Magnificent Jewels at Sotheby’s Auction, New York

Hello dearest, so I will be going away for two weeks to our lovely South Africa, and since the weight of my laptop is about half the checked-in luggage allowance, I must leave the laptop behind and the blog will be back again the week starting 4th of May!  But before I bid you farewell, I have a few wonderful jewellery events to share with you:

Magnificent Jewels by Sotheby’s on 21 April at 3pm

Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels auction is coming up on 21 April and here on the blog we are just beyond ourselves with excitement:  many of the pieces are spring-themed and all these beautiful colours and designs just make us want to dress up in pastels, sun hats and light summer dresses.  We have also learnt that Sotheby’s will be partnering with eBay on this occasion, so it will be the first time the jewellery sale is available on eBay’s live auctions platform.  It means that even if we are not in New York, and even if we can’t afford these amazing pieces, we can still watch the bidding live – a bit like some high-end auction-window-shopping really!  And I have of course picked out a few pieces that I thought you might love:

153. Platinum Padparadscha Sapphire Ring by Cartier, from Sotheby's Auction on eBay

153. PLATINUM, PADPARADSCHA SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND RING, CARTIER
Estimate $125,000 – $150,000  Centering a square-cut padparadscha sapphire weighing approximately 13.10 carats, accented by single-cut diamonds weighing approximately .25 carat, size 5¾, signed Cartier, numbered 3998311.

What an extraordinary stone!  We haven’t yet learnt about Padparadscha Sapphires here on the blog, but will do in an upcoming post.  The definition of Padparadscha Sapphires is debated within the jewellery community, but many agree that it captures sapphires that hold a colour between pink and orange.  Unusual and just beyond beautiful!
18ct gold Fancy Vivid Yellow Diamond Ring from Sotheby's Auction on eBay

78. 18 KARAT GOLD, FANCY VIVID YELLOW DIAMOND AND DIAMOND RING, BULGARI
Estimate $30,000 – $40,000 Of stylized floral design, centering a round Fancy Vivid Yellow diamond weighing 2.04 carats, accented by round diamonds weighing approximately 4.50 carats, gross weight approximately 12 dwts, size 6¼, with expandable shank, signed Bulgari, inscribed CM 2.04.

Oh I just love the spring-colour combination in the ring above!  Yellow diamonds are glorious in their own right and fetch very high prices – often higher than colourless diamonds – and paired up with white diamonds and yellow gold in the Bulgari design above encapsulates a sunny spring day for me!

81 Star Sapphire in White Gold from Sotheby's Auction on eBay

81. WHITE GOLD, STAR SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND RING
Estimate $15,000 – $20,000 Centering a cabochon star sapphire measuring approximately 18.1 by 14.7 by 12.6 mm, framed by round and baguette diamonds weighing approximately 2.60 carats, size 6.

Given my obsession with star sapphires I just had to include the ring above.  It is like looking at a starry sky in a clear night – magnificent!  We already know that in 100 sapphires found, only three will be star sapphires – and only one of these three will have a beautiful star as well as a beautiful colour, in case you remember the blog post A Star Ruby Romance.
114. Platinum Emerald and Diamond Bracelet at Sotheby's Auction on eBay

114. PLATINUM, DIAMOND AND EMERALD BRACELET
Estimate $15,000 – $20,000  Set with square, baguette, old European and single-cut diamonds weighing approximately 14.20 carats, accented by pear-shaped and calibré-cut emeralds, length 7¼ inches, one small diamond missing; circa 1930.

I was delighted to find this circa 1930s bracelet in such a distinct Art Deco design.  The emeralds have such a vivid green colour and there is nothing better than old cut diamonds – you know the kind that outshines and out-sparkles any modern cut diamonds when worn in a candle light-setting?
169. Platinum Diamond Pendant from Sotheby's Auction on eBay

169. HIGHLY IMPORTANT PLATINUM AND DIAMOND PENDANT NECKLACE
Estimate $3,800,000 – $4,200,000  The pear-shaped diamond weighing 52.26 carats, suspended from a chain set with eight round diamonds weighing .87 carat, length adjusts from 16 to 17 inches.

I just had to include this diamond pendant with an exquisite pear-shaped diamond.  A girl can always dream, right?  So let’s keep an eye on the auction to see how much these stunning pieces end up going for – and if you click onto the event page you will be able to dive into the rest of the collection…
Frock Me! Vintage Fashion Fair at Chelsea Old Town Hall

Frock Me! Vintage Fashion Fair at Chelsea Old Town Hall

And before I go I also have to tell you about another exciting event, which takes place a little closer to home: The Frock Me! Vintage Fashion Fair at Old Chelsea Town Hall.  Very pleased to be presenting the flyer above, which you must print and bring along to the fair on 26 April at Chelsea Old Town Hall, for your half-price entry!

Afternoon tea at Blackbird Tea Rooms at the Frock Me! Vintage Fair

Afternoon tea at Blackbird Tea Rooms at the Frock Me! Vintage Fair

We are already familiar with this fabulous fair, but for any readers, it is London’s leading vintage fashion and textiles fair and they have the most amazing vintage and designer pieces on display!  Our favourite cafe, Blackbird Tea Rooms, will of course also be there, and thinking about it, I haven’t yet posted from my last visit:

Afternoon tea at Blackbird Tea Rooms at the Frock Me! Vintage Fair

It is 7:45am as I am writing this, and I am now having massive cravings for Afternoon Tea!!

And if you haven’t been yet I would so recommend that you go!  The best thing is when the most unexpected things just jump out at you and you find yourself coming home with a beautiful collection of vintage clothes and accessories!

Frock Me! Vintage Fashion Fair / Sunday 26 April / 11am- 5.30pm

I now wish you a wonderful day in the sunshine and I will see you again on Wednesday 6th May!

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The Victorian Carved Half Hoop Ring

Victorian half hoop ring with sapphires and diamonds from Richard Ogden

An extraordinary original Victorian half hoop ring with sapphires and diamonds, this one is from Richard Ogden

Good morning dearest, I hope you had a lovely weekend in the sunshine!  Gosh this spring is really taking its time, and it has more than once made me think of a poem by the Swedish author Karin Boye:

Ja visst gör det ont när knoppar brister.
Varför skulle annars våren tveka?
Varför skulle all vår heta längtan
bindas i det frusna bitterbleka?
Höljet var ju knoppen hela vintern.
Vad är det för nytt, som tär och spränger?
Ja visst gör det ont när knoppar brister,
ont för det som växer
och det som stänger.

- Karin Boye

 Yes, of course it hurts when buds are breaking.
Why else would the springtime falter?
Why would all our ardent longing
bind itself in frozen, bitter pallor?
After all, the bud was covered all the winter.
What new thing is it that bursts and wears?
Yes, of course it hurts when buds are breaking,
hurts for that which grows
and that which bars.

 

And now it is time to move over to jewellery!  I have been showing my clients quite a few carved Victorian half hoop rings lately and thought that we should take a closer look today:

Victorian three stone half hoop ring in yellow gold at Richard Ogden, the Burlington Arcade

Victorian three stone half hoop ring in yellow gold at Richard Ogden

Victorian three stone half hoop ring in yellow gold at Richard Ogden, the Burlington Arcade

A side-view of the ring, with the carvings clearly visible   

Victorian three stone half hoop ring in yellow gold at Richard Ogden, the Burlington Arcade

A collection of three stone half hoop rings at Richard Ogden – you can see how the designs vary, in everything from the cut or shape of the diamonds, to the width and design of the mounts 

Victorian craftsmen started designing carved half hoop rings in the 1880s and they would either be worn as engagement rings or presented as gifts at the birth of a baby.  The rings came with three, five or seven stones, and featured either all diamonds, or all rubies/sapphires/emeralds, or alternating diamonds and these coloured precious stones.  Women would build up a nice collection of the rings, often with one in each colour: red, blue, green and white.

Victorian half hoop ring with sapphires and diamonds from Richard Ogden

A beautiful sapphire and diamond ring, with little rose diamond points in between the larger gemstones

Victorian half hoop ring with sapphires and diamonds from Richard Ogden

And a side view of the Victorian sapphire and diamond half hoop ring 

Mr Alastair Norman from Harvey & Gore mentioned that today Victorian half hoop rings would make excellent engagement rings, as they sit perfectly next to a wedding ring.  He also emphasised what wonderful quality coloured stones you can find in the early Victorian half hoop rings, the exquisite blue sapphire above here being the perfect example.

The rings would also feature little rose diamond points (in other words tiny diamonds in a rose cut) in between the bigger stones – you can see them in the photo above: tiny little fractions of a diamond at the foot of the sapphire and the diamond.

Victorian Half Hoop Ring with seven diamonds

A Victorian-style half hoop ring with seven diamonds

The ring above belongs to one of my colleagues, Mrs C, who was kind enough to share it and its history with us today.  It is a seven diamond Victorian-style carved half hoop ring (that is a mouthful!) that was given to her grandmother as an engagement ring circa 1918.  It is quite rare to see a seven stone ring, and when her grandmother received it she was told by her fiancée that it represented Seven Days of Joy – how wonderful indeed!

Mrs C’s grandfather was a Master Baker on one of the merchant ships during the First World War.  After the war he became a baker and quite a successful one, because at one point he was running three bakeries!  Mrs C told me that the family lived in the bakery, and at one point the engagement ring went missing “as one of the members of staff had pinched it!”  They managed to get it back though, and it was eventually passed down through generations, always to the youngest daughter in the family, which is why it now belongs to her.

And just for our curiosity: the single diamond ring that Mrs C is wearing in the photo above was her mother’s engagement ring, who got married in 1960.  According to her mother and father the ring was brand new at that point, but we are both convinced that it is an older ring, because it features a beautiful old cut diamond in a 1920/30s setting.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this Victorian design; could you imagine wearing one of these as an engagement ring?  What attracts you to it, and what doesn’t?

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An Exquisite Meenakari Necklace

A dear friend here on the blog has today lent us her stunning Meenakari necklace to learn from, and the more I read about the process of making these pieces, the more fascinating it gets!  Let’s have a closer look:

An Indian Meenakari necklace

An Indian Meenakari necklace

Meenakari is a craft that involves decorating metal with enamel.  Today some of the most sought-after Meenakari pieces are produced in Jaipur, and come in the form of jewellery, housewares, sculptures and architecture (1).  The craft was invented by the Iranian craftsmen of the Sasanied era and introduced to India by the legendary Mughals, whose empire stretched from 1526 until 1857.  I actually became completely engulfed in the history of the Mughals while writing this post, as it involves all kinds of fascinating components; from descendants of the infamous Genghis Khan, to times of great religious tolerance and respect for human rights – on to the building of magnificent monuments like the Taj Mahal (2).  But now we must go back to our Meenakari designs:

An Indian Meenakari necklace

A close up of the impressive craftsmanship that has gone into making this necklace

There are several steps to Meenakari and the art requires the involvement of a number of craftsmen: a designer draws up the jewellery, traditionally drawing inspiration from nature in the shape of flowers, peacocks, parrots and elephants.  A metalsmith then creates the metal base: gold for the more high-end pieces, and silver for the more affordable ones.  Another artisan then engraves the metal with the intricate designs, and the enameler – also known as the Meenakar – applies the powdered colour to the piece.  It is then fired at a high temperature, which melts the powder and spreads the colour evenly into the piece.  The colours are applied in the order of heat resistance – usually with white applied first and red added on last.  Finally another specialised craftsman adds on the gemstones.

I would say that the most notable thing with Meenakari is that the design is done on the reverse side of the piece.  This means that it is not visible to the rest of the world, but meant to be there merely for the enjoyment of the wearer.

An Indian Meenakari necklace

An Indian Meenakari necklace

The craft is passed on from generation to generation, and outsiders never fully know the secrets of the art.  Meenakari is a long and laborious craft form and completing one piece of jewellery can take up to several months.

An Indian Meenakari necklace

The reverse side of the piece, with the exquisite Meenakari design

 

Sources:

(1) Isharya Blog

(2) Wikipedia – The Mughal Empire

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Ica Bergqvist Vintage at Vintagemässan

Vintagemässan Bakåt Framåt in Stockholm 2014

People watching at vintage fairs is the best, as so many ladies and gents will make a real effort to get dressed up in the most period accurate outfits – and this one was no exception!  This gorgeous young lady was dressed to the nines in 1940s gear and rocked the look!

Hello my lovely, as mentioned last week I am having a few quite busy weeks at the moment, which is why our blog posts are so few and far in between!  I was just looking through photos from Vintagemässan in Stockholm last April (I can’t believe that it has been a year!) and realised that I had missed out on telling you about one fabulous shop that had their things on display there: Ica Bergqvist.

Ica Bergqvist at Vintagemässan in Stockholm 2014

This is such a glorious necklace!!!  I love how summery it is and I think that I would wear it with a little white shift dress

Ica Bergqvist at Vintagemässan in Stockholm 2014

Such sweet daisies – the perfect necklace for a summer party

It is time to start thinking about our summer wardrobes (this is usually my philosophy in February when the sun comes out for the first time in three months, but at least now it is April!) and the photos above of this beautiful Daisy necklace are getting me so inspired to go for a sweet and flowery style this year!  The fabulous statement necklace gets a nice contrast from the more structured yellow 1950s dress and Chanel-style handbag.

Ica Bergqvist at Vintagemässan in Stockholm 2014

“Handmade jewellery by Elenor Bergqvist”

Ica Bergqvist at Vintagemässan in Stockholm 2014

A lovely little golden angel playing his instrument for us, among all this beautiful jewellery! 

Ica Bergqvist at Vintagemässan in Stockholm 2014

Vintage jewellery treasure hunting, always a favourite!

Ica Bergqvist at Vintagemässan in Stockholm 2014

A collection of gold and brass necklaces – definitely a style that has stood the test of time  

I love visiting vintage fairs with friends because they will inevitably look at things that I wouldn’t have thought of looking at.  This time around I went with my sister, who was looking for a new handbag and so she ended up trying quite a few – and I managed to get a few photos of one of her favourites:

Ica Bergqvist at Vintagemässan in Stockholm 2014

My sister was looking for a vintage handbag at the time, so I snuck a few paparazzi shots of her checking one out

Ica Bergqvist at Vintagemässan in Stockholm 2014

Love the buckle!  I am quite content with my handbag collection at the moment, with a nice mix of vintage bags from grandma and my great aunt, a few beloved Mulberry bags and a glorious teal coloured leather bag that I bought in Italy a couple of years ago.  But then again, a girl can never have too many handbags…

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This past week at Richard Ogden

Hello sweetheart!  So I love looking through the photos on my phone and seeing what lovely jewellery has crossed my path in the past week, and today is no exception!  We will start with this beautiful turquoise, pearl and gold necklace from the 1880/90s that one of our dealers showed me the other day:

Gold, pearl and turquoise necklace ca 1880/1890s

Stunning necklace ca 1880/1890s

 

Gold, pearl and turquoise necklace ca 1880/1890s

Gold, pearl and turquoise necklace ca 1880/1890s – sorry about the shaky picture, I must have been so overwhelmed by the beautiful design that I just couldn’t keep my hand steady! 

It is a typical English design with a nature motif, which was so very popular toward to the turn of the last century, which is when this necklace is from.  I had a chat to one of the dealers about whether it was an Art Nouveau piece or not, and he didn’t think so as it doesn’t quite carry the specific design of Art Nouveau, but he did say that there are some very pretty scroll work in the piece.

I obviously adore it especially because my grandmother loves the combination of gold and turquoise – and with the pearls it just becomes so delicate and romantic.  I would love to wear it with a nice and light summer dress, oh and speaking of which: I can’t WAIT for summer to come around, I am sure you feel the same way!!!

And I spent this morning looking through our stock from the BADA fair and got stuck dreaming away on these chunky gold bracelets from Harvey & Gore.  They have some pretty exquisite jewellery, so if you are ever walking down the Burlington Arcade, do take a look in our windows, and you will see the Harvey & Gore collection in our last window down towards Piccadilly.  Everything is obviously beautiful, but these guys have some exquisite period pieces that are so much fun to look at!

So there we are dearest, I should be back again on Tuesday next week, as I am bit tied up on Monday.  I hope that you have a wonderful weekend and I can’t wait to bring you some more beautiful pieces next week!

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Treasure hunting at the BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair

Hello my lovely, I hope that you had a wonderful weekend!  I sure did, as I visited BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair together with a friend on Saturday, before going for the most yummy chai tea latte on Duke of York Square, at a café that I think was called Startisan.  I am really into  lovely food that you can eat with a good conscience, so their sugar and gluten free Banana and Maple Bread was the most wonderful treat!

Oh and I am SO sorry that last week was just a mess here on the blog, with only a blog post on Tuesday!  The reason for this is that I am preparing for a very special day and so I am a bit behind on all things at the moment, so thank you my dear for understanding!

BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair

Everything from paintings to jewellery and furniture in the most stunning designs…

Okay let’s hop back to the BADA fair!!  It was buzzing with people – from the general browsers and admirers to antiques dealers – and all the stands were obviously covered in stunning antique furniture and jewellery.  First I briefly popped by Wakelin & Linfield Antiques - you might remember the blog post about their stunning 19th century Italian oak table with a trompe d’oeil Pietra Dura marble top:  Wakelin & Linfield Antiques at LAPADA 2014

Richard Ogden Diamond Ring BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair

Richard Ogden – diamond Ring BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair

… and soon we found ourselves at Richard Ogden, where my friend lots her heart to this stunning 3ct cushion cut diamond, which I have the pleasure of looking at every day in the shop:

Richard Ogden Diamond Ring BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair

3 carat cushion cut diamond ring from Richard Ogden at the BADA fair

You can see the beautiful range of diamond bracelets from Richard Ogden as well above: from the thinner tennis bracelets on the left to the more elaborate 1930’s Art Deco diamond bracelet on the right… how much do we love!?

Johnson Walker Jewellery at the BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair

Johnson Walker at the BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair

We then continued on to Johnson Walker Ltd, where a friend of mine was working behind the counter – such a lovely small world it is, the antique jewellery business in London!  Some stunning signed gold pieces above…

Johnson Walker Jewellery at the BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair

Johnson Walker at the BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair

… not to mention the glorious gemstones – Burmese Rubies, stunning sapphires and dazzling emeralds.  Do you see any new favourites?

So if you get a chance to visit the fair their last day is tomorrow, but it is so worth popping by!

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BADA Antiques and Fine Art Fair 18-24 March 2015

Oh I am so looking forward to the rest of this week and the weekend, as the BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair is taking place in beautiful Chelsea!  We will get to enjoy the remarkable collections of Members of the British Antique Dealers’ Association and the art and antiques for sale range from 16th century works of art to contemporary furniture.

It all takes place in the beautiful Duke of York Square, just a hop and a skip away from The Saatchi Gallery, Cadogan Concert Hall and of course all the glorious shops on the King’s Road!  I hope to see you there dear!

BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair 

18-24 March 2015, Duke of York Square, London SW3

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Cleaning your jewellery

Diamond Cluster Ring Victorian Style at Richard Ogden in the Burlington Arcade

A Victorian-style diamond cluster ring from Richard Ogden.  Your ring will be so beautiful when you first get it, and just by following a few simple steps, you will keep it this shiny even though you wear it every day! 

Good morning dear!  I thought that I would share a little tip with you today, when it comes to keeping your jewellery as beautiful as humanly possible.  See, those of you who know me, also know that I am now unable to look at lovely jewellery that hasn’t been cleaned for months, as I find that it takes away all the sparkle, shine and beauty, and leaves you with a dull stone that looks like a piece of costume jewellery!  We want to avoid that, so today I would like to show you how easy it is to make your treasures all shiny and new again, and to my help I have this beautiful sapphire and diamond cluster ring:

Sapphire and Diamond Cluster Ring, How to Care for your Jewellery, Cleaning a Ring

All you need is some Fairy Liquid, warm water and an old toothbrush 

Please note that this is mainly for cleaning rings with diamonds, sapphires, rubies, emeralds and other harder stones.  You can also use it for cleaning costume jewellery, but do not apply this technique to more brittle stones, like opals and pearls.

1. Take a little teacup or bowl and pour in some Fairy Washing Up Liquid.  Fill it up with warm water – I tend to go for hot water if it is really dirty, but medium warm is fine.  You are using a bowl so that if any diamonds fall out, which they sometimes do, at least they are not going down the drain.  You can also use a sieve, as I have done in these photos.

Sapphire and Diamond Cluster Ring, How to Care for your Jewellery, Cleaning a Ring

After a little soak you just give it a good clean with the toothbrush, focusing on the back of the ring, where the dirt tends to gather

2. Place your item of jewellery in the water and let it soak for a few minutes.  Then take an old toothbrush (old, because the brush is soft and easy to manoeuvre around) that you pour some more liquid on, and start cleaning your jewellery with he brush.  If you are cleaning a ring, then focus on the back, as all your hand cream builds up there and makes it matt and dull.

Sapphire and Diamond Cluster Ring, How to Care for your Jewellery, Cleaning a Ring

Rinse it under running water – still with the sieve or bowl under, in case any stones fall out!  And you will have a beautiful, new-looking ring on your hands!

3.  When you have gotten rid of all the dirt, just give the ring a good rinse (keep the sieve or bowl under the ring during the rinsing process!) and dry it off with a lint free cloth.  Now I never know exactly what a lint free cloth is, so I tend to just use kitchen paper and the result is always beautiful!

Diamond Earrings from Moira Fine Jewellery

Earrings don’t tend to get as dirty as rings, but they will also benefit from a clean from time to time.  These stunning diamond earrings are from Moira Fine Jewellery 

A few notes:

a. I am sad to say that sometimes, if the ring hasn’t been cleaned for a long time, the dirt might be what holds the diamonds in place (I know, so gross but true!).  So do take a closer look at the ring, and especially at the claws that hold the diamonds in place, to make sure that they are still intact and holding on to the ring the way they should.  If they are broken, bent, etc then immediately take your ring to the jeweller to have it repaired, or you might lose a gemstone or two.

b.  In the jewellery shop we use an Ultrasonic machine, and a lot of people think that they can’t get their jewellery as clean as we can with the machine.  This is not true!  The machine just helps loosen up the dirt, which you can just as well do yourself by letting the jewellery soak long enough and then be thorough with your toothbrush.

c. I clean my ring once a week, but obviously I am in the jewellery shop every day and people see my ring in the lovely jewellery light, so I am a bit more self conscious if my ring is not tip top sparkly, than the average person would be!  But once a month I would say is a must, otherwise you might as well be wearing costume jewellery – be fair to your gemstones darling and let them always be as beautiful as when you first got them!

d.  Do take your jewellery back to the shop for check ups once a year – a good jeweller provides this service, and they might even clean it for you in the same go.  We often think of jewellery as something that should last forever, but they are like shoes: you have to look after them as they also get wear and tear, especially when worn every day!

So have fun making your jewellery shine as new pennies again and always feel free to send us photos of your favourites, especially the vintage and antique ones!

Aquamarine and Diamond Cocktail ring from Richard Ogden in the Burlington Arcade

I got to give this Aquamarine and Diamond Cocktail Ring at Richard Ogden a good clean yesterday, and it just faced up so beautifully, as you can see here!

Three stone ring from Richard Ogden in the Burlington Arcade

You can imagine what perfect hiding places there are in these intricately designed rings, so make sure that you get into the back with your toothbrush.  This is a beautiful three stone Edwardian-style ring from Richard Ogden in the Burlington Arcade

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Kate Edmondson Bridal Couture at the Vintage Wedding Fair

 

All you lovely brides to be who are thirsting for a vintage-style wedding dress would have LOVED Kate Edmondson’s stand at the Vintage Wedding Fair!  My friends and I were helplessly drawn to these stunning silk and lace creations – one more beautiful than the other:

Kate Edmondson Bridal Couture at the Vintage Wedding Fair

Kate Edmondson Bridal Couture at the Vintage Wedding Fair

 

Kate makes vintage inspired bespoke wedding dresses and accessories and is based here in London.  We just loved the elegant lines, often with an air of the 30s, that characterise her designs – you can see some fabulous examples above.

Kate Edmondson Bridal Couture at the Vintage Wedding Fair

Kate Edmondson Bridal Couture at the Vintage Wedding Fair

Kate Edmondson Bridal Couture at the Vintage Wedding Fair

Kate Edmondson Bridal Couture at the Vintage Wedding Fair

And here on the blog we know that it is all in the details, so take a closer look at the beadwork above (my apologies for the slightly blurry photo!).

Kate Edmondson Bridal Couture at the Vintage Wedding Fair

Kate Edmondson Bridal Couture – heavenly accessories

Kate Edmondson Bridal Couture at the Vintage Wedding Fair

Hairpieces and veils 

I loved her whole setup at the fair – with the lovely dressing table mirrors you can just imagine how you would be applying your makeup on your wedding day, before putting on your veil and jewellery.  The pearls add some old Hollywood glamour and I don’t know how I would have been able to choose between the different headpieces!

Kate Edmondson Bridal Couture at the Vintage Wedding Fair

Kate Edmondson Bridal Couture – and more veils… 

Hopefully this gives you some fabulous inspiration dear – whether you have a wedding date coming up soon, or if it is just for future inspiration (which a girl can never get too much of I say!)

You can find Kate Edmondson’s website here.

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Looking back at our February Brooch Wearing Challenge

Opal and Diamond Brooch from Richard Ogden in the Burlington Arcade

Opal and Diamond Brooch from Richard Ogden in the Burlington Arcade – we adore!

What a lovely month February has been!  I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into when I started the Brooch Wearing Challenge a month ago, but it turned out to be such a wonderful little jewellery journey, with so much positive feedback – and so many fabulous brooches!

Vintage SIlver and Marcasite Brooch, Decades of Elegance

Vintage SIlver and Marcasite Brooch, Decades of Elegance

A friend of mine who is a beautiful opera singer was really excited to hear about it, and said that she always struggles to find brooches that will go with her performance outfits.  “A brooch is perfect to fasten a scarf with over an evening gown, but you just don’t see them around these days!”  Fortunately I was able to direct her to the vintage fairs and antique shops for some stunning brooches that are just waiting to start a new life with a new owner!

Vintage Cameo Brooch from Decades of Elegance

One of our lovely readers shared her vintage cameo brooch with us, from Decades of Elegance

Vintage Cameo Brooch worn with a Blouse

Another way to wear a cameo brooch 

It has also been lovely to talk to vintage and antique dealers who sell brooches, as they often have an abundance of brooches and know so much about them – and can give you great tips as to how they could be worn!

Vintage Brooches from Arabella Bianco

Vintage Brooches from Arabella Bianco

And this little experiment has also reinvented a bunch of my own outfits, as they go through such a transformation when a brooch is added!

Scottish Vintage Brooch with a Green Stone, Decades of Elegance

My woollen dress got a whole new life when I added this Scottish vintage brooch from the Decades of Elegance collection

Gold Coloured Vintage Brooch with a Pearl

A Romantic Gold Coloured Vintage Brooch with a Pearl

Vintage Chanel Brooch, Red Lips, Marilyn Monroe style

From the blog post Day 2 of the Brooch Wearing Challenge – Vintage Chanel Brooch And what better way to revive some old Hollywood glamour, than wearing a vintage Chanel brooch and red lipstick – as shown here by another one of our lovely readers?

So thank you all for taking part in this lovely challenge in so many different ways.  And it doesn’t of course stop here – feel free to send over your photos of you wearing a brooch whenever you like so that we can all enjoy a bit of beautiful jewellery and get some new style ideas!

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