August 20, 2016 · 4:32 pm
Here we have a gorgeous strand of Vintage Italian Murano Glass beads.
In everyone’s favourite; blue and white. I think these are exquisite. Beautifully made, each bead unique and individual, capped with a sweet little gilt fixture, and then hand knotted in silk in between, in pristine condition.
Murano is a little collection of islands, just to the north of Venice, Italy, famed for its glass making. In 1291, all the glass makers in Venice were forced to move to Murano due to the risk of fire, and the tradition of bead making began. The glass makers soon became highly revered, and were allowed to wear swords, and marry into the nobility. Murano glass is highly collectable, and sought after. This colour is rare.
This gorgeous necklace is the perfect summer accessory, would look fabulous with white linen.
Available to buy here in my eBay shop, or directly via Paypal. You won’t be disappointed – it’s amazing!
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Tagged as antique, costume jewelry, fashion, gift ideas, gifts for women, glass, Murano, Retro, vintage, Vintage clothing, vintage jewellery, vintage jewelry
October 17, 2015 · 5:59 pm
Here we have a huge bauble of loveliness, beautifully made, lace fretwork, signed to the reverse.
Edwina and Patsy (Google ‘Ab Fab’ if you have no idea what I’m talking about), would be all over this superb piece of vintage Christian Lacroix.
Lacroix was such a genius, born in Arles, France, he studied art history at the University of Montpelier, continued on to the Sorbonne, and then completed his dissertation in the 18th century paintings of France at the Ecole de Louvre.
How then did the inventor of the puff ball skirt (le pouf!) who grew a global business, manage to never make a profit? The company was put into administration in 2009 with Lacroix reflecting:
“I didn’t want to cry,” said Lacroix “I want to continue, maybe in a different way, with a small atelier. What I really care about is the women who do this work”.
This beautiful piece, an antique of the future, is available in my shop.
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Tagged as Arles, Chanel, Christian Lacroix, crucifix, Dior, fashion, French fashion, jewellery, Lacroix, outfit of the day, Sorbonne, vintage, what I'm wearing now
February 24, 2015 · 8:23 pm
They don’t make them any more like Emilio Pucci – born in 1914 to one of Florence’s most illustrious families, the Marquis Emilio Pucci di Barsento naturally embodied the jet set glamour of post-war Italy.
Multilingual, well-travelled, American-educated, air force pilot, Olympic skier and aristocrat – he was a Renaissance man in every sense of the term. Recovering in Switzerland after the war, and with the Italian economy in ruins, Pucci made ends meet by teaching Italian and giving ski lessons in Zermatt.
It was there that in 1947 a streamlined ski outfit he designed, initially for himself and then for his enthusiastic socialite friends was photographed by a fashion photographer and published in Harper’s Bazaar USA, giving rise to a fashion phenomenon that continues to reverberate to this day.
However, as an ex trolley dolly, I would like to thank Emilio for his fabulous contribution to the airline industry. In 1965, Pucci put an end to ‘The Plain Plane’ with his avant garde uniform and livery designs for Braniff International Airways:
I really think there is room in the market for a re-launch of the ‘bubble helmet’, especially if you live through the monsoons of Northern England. Genius!
Invest in an antique of the future. A signed Pucci scarf. And if you know where I can find a bubble helmet – do let me know!
Click on the scarf to be taken to my shop.
February 21, 2015 · 12:33 pm
This gorgeous piece is known as a torque, possibly torc, and maybe even torq. The word is derived from the Latin torquis meaning ‘to twist’.
This form of jewellery can be traced back to the Bronze Age, some 4,000 years ago. My bracelet is probably not quite as Ancient, dating back some 30 years approximately. The torc was a sign of nobility and high status. Sometimes worn on the arm, sometimes adorning statues, and often worn around the neck, as these torcs were, which are on display in the British Museum:
To purchase your very own slice of vintage history click on the bracelet. Or torque.
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Tagged as bangle, bracelet, british museum, bronze age, costume jewellery, costume jewelry, fashion, ipswich hoard, jewellery, torque, vintage, vintage jewelry
This stunning vintage cape is sprinkled with sequins and sparkles.
Seductive starfish scattered at random.
Starfish have no blood, and no brains, did you know that?
It’s very pretty, and perfect for weddings, or christenings, or festivals, or garden parties at the palace.
Poshpedlar loves parties at the palace.
Click on the cape and it can be yours!