Vintage is in and on trend! A-listers sashayed down the red carpet at the 2013 Academy awards bringing back the old days of glam Hollywood, with actresses such as Anne Hathaway and Jennifer Lawrence both wearing “Flapperesque” necklaces down their backs giving them an almost fluid look. Source
But actually vintage and that antique look has been jazz-hot for a few years now and show no sign of slowing down. Source
Personally, we, at WINK CZ love the look as it’s dainty, flattering to a woman’s shape, and quirky.
Many of our regular customers have asked us to help them design “vintage” so we decided to ask them, what they’re looking for in “vintage” and field the many questions we get. Yes, we provided food. High tea, of course!
So here is our gift to you. Based on the comments and questions we got while munching cucumber sandwiches and pastries, I give you … a brief tutorial on “Hot Vintage!”
What is “Vintage?”
Question: Our “focus” group asked, “Wink, what exactly is ‘Vintage?’”
WINK: This is an excellent question. A true vintage piece is approximately 25 to about 90 years old. If jewelry is over 100 years old it is considered antique. So, a ring, say from the 1920s and even the very early 1980’s would be considered “vintage.” If you were lucky enough to inherit great-great-grams 1888 cameo brooch, you’ve got yourself an antique!
Q: Then the group told us they love the vintage look and asked! “Can you make a new vintage piece?
WINK: The answer of course is no (unless you’re willing to wait a quarter of a century)! What we CAN do is help you design vintage inspired and styled jewelry! Using our large collection of the best CZ stones on Earth along with settings and mountings, we can create the look you want your way!
Take a look at our Vintage Inspired Snowflake Earrings! Their delicacy will make you feel like a princess in any era.
Q: Marilyn, a long-time “vintage” customer (her jewelry, not her age), purchased a true vintage stone at an antique fair at a low price as it was very flawed. She decided to embellish and turn into a pin. “Can WINK CZ do it?” she wanted to know.
WINK: You bet! And you even get a new name for it! When the major part of the piece is genuine vintage, along with vintage inspired gems and settings, it’s called an “upcycled” design. It’s a hybrid, but we, at WINK CZ won’t tell if you don’t! So by all means, let us “cycle” your period gemstones. A word of caution! If you’ve purchased a good stone, talk to us about value of the stone itself before considering adding or modifying it.
The CQ-Factor (Custom and Quirk)
Q: Our focus group was taken with wanting a one-of-a-kind piece! “After all,” said JoAnne, a customer of long-standing, “real or CZ, who wants a ring or bracelet we see on every commercial?!”
WINK: We, at WINK CZ couldn’t agree more. Our business is based on putting the “custom” in “customer.” And ours want their pieces to be designed and created to suit their personality, preferences, body type, and taste. Most of all, they don’t want to see it dangling on other womens’ wrists at the Mall. We design your piece to make it a true original! For quirk you might want to start with our loose stones. Here are two of our personal faves for vintage inspired: Our unusual OctaCZ, and our spectacular Old European Cut.
Q: Finally, the group wanted to know what KIND of vintage inspired jewelry they should get to keep the “vintage” style. One of our younger customers, for example, asked if “Ear cuffs” could be considered “vintage?”
WINK: In today’s jewelry fashion world, like the 1934 musical almost “Anything Goes.” Independence and originality are on trend, thank goodness. But here are some of the pieces that are excellent for vintage inspired and a few are making a comeback: brooches, hat pins, Art Deco, long necklaces, dangling earrings, even compacts! Source
So come roaring back to the future, and we’ll be your guides to the very best, original vintage styles. Let us help you turn your inspirations into beautiful reality.
Here’s Winking at you!
Photo Credit: (Vintage Jewelry Trends)