Hester Fleming Vintage

20th Century Jewellery and Accessories

The 2018 Vintage Jewellery Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas Gift Guide, Vintage Jewellery, Vintage Shopping TipsHester Fleming

The following catalogue is a taste of the authentic pre-loved and vintage jewellery pieces I have available to purchase online.  If you would prefer to have a closer look before you buy, no problem! You can to set up a viewing appointment here (I'm based in Balmain, Sydney). 

Also, if you do purchase a piece from me and you decide it's not quite right, you can return to me within 14 days of purchase. I will happily refund your full amount. 

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Classic Oroton Bracelet
Set in silvertone metal.
Measuring 7.5inches in length x 1 inch wide. This piece is in excellent condition.

$75.00

For more product information and photos, please send an email to hello@hesterflemingvintage.com

 

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A stunning pre-loved,  
Givenchy Necklace.
Timeless in design.

In excellent condition. Materials consist of goldtone metal and thermoplastic .
Measuring approx 31 inches in length.


$270.00

For more product information and photos, please send an email to hello@hesterflemingvintage.com

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1960s MOD Pewter Necklace by Jorgan JensenThe definition of 1960s MOD style.
This Danish mid century pewter pendent by Jorgan Jensen (Georg Jensen's second son)
is in good vintage condition.

A lovely collectors piece. The pendent measures 2inches x 2inches.

$165.00

For more product photos and information, please send an email to hello@hesterflemingvintage.com

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A Retro Mid Century Butterfly by Crown Trifari

A collection favourite. I love this piece. Found at the Antiques Garage in New York (when it was still running). It's another great example of defined mid century retro style.
Materials consist of goldtone metal & enamel.  Meausring 2inches high x 1.75inches wide

                            $65.00

For more product photos and information, please send an email to hello@hesterflemingvintage.com 

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1940s Sterling Silver Bracelet

Pretty & lightweight.
Signed 'Beau Sterling'


Will fit average wrist size. Measuring 7.5 inches in length x 3/4 of an inch wide.

$75.00

For more product photos and information, please send an email to hello@hesterflemingvintage.com

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Such a rare find!
These beautiful french clip on earrings are a sight to behold.  Each earring measures 1inch x 1inch. Materials consist of celluloid with silvertone findings. The condition of these earrings is good, they do show some wear on the back.

$89.00

For more product photos and information, please send an email to hello@hesterflemingvintage.com

Inspiration: Contemporary seasonal fashion to wear with vintage jewellery.

Vintage Jewellery, Vintage Shopping Tips, SydneyHester Fleming

When I'm out shopping for smart casual or evening wear, I always have the intention to pair with my collection of vintage jewellery and/or accessories. Sometimes, it's hit and miss. Most of the time though, I can find something that works. I've found over the last two years, the Australian fashion aesthetic, naturally compliments a lot of the jewellery styles produced throughout the 20th century.  Here are a few of my favourite pieces in this season's collection from Witchery, a 'go to' for a lot of my wardrobe staples at the moment! 

Witchery, Milano Belt Back Knit, $129

Pair with this striking mid century 'Matisse' Copper and Enamel Necklace (matching earrings available too) $175.00 

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Witchery, Silk Tie Top, $199

Compliment with this lovely 1950s vintage sterling silver and yellow enamel butterfly pin, $120.  

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Witchery, Tinsley Silk Blouse, $199.95

I'd love to accessorize this beautiful silk blouse with this stunning Art Deco marcasite and cut glass necklace, $240. 

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Button Trench Coat, $399.95

You can never go wrong with the classic trench coat and I'm suggesting from my current collection, this 1950s vintage Austrian crystal pin by NY designer Albert Weiss. $75.00.

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Witchery, Textured Knit, $119.95

Pair with this flashy, unapologetic costume bracelet from the 1930s. $120. 

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If you would like any more information about these pieces of vintage jewellery, please send an enquiry to hello@hesterflemingvintage.com. I completely understand those who would like to try before you buy. You can set up an appointment to view any piece of jewellery you like via email too.  Witchery clothing images are courtesy of Witchery.com.au. This is not a sponsored post. I just really love their idea of fashion. 

Upcoming Vintage Market Dates to Note!

Lifestyle, Vintage Markets, Vintage Shopping TipsHester Fleming
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Thank you to everyone who came to visit me at the Round She Goes, May event. It was a fantastic day and a tremendous success!! At this stage I won't be popping up at any more 2018 markets. I'll be focusing on my book launch, sourcing more beautiful pieces and product development. I should be popping up again mid 2019.  However, for now, here's a list of my favourite markets coming up! Winter vintage shopping in Australia is fantastic. Pieces have been sourced by traders from all over the world and I always find this a great time of year to buy. I highly recommend you go to at least one.

Sydney
Save the date: 29th July
Rock n Roll & Alternative Market
Manning House, Camperdown
Click here for more details.

Save the dateSaturday 18th of August
Round She Goes
Marrickville Town Hall.
Click here for more details.

Melbourne:
Save the date: Sunday 12th August
Round She Goes
Coburg Town Hall, Coburg.
Click here for more details.

Canberra:
Save the date: Sunday 7th October
360 Fashion Market
Kingston Foreshore, Canberra
Click here for more details

Vintage Statement Necklaces

Vintage Jewellery, Vintage Markets, Vintage Shopping TipsHester Fleming

I'm so happy to be taking these stunners to the Round She Goes Vintage Fashion Market on the 19th of May, at the Marickville Town Hall, Sydney. Now the season is turning, these pieces will look great on most casual evening wear styles. Don't hesitate to contact me for more photos at hello@hesterflemingvintage.com. They'll be available to purchase online after the 19th of May. Enjoy! 

 A gorgeous 1930s, red glass bead and brass link necklace. In excellent condition. $189

A gorgeous 1930s, red glass bead and brass link necklace. In excellent condition. $189

 An exciting 1930s bohemian style, Czech, peking glass necklace. Rare to find and in excellent condition. $175

An exciting 1930s bohemian style, Czech, peking glass necklace. Rare to find and in excellent condition. $175

 A fantastic example of 1950s costume jewellery by Matisse. Set in copper and enamel. Matisse costume jewellery is very collectable today. $189

A fantastic example of 1950s costume jewellery by Matisse. Set in copper and enamel. Matisse costume jewellery is very collectable today. $189

 A really fun 60s vintage Maltese cross pendent. A very popular design motif from the 1960s. The chain is a great length. This piece is in excellent condition. $125 

A really fun 60s vintage Maltese cross pendent. A very popular design motif from the 1960s. The chain is a great length. This piece is in excellent condition. $125 

 A great example of Scandinavian modernist 60s jewellery design. Yes, it's more of an acquired taste, but I feel quite versatile. $155 

A great example of Scandinavian modernist 60s jewellery design. Yes, it's more of an acquired taste, but I feel quite versatile. $155 

 

 

Shopping Vintage at Camberwell Market

Vintage Accessories, Vintage Jewellery, Vintage Markets, Vintage Shopping TipsHester Fleming

It was a very wet morning at the Camberwell Sunday Market in Melbourne today. The challenge was a find a few pieces of costume jewellery before everything was under cover! While my theme this month is all about the mid century modernist edit, I couldn't resist the following pre-loved contemporary costume jewellery pieces, which I'll be taking to my next vintage pop up event in Sydney on the 19th of May.  The last piece of today's collection is vintage though,  a lovely pair of mid century modernist paste earrings.  For more mid century pieces, check out my shop collection here.

 A pre-loved contemporary JCrew Necklace $75

A pre-loved contemporary JCrew Necklace $75

 A pre-loved CK bangle (size S/M) $25 & A pre-loved Mimco Bangle (regular size) $25

A pre-loved CK bangle (size S/M) $25 & A pre-loved Mimco Bangle (regular size) $25

 Mid century paste earrings, set in silvertone. $25.00

Mid century paste earrings, set in silvertone. $25.00

Shop Vintage in Tokyo!

Travel, Lifestyle, Vintage Jewellery, Vintage Markets, Vintage Shopping TipsHester Fleming
  Koenji PAL Mall. Picture courtesy of Google.

Koenji PAL Mall. Picture courtesy of Google.

Tokyo, the capital of Japan, has such an exciting and diverse, urban cultural landscape.  Most people who visit Tokyo are well aware of the Harajuku fashion district, put on the international fashion map by roaming global street photographers.  However, I also recommend you take a morning out of your itinerary to visit the neighbourhood of Koenji

A short distance from Shinjuku station (click here for the metro map), Koenji has an enormous selection of vintage fashion, jewellery and accessories boutiques to tempt.   There are vintage stores packed with retro American brand names such as Levi's, Nike, American Eagle and loads of military wear.  You can find beautiful second hand kimonos, silk scarves, a gorgeous selection of mid century clip on earrings and stunning gold tone brooches.  High end vintage pieces from Hermes, Burberry, Gucci, YSL and Chanel are also on offer, but the price tag on these pieces is hefty. 

When travelling Japan, I found Youtube to be particularly helpful.  I like to have a few visual reference points when venturing into a less touristy area. I found a great clip here for Keonji's vintage fashion scene, featuring Samual Thomas, a British Fashion journalist.  The great thing about Koenji and much of Tokyo is that you really can delve in and explore, finding fantastic treasures, as travel keepsakes along the way. 

London Vintage Markets

Travel, Vintage Jewellery, Vintage Markets, Vintage Shopping TipsHester Fleming
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Image courtesy of: Pop Up Vintage Fairs

It's no surprise that London is a magical place to shop vintage. I lived there for five years (2007 - 2011) and I had a wonderful time exploring the scene and starting up my business there. The following list of places is my first port of call when seeking vintage jewellery and accessories in London.  I haven't included Portobello Road, it's a given for most visitors. For more market information, I've linked every market title, so you can find up to date information about location and trading hours. This post is also great if you live in London, as you have the ability to visit these markets regularly! 

Bermondsey Antique Market

This is a Friday morning early adventure. Trade here begins before 6am. Torches are out and business is being done. For the less determined, there should be a good selection of antiques and collectables available to purchase from anytime after. I found an amazingly affordable bakelite swan brooch and a string of Channel pearls from one visit alone. You just never know..  

Old Spitalfields Market

A great market to attend in any weather condition. It's under cover, every Thursday, in the Old Spitalfields Market, near Liverpool Street station. There are approximately 80+ vintage traders here selling everything from jewellery, accessories, clothing, furniture, vinyl and homewares.  This market is by far the largest, regular trading market in the city. 

Camden Passage, Islington

I used to love jumping on the tube every Wednesday morning to visit this eccentric market. It's smaller and I always found the traders here were a little more reserved, but the things you can find here are amazing. The old cobblestone lanes and boutique shops, are also a great draw card to the area. A lovely morning worth the commute to Islington. 

Covent Garden, Jubilee Market

A great Monday morning market. Commencing trade at 5am! Full of every collectable you could think of, with a thriving vintage jewellery trade. This was the place I purchased my first Trifari brooch and earring set.  

Grey's Market Mews (inside Grey's Antique Centre) 

Don't be intimidated by the address! This is a great place to hunt for a special treasure. In particular GiIlian Horsup's Vintage Jewellery stand, Vintage Modes, has a staggering collection available and is regularly featured in high fashion magazines. Ting's and Linda Bee are also amazing.  You could easily pop into Grey's Market Mews in the morning and head to Selfridges for lunch.  Grey's Antique Centre is a quick walk from the Oxford Street tube station.  I originally launched Hester Fleming Vintage at Grey's Antique Market Mews, this place holds a special place in my heart.  

Vintage Pop Up Events

Alexandra Palace Antique Fair, The Vintage Pop Up Fair (multiple locations), Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair

I highly recommend timing your visit to London so you can attend a vintage fair.  Antique and Vintage traders come from all over the country to sell at these events, often hosting hundreds of dealers. The atmosphere is always fun and you just need to make sure your bank account is ready for it!     

There is so much vintage to explore in London. I'm looking forward to my next trip! Let me know if you need help organising your vintage shopping itinerary. It's a complementary service.  Please contact me here.

Mid Century Modernist Edit

Vintage Accessories, Vintage JewelleryHester Fleming

The following gallery images are a peak into my 21 piece, mid century modernist edit. Pieces date roughly from the 1930s to the late 1960s/70s.  To view the entire collection, please visit my shop here.  You can also make an appointment to view these pieces in person. To make an appointment, click here.

Mid Century Modern Style

Vintage Accessories, Vintage JewelleryHester Fleming

Over the next few weeks, I'll be overhauling my web shop with a mid century modern theme. Jewellery and accessories will date from the mid 1930s to the 1970s.  It was around this time Coco Channel revolutionised women's fashion. Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly around the world and Queen Elizabeth II, was appointed to the throne.  

The Hollywood influence took the lead in the 30s. Fashions worn by the stars, particularly evening wear, gave people a distraction from the hardships of the decade. Material restrictions during World War II, ended up being an exciting time for costume jewellery development, with designers being more open to working with inexpensive materials, so access to high quality design to the middle class consumer was embraced. 

Rapid developments in style also took place from the conservative 50s, to the free thinking 60s. London was the centre of the Mod fashion revolution, also known as the 'youthquake'.  Think bright colours, flower power, psychedelic patterns and a fascination with space, to correlate with the first man landing on the moon.  There is so much energy from this era, I'm excited to bring you a wonderfully colourful curated collection of jewellery and accessories. 

 

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Travel Tip: Three Great Vintage Markets To Visit In New York

Vintage Jewellery, Lifestyle, Vintage Markets, Vintage Shopping Tips, TravelHester Fleming

When you're planning that exciting trip to New York, I highly recommend including a Saturday or Sunday morning pottering around a Manhattan vintage flea market. They're a great experience and a fascinating insight into the world of New York fashion. Celebrities, editors, journalists, bloggers, costume designers, fashion designers etc, are often seen at these markets for inspiration. When I was living in New York, I made a habit of attending at least one every weekend. Also worth noting, is many of the vintage traders at these markets, have an amazing background in fashion. If you give them a minute or two, try and spark up a conversation, they have a wonderful knowledge and love to talk.  Please note, each market title below is linked with their website homepage, offering up to date information about locations and trading hours.

 1. Chelsea Flea Market

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While I was living in New York, this market was my favourite. I used to turn up early on a weekend morning with a warm coffee in hand. This market trades no matter what the weather is doing. Please note, the speciality of this market is jewellery and collectables, with little clothing.  I used to pick up some great mid century costume jewellery pieces by Trifari, Monet and Coro. Lots of couture scarves and a few bags.  The location of this market is great as well. It's within a ten minute walk to the Flatiron building, Madison Square Park and the wonderful Italian dining establishment Eaterly.  

2. Grand Bazaar, Upper West Side

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As I lived in Brooklyn, I didn't head up to this market often, but when I did, it didn't disappoint. Held every Sunday, there's a real mix of bric-a-brac, artists and designers, vintage/antique dealers and artisanal food vendors.  As this is an indoor/outdoor market, make sure you go inside. There are some great costume jewellery vendors to meet. I've also found the pricing really competitive at this market too. Another aspect to note about this market, is that it hosts themed monthly events, such as home decor and furniture bazaars, and craft pop ups. You can check their 2018 calendar of events here. There's a lot going on, the market organisers make a huge effort to keep things interesting and dynamic. The Grand Bazaar is also in close proximity to Central Park and the fascinating Natural History Museum.  You can make a fantastic day out of visiting this market and the Upper West Side. 

3. Hells Kitchen Flea Market 

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Another great market for bric-a-brac, antique/vintage vendors, and so many other types of collectables, I feel like you could find anything and everything here.  I always found this market great for mainstream vintage bags but that could just be my experience there. Located near Times Square and the Port Authority Bus Terminal, it's easily accessible too. This market is run every weekend, including Thanksgiving and Christmas Day! No need to stay cooped up in your apartment... And watch out for a regular vintage fashion vendor here, The Closet Without Walls, they have a jaw dropping collection to indulge in. 

If you would like to know more about visiting New York vintage markets, please contact me here

Images accompanying this post are courtesy of google.

New Collection Pieces

Vintage JewelleryHester Fleming

I always feel a rush of excitement when it comes to vintage buying opportunities. There's something special about seeking vintage. Each piece has a story to it and I only ever buy when I'm inspired.  I have a few good sources in Australia now. The Rozelle Collectors Market is a great place for the completely unexpected. The monthly Sydney Antiques and Collectables fair is a treasure trove, and a few closed Facebook trading groups are very useful. Here a few highlights from the last couple weeks.

A french deco necklace

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A deco silver and enamel ring (please contact me if you're interested in this piece)

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A gorgeous, sparkly 1950s costume bracelet. In immaculate condition! 

A lovely pair of Lisner clip on earrings. They look big but are fantastic on (i'm wearing them here).  Fact: Lisner is a highly collectable, New York costume jewellery label. 

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If there's a special piece of vintage you're seeking, let me know, I'd love to help you find it.  Click here to send an enquiry. 

360 Fashion Market Review

Vintage Accessories, Vintage Markets, Vintage JewelleryHester Fleming

It was lovely to meet some of Canberra vintage enthusiasts last Sunday. The Fitters Workshop on the Kingston Foreshore is a great location. It was just a shame about the rain.  However, those that did come, were great. The coffee and DJ tunes were a treat too. 

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Vintage mid century starburst brooches were a popular choice. I think the rumour that the brooch is back, is true. 

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Pretty necklaces were also popular.  Particularly, the cameo and 1930s pendent.  A lot of people asked where I source my pieces and I always say it's a combination of all the years I've spent living in London, New York and Sydney. 

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This stunning Liberty bangle was snapped up quickly. Fingers crossed I find another one soon! Vintage bangles are a fantastic way to accessorise. They're a timeless accessory that rarely dates.  

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Mid century sterling silver and enamel pieces were in demand too. Butterflies in particular, as always.  If you have a piece in mind that you would like to source, I'd love to help, please contact me here.   My next event is in May. I'm sure I'll head across to Canberra again soon. Thank you for having me 360 Fashion Market. It was a great experience.   

360 Fashion Market, Canberra

Vintage Jewellery, Vintage Markets, Vintage Shopping TipsHester Fleming

I'm so excited to be participating at the 360 Fashion Market in Canberra, on Sunday 25th of February. Held at the Fitters Workshop, Kingston, there should be loads of affordable designer wear, vintage finds and local couture to get you excited. I'll be at stall number 9, with a big collection of vintage jewellery and accessories. Looking forward to meeting the vintage enthusiasts of Canberra.  Pictured below is a Vintage Ciro Bracelet, 1940s. $75. 

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Vintage Seekers Survival Guide: The Sydney Antique and Collectables Fair

Lifestyle, Vintage Jewellery, Vintage AccessoriesHester FlemingComment
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On the first Sunday of each calendar month, approximately 100 dealers from all over Australia, set up at the Sydney Antique and Collectables Fair, Wentworth Park Function Centre, Glebe. General admission is $6. Doors open at 9am and close at 3pm. Here are my top tips to make the most of this event, and others that you may attend.

1. Make sure you bring cash. Some dealers have an eftpos machine or a square reader, however, they don't always work.  You can withdraw cash from the event organiser but there is a fee on top of this withdrawal. My suggestion is to plan to visit an ATM before you arrive, to avoid any ounce of disappointment. 

2. Bring some nibbles and a bottle of water.  While there's a cafe on site which serves plenty of coffee and tea, a few nuts or a museli bar is a sure way too keep your mind sharp when you're working your way through the enormous range of collectables.

3. Wear comfortable shoes. There's lots to see and practically no where to sit, other than the cafe on site, which is always busy. 

3. Arrive early. It's a well known fact, trade starts as soon as the doors open.  For the best pieces of the day, it's first in, best dressed.

4. Be prepared to seriously rummage. Some dealers have mountains of estate lots on tables, waiting to be picked through. It's not glamorous, but there are definitely diamonds in the rough to be found. Be patient. 

5. Look at the piece of interest thoroughly. Think about the weight, the condition and whether all the stones are there, or if you see any cracks. Consider whether any repair work needs to be done and if you have the extra resources available to fix the piece properly.   

6. Ask the dealer politely for the best price they can offer.  Nine times out of ten, dealers won't be outrageous with their pricing. Often their first price is their best price. However, if you're buying a few pieces from a collection, then you can expect a reasonable discount. 

7. Regularly attend the Sydney Antiques and Collectables Fair. There's nothing better than developing a relationship with the dealers who trade at these shows. Let them know what you're interested in and ask a few questions about their collection. A touch of loyalty goes a long way too..  

Good Luck.