Crystal Va Va Vintage
About Crystal Va Va Vintage
All that glitters is not gold but it is utterly glorious and oh so effortlessly VA VA VOOM for time eternal. This collection is dedicated to the spell binding diversity of vintage sparkly faux jewels, especially the opulent crystal and pearl pieces from the last hundred years. We can thank Coco Chanel for many things: the trouser suit, the LBD and elegance. No surprise then that Coco Chanel born in 1883, was the tradition busting pioneer of ‘faux’ jewelling – yes it really is a verb! She believed that every woman should be able to properly accessorise their look without the prohibitive fine jewellery price tag. These ostentatious faux ‘me too’s’ were considered vulgar by society’s upper class but Coco was undeterred.
The most extraordinary statement earrings are a highlight of the crystal revolution. Fabulous works of art to frame the face and grab attention. The ultimate glamour accessory.
Moreover, her exaggerated faux jewel looks gave way to a new form of expressive elegance and triggered nothing short of a revolution in costume jewellery creating a whole new genre of jewels which by the 1950s had literally exploded. Countless designers and fashion houses including Schiaparelli, Hattie Carnegie, Dior, Trifari, Weiss, Boucher, YSL, Givenchy to name but a few, followed with their own spellbinding and unique collections.
The post war jewellery industry witnessed the most incredible explosion of high quality, beautifully designed and handmade costume jewellery ever. Many pieces taking as long to create as fine jewellery, only without the intrinsic value. The best designers often hailed from Houses such as The Van Cleef and Arpels and The House of Cartier; bringing with them the premier skills and designs into the world of costume jewellery. Coco’s mission accomplished. And the rest they say is history and undoubtedly is ours to enjoy and preserve. Enjoy our collection of incredible vintage sparkly jewels.
The crystal cuff was a total hit in the mid century. Made with lavish art glass and Austrian Crystals this was every high society girl’s favourite arm candy.