Sunday, 8 February 2015

2013 and 2014

2013 and 2014 flew by.

Towards the end of last year my part-time job kicked up a gear or two. This left limited hours for my passion - pearls!

Nonetheless these remaining hours have been eaten up in a frenzy of ‘creative chaos’. Indeed the TO DO list sometimes seemed endless: A new website leads to the realisation that it needs to be compatible with all these handheld thingamajigs. This requires consultation with a mobile internet expert and a further revamp! In turn, the new website dictated new pictures, which was in truth just the excuse I needed to play with my new camera. Much tweaking and twisting later I had my images.

I love the results; no strong sharp harsh colours or shine - indeed, these 70 year old pearls pop with muted shades of creme rose and velvety creme colours.

Next I set to work creating a fun range of pearls. The goal was to make the set wearable with jeans, vintage dresses or for those wanting to bring some softness to office wear. ‘Understated not overloaded’ became my guiding motto.

I enjoy wearing  my   60"  long necklace of varying sizes and colours of pearls that can be worn draped  round your neck or  left hanging 1920's style.  What do you think?

While all this creating has been going on, I have also been researching and visiting as many vintage events as possible. And, promisingly, there are many many great events to choose from in 2015.

In particular, I was over the moon to secure a space for Vintage Pearls to trade at the Twinwood Festival in August 2015, especially as this was my favourite event from 2014. Twinwood has everything  a vintage aficionada could wish for; rockabilly, jazz and step-to music; old school vintage fashion stalls, including my recently purchased high-waisted side fastening 50's style jeans (you can find them here); classic cars; and dance lessons for those wishing to learn how to rock or, like me, in need of a gentle reminder.....

I hope to see some fellow pearl lovers there this year!

Tuesday, 6 January 2015


It is great to have arrived at 2015!

Wishing all a 2015 that ensures all your needs are met and that the year goes some way to delivering some of your wants!

2014 ended on a high note with a new website......with some new strings of pearls in addition to my classic pearl necklace.  A string of pearls to loop, lariats, 90 inch string of pearls to drape as you wish and more - personally I love to create a boho look with all the different lengths. 

Will have a stall at some great fairs this year and will post the venue addresses closer to the event date. Am particularly excited about a four day music festival......oooooh yes!

On a very short and sweet note - it was good to find that pearls are being noted in the 2015 daily press. Am not too sure that the advice to avoid certain designs in favour of another is a call I would make, people are different and should wear jewellery designs that suit their personality and that they enjoy wearing

Love the 'hot flush' cooling aid disguised as over sized pearl bracelets or necklaces.  Would get a bit annoyed wearing them once they warm up.

Lady Gaga is mostly quite outrageous in dress so surprised that her selfie with pearls was quite restrained and feminine. 

So much in the news about pearls and all of it makes me very happy to have a great selection to suit most tastes.

Happy New Year!

Thursday, 13 December 2012


No 1 Son hounds me on a daily basis to embrace 'social media'.  In response I have signed up with LinkedIn, Google Mail, Twitter and am on Facebook.  Not sure how much more advice I can absorb on how to get more likes, retweets, how to write a blog, how not to write a blog, offers to increase the likes, retweets and so on.     

I am now 59 years old, yip - even have a pension, grow my own veggies, live in a small small village, work part time here and there, am an old hippie, love the blues, a good argument and jewellery.

It is very important to me that each necklace or pair of earrings gets my personal attention. My pearls are 70+ years old and in very very good condition, unworn.  I love that my gift boxes are of raw wood, they are made by an elderly chap in the village, which reminds me of the shortages after the war. No pretense just a beautiful pearl necklace.

I would of course much prefer to meet every single person who buys a string of pearls from me but this would be difficult however I am very grateful for the photographs that have been sent to me. Of course a bride wearing true vintage pearls is special but the  photos showing the pearls worn formally, everyday  and with jeans means that the pleasure of owning vintage pearls  will continue.

A step thru' my life.......

My favourite doll
Those were the days.


Being a mum
 No 1 Son




Monday, 3 December 2012


All pearls are limited in number and cannot be repeated the nature of true vintage pearls - own a bit of history.  

For more information about my vintage pearls please see the website for the store!store/productsstackergalleryv20=8

To contact me or buy direct, please email me: Helena 

For more information about my vintage pearls please see the website for the store!store/productsstackergalleryv20=8

To contact me or buy direct, please email me: Helena 

 For more information about my vintage pearls please see the website for the store!store/productsstackergalleryv20=8

To contact me or buy direct, please email me: Helena 

Friday, 16 November 2012


Always amazed when reading about the war years - rationing - imagine only being allowed one egg a week - having to register with a local shop to be able to use your ration book.  Clothes were rationed and you were allowed one bar of soap a month.  Children did not know what a banana was until after the war ended.  And in spite of all this, we still wanted to dress up and decorate ourselves - 'beauty is essential to human life' - a truism.  Bombs are falling all around you but you still get up, get dressed, apply some lipstick and put on a piece of jewellery. 

There is so much written about jewellery - books and books about expensive diamond, emeralds and other stones set in precious metals.   It appears that there is a concentration on jewellery owned by the 'better off' and the 'wealthy' but what about the vast bulk of the people - the need to feel and look good is not confined to the upper echelons of society.  I read that during the war years more than a million pearl necklaces were shipped to the USA but could not find any reference to quantities shipped to the United Kingdom.  

I can only imagine what it took to be able to buy a pearl necklace during the war years - how did you do it - did you sell part of your rations to do this - what did it cost - what did you go without to be able to do this.

These two invoices dated 1940 and 1941 show the quantity of faux pearls that were shipped to one company in the UK.  The notes on the invoices state that 'no silk in the way of ribbon or thread is contained in the shipment' - silk was used for map making for the British Military Intelligence Unit known as MI 9 Source

Women were asked to forego wearing silk during the war so it could be used for parachutes. Source

'Because things were still being rationed after the war I used parachute silk for the under skirt of my wedding dress.'  Source

These are the pearls that were in the boxes with the invoices....

Many vintage pearls available have a lot of wear and tear - these pearls are still on cotton thread and are in perfect condition. I string the pearls, to order, on silk and finish with a sterling silver lobster claw. 

My 90 year old mum has a three strand man made pearl necklace that my father gave her for her birthday in 1942 - the pearls were badly worn. I used the original clasp and replaced the pearls - it is great to see how happy this made mum.

For more information about my vintage pearls please see the website for the store 
all pearls are limited in number and cannot be repeated the nature of true vintage stock - the Heart range started at 210 in total!store/productsstackergalleryv20=8

To contact me or buy direct, please email me: Helena 

Thursday, 8 November 2012


In 1996 Jackie O's famed three-strand fake pearl necklace fetched $211,500 at the auction. 

This is my classic three strand pearl necklace with earrings.

For more information!

Information source
(New York Daily News) 

Wednesday, 7 November 2012


Sorting sorting sorting – 2mm 3mm 4mm 5mm etc – my eyes are exhausted. It is wonderful to see the pearls matched up, sorting through means that I have  been able to make some opera length strings of pearls. 

Some of the above have become really great classic necklaces.....the longest necklace is 36inches and the second longest is 24inches - information for the shorter three row string of pearls can be found here

Love the 'nerdy' look or is it 'hipster' or then again 'geek' !

Ray Bans along with pearls seem to have been around forever... 

Well I am off to roll around on a bed of pearls - if Nero can do it so can I!