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Victorian Gold, Diamond and Seed Pearl Buckle Pendant: Something Blue
06 / 28


Item of the Week: Victorian Gold, Diamond and Seed Pearl Buckle Pendant


Wedding season is reaching its peak and summer is in full swing. Whether you are looking for the perfect accessories for your special day or a hot summer night, we think you’ll appreciate the eye candy we’ve incorporated into this week’s post.

A Victorian Antique Gold Pendant with a Buckle Motif

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This is our featured item this week, a Victorian Diamond and Seed Pearl Buckle Pendant in 15 ct gold, with 19th century English hallmarks. It has a buckle motif and the kind of detail work that you would expect to find in a well-made antique piece (love the tiny grommets and pearl buckle). Add it to your summer wardrobe, the warm patina of antique gold and creamy seed pearls looks great against sun-kissed skin. It would also make be a meaningful wedding day gift for a bride from the groom or Maid of Honor. During the Victorian period, a buckle symbolized loyalty and fidelity by joining two pieces together in love or friendship. There is a glazed compartment on the reverse side. Consider tucking away a tiny secret message, or a snippet of blue ribbon (“something blue”).


Color Trends for Bridal and Summer


Deborah Lippmann’s “True Blood” mini nail lacquer set is our inspiration this week. We’ve chosen accessory color combinations that we think would look great either for a fun night out or for bridal. More and more brides are wearing red, pink and blue accessories with their wedding dresses.


Color Trend Bridal and Summer






Color Trends for Bridal and Hot Summer Nights









Color Trends for Hot Summer Nights










Color Trends for Summer Nights





Vogue recently published its Wedding Guide for 2013. They have 5 mini guides – City Hall, Garden Party, Country Club Affair, Black Tie Fete, and Over the Top Grand Soiree. The pictures are beautiful and its a great source for ideas whether you are getting married, throwing a party or have people over for dinner. We were inspired by the floral editorial in the Garden Party Guide: a beautiful small bouquet featuring a garden rose in an antique silver sugar bowl with a big scrolling monogram. Below is our version.

A Garden Rose in an Antique Silver Sugar Bowl

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Whether you put this arrangement on your bedside table or use it as an accent arrangement at your wedding, consider making it smell as good as it looks. Use garden roses, lavender stalks or even mint sprigs from the supermarket. If you don’t have access to garden roses and feel like splurging, Garden Valley Ranch sells fresh cut garden and heirloom roses (during the season) from their farm to the public, in addition to florists


Post a picture of your favorite summer mini-bouquet!





Here are the products we featured and the sources for some of our product images. Beauty: Tom Ford Nail Lacquer (Indian Pink and Bordeaux Lust – visit Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus; Tom Ford Lip Color (Nude Vanille, Black Orchid, and Ravenous – visit Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus); Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer (Single Ladies, ‘True Blood® – Bad Things’ Mini Nail Lacquer Set – visit Nordstrom). Shoes: Charlotte Olympia (Dolly Puttin’ On The Glitz Platform Pumps and Fleur Platform Sandals with Organza Floral Embellishments – visit and Manolo Blahnik (Crystal BB – visit Barneys).

06 / 21


Marie Antoinette’s Style Inspirations


Marie Antoinette, the Dauphine of France from 1770-74 and the Queen of France from 1774 until 1792, was a trendsetter as royals often were then, and some still are now (e.g. Kate Middleton). Princess Eugenie, Napoleon’s wife and Empress of France (1853-70) almost one hundred years later, was somewhat obsessed with Marie Antoinette’s style. Eugenie collected items that belonged to her, commissioned diamond pins that were based upon Marie Antoinette’s dress ornaments and posed for a portrait in 18th century dress said to be similar to one of Marie Antoinette’s. The Empress was not alone. Other women in the 19th century were also enamored with her style and collected paste buckles, memorial rings, and lockets from her reign.(1)


We are still obsessed with the romance and the extravagance of Marie Antoinette’s style. Prices continue to soar for jewelry from the period as well as items purported to have been owned by her. Last year a pair of her white silk mules, adorned with tri-colored silk ribbon, sold for $57,000 at auction in Toulon, France.


Below is a collection of evening shoes inspired by her style. They include actual examples of 18th century evening slippers, a few from French designers circa 1950/60 (Roger Vivier for Dior), and a handful from current designers that we think represent the spirit of her style: studded with “strass”, woven with lace, and adorned with silk flowers.



Style Cues: Marie Antoinette



Item of the Week: Paste Buckle Cuff in Versailles Blue


We’ve created a modern collection that incorporates the beautiful workmanship and sparkle of the 18th and 19th century paste shoe buckle and the color and luxury of Alligator. The latest addition to our Spun Sugar Bracelet collection is the Antique & Modern: Georgian Paste Buckle and Alligator Cuff Bracelet in Versailles Blue. Keep reading and we think you’ll see the connection.

Georgian Paste Buckle on Alligator Cuff

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Marie Antoinette’s Style Portrayed via Film


The most recent incarnation of Marie Antoinette by Hollywood was in 2006, directed by Sophia Coppola and staring Kirsten Dunst as the Dauphine. It is worth watching for the extravagant, candy-colored imagery alone. You can see why the film won the Academy Award for best costume design. Annie Leibovitz, in another feast for the eyes, captured a slightly edgier version of Kirsten as Marie Antoinette for Vogue, in September of the same year. It’s worth taking a minute to see the entire layout still available on their site.



Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, September 2006



Items of the Week: Antique Paste Earrings and Vintage Diamond Rings


Marie Antoinette was not only famous for her style but also infamous for the amount of sparkle she managed to incorporate into her wardrobe. You may not know that she liked to mix her paste jewels in with her diamonds and other precious gems. She literally sparkled from her head, pinning paste pieces into her sky-high hair, to her toes (paste buckles on her shoes).



Antique Paste Earring on Blue Ribbon

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Why not take a style cue from Marie Antoinette and mix antique paste and vintage diamonds? Wear our Antique: Double Collet-Set Antique Paste in Silver, Drop Earrings, with a stack of your favorite vintage diamond rings on your first finger. Browse through our Stacking Rings Collection.



Vogue Shoot by Annie Leibovitz Topic the film Marie Antoinette

Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, September 2006


A Vintage Diamond Ring on a Candy Stick




Vintage Diamond Rings on a Candy Stick


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(1) “Jewellery in the Age of Queen Victoria,” by Charlotte Gere, Judy Rudoe, The British Museum.

H1: Evening Shoes, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, House of Dior, 1957, Designer: Roger Vivier (French, 1913–1998).

H2: Slippers, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1780–89, European, Medium: Silk.

H3: Slippers, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1720–39, France, Medium: Silk and Leather.

H4: Evening Shoes, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, House of Dior, 1960, Designer: Roger Vivier (French, 1913–1998).

C1: Flora, by Charlotte Olympia.

C2: Swan, by Manolo Blahnik at Barney’s.

C3: Embroidered Lace Point-Toe Halter Pump, by Rene Caovilla at Bergdorf Goodman.

C4: Pigalle Strass, by Christian Louboutin. CL appears to be a fan of the sparkle of paste – Strass is the French word which translates to paste, also associated with the jeweler that developed its reputation for quality in 18th c. France.

C5: Au Hameau, by Christian Louboutin. The silver is sold out, but a gold version is available at Barney’s. CL appears to also be a fan of Versailles/Marie Antoinette. Hameau de la Reine was built for her.

06 / 13


Antique Diamond Arrow Brooch


Are you lusting after a gorgeous antique brooch, but don’t want to make the investment because you can’t think of multiple ways to wear it? Flaming hearts, diamonds skulls, sparkling flowers, and arrows in all shapes and sizes are among the favorites. Are you getting married, but want to be able to wear the veil pin or sash brooch after the wedding? If you’ve passed up some great pieces because you didn’t think you would get much wear out of them, the following is for you!



One Antique Brooch Worn Four Different Ways


On the Front Pocket of Your Jeans


It may sound a bit strange, but it looks great. Pin one flower in the center, a group of three small flowers clustered together, or an arrow brooch or two. As long as the pins are the right size for the area and look good together, anything can work.


Back to Basics – On a Black Blazer


Think about pinning three diamond or paste swallows, one slightly smaller than the next, up the front shoulder of a boyfriend blazer. You could also try multiple gem-set arrows, up and down the lapel of a black fitted blazer pointing in various directions. Just add a white v-neck t-shirt and some black, pointed-toe heels.


Off to the Side


Do you have a dress that knots at the side or a top that has a focus point at the waist, why not pin your favorite sparkling piece in the center? We’ve taken our arrow and pinned it diagonally through the center of this peplum bustier. Here’s another great example, a black dress with a knot that is perfect for pinning, from AllSaints.


On Our Re-Pinnable Black Stingray Bracelet Cuff


If you are like us, you like to get a lot of different looks out of your jewelry and wear it in different ways. This soft black cuff made from stingray, allows you to pin your brooch to the cuff, wear it as a bracelet, and remove the brooch/pin when you want to wear it on something else.

Antique Diamond Arrow Brooch

Black Stingray Cuff Bracelet

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Let us know how you like to wear your brooches and pins – even better send us a picture!


Where Do I Get It?


1: Rag and Bone Skinny Jean, the pair shown above at is sold out, try this similar pair at Revolve Clothing.

2: Joseph Classic Blazer in Black, if you like it get it while it’s still available – on sale at

3: Strapless Peplum Top by Amanda Uprichard, H&M’s Peplum Bustier is sold out. Try this one also at Revolve Clothing as an alternative.

4: Antique: Victorian Pearl and Diamond Arrow Brooch “Queen of Spades” available at Sugar et Cie, brooch and cuff sold separately.

06 / 04


Double Down: The Double Cuff


Wearing matching cuffs, one on each wrist, or a pair of cuffs on the same wrist is, without question, a bold fashion statement. One that has been favored by 20th century fashion icons like Coco Chanel, Daisy Fellowes, Gloria Swanson, Diana Vreeland, and Kate Moss.


Antique and Modern: Black Stingray Cuff with Antique Paste Slide


Double Down: Cuff Bracelets - The Perfect Pair Part 1


Gloria Swanson and Cartier


Gloria Swanson also favored the double cuff. She purchased her’s from Cartier in 1932. The cuffs, comprised of rock crystal, platinum and diamonds, looked like two circles of ice embedded with diamonds, floating on her wrists. She wore them in both her personal life and on the screen (see Sunset Boulevard). Item 4 below, is another example of a cuff by Cartier. It was a part of Elizabeth Taylor’s Jewelry Collection and sold at auction by Christie’s in 2011 for $146,500.


Double Down: The Cuff Bracelet (Diamond Cuffs) Part 2


Coco Chanel and Verdura


I think it is safe to say that Coco Chanel loved her Verdura Cuffs. There are numerous pictures of her, that span several decades, wearing her cuff bracelets each embedded with a jeweled Maltese Cross created by Vedura. She had a matching pair and wore one on each wrist. This design became a signature for Verdura and many were made out of different materials (e.g. ivory, gold and enamel, jade etc., set with a variety of gems). Count Fulco di Verdura sold his stake in the business in 1973 and in 1985 the firm was purchased by Ward Landrigan. You can see the current version, based upon designs in the Company’s archives of Coco’s original on their website. Item 6 below, is another version of Coco’s original. It was sold by Sotheby’s in 2012 for $28,750. It doesn’t say whether it was created during the Count’s lifetime.


Double Down: The Cuff Bracelet (Daytime Jewelry), Part 3


The List


1: Antique & Modern: Black Stingray Cuff with Antique Paste Slide, available at Sugar et Cie

2: Long-Sleeve Mermaid Jersey Gown in Black, Donna Karan at Neiman Marcus

3: Diamond Cuff Bracelets, by Tabbah, Sold at auction by Christie’s

4: A Diamond and Gold Cuff Bracelet, by Cartier, Sold at auction by Christie’s

5: Coral, enamel, and diamond bangle, David Webb, Sold at auction by Sotheby’s

6: 18 Karat Gold, Colored Stone and Diamond ‘MALTESE CROSS’ Cuff Bracelet, VERDURA, Sold at auction by Sotheby’s

7: Look of the Day, from Who What Wear