In the 1930’s Cat-eye glasses are born after Altina Schinasi walked by an optician’s office and noticed the lack of stylish options for women. Inspired by the masks that Schinasi saw in Venice, Italy, she designed glasses with exaggerated framing around the eyes. After being turned down by multiple opticians, she finally gained a fan in one glasses boutique in New York City. During the 1940’s - early 1960’s the now famous frames started to be referred to as the “Harlequin.” The trend was a rectangle lens with a thick frame, a slight uplift at the sides, and small details at the corners such as little gold stars.
As fabulous as these are, it only made sense that they should transcend from eye jewelry into “traditional” jewelry! A fun conversation piece, connection to a favorite Aunt, Mom or Grandmother or just because you are an individual with style...this necklace is guaranteed to bring joy!
Imagine the dapper man that never left his home without his stylish cuff links. These exquisite pieces are reimagined into a one of a kind bracelet that is sure to cause a stir! The bracelet features eleven vintage cuff links in a pretty, perfect row.
These pieces feature:
Eleven vintage 1915s - 1920s-era mother of pearl & celluloid cuff links set in sterling
The epitome of elegance is combining black and gold. These buttons sparkle from the cuts made into the glass as well as the gold luster applied to the raised design. This bracelet features five vintage glass buttons in a pretty, perfect row.
This statement necklace is just the right piece to snazz up any outfit. Throw it on and wait for the oohs and ahhs! The compact has a wonderful engraving of wheat and a butterfly. The length is just the right proportion for those long tunics or a dress. Open up the compact to reveal a positive message and a place to tuck a note or bill. The smell of the long ago powder brings back memories of grandma. Charming!
This piece features:
vintage powder compact
Napier Apple brooch
vintage pearl and link chain
necklace is 36” in length
Need it shorter? Melinda is happy to make it just right for you. Let her know your desired length.
The mistress of a chateau would have worn a Chatelaine, a belt with useful household appendages. They could include items like a thimble, watch, key and in this case a small purse. The chain mail purse was popular in the 1860’s-1900. This sourced example is in wonderful antique condition and can still hold a coin or two. The addition of a cut steel buckle half from the same time period enhances this lovely necklace. Be still my heart!