea Room

The café is such a welcoming place, with these big windows instead of a dark ceiling, that let in all the lovely winter sun and show some nice greenery – of course including a fig tree!  We arrived at lunch time and at least I was didn’t know how I would ever be able to choose what to have, after seeing all the lovely dishes that the other guests were enjoying!

We finally decided to go for the cream tea, and it was generously portioned with two big homemade scones per person (there were three of us, and we managed 1. 1/3 each!), some glorious butter that I don’t know how they made as it was so light and tasty! – and of course lots of strawberry jam and clotted cream.  We all chose the Darjeeling tea, which was a nice change from my usual English Breakfast, and a new favourite.  It was such an enjoyable afternoon tea, as you could tell that everything had been made with thought and care, and the surroundings were so peaceful even though all the little tables in the café were taken – it clearly is a very popular spot in Dorking!

Christique Antique Centre - Afternoon Tea at the Fig Tree Coffee Lounge and Tea Room

A delicious cream – I can second that!

Christique Antique Centre - Flowery Vintage Tea Cups

Oh how I adore these kitschy little vintage teacup collections! 

Christique Antique Centre - Flowery Vintage Tea Cups

My vintage teacup heaven at Christique Antique Centre

Christique Antique Centre - Flowery Vintage Tea Cups

I just adore this little teacup – can you see what a funny little foot it has?  I wonder what fabulous tea parties it has seen in its days?!

The fabulous thing here is that after your lunch or tea you can continue to wander through the shop Christique and admire the jewellery, furniture, paintings, glassware… you name it!  In one section we ran into all these charming little tea cups, and it just reinforced my wish to collect lots of different teacups and saucers, so that I can have my own little Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in the future!

Christique Antique Centre

11 West Street, Dorking

RH4 1BL

 

I am very pleased to give the Fig Tree Coffee Lounge and Tea Room 5/5 Decades of Elegance Rings:

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Aladdin’s Cave at Christique Antique Centre

Christique Vintage Jewellery and Clothing Dorking, Surrey

A stunning old picture, ca 1920s, that so beautifully overlooks the vintage jewellery  

So I spent a lot of time in Dorking last week, going through the never-ending treasure troves that are the antique and vintage shops: I visited two divine afternoon tea cafés and found the most glorious vintage glassware in the shape of champagne coupes and wine glasses.  I had a reeeeeally long wander through Christique Antique Centre, as around every corner you find something new that you just HAVE to have!  Love it.

Christique Vintage Jewellery and Clothing Dorking, Surrey

Rummaging through these cabinets and imagining what stories the vintage pieces would tell if they could speak…

I will write a few posts on Christique and I wanted to start out by taking you to their vintage clothing and accessories section, which is located up a winding staircase in which you will bump your head in the low tudor style ceiling if you are not careful!  It is all part of the charm!!

Christique Vintage Jewellery and Clothing Dorking, Surrey

An old wedding dress just waiting to be worn again – pretty sure you could find a whole outfit for your wedding in this shop – check out the fabulous gold heels on the right!

In there you just want to get dresses up in one of the beautiful gowns hanging from the rails, drape some pearls around your neck and wear lots of red lipstick, 20s style!

Christique Vintage Jewellery and Clothing Dorking, Surrey

Just one of the rails with beautiful pieces of vintage clothing.  I would recommend going to a vintage shop to buy for example a dress if you are going to a wedding.  It is just lovely to see the exquisite designs and also knowing that no one else will wear the same dress! 

Christique Vintage Jewellery and Clothing Dorking, Surrey

You can spend hours sifting through the clothes here… and yes, I know that vintage furs are a hot topic – is it alright to buy them or not?  Would be interested to hear your thoughts on it… would you wear vintage fur? 

Christique Vintage Jewellery and Clothing Dorking, Surrey

Diving in, head first into this glorious treasure trove of vintage jewellery and accessories!

I have a couple of weddings coming up this year, so I am definitely coming back here for some fabulous accessories that will go with my dresses!  I am quite tempted to wear a hat but I will be travelling quite far for both weddings, so might have to give that a miss… but when one tries on these beauties it is hard to think rationally!

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  1. I just found your blog and I love it.
    About furs. I only wear vintage. This may sound silly but I feel that since it is vintage the animal would probably be dead anyways by the time I am wearing its fur so I don’t feel as bad. It will live on in spirit!!

    • Dear Emily, I am so happy that you are enjoying the blog! The fur debate seems to be a current topic at all times, so thank you for sharing your thoughts.

      People who wear vintage fur also often bring up the point that the fur industry wasn’t as extensive and cruel back then as it is now, and that they just can’t justify wearing modern fur because of the treatment of the animals today. I don’t know enough about it yet to be able to say too much – although I do believe that animal rights have improved immensely, as you can no longer buy a tiger cub or an alligator in a department store – but there are definitely areas left where we have a LOT of work left to do to ensure the proper treatment of animals.

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Late Friday Night Sparkle

Hello my lovely, I hope you are looking forward to the weekend as much as I am!  I have a small update to share with you today: for the next few months I will be writing the blog on Mondays and Wednesdays, but not on Fridays.  I have a LOT of things on my plate until this summer and obviously I want to keep up the quality of the blog, so that is the best solution for now!

Moira Fine Jewels Antique Jewellery Burlington Arcade

We have had some busy times in the antique shop with Moira Fine Jewels preparing for the Los Angeles Jewelry, Antique & Design Show!

As for fun things that are happening in the jewellery world: the Richard Ogden Fine Jewels shop is busy busy at the moment, as Moira Fine Jewels is heading off to an antique jewellery show in Los Angeles!  In other words, the most glorious pieces of jewellery are coming into my eyesight on a regular basis and it is just heaven!  I haven’t come across any other antique jewellery dealers that have more fascinating signed pieces that these guys; Cartier, Boucheron, van Cleef and Arpels…

Moira Fine Jewels 4 ct diamond stud earrings

A pair of glorious 4ct diamond stud earrings from Moira Fine Jewels – just a little something I threw on this morning!

… and from time to time I cave in and help out by trying some of the pieces on – purely for non-selfish reasons of course!

Moira Fine Jewels 1920s art deco diamond necklace

Pretty glorious 1920s Art Deco diamond necklace from Moira Fine Jewels

I have also been past a couple of lovely antique and vintage shops in Dorking again, and can’t wait to bring you those posts.  Until then, have a wonderful weekend and remember to wear your most beautiful pieces of jewellery, and be your most fabulous self!  That reminds me that I must wear my most fabulous pieces of jewellery to a brunch on Saturday… hmm… looking forward to rummaging through my jewellery box tomorrow!!!

Christique Antique Centre, Dorking

A little preview into a blog post about Christique Antique Centre in Dorking – such a treasure trove of antique jewellery, furniture and objects d’art!

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Jewellery Collection Essentials

Hello dear!  So I have come across quite a few blog posts on the topic Your Wardrobe Essentials – you know the usual drill of  ‘a crisp white shirt, a black pencil skirt, a pair of skinny jeans, a pair of black trousers, the perfect white t-shirt, a black cardigan, a trench coat’ etc.  How very not exciting I say – and would like to introduce to you my take on ‘Your Jewellery Collection Essentials‘!

Blue topaz earrings vintage style

A pair of my jewellery wardrobe staples – a pair of blue topaz beauties, vintage style from South Africa

These are all pieces that I have found myself using on a regular basis, and of course, if you decide to invest in any of these items I would encourage you to go for vintage or antique.  When you look through your jewellery collection to see what pieces you already have, remember to include jewellery that you have inherited from your grandmother(s).  These often become the most treasured ones, and even though you might want to keep them safe and locked away, keep in mind that they were made to be worn, loved and admired!

Frock Me! Vintage Fair

Make a list in your head of the pieces of jewellery that you know that you will be using on a regular basis, and when you get to your next vintage jewellery fair or shop you will know what you should look for!  The above photo is from the Frock Me! Vintage Fashion Fair

1. Pearl Earrings 

By adding a pair of (in my case preferably white) pearl earrings to your outfit, you can transform a whole look!  A plain office outfit becomes all that more sophisticated; a little black dress gets an air of Audrey Hepburn elegance; and a cocktail dress becomes oh so glamorous!  It is my firm opinion that pearl earrings are a must in every girl’s jewellery wardrobe.  You can vary the sizes so that you have a pair of smaller pearls as well as the larger ones, as different sized pearls bring different looks to yours outfits.

2. Pearl Necklace

This one goes hand-in-hand with the pearl earrings and I just love wearing pearl earrings and a pearl necklace together.  Try to match the sizes of the pearls in the earrings and necklaces for good balance – but have fun while playing around with them!  I just love the Sex and the City movie scene where Carries tries on the Lanvin wedding dress (Google search for it here) and that big, chunky pearl necklace!  Not to mention when she is draped in pearls with the Christian Lacroix dress! (Google results here)  

3. Gold Earrings 

For an outfit in warm colours, gold jewellery is just such a wonderful choice.  Either go for small golden earrings or a pair of golden earrings with a small stone, for example a turquoise, diamond or even a pearl.  I tend to keep my everyday earrings quite small so that they match a simple and elegant necklace – without stealing the show!

4. Gold Necklace 

Something elegant and understated that goes with your golden earrings.  The beauty here is that you have a sea of different styles to choose from: will you choose a gold pendant or a small sparkling stone that complements the gold?  Or a necklace where the chain is the main detail?  I have always known that gold chain necklaces don’t suit me, so judge by my dread when I was asked to try one on in the shop the other day to show a client!  I was then so surprised to see that it actually suited me, and that I liked the look!  So again, have a play around with the different styles as you might get surprised as to what suits you best!

Vintage gold locket with initials

Vintage gold locket with initials

3. Silver Coloured Earrings

Silver, white gold and platinum are especially perfect when you wear an outfit featuring cold colours (blues, greens etc) but they do of course go very well with everything.  Silver coloured earrings that come with a bit of sparkle, such as diamonds or Swarovski crystals, are always a lovely choice.  I tend to go for the smaller ones as I love the subtle glitter, and they are perfect for matching up with a pretty silver necklace.

Vintage sparkling silver stud earrings

Vintage sparkling silver stud earrings

4. Silver Necklace

You can either go for a classic silver chain necklace, one with a silver details or something with a small sparkling stone.  I have found that I don’t wear sets very often – pre-matched jewellery – but I tend to mix and match my pieces so that my earrings for example carry a bit of sparkle, while the necklace is then just plain silver, like my Tiffany bow below:

Vintage silver necklace with sparkle

Tiffany & Co silver bow necklace

5. Bracelet

When it comes to bracelets the choice is a bit wider: you don’t wear the bracelet right next to the rest of the jewellery so do play around a bit more with colours, metals and stones.  For example, if I am wearing gold jewellery I often wear my great aunt’s Kalevala bracelet – an old Finnish design in brass, in the far right photo below.  Kalevala is a fascinating brand so we will come back to that in a later post!

6. Rings

Rings are such fun and there are so many different styles to mention:

  • Cocktail Rings, my favourite rings that keep coming back here on the blog as they are sooo gorgeous and fun to play around with:
  • For those of you who are married or engaged I am sure that your Engagement Ring and Wedding Ring are the biggest parts of your jewellery-outfit.  And yes, I am still planning to write a guide to buying a vintage engagement ring one day, so watch this space!
  • A friend of mine brought to my attention to the beauty of wearing lots of elegant silver rings, and you might remember that I recreated the look in an older posts: Knitted Gloves and Silver Rings.
Knitted cut off gloves and Silver Rings

Have a play around with you rings and pair them up with something unexpected, like a pair of old cut-off knitted gloves

6.  Statement Necklace

It is always a good idea to invest in a statement necklace that goes with many different outfits – which is not very hard as this piece is meant to stand out!  It means that you can be bold with colours and don’t hold back on the sparkle!

I hope you enjoyed this alternative version of wardrobe essentials and I would love to hear what your jewellery essentials are?  Do you have a special piece of jewellery that you wear every day?

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Welcome 2015!

 

Hello my dearest, I hope you had a wonderful holiday season!  I sure did, with a proper winter and -11 degrees in Sweden, a fabulous New Year celebration, and such a lovely 2015 to look forward to.  So many people seem to have had a bit of a questionable 2014, so the spirits for this new year are raised!

Just to get us started – there is a Frock Me! Vintage Fashion Fair coming up at Chelsea Old Town Hall on 1 February.  The advance tickets are a mere £4 so definitely something to take a closer look at.

Catherine Southon Auction 19th November 2014

From the Catherine Southon Auction on 19th November 2014

The next Catherine Southon Auction (you might remember her from the previous post Catherine Southon – Auction coming up on 19th November 2014) will be 25th March – and it will be attended by BBC Bargain Hunt!

The Third Imperial Fabergé Easter Egg at Wartski in Mayfair

The Third Imperial Fabergé Easter Egg at Wartski in Mayfair

Wartski (we visited them in the blog post Found! The Third Imperial Fabergé Easter Egg) will be celebrating their 150th anniversary and Geoffrey Munn’s book on the history of Wartski will be published in May.

And as for Decades of Elegance – I will keep bringing you the most beautiful pieces of antique jewellery that London, Sweden and South Africa have to offer!  I will also keep inspiring you with lovely vintage finds – everything from handbags to dresses!  And if there is anything that you would like to share with us here on the blog, please feel free to send a photo to me on:

info@decadesofelegance.com

… and I will share it with all the other lovely readers here!

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  1. I love to find vintage jewelries that are rare and unique in the world. You shared useful information about vintage fashion fair that was wonderful. I am very impressed to see this vintage jewelry collection. Thanks to share it.

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas!  Vintage earrings in black and silver

Merry Christmas dear!

I hope that you are looking forward to a beautiful Christmas and New Year my sweetie.  I will be taking a Christmas break, and so the blog is back again on the 5th of January 2015.  There will still be beautiful things coming up on our Instagram page though, so do keep an eye on that – and if you take any fun photos where you are wearing vintage either at Christmas on maybe at a New Years Eve party, then do send them over and I will share them here on the blog, that would be just wonderful!

Very Happy Holidays to you all!

 

 

 

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Vintage Wedding Pearl Tiara from Arabella Bianco

You guys… when I was at Arabella Bianco’s in Grays Antique Centre the other week I came across a vintage wedding tiara with a pair of matching earrings – they are adorned with faux pearls and diamante accents *swoon*

It came in this beautiful little fitted box and it is just so lovely when they go that extra mile and make the whole jewellery shopping experience much more special by adding details like these!  The design is Thomas Sabo (I have written about their vintage jewellery before, in case you remember the green tourmaline earrings from the post Tourmaline and silver earrings from Cape Town?

Vintage wedding pearl and gold crown, Arabella Bianco at Grays Antique Centre

The specially madeVintage wedding pearl and gold crown, Arabella Bianco at Grays Antique Centre

And yes, I may have tried it on – just for the fun of it!  And I looooove it!  At the moment – and for a little while now – my favourite jewellery comes with pearls set in gold, preferably with some sparkle to them, and these beauties tick all the boxes! Can you imagine how beautifully it’ll go with a boho style wedding dress, hair a little wavy and unruly:

They are so amazing at Arabella Bianco when it comes to picking out these special little pieces, that transform a whole outfit and make it unique and so you!  I have said it before and I will say it again – do pop by Vintage Modes in Grays Antique Centre, as the most fabulous vintage costume jewellery can be found on the lower ground floor, at shops like Arabella’s.  Love!!

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