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Antique Equestrian Jewelry & How to Wear it Now
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EQUESTRIAN JEWELRY

 

Equestrian jewelry never seems to go out of fashion and now more than ever, it’s in high demand. Who doesn’t love a lucky horseshoe pendant, a riding crop brooch, hounds of all sorts, and of course right in the middle of it all, stirring things up – the fox!

 

ANTIQUE EQUESTRIAN JEWELRY & HOW TO WEAR IT NOW

 

For a variety of reasons, a good number of equestrian motif jewels happen to be in the form of a brooch. A category of jewelry that may be considered uninteresting or outdated by some, is now gaining in popularity as designers, celebrities and the trend setter in your office come up with new and fun ways to wear them.

 

Here are a few of our takes on how to incorporate the Equestrian Jewelry Trend into your wardrobe.

 

 

 

Clockwise from top left, Kendall Jenner courtesy of Vogue, Versace Safety Pin Dress courtesy of Richmond Classics, Versace Versus courtesy of Net-a-Porter, Vintage Tiffany Equestrian Stock Pins, Sugar et Cie

 

GROUP AND STACK

 

Start with a focus pin/brooch in a motif (Equestrian), gem/metal/color you love, or shape (linear or round), and work around it. Looking for something equestrian and love the combination of sparkling rubies and diamonds? Start with our latest addition, an antique riding crop brooch (pictured below). Pair it with a fox stick pin and a diamond bar brooch.

 

 

Our latest addition, Antique Equestrian Riding Crop Brooch with Rubies and an Old European Cut Diamond © Copyright Sugar et Cie 2016

 

Some color consistency in your group, generally yields a more cohesive look. You may have to play around with your pins a bit before you get the look you want.

 

THE UNEXPECTED

 

Wear your brooches, bar pins, hunting stock pins, kilt pins, double clip brooch/dress pin in unexpected places. Pin them to straps of a cocktail dress, to the front vent of a blazer (Versace Versus), or to the top flap of a pocket.

 

On our last buying trip, we acquired a pair of vintage diamond, pearl, and platinum lingerie pins. We think they will look amazing pinned vertically on the front cuffs of a menswear inspired white shirt (or in place of cufflinks).

 

CONVERT IT

 

If all else fails – convert it! We wouldn’t recommend touching something that is rare, but isn’t jewelry meant to be worn?

 

If it doesn’t work for you in its current form, you should feel free to change it. Some conversions are quite easy and some take a bit of advice and a good jeweler who knows how to work with antique jewelry (and who has a laser welder). It’s happening all of the time. Stick pins converted to rings or single stud earrings, brooches to pendants or barrettes. We’ve been known to convert a few ourselves.

 

The latest craze in equestrian conversions: foxes and hounds from stick pins/brooches to rings, horseshoe brooches to pendants and rings. So if you fall in love with a brooch and none of our creative ideas on how to wear it spark your interest – convert it!

 

THE BROADER TREND: EQUESTRIAN INSPIRED FASHION ON OUR FALL FASHION SHOPPING LIST

 

Equestrian seems to be a key style inspiration for multiple fashion houses for the Fall (2016). I especially love Vogue’s Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis’ take on the trend seen in: Great Gatsby Meets Downton Abbey in Wales (great title!).

 

 

model wearing riding clothes, jacket, pants and riding boots

 

Courtesy of Vogue – Photograph by Jooney Woodward

 

Both Chanel and Ralph Lauren’s Ready-to-Wear runway shows have included a bit of equestrian style. Each has paired multiple looks with riding boots: from hot pink tweed suits to long black coats piled with ropes of pearls.

 

long double breasted winter coat in black from Chanel's 2016 Fall Ready-to-Wear Collection

 

Chanel’s 2016 Ready-to-Wear Collection courtesy of Vogue

 

 

hot pink tweed suit

 

Chanel’s 2016 Ready-to-Wear Collection courtesy of Vogue

 

RALPH LAUREN (riding boots, jodhpur style pants, and more) BUCKTROUT TAILORING (hacking jackets), LE CHAMEAU (riding and hunting boots for the field and street wear), AIGLE (riding and hunting boots for the field and street wear), are all great sources for equestrian style.

 

The trick to this trend is in the contrast. Evening with day (Ralph Lauren’s silk brocade evening dress with riding boots), or frayed with traditional (Bucktrout hacking jacket with frayed jeans and stilettos). Avoid wearing it from head to toe, unless of course you are about to go riding.

 

tweed hacking jacket

 

Sarah Jacket, in Lovat tweed courtesy of Bucktrout Tailoring

 

frayed jeans

 

Frayed Jeans, courtesy of Man Repeller

 

Three different black tall riding boots

 

Riding boots: Ralph Lauren, Venerie by Le Chameau, Steve Madden

 

You can find the Ralph Lauren’s riding boots on Ralph Lauren’s site. Unfortunately, finding Le Chameau boots in the U.S. is currently a bit difficult. At the time this post was written, their website was not set up for U.S. eCommerce.

 

Looking for the same luxe look for a little bit less? Steve Madden’s Lace Up Boots are a great option.

 

Ralph Lauren Fall 2016 model wearing long gold skirt with black riding boots

 

Ralph Lauren Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear, courtesy of Vogue

 

Ralph Lauren Fall 2016 model wearing long purple and gold brocade skirt with high slit and black riding boots

 

Ralph Lauren Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear, courtesy of Vogue

 

WE HAVE MORE EQUESTRIAN INSPIRED JEWELS AT SUGAR ET CIE – SO COME CHECK US OUT!

 

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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!