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Jewelry Trends Fall 2016 & The Statement Pocket Watch Necklace
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The fall runways were full of rich jewel toned colors which happen to be the perfect backdrop for statement jewelry for Fall. Ellie Saab featured standout, oversized chandelier earrings, but only on one ear.



Elie Saab Fall 2016 Couture Fashion Show Courtesy of Vogue




Elie Saab Fall 2016 Couture Fashion Show Courtesy of Vogue



Versace sprinkled their show with layers of chains, large link long chains and chunky chokers.



Versace Fall 2016 Courtesy of Haper’s Bazaar




My favorite show for jewelry was John Galliano Fall 2016 Ready to Wear. His catwalk was full of gold medallions and pocket watches hanging from gold chains in an array of lengths, from Choker to Opera.


It perfectly illustrates our mantra: Making Antique Jewelry Wearable. Combining today’s fashion with antique jewelry (or what looks to be) to create a one-of-a-kind look.



John Galliano Fall 2016 Courtesy of Vogue



John Galliano Fall 2016 Courtesy of Vogue



John Galliano Fall 2016 Courtesy of Vogue



John Galliano Fall 2016 Courtesy of Vogue




Here are some of our pieces, actual antique pocket watches and chains that you can combine with your fall cashmere and silk to create your own one-of-a-kind look.




This is a heart-shaped Antique Demi-Hunter pocket watch in 15 Kt rose gold.



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The versatility comes from the fact that there are two distinct sides to the Demi-Hunter or hunter pocket watch one. With the dial side out, you get the classic look of a pocket watch. With the cover side out, it looks more like a gold locket. We are showing it with an Antique Victorian rose gold guard chain. At 57 inches, you can double or triple it to get the layered chain look. The chain has a dog clip/swivel clip which makes it really easy to change what you wear on the end of it.



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if you love the chain and pocket watch Galliano shown on the model wearing the sheer skirt and white angora sweater, you will love our version. Below is our antique shooting stars demi-hunter pocket watch paired with our antique Victorian mid-length gold link chain.



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For more details or to make a purchase see our Pendant and Charms collection for the pocket watches and our Necklace and Chains collection, to browse our antique gold chains and other items.


02 / 28




Icy pastels, usually reserved for Spring, were part of the color palette this past Fall/Winter. Well, Spring is approaching and pink is still here. Models pranced down the runway at Spring Fashion Week covered in pink from head to toe (Alexander Wang, Balmain, Isabel Marant, Balenciaga). All shades were present from sugary bubble gum to fuchsia to the palest of pales. Not a big fan of all over pink? Add hints and pops of the color through your accessories: shoes, bags, jewelry, etc. Here are some of our top picks.


Satin strappy sandals in hot pink



Sergio Rossi satin pink strappy sandals



A new discovery, for me anyway. Julep nail polish seems to be free of nasty chemicals. They call it 4-Free. It doesn’t contain formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP, or toluene.



pale pink nail polish




Julep nail polish in Emanuelle



At first glance this looks like mother of pearl, but as it turns out it’s plastic.

oval pink and black striped purse


Striped oval clutch from Edie Parker



pale pink mule with gold embellishments


Pale pink and gold mule from Oscar De La Renta



pale pink pearls  with rose gold shield locket embellishments

Cultured pearls with rose gold shield locket from Sugar et Cie



bubblegum pink peep toe pumps with skulls


Bubblegum pink pumps with jeweled skull detail from Alexander McQueen



pink cashmere and silk scarf



Chan Luu silk cashmere scarf



hot pink flat sandlas



Fuchsia leather embellished t-bar sandals from DSQUARED2



vintage buckle on blush glazed alligator cuff



Antique buckle on blush pink glazed alligator cuff from Sugar et Cie



hot pink lip gloss



Marc Jacobs Lip Vinyl lip gloss in “Boom Boom” fuchsia




07 / 30




I firmly believe in high performance investments. Especially when it comes to fashion. If you’re going to make an investment in a piece, you should make sure that you get the most out of it. It doesn’t matter if your investment is in high street or high fashion, the same rules still apply. The three most important things to consider when making those investments are: Versatility, Quality and Look.



Versatile Pieces: From Summer to Winter

A mid-weight, tweed jacket and a good pair of white or cream jeans are wardrobe staples worthy of investment. Choose color combinations like black & white that move easily from Spring/Summer to Fall/Winter. With a few swaps (white tee or tank to cashmere sweater and open toe heels to boots) you can wear your investments a good portion of the year.




Not really… Whether you spend $200 or $2,000, make sure it’s of quality material and construction (see the timeless Vintage Chanel Boucle jacket below), and that it looks good on you. If it falls apart after 6 months or doesn’t really fit you, then it’s not worth the investment. I have an Alexander McQueen, black and white fitted tweed jacket that I bought six years ago. I can throw it over a tee or a cami and it instantly elevates whatever I have on. To me, it was definitely worth the investment.


The Little Bird on 1st Dibs






Choosing pieces that can be worn during the day and that can make the transition easily to night, is another way to maximize the value you get out of your investment pieces.




Versatile Investment Pieces



1 – Nothing beats a pair of well-made, black cigarette pants that can be worn with a white button down during the day and a silk cami at night. What makes this transition possible? The fit and style of the pants (narrow leg, ankle length). What makes it a good investment piece? Its versatility and the quality of the material (100% lightweight wool) and the construction.


2 – Get more from a pair of black heels by choosing ones that can make the day to night transition. This pair from Lanvin has a closed toe and a hidden platform that work well for day. The pointed toe, ankle strap, and python texture provide enough edge to allow the transition to evening.


3 – I love this deep red alligator bag from Vintage Skins, an online boutique that has a large selection of beautiful vintage handbags in exotic skins (alligator, lizard, python, etc.). The silver chain detail on this particular bag makes it a great option for night without screaming “evening bag” during the day.





Day to Evening Basics





The same rules of Versatility, Quality and Look also apply to your investment in jewelry. Get the most out of your investment by buying pieces that can be worn with either jeans or a cocktail dress.



Antique Paste Earrings


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Of course, not every piece you buy needs to be versatile to be worth the investment. It is nice though to have a handful of pieces that can be worn in multiple ways. A pair of antique paste or diamond drop earrings are a good example. They are simple, add a lot of sparkle, and always elevate your look.



Antique Gold Watch Chain


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An interesting antique gold or silver chain is another piece of jewelry that can be worn with almost anything. Mix and layer it with other chains, wear it by itself, or dangle your favorite pendant.





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If you invest in quality pieces that you love, you won’t regret the investment.

02 / 21


You might be surprised to find that the well-dressed man in Victorian England, would walk out the door wearing multiple pieces of jewelry: cufflinks, a signet ring, a tie pin or a stick pin, and an Albert watch chain. The watch chain at the center of the ensemble, provided the opportunity to hang additional decorative objects. It was the definition of menswear chic for a good portion of the 19th century.


Menswear Chic



Some Background on the Albert Watch Chain


The watch chain, became the Albert chain named for Prince Albert (1819-1861) who wore them often. He and Queen Victoria were considered to be the fashion trendsetters of their day. Any component of fashion (style, color, structure, or material) adopted by the pair resulted in widespread imitation.


The Albert watch chain can be found in single and double versions. The single has one swivel clip, often called a dog clip, and a T-bar which sometimes has an additional chain to which decorative items could be attached. The T-bar was inserted into the button hole to secure the chain and watch as a safeguard.


The double has two dog clips, with a T-bar in the center. There is a watch on one end and sometimes a Vesta (silver or gold match case with a match strike built into the bottom), or decorative/functional item on the other such as a watch fob seal, watch key, compass or sovereign coin case. If you are curious to see how they were originally worn, the following shows Prince Albert wearing one attached to his waistcoat: portrait photograph of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales from the Royal Trust Collection.


Albert Watch Chain as Necklace


We carefully select the antique watch chains that we choose for our collection. We look for ones from 19th or very early 20th century in sterling silver or gold. And, we also look take into consideration the condition, hallmarks, length, and the pattern of the links.


While doing research on watch chains we discovered that the jewelry trend of wearing a watch chain necklace is not new. When soldiers left home for the battlefields of WWI, they left their pocket watches and watch chains behind with their girlfriends and wives. Women would wear them around their necks to keep them safe and close to the heart. Pocket watches began to fade from use as wrist watches, more practical in the trenches, became the standard.


Menswear Chic




Menswear Chic



Available in our Victoriana Collection – Antique: Victorian Sterling Silver Necklace with Graduated Links (Double Albert Chain)


An antique Albert watch chain with watch fob medallion

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Available in our Victoriana Collection – Antique: Sterling Silver, Double Albert Watch Chain and Vesta Case


A sterling silver antique Albert watch chain with a vesta

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Menswear chic also seems to be a trend that repeats itself. We think the key to creating a current and feminine menswear inspired look is to choose a fitted silhouette, and of course great accessories! We’ve chosen a slim-fit white silk shirt, a pair of black trousers, black and white spectator, t-strap, platforms and a great belt. A pair of low-rise, cigarette pants would also look great. The open v-neckline provides the perfect backdrop for an Albert watch chain necklace. Wear one, for a more classic look. Layer two or three of varying lengths and patterns to add a bit of edge.




Albert Watch Chain Necklaces (clockwise from top right)

As pictured: Antique – Sterling Silver, Double Albert Watch Chain and Vesta Case, by Sugar et Cie

As pictured: Antique – Victorian Sterling Silver Necklace with Graduated Links (Double Albert Chain), by Sugar et Cie

As pictured: Antique – Edwardian Rose Gold, Twist Link, Albert Watch Chain Necklace, by Sugar et Cie




Black & White Look

As pictured: Eva White Silk Shirt & Max C Tailor Pant, both by Theory

Equestrian Look

As pictured: Stretch Poplin Shirt and Hudson Twill Jodhpur, both Blue Label, Ralph Lauren




As pictured: Dallas Spectator, Lauren, Ralph Lauren

As pictured: Liya Pump, by Alexander Wang




As pictured: Genuine Lizard Skinny Belt in Natural, by Coco & Coco

As pictured: Reversible Leather Belt, Lauren, Ralph Lauren