Sunday, 15 October 2017

Classic Pearl Jewellery

Vintage pearl necklaces come in all shapes, sizes and styles. And it can be difficult to decide which style is for you. In this post, I'm going to talk about my classic pearl jewellery range.

Classic Pearl Jewellery

Jewellers have used pearls for centuries, because they retain a sense of sophisticated chic. ​Pearls have been worn by some of the most powerful and iconic women in the world, including Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn. As a stylish accessory, it has never gone out of fashion. And by wearing one of my classic pearl necklaces, you can make a stand-out impression among your friends.​

Whether you are looking to make a statement, or for something more playful, my classic range has an option for you. If you are looking for a single string necklace there is my Time​ necklace, or my Parisian necklace for those looking for a multi-string option.

The beauty of a classic pearl necklace is that you can pair it with nearly everything, from a casual jacket to a formal dress. The colours are beautifully muted, providing a powerful accent to your outfit.​

​​About my Classic Pearls

I use only the finest man-made pearls in my vintage necklaces. Lovingly hand-strung, I take great care in making sure that my classic pearl necklaces contain pearls that match in size and shade. My classic pearls date back from the 1940s and 1950s, showing a long-lasting quality that means you could be wearing one of my necklaces for years, or decades, to come.

​With a classical styling that has passed the test of time, you can now confidently make a statement of your own.
​​If classic pearls are not your style, take a look at my contemporary pearl necklaces[link] or marriage pearls[link].

​Questions about my Classic Pearl Jewellery

Q. How old are your pearls?
A. My pearls are vintage, dating back to the 1940s and 1950s. I bought them from a Birmingham jewellers around 2001.

Q. How many beads are in a pearl necklace?
A. My vintage pearl necklaces come in different sizes and numbers of strings, so the number of pearls does vary across the collection. In my classic pearl collection, the ​Rich​ has approximate 83 pearls, while at the other end of the spectrum the ​Vicenza Rose has 4 strings of around 137 pearls each.

Q. Why are your single string pearl necklaces only available in a single length?
A. My single string pieces are over 70 years old, and sadly not made to order. I have a limited quantity of these available.

Q. What colours do your classic pearl necklaces come in?
A. My classic pearl collection comes in muted colours. You can find detailed colour descriptions on each product page.

Q. Why do you use modern clasps with your classic pearl jewellery?
A. When you buy a vintage pearl necklace, the pearls should be the eye-catching part of the piece. I've found that a reproduction of a vintage clasp unnecessarily detracts from the beauty of the pearls, which should be the main feature. I use only 14 carat gold or sterling silver clasps, maintaining the same quality throughout the necklace.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

About Van Vuuren's Vintage Pearls

Are you looking for the perfect accessory for your outfit? I'm Helena Van Vuuren, founder of Van Vuuren's Vintage Pearls. I specialise in producing beautiful, vintage, man-made pearl jewellery.

Who is Helena Van Vuuren?​


​I love my vintage pearls.
I've been working in the jewellery industry for a long time now. I started off working on the diamond mines in South Africa, before going to America to study at the Gemologial Institute of America. In my career I've also served at the British Jewellers Association.

​In 2001 I bought a consignment of vintage, man-made pearls that dated from the early 1940s from a Birmingham jewellery manufacturer. I decided to start a business creating hand-made jewellery that was firmly based on a love of pearls.

​This love of pearls runs through each of the vintage pearl necklaces I make.

​When I'm not hand-stringing a vintage pearl necklace, you can find me growing my own veggies, listening to the Blues, or enjoying a glass of red wine. Even the most ardent pearl-lover needs some time off!

​But enough about me.
"A woman needs ropes and ropes of pearls" Coco Chanel

​You've been looking around at different options for accessorising your outfit, and you want to know if a Van Vuuren vintage pearl necklace can help you finish your look.

Van Vuuren's Vintage Pearl Necklace


​​My pearl necklaces offer an exquisite charm.

​Pearls have been worn by some of the most powerful women in history, like Jackie Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly. Their classic style remains in fashion today.

​And today's prominent women, like Angelina Jolie and Michelle Obama, also look to contemporary pearl jewellery to make a statement in front of the camera.
Now you can look as stylish as your icons with one of my man-made, vintage pearl necklaces.

Whether your style is
classic or contemporary, I have a beautiful, vintage pearl necklace that will help to warm your complexion and give an air of refinement to your outfit.

​I also sell a range of
wedding pearls, for that special occasion where all eyes will be on you.

​Where should I start with Van Vuuren's Vintage Pearls?


1. Read my story
​Find out more about me and my vintage pearls.
2. Find me on Facebook 

I share a lot of useful information on social media about pearls. It's also a great way to get in touch.

3. ​Take a look at my vintage pearl necklaces and choose your favourite.
Browse my range of vintage collections of classic pearls, contemporary pearls, and marriage pearls. There’s a beautiful necklace for every occasion.

​Where can I find out more?


​You ask, I answer.

​If you can't find the answer to your question on my website, please
drop me a line and I'll answer it.