Tuesday, 4 October 2016

8 amazing vintage style jewellery makers

8 of the best vintage retro style indie jewelry jewellery makers 40s 50s 60s

After many years of pretty much ignoring jewellery, the part of me that finally appreciates what a perfect finishing touch it can be to an outfit has awakened! I think it was always there, but it took finding the makers in this post to realise there were many pieces I love and could afford to buy without sacrificing too much of my clothes-buying budget. Now that I feel like I've browsed most of Etsy (no, really), I wanted to share my favourites with all of you and encourage you to go check them out if you haven't already.

As far as I'm aware, all of them are independent manufacturers, and many are run by just one or two people. So not only will you be acquiring pretties if you buy from them, you'll also be supporting small indie designers, which is just rather nice, don't you think? (Note I'm not being endorsed to write this post, I genuinely love all of these shops!)

And finally, I am quite aware that true vintage jewellery abounds on Etsy and elsewhere too (like the wonderful Chronically Vintage shop of course!), but for this post I wanted to focus on those making new pieces to show them some love and hope that they'll keep on producing their fabulous, affordable designs with our support!

8 vintage retro style indie jewelry jewellery makers 40s 50s 60s

I credit this shop with being one of the reasons I've developed this new-found love for jewellery. Designed by Cam (who is lovely), this shop offers a humungous range of pieces, from fakelite bangles to tiki bamboo hoops. Their reproduction hoop earrings in a rainbow of different colours (including metals) is particularly impressive and I tend to turn to this shop first when I'm trying to colour match something specifically as most styles are available in more than one shade. There's also a wide range of novelty styles and deadstock vintage pieces to boot and prices for all are very reasonable indeed. Cam has recently moved to the Netherlands, so I've found shipping now takes a little longer than it did when she was in the UK too, but most items arrive within a week. Items can be shipped internationally.

8 vintage retro style indie jewelry jewellery makers 40s 50s 60s

L-R: Duck earrings (similar brooches), brooch, spider brooch

Another UK based shop that sells through Etsy and is designed and made by Katy, this is a great shop for fakelite brooches and earrings in particular, with a particularly large array of the 1940s imitation brooches with dangling 'cherries', like the above middle design. Katy is a genius with novelty, as you can see from the adorable duck earrings and spider brooch here, but there's so much more I could have featured, like a brooch with a goldfish in a bag! Luxulite designs are fun, colourful and lovely quality. I'd say of the designers here the pieces are on the pricier end of the scale, but not by much and they do reflect the attention to detail and care that goes into making them. Most are one-offs or have very small quantities, so you can be sure you're getting something pretty unique when you buy a Luxulite piece. Again, items can be shipped internationally via Etsy.

8 vintage retro style indie jewelry jewellery makers 40s 50s 60s

Reasons I want to shop from Splendette can largely be summarised in two words: glitter bangles! The pretty on the left here comes in many different colours and I just can't resist them. I think the reason I particularly like them is I was a child of the 90s when the rubber bangles with the liquid glitter inside them were all the rage and the option to upgrade to a more adult, vintage version is a bit too good to pass up. The only reason I haven't ordered any yet is I just can't choose the darn colours I want - and by the time I've decided they've gone out of stock. It's not all glitter though, there's some marvellous other fakelite style options (love all the carved stuff) in a tonne of colours, particularly for bracelets and earrings. If you like your accessories bright and/or sparkly, Splendette is a great option.

8 vintage retro style indie jewelry jewellery makers 40s 50s 60s
L-R: XL gold hoops, confetti heart (sold out), lucite hoops (similar)

This shop is becoming well known in the Instagram world for being makers of these fab gold hoops, which they do in a variety of sizes, including some giant ones I love but my short neck could never pull off! As you can see though, this French shop also makes some very pretty confetti style pieces too, so if metal hoops or glittery lucite are your thing I suggest checking them out.

8 vintage retro style indie jewelry jewellery makers 40s 50s 60s
L-R: starburst brooch, harlequin brooch (sold out), flamingo brooch

If you like Luxulite, there's a good chance you're going to love Viva La Lux's offerings too, which are on the whole along the same wavelength. You'll find colourful and novelty brooches and accessories galore, including cherry jubilee necklaces in all sorts of colours. If you're looking for the ideal piece to tie in different colours in your outfit, chances are you're going to find something marvellously mid-century inspired in this shop and the prices are very reasonable for handmade items too.

8 vintage retro style indie jewelry jewellery makers 40s 50s 60s

Something a bit different now, with the cheerful offerings from Lorelai. There's definitely something more than a little bit 60s in the big pastel hoops and bright flower power necklaces. I do particularly love the necklaces - and that the maker takes custom requests for colourways. What a great statement piece they'd be for any outfit and at around £14 each they're an affordable alternative to similar styles from brands like Erstwilder.
8 vintage retro style indie jewelry jewellery makers 40s 50s 60s

I originally came across Loretta Lou when I was searching for a necklace made out of plastic Eiffel Tower charms for my birthday, as you do... Turns out, a little while ago this was one of the things this shop sold. While I missed the boat on that, there's still a huge number of cute fakelite style pieces on offer from them, including a really cute heart necklace I haven't featured here. Another dabbler with novelty, I can't resist a bit of plastic fruit and they have much more too, from flamingo necklaces to horsey brooches.

8 vintage retro style indie jewelry jewellery makers 40s 50s 60s

Revere Folie are offering something a bit different to most of the others here, as along with the more commonly found 40s/50s style hoops you see here, they also make some very pretty art deco inspired pieces like these pairs of earrings. I can't dislike a company that uses as much glitter in their pieces as they do too (see Splendette comments above!). So if 20s/30s style is more your thing or you're looking for the finishing touch to glam evening wear, do take a look at what this Australia-based shop has to offer.

Hopefully I've helped to raise awareness for these great indie makers - and do share any of your own favourites that I've missed off here below. Oh and apologies if any of these links go to dead pages now - the one thing to bear in mind with indies is that stock can turn around very quickly!


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15 comments:

  1. This post rocks! I had only heard of a few of these shops (Luxulite, Splendette) and always am on the hunt for more! I, too, turn to Etsy first so I can support small brands so thanks for turning me on to a few more! Now, GIMME ALL THE VINTAGE STYLE THINGSSSSS!

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  2. Wow! Nice to see so many independent accessory stores. I just cannot bring myself to buying something as unnecessary as jewelry from a brand that has poor women in China produce their pieces. Great to see that there are so many options out there! :)

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    1. There definitely are - and I feel like there's more than ever before right now!

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  3. Thank you for an excellent collection of links! I'm always thinking that I need more jewelry - or perhaps just more versatile pieces - so I'll have to take a look through some of these and see if there's anything I like. TBH, a lot of these fakelite/plastic jewelry brands kind of blend together to me, but every so often I see a cute piece that I would love to have.

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    1. Yes there's a lot in the mix that several of them are doing very similarly, I'd agree. I tend to like to pick up pieces in particular colours to go with outfits, though, so I like that if one doesn't have something of a certain style in the colour I want, another might ;)

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  4. What a fab selection! I had not heard of most of these companies. Definitely something to keep saved for the right moment. Thank you.

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  5. All such great jewellery business, I have a couple of fav's there and some I haven't heard from before, thanks for this post Cici! :)

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  6. Ha, you clearly gotta be quick with Luxulite! I loved the spider and went to find out more but it's already gone - not a surprise because it's adorable and just the right amount of Halloween if you're like me and not sure whether to go all out or not. Fingers crossed it comes back because I would probably wear that all year round, I think it would compliment 20s pieces quite nicely.

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  7. I'm like you in that after years of pretty much ignoring jewelry I've been looking more and more at it. I think it's the fun novelty stuff and confetti lucite and glittery stuff that catches my eye the most. This is a fun post. It's fun seeing some shops I know and have shopped at and many others that I haven't even heard of yet. Time to go browse around and look at all the pretties! :D

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  8. Such an awesome roundup! I'm just seeing this post now (still very much recovering physically and playing catch-up on work and blog feeds from when we were on holiday last month) and beamed massively not once, but twice. First because you mentioned my Etsy vintage shop in the context of this post (thank you from the bottom of my heart), and secondly because we both felt inspired to post about awesome vintage repro/inspired jewelry brands this week. Great minds! :)

    I was thrilled to discover one new-to-me brand here and am off to explore their lovely offerings immediately.

    Huge thanks again & tons of happy Friday wishes,
    ♥ Jessica

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  9. This was a great post, I need to check out especially those shops that are based in Europe :) I'd love to buy from Australia, but I'm always weary of ordering from places where I need to pay custom fees.

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  10. Oo thanks for the heads-up, a few I hadn't heard of here. x

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  11. I do like Luxulite - I appreciate the fact that they do Halloween stuff, which appeals to my spooky side. I hadn't heard of VivaLaLux; their atomic boomerang stuff is fun.

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  12. Great idea to make amazing and vintage style jewellery, You have shared lots of made jewellery, It's awesome. Find designer estate Luxury Vintage Jewelry on Fortrove on best price.

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