So every time I go into Barney’s, I stop by a little glass showcase that contains these vintage and antique bracelets. I spied on them about 20 times before finally eventually trying one on. I thought, perhaps, ONE DAY, I would buy one, like if my hubby ever wanted to buy me something fancy, I would direct him to these. And then I looked at the price! #%&$%%^$^&%$!!!!!!!! These babies cost something close to $20k EACH!
I snapped this shot with my iPhone very quickly in Barney’s a few days ago. My real camera is broken, so sincerest apologies over the crappy photo. Dont worry, getting a new camera soon and we wont have to suffer through crappy red glare pictures anymore. The bracelets are sold through Olivia Collings Antique Jewelry at Barney’s, in case you are interested.
I was attracted to the bracelets because they are heavy looking, thick, gold or rose gold and the shapes! OH THE SHAPES! I had no idea what they were or where they were from…Just that they were expensive, and looked like more vintage/edgy sculptural versions of the gold link bracelets that are so in right now. So I continued on in my merry little life, and then YEARS later – as in, last week, I was shopping at the flea markets in Paris, and VIOLA! There one was! My friend was all into the vintage Chanel jackets in the corner (which were INSANE, btw) but I knew what I wanted. I was with my hubby, who NO MATTER WHAT expects me to haggle, plus they didnt accept Amex, so I almost didnt get the bracelet… I would NOT let that happen, it was just too good! And since it was brass and not gold, it was a total steal!
My Bracelet! Hasn’t left my wrist since the second it was purchased! I’ve been telling everyone at home about it, but no one really seems that interested. That’s why I have you people.
Anyway, so its French from the 1940s, and jewelry from that time is called the French Retro period. What is French Retro Jewelry?
Retro jewelry, or “Cocktail Jewelry” as it is sometimes called, originated in France with designs by Van Cleef & Arpels. They produced a collection of jewelry that was exhibited at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York. When the World War II broke out, the jewelry remained in New York. It served as a great influence to American jewelry designers throughout the remainder of the war.