Thursday, 13 December 2012

GETTING A LITTLE PERSONAL

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.

Student
Career


 
Being a mum
 No 1 Son



Now 




 

  

Monday, 3 December 2012

TRUE VINTAGE PEARLS

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 http://www.vintagepearls.co.uk/ for the store http://goo.gl/s7bvZ 
http://www.vintagepearls.co.uk/#!store/productsstackergalleryv20=8

To contact me or buy direct, please email me: Helena  info@vintagepearls.co.uk 
 





For more information about my vintage pearls please see the website http://www.vintagepearls.co.uk/ for the store http://goo.gl/s7bvZ 
http://www.vintagepearls.co.uk/#!store/productsstackergalleryv20=8

To contact me or buy direct, please email me: Helena  info@vintagepearls.co.uk 



 
 For more information about my vintage pearls please see the website http://www.vintagepearls.co.uk/ for the store http://goo.gl/s7bvZ 
http://www.vintagepearls.co.uk/#!store/productsstackergalleryv20=8

To contact me or buy direct, please email me: Helena  info@vintagepearls.co.uk 
 

Friday, 16 November 2012

TRUE VINTAGE PEARLS AND THE WAR YEARS

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 http://www.escape-maps.com/






Women were asked to forego wearing silk during the war so it could be used for parachutes. Source   http://goo.gl/Ke846

'Because things were still being rationed after the war I used parachute silk for the under skirt of my wedding dress.'  Source http://goo.gl/0tNhD



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 http://www.vintagepearls.co.uk/ for the store http://goo.gl/s7bvZ 
all pearls are limited in number and cannot be repeated the nature of true vintage stock - the Heart range started at 210 in total http://www.vintagepearls.co.uk/#!store/productsstackergalleryv20=8

To contact me or buy direct, please email me: Helena  info@vintagepearls.co.uk 
 



Thursday, 8 November 2012

JACKIE ONASSIS AND FAKE PEARLS

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.
http://goo.gl/07lgv



For more information  http://www.vintagepearls.co.uk/#!

Information source http://goo.gl/40alq
(New York Daily News) 

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

SORTING PEARLS - JUST STARTED



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 http://goo.gl/2rDpU



  
Love the 'nerdy' look or is it 'hipster' or then again 'geek' !  http://goo.gl/SJlLJ

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!
 

Monday, 15 October 2012

PEARLS, COCO CHANEL AND THE LITTLE BLACK JACKET






http://youtu.be/SIwmfGbcgRM 



A must have book .....




A must attend exhibition....


A must look at website.....

http://goo.gl/SJlLJ 

www.vintagepearls.co.uk  genuine 1940's graduated pearls


 

PEARLS SUIT ALL AGE GROUPS

When I look back at my last blog the thought that immediately springs to mind is that of a demure, petite and ultra feminine young girl. However femininity is evident at all stages of life and Audrey Hepburn is  probably our most iconic example .......



Pearls are also great FUN and a favourite way to wear mine is with a relaxed  cotton shirt and jeans.  


The pearls in this picture can be found at  www.vintagepearls.co.uk

Facebook has many pages about vintage times and products and if you are in London it is worth having a look at Vintage London:       https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vintage-London/230533016978775












Wednesday, 29 August 2012

VINTAGE ON THE INTERNET -


Prior to the 'age of the internet' it must have taken a long time to research a subject that one can now access within minutes. I have been a fan of the Forties and Fifties since a very young age and of course the internet has thousands and thousands of pictures and articles of the fashions of that era.  It is quite strange to think that the clothes my mum and sisters wore are now referred to as 'vintage clothes or jewellery or furniture'.



Cameo
  A forties hand crocheted top made by my aunt.  I can recall that everyone I knew could either crochet, knit or sew. It was always exciting to get the latest magazines specially those with dressmaking, crochet and knitting patterns.
Cameo

 Occasionally one would get something from the big shop in your nearest city but there was a special pleasure in making your own clothes. 

This stone coloured top is the perfect complement for the vintage cream coloured pearl choker necklace.  The smallest pearl diameter is  2mm graduating to a centre front pearl of 5mm -  necklace is 41cm long. 






 Many more pearls from the forties and fifties on my website http://goo.gl/SJlLJ

You might enjoy looking at one of my favourite facebook likes - many glamorous pictures of vintage fashions. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Boylerpf-Antique-Vintage-Jewelry/105312012718 


Sunday, 12 August 2012

SELLING VIA THE INTERNET....



 www.vintagepearls.co.uk

To make the experience of buying my pearls as personal and enjoyable as possible, I use only family owned bits and pieces as props with my photographs and in this way you will get to know me as the person who is selling to you as opposed to a faceless company selling mass produced product on the internet. The internet is a wonderful invention and yes we are able to reach a much bigger market but somehow I feel that the personal touch is missing. 

It took me ages to learn to just hold a camera before I was able to take pictures of my pearls with bits and pieces that belonged to my mum and dad.

For example this picture has my mum's 1940's clutch bag in the background with a Hermes scarf from the 60's.




......here the pearls are laid on my dad's cravat from the 50's.



A picture of my mum at a garden party in the 1950's - her name is Helena and I am proud to be called after her.



Another fun new thing I learnt recently....took some of my photographs added music - result is a fun video gallery....

http://youtu.be/cqohBxUl8IQ  

Sunday, 29 July 2012

FEEDBACK

http://www.vintagepearls.co.uk/#!pearl-wisdom - would love some feedback...am trying to provide a 'magnifier' or image enlarger app - the pearls are so beautiful and this would allow them to speak to you