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Vintage Jewelry Adds a Unique and Glamorous Touch to Prom and Evening Wear

In Vintage Jewelry on April 17, 2010 at 12:34 pm

If you are looking to accessorize your Prom gown or little black dress with a unique touch, vintage jewelry is the way to go. Vintage jewelry allows you to complete your already gorgeous ensemble in an affordable and glamorous way. Vintage jewelry typically dates back between the 1920s and 1970s, although with the 1980s now becoming 30 years old, pieces from that era are sometimes considered to be “vintage” too. (Jewelry that dates prior to circa 1920, I consider to be “antique.”) Here are a few ideas to complete your evening look using vintage jewelry:

Chandelier Earrings: Chandelier earrings have been brought back to mainstream thanks to some of our favorite actresses in Hollywood. When picking out a pair of vintage chandelier earrings, they shouldn’t be longer than your neck, and though they look great with up do hairstyles, if you have a short hair style or your hair is pulled back, the earrings shouldn’t fall below your jaw line. If an earring is too long, it will make hair style look out of proportion with the rest of your look.

Go for the Gold: While silver-colored jewelry and white gold has typically been the preferred metal for youthful jewelry, yellow gold and rose gold jewelry is on the rise and making a bold statement. Vintage gold-colored jewelry looks great and is very complementary with richer, jewel-tone colored dresses.

Multi-strand Necklaces: More strands are better than one as multi-strand necklaces are not only popular but are especially great for gowns that are low cut or strapless. Necklaces and accessories are no longer shy as multi-stand necklaces satisfy today’s current fashion trends leaning toward the eclectic and layered looks.

Broach the Subject: Broaches have been more visible the last few seasons and offer many ways to add glam to your ensemble. Broaches can be added to your outfit by pinning them to your handbag, a satin belt or a cloth bracelet. They can also be used to secure a scarf or pashmina. Broaches can also add sparkle to your hairdo. A broach can be pinned to a plain black ponytail elastic, attached to a hair comb or large clip with jewelry wire, or added to the side of an elastic or cloth headband.

Put a Ring on it: Elaborate cocktail rings are back in a big way. Traditionally cocktail rings are over sized, worn on the fourth finger of the right hand and designed to bring attention to the wearer. Vintage cocktail rings come in a many bold colors and styles and make a bold statement by adding confidence to any outfit.

For additional information on vintage jewelry, including available vintage jewelry merchandise, visit Highland House Gifts & Décor at: www.HighlandHouseGifts.com.    Highland House Gifts & Décor is an online boutique that specializes in unique finds and handcrafted items. We offer unique and distinctive gifts and home décor including one-of-a-kind floral arrangements, holiday furnishings, antiques, vintage and handmade jewelry, and custom artwork.

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Amber Hogan

Highland House Gifts & Décor



Decorating with Vintage Trays

In Decorating with Vintage Items on February 22, 2010 at 11:25 am

 I’ve been running into, and collecting more and more, vintage, tole-style trays these days and as I do so, I’ve had people ask me what am I going to do with them.  Here are a few suggestions on how to use these trays around your home:

  • When purchased in multiples, I think that vintage trays look great displayed on a wall. The display looks bold when you use multiple trays made up of the same pattern, but multiple patterns can also look great grouped together as long as they have the same theme or color story.


  • Vintage trays are a unique way to organize small items in a bathroom, bedroom or on a vanity. They are perfect for corralling items like jewelry, pins, loose buttons, makeup and other small trinket items.


  • An entry way is a great place to house a vintage tray. A tray can be used to collect keys, mail and even change.


  • A large vintage metal tray or set of trays can be used as a magnetic bulletin board to keep track of lists, notes and messages. The tray/s can be affixed to a wall with something as simple as adhesive strips. Just add some decorative magnets and your message center is all ready to go.

Vintage trays are usually printed or painted with fun patterns such as flowers, birds, fruits or scrolls. Though I’ve been collecting tin and metalware trays, ceramic trays are poplar too. Many of these trays are still in existence and can be found at flea markets, estate sales, thrift shops, as well as on online auction sites and antique stores. When purchasing vintage trays, their overall condition is the most important factor. Look for scratches, dents, rust spots and fades colors.  Since the trays are old, they will show some character. When shopping for trays, I don’t mind if there are some scratches or worn spots but I do  try to avoid rust spots. 

Once purchased, vintage trays are easy to care for. Once I bring my trays home, I clean them with some mild soap and water and then dry them thoroughly. I also sometimes apply a think coat of varnish or wax on them to preserve them.

Amber Hogan, Owner

Highland House Gifts & Décor


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