I’ve always liked vintage charms, but something about 2020 has really lit the charm fire in me. Charms are tiny, they’re pretty, they often have adorable secrets, and I suddenly can’t get enough of them.
I was discussing my newfound charm obsession with my buddies over at Wilson’s Estate Jewelry and they mentioned that they actually have a HUGE selection of top notch vintage charms, in addition to their glorious collection of vintage rings and other jewelry that I already know and love.
One thing led to another, and suddenly I was holding a big ol’ treasure trove of borrowed vintage charms and rings from Wilson’s Estate Jewelry to play with and photograph.
Let’s take a look.
My Wilson’s Wishlist: vintage charms and rings.
This picture is a perfect visual representation of why I love Wilson’s Estate Jewelry. Their eclectic collection spans a wide variety of styles, eras, and materials with one unifying factor: every single piece is remarkable.
Let’s break it down from left to right. First we have an Arts & Crafts era ring with a lush, foliate spray of leaves curling around a luminous moonstone. Next, a spectacularly substantial British Victorian snake ring with rows and rows of 18K gold with ruby and diamond details.
Third, we have my personal favorite ring of the whole batch, a 5 stone Victorian beauty with topaz, tourmaline, and diamonds that I will be dreaming of for the rest of my days. And finally, that gorgeous glowing cluster on my pinky is a Victorian era Mexican fire opal ring.
The first thing I did when I had these vintage charms in my clutches was to try to balance them all on my hand, so that’s how we’re going to start.
The little house on the left is actually a tiny chapel or church, with beautifully detailed windows and a tiny articulated roof that lifts to reveal an itty bitty enamel bride and groom kissing on the inside!
On the left, we have a teeny tiny model of a Greyhound bus. The top lifts open to reveal two rows of tiny gold passengers sitting quietly. This vintage charm is mid-century, from the 1950’s.
Shall we admire some rings next?
These two stunners share an elongated shape that’s one of my favorite styles. Both platinum with diamonds, the ring on the left is Art Deco era while the ring on the right is slightly earlier, from the Edwardian period.
The rings are lounging in a gorgeous specimen from Wilson’s Estate Jewelry’s collection of vintage and antique ring boxes.
Here are those two beauties along with a whole gang of platinum friends! Oh, this aesthetic slays me. There’s nothing like the color of old platinum, especially accented with diamonds and sapphires.
The rectangular dinner ring with the calibre cut sapphires is Art Deco, as you probably can tell from its quintessential Deco-ness. The very romantic ring below it is Edwardian era, with diamonds in platinum-topped gold.
The jaw-dropping star sapphire ring on my pinky is Art Deco as well, from the 1930’s. It was very hard to do justice to that spectacular stone in my photos, but you an almost see how it captures the light and reflects it back with an ethereal glow.Read More