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My Growing Vintage Jewellery Collection

April 26, 2016

A few months ago I shared a rather lovely vintage jewellery haul on here. I’ve always mainly collected vintage clothing, but jewellery is definitely my new obsession. It takes up less room and it’s still really easy to find bargains. Since writing my last post I’ve acquired quite a lot more jewellery. I do put a lot on my Etsy store, but I also keep bits for myself and here are a few of my recent buys…

Vintage Clip On Cluster EarringsOne of my favourite things at the moment, is big over the top cluster earrings. They are so bright and colourful! The only problem is that I don’t really suit earrings so I don’t wear them very much. I just like looking at them. They are the only exception to my rule of not keeping anything I don’t actually wear. I might try to make an effort to wear them with special outfits this summer as I don’t want them all going to waste.

American Flower jewelleryOne of my favourite new pieces is this pretty American flower necklace and earring set. I got for a bargain price, because it has a little damage, but I still think it’s gorgeous. The necklace is going to get so much wear over the summer paired with my favourite 50s dresses.

Reverse Carved Lucite BroochAnother recent addition to my collection, is this pretty reverse carved lucite brooch. It needs a bit of a clean, which I’ll get round too soon I’m sure. I love the pretty colours and it looks great with collection of embroidered and hand painted brooches.

Red, White and Blue Bracelet and EarringsI’ve had this bracelet for years and its one of my favourite pieces of jewellery. I kept seeing it on the same stall at my local car boot sale and eventually Rob bought it for me. Earlier this year, I spotted some earrings on Facebook, that I knew would match really well, I absolutely love them together.

Bakelite Clip On EarringsI’ve been trying to build up my collection bakelite a bit more this year too. I absolutely love of these bright shiny bakelite clip on earrings. I have quite a lot of summer dresses which feature yellow and orange, so I’m looking forward to wearing these with some of them.

Bakelite Bangles and Hoop EarringsI also got two new bangles and some hoop earrings to go with them. The lighter yellow bangle and hoops are both bakelite and the darker bangle is a similar early plastic, but not true bake. I wear bangles with almost every outfit, so I know these will get used non stop over the summer.

Yellow Vintage Banana JewelleryContinuing my love of yellow, I picked up these wonderful banana-esque earrings which look amazing stored with the rest of my fruit themed jewellery. I also love the painted wooden bangle so much.

Dark Bamboo BanglesI wear my lighter coloured reproduction bamboo bangles all the time, so when I spotted these darker vintage ones for a bargain £1.50 for the three in a charity shop, I had to snap them up. I also recently bought some square bamboo bangles on Facebook. I’m going to be truly tiki-tastic in these!

Fruit BraceletLastly because I can’t resist anything with fruit on it, I got this cute plastic fruit bracelet, which I think will look really fun with a fruit print dress this summer. You can never have too much fruity vintage jewellery.

What do you think of my latest jewellery stash? I’m definitely a fan of vintage plastics! What kind of vintage jewellery do you like?

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  • Reply
    Mim McDonald (@crinolinerobot)
    April 27, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    I love the flower necklace and earring set, it’s really pretty.

    Vintage jewellery is ace – it’s possibly to build up a collection that’s uniquely ‘you’, as you’ve done. Most of mine is midcentury diamante – 50s to 60s – with a heavy focus on brooches. And I’m a sucker for a matching set.

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    Monica Watson
    April 27, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    I love your collection! the best way to add pizzazz to a party (work, or play) outfit is to incorporate a flash of vintage jewelry. Not only does it express a bit of creativity, but it also gives you the advantage of knowing that no one else will be wearing the same! I share your love for fruity pieces, too. I discovered Runts candies (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Runts) because they reminded me of a charm bracelet I had as a child. In addition, your photography is lovely; I like how you incorporated print materials and books into the photos. Enjoy your posts – thanks for sharing!!

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    Jessica Cangiano
    April 28, 2016 at 3:49 am

    Wonderfully lovely new pieces! Have you tried sporting a pair (or even just a single earring) of clip-ons dress clip style on a garment? Some work better than others this way, must most can do the trick quite nicely and give you a lot of potential extra millage out of your clip-on pairs.

    ♥ Jessica

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