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Antique Heart Shaped Perfume Flask Pendant & Fall Fashion News
08 / 23

 

ANTIQUE: EDWARDIAN SILVER HEART PERFUME FLASK PENDANT

 

At last it has arrived and we don’t want to let it go! Who wouldn’t want a secret stash of their favorite scent hidden away in a treasured piece of jewelry?

Antique Silver Perfume Flask

© Copyright Sugar et Cie 2013

 

 

This is a wearable, heart-shaped, Sterling Silver Scent Flask, in its original state with hallmarks from the Edwardian period. It is a functional perfume holder with a threaded top that closes securely. Fill it with your favorite perfume and have it hand engraved with a monogram or keep it as is – beautifully simple!

 

FALL FASHION COLOR TREND: BERRY

 

Berry is a big color for Fall 2013 as evidenced by the number of fall runway collections that included it (e.g. Valentino, Dior). Silver accents pop against this deep and rich backdrop, so bring out your white-gold, platinum, and antique silver jewelry.

 

Fall Color Trend Berry

 

Nail Polish: Marc Jacobs – Jezebel

Jewelry: Sugar et Cie – Victoriana Collection

Pump: Alexandre Birman

Shadow: Lancome – All That Sparkles

Jacket: Mugler

 

FASHION NEWS

 

In other fashion news, H&M’s Paris Collection 2013, featured in Elle (in February), arrived online yesterday 8/22. It can be purchased online, but won’t be in (select) stores until September. Some items have already sold out.

 

There area a number of fun and chic pieces: faux fur in black and white, beaded and embroidered dresses in blush, red, and nayv, and some great looking jackets and blazers. What it really comes down to is this – Will it look as great in-person as it does in the editorial layout? I’m wondering if the quality of the fabric and the construction will be good enough. I’ve ordered the over-the-knee boots (they call them knee high) and the black wool pea coat jacket. We’ll see…. Let us know if you’ve purchased something from this collection and what you think of it!

 

08 / 16

 

THE ANTIQUE PERFUME FLASK OR SCENT FLACON

 

Perfume flasks were made in many different sizes (travel, table-top) and in a variety of materials (glass, silver, enamel, gold), but of course we love those that are meant to be worn as jewelry.

 

The scent flask or perfume flacon, is a small container with a tight secure cap. Sometimes the flacon itself is the container. Others are containers inside containers, hidden away and accessible only through its decorative outside. These ornamental objects could be hung around the neck, suspended by chain or ribbon (perfume pendant), attached to a finger ring, or dangled from a chatelaine (see our glossary for more information).

 

The earliest version of the perfume flacon (16th century) was made of precious metal and although decorative, it served a purpose. It allowed the scented liquid to become mobile, transported from the source and carried by the user. By the end of the 19th century, the reverse was true. The decorative aspect became the focus and the fact that it also held perfume was the novelty. Cartier, Boucheron, and Tiffany among others crafted elaborate and awe-inspiring scent laden jewels.

 

WHAT GOES IN IT?

 

It was once the practice to buy your perfume in plain bottles at the apothecary and transfer them into your own flasks, flacons or other decorated containers. If you’re thinking about investing in a beautiful antique vessel, maybe you should consider having something just as unique for the inside. We’ve found a few custom parfumeurs you might want to explore.

 

If you don’t have the time to invest in creating your own custom scent, but still want to find your own modern day version of the local apothecary, visit Herbal Alchemy’s online boutique. Located in Brooklyn, New York, they make artisnal perfumes in small batches from high-quality natural ingredients.

 

Midnight Garden, contains top notes of petitgrain, wild sweet orange, coriander CO2, lime; heart notes of jasmine, neroli, honey; and base notes of vanilla, oakmoss, peru balsam.

 

Herbal Alchemy's Midnight Garden Perfume

 

Moonrise, inspired by the Greek goddess Artemis who represents the new moon, contains top notes of wormwood; base notes of bergamot and petitgrain; heart notes of luminous jasmine, honey and rose; and base notes of sandalwood and frankincense.

Herbal Alchemy's Moonrise

 

CUSTOM BLENDED PERFUMES

 

Do you want to create your own signature perfume, custom blended, based on the scent combinations that you love? Mandy Aftel, the bespoke perfumer and owner of Aftelier Perfumes, guides you through the process in her Berkeley studio. She has a collection of over 100 essences and will create a blend that is uniquely perfect for you. I love the fact that you get to try it out for a week, make any desired adjustments, and walk away with a spray, liquid, travel and solid version of your custom perfume.

 

Even if you aren’t able to make it to her studio, according to Mandy, “..you can still get the full experience of having a custom perfume made for you, using my comprehensive method for designing custom perfumes at a distance.” She sends you “… small vials of different perfume chords or combinations: top-note chords that form the opening smell of the perfume; middle-note chords that form the heart; base-note chords that form the final or “drydown” note.”

 

WHERE CAN I GET ONE?

 

We’ve been on the hunt for an antique sterling silver, hallmarked, heart-shaped, perfume flask pendant. Success! We found one in England and it’s on its way. We will include it in next week’s post and it will be part of Sugar et Cie’s Victoriana Collection.

08 / 09

 

WEARABLE ART: THE ANTIQUE VINAIGRETTE AS MODERN DAY JEWELRY

 

I love it when I can combine two of my favorite things: my favorite perfume and a unique piece of jewelry. Small wearable vessels made to carry perfumed liquids (Pomander, Vinaigrette, Hovedvandsæg, perfume flask, scent flacon, etc.) have a long and interesting history. Their purpose has evolved from amulet used to ward of evil spirits, to the more pleasant: an “aide de memoire” to remind the wearer of happy memories or olfactory magnet used to attract a potential beloved.

 

They come in many shapes: round, rectangular, square, heart, skull, anything you can imagine has probably been made. They can be standalone or embedded into other pieces of jewelry (rings, bracelets, brooches).

 

ABOUT THE VINAIGRETTE

 

The vinaigrette was originally carried by both men and women, but by the end of the first quarter of the 19th century, they became more of a feminine accessory. This small hinged box, often in silver and sometimes gold, contained a small sea sponge that had been soaked in vinegar and aromatics. An interior ornate grille kept the sponge in place and prevented it from falling out when opened. The purpose of the vinaigrette was to revive (hence the combination of the sharp scent of vinegar with aromatics) or disguise other unpleasant smells one might encounter out on the streets.

 

The outside of the box could be elaborate, quite simple, or made to look like something else entirely. The surprise comes upon opening. “The scent compartment is hidden, both to protect the volatile contents, and to maintain the jewelry facade. Here, the fragrance is stashed away like a lock of hair or a tiny picture or memento of another whose memory matters terribly. What is inside each jewel is the wearer’s secret”. – from The Secrets of Aromatic Jewelry.

 

Antique Vinaigrette in the Shape of a Heart

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When looking for these scented treasures, we focus on size, design, quality, condition, age, and the “would we wear it?” test. One of the prettiest we’ve seen was a Danish Hovedvandsæg. Part of our inventory not too long ago, it was purchased by a customer who intended to give it to his bride on their wedding day! It was of good size, unique, quite old – 1811, in lovely condition for its age, and very wearable. A hand-engraved silver heart with a gilt crown, it is one of those pieces that looks good dangling from anything (gold watch chain, sterling silver guard chain or black ribbon).

 

PERFUME FLASKS

 

We’ll follow-up with Part 2 “The Secrets of Scent Laden Jewels: Perfume Flasks as Jewelry” next week.

 

In the meantime, what scent would you keep in yours? A favorite of mine is Santa Maria Novella’s Aqua di Colona in Verbena. It’s described as “…reminiscent of lemons and limes.” To me it smells like summer!

Perfume from Santa Maria Novella

 

Courtesy of Santa Maria Novella