Saturday, 30 August 2008

.........are a girls best friend

For a girl who over the years has accumulated some beautiful jewellery, I just don’t wear it enough. My Mum is of the old school variety and has always had a penchant for tennis bracelets, lockets, fobs and solid gold bangles. I even met her in Antwerp earlier this year to scour the city for diamonds. A European trip simply for purchasing jewellery makes her a serious jewellery wearer and buyer (sucks to be my dad, no wonder he keeps putting off retirement). I, on the other hand have not inherited this love of expensive accessories. I wear a very simple pair of pearls every day. Now and then I adorn myself with some glass beads or costume style neck decorations. The real stuff just doesn’t do it for me just yet. At 30 I fear it may never become “my thing”. (Looks like my future spouse is high fiving himself right now!)

I do, however, fancy a pretty vintage ring and have spent hundreds of hours wandering market stalls and browsing antique websites in search of the perfect one. In my travels I came across this gorgeous website owned and operated by the sweetest girl called Raney-Mills. Her company Raney Day Rings is based in Boston, USA. I just had to share it with you. Cute to boot and from what I hear, prices and shipping are extremely reasonable. Start decorating your fingers ladies.

More recently, my most exciting fashion festival discovery was the surprise appearance of boutique jeweller Chelsea De Luca. Antique themed, old world jewels reminiscent of our grandmothers jewellery boxes, swarovski crystal encrusted hair combs, and some gorgeous deep coloured velvet cushions make for a simply delightful store experience. Word on James Street is that De Luca is the next best thing in the Australian jewellery industry. De Luca's frosting is highly sort after for many red carpet appearances with Rose Byrne making the "Unflappable Flapper" her first choice at the Sex and the City premiere. For a girl who prefers the vintage brooch over colour, carat, clarity and cut - De Luca may be just what I've been looking for.

19 people have commented:

Emily said...

Those rings are just beautiful. I wonder if my grandmother has any rings like that...


Emily @ fashion156.com/blog

Lavender said...

Paddington Antiques Centre is great for a rummage if you're in the mood for crazy vintage cocktail rings.

Miss Karen said...

Wow those rings are incredible! My mum has a few rings like that but alas her fingers are much bigger then my measly mitts.

grenadine said...

Lovely rings. I'm quite attracted to the pink one and white one. Now if only my fingers were less chunkier. ;-)

Nicole said...

I'm glad you commented on my blog so I could see yours... I really like your posts! I've always wanted a nice vintage ring, but my hands are still elementary school-sized.

pinktuutuu said...

oh my the rings are beautiful! Thanks fro stumbling by my blog allowing me to discover yours. Love it!

CoutureCarrie said...

Love those chunky and fabulous cocktail rings!!!

xoxox,
CC

LaCouturier said...

the rings are gorgeous! =) and omg you're so lucky being a guest of the Fashion festival!!

Mila said...

Wow, such beautiful pieces! <3

Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog!
:) Mila.

Make Do and Mend said...

Oh the rings are to die for - gorgeous!

Giselle said...

Sweetie!
One of my favourite pictures (you and the shadow!)!!!
And the rings!!!...I wonder if I can find one in my mom's jwellery box now when I go home!

Chic Looks said...

these rings are beautiful, the pearl ones are me fav.

fashion herald said...

i can relate with jewelry - love the big rings, and occasionally a big long necklace. thanks for the Raney Day Rings!

Krissy said...

what beautiful rings

Maggie said...

thanks for the lovely jewelry article... i really should wear more and you've helped me come to the conclusion that i should invest in some good stuff.
mags

Super Kawaii Mama said...

those rings are very Holly Golightly. Delicious and thanks for the tip!

GirlonTour said...

Wow, it is nice to know I am not the only at in my 30's (well the early ones) who does not really fancy the diamond kind (but I wouldn't say no to a nice pair of platinum emerald cut studs). I almost cried when I was given a fob chain and shield for my 21st birthday and thought that mean I would have to stock my wardrobe with the obligatory Polo T, collar worn up and don the matching ribbon in my hair (to the logo of course). I do love a good Vintage oversized ring and you have sourced some divine specimens here. Also good to see you have hit the Qld ground running Francis. You give hope to us all whom still travel the globe with hopes of coming home someday.

PorcelainBlonde said...

Those rings are just beautiful.

You're lucky not to have a penchant for diamonds! It leaves so much more $ for shoes...and bags...and dresses :)

Ingvild Marie said...

i just live the rings<3