Dilemma! Antique jewelry is wonderful, but with this dream comes responsibilities—caring for old things can be daunting. Why not set your sights on vintage-inspired jewelry instead? Vintage-esque jewelry, freshly hatched and brand new, is meant to be thrown on and enjoyed—no loose stones to worry about, no fear that washing your hands will ruin a decoration applied 100 years ago, no wondering if what you bought is really what the dealer—he or she seemed so nice, but still…—swore it was.
Don’t think of these vintage-inspired pieces as mere replicas because they are emphatically not—they are fantasias, brilliant interpretations, spun with precious metals and gems with one eye toward the aesthetic past and one fixed firmly on the future.
No matter what historical period appeals to you—and why stop with just one?—there is a vintage-inspired jewel to suit your taste and your budget. Maybe you are attracted to the deep secrets of the ancient world—coin pendant anyone? Or the flourishes of the Victorian era, whose delicate intricacies have enchanted wearers for almost 200 years. Or perhaps you consider yourself the epitome of an early 20th-century feminist, with the wild heart of Zelda Fitzgerald and the fierce intelligence of Eleanor Roosevelt, in which case, a vintage-inspired art deco piece could be just the jewel you never knew you had to have until now. Or could it be that you see yourself as the ultimate hippie chick, sadly born too late for Woodstock—but not too young to sport a cheerful, tongue-in-cheek vintage-inspired 1960s baubles?
Whatever you choose, isn’t it fun to be alive at a time when all these spectacular styles of the past are at your literal fingertips? So get ready to flaunt your vintage-inspired treasure. Summer is coming.