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Parisian Heirlooms

by Alexandra May | April 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

Au Bout Des Reves
I've just added my last ever collection of Au Bout Des Reves brooches and pins to the website. I'm sad to report that brand Au Bout Des Reves formally known as Catherine Popescu is closing after twenty-three years spent meticulously replicating the beautiful accessories of the Late Victorian and early 20th Century periods. As her creations have been so admired in the years I've stocked them I picked out a big, eclectic final range for the shop!
Popescu established the company after discovering a job lot of original turn-of-the-century brooch stampings at the Paris Flea Market. The moulds, dating from 1880-1920, covered a period of dynamism, experimentation and innovation in design which saw the birth of the baroque and rococo revivals as well as the Art Deco and Nouveau periods.
Au Bout Des reves enamel brooch
By adding jewel-coloured translucent enamels and minute Swarovski crystals to ornate frameworks cast from the moulds, Popescu restored these forgotten designs to their original glory. While surviving pieces from early 1900s tend to be fragile and faded, Au Bout Des Reves' designs are fitted with sturdy pin fastenings, coloured in strong stained-glass shades and painted with clear resin to secure their inset crystals.
These highly collectible pieces will only increase in value now that the company are ceasing production. The quality of the work and timeless nature of the designs mean that they'll continue to be loved for decades - real heirlooms!

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Timeless Marcasite Jewellery

by Alexandra May | November 06, 2015 | 0 Comments

Marcasite

Year after year, our range of Marcasite silver proves to be one shop's most adored collections - it seems the glittering jewellery's instantly recognisable, turn-of-the-century look sparks nostalgia in people of all ages, whatever their personal style. We've just added another 30 pieces to our extensive online range, as we predict it'll be very popular come Christmas.

The stones in Marcasite jewellery are actually pieces of Pyrite, a gem that became known as 'Fool's Gold' in the 19th century after gold miners attempted to pass one material off as the other. It was its affordability, however, that ensured the stone's enduring appeal: young Victorian girls could afford to copy the Queen's style by accessorising with a marcasite brooch, while economising 1930s women saw it as a way to wear sparkling, encrusted jewellery without having to face the diamond price tag.

During the 1920s, the gem enjoyed another spell of popularity. It was so ubiquitous that it cropped up on all manner of occasion-wear: belts, headbands, dresses, shoe buckles.

A very Art Deco Luke Stockley design:

            Have a look at some nostalgic images in my Inspiration Gallery.

Enjoy browsing the site!

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Getting In The Mood For Christmas Shopping: Earrings

by Alexandra May | November 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

I have had a huge delivery of new earrings in from all of my favourite jewellery designers including Konplott, Sweet Romance, and Philippe Ferrandis.

Bold statement pieces from Konplott include stunning Art Deco 'Oriental' Emerald Green Crystal Beaded Earrings or 'African Glam' Purple Crystal Beaded Earrings. For something simpler, yet no less dramatic, Philippe Ferrandis’ 'Indiana' Blue, Lime Green and Turquoise Drop Earrings are beautiful.  

Delicate vintage-style pieces from Sweet Romance include the prettiest Rose Gold Turquoise Crystal Bow Earrings and Coral and Turquoise Vintage Style Cluster Earrings, perfect for dressing up the simplest outfit.

Alex x

 

 

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