Hester Fleming Vintage

20th Century Jewellery and Accessories

Vintage Jewellery and Accessories

Why Vintage?

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

Yesterday, after dropping off my five year old at school, I listened to a Melissa Ambrosini’s podcast interview with Samantha Wills. A wonderful Australian entrepreneur who took her jewellery business from the kitchen table to global domination. I really appreciated her 12 year overnight success story and down to earth philosophy when it comes to developing a strong brand. Long term followers of my passion project and business, Hester Fleming Vintage, will have definitely picked up on the ‘slow burn’ aspect of my approach to building this brand. I’m sure many of you have questioned why have I chosen this approach? Why vintage? And why do I keep doing this?

I started buying vintage jewellery seriously in London 2010, after the global financial market tanked and I was let go from my job in publishing. What I didn’t anticipate when I launched my business at Gray’s Antique Market in Mayfair and a very basic WIX e-commerce site, was the amount of personal growth you go through when embarking on the entrepreneur journey.

Like any business founder, I’ve seriously questioned whether vintage jewellery and accessories is the right product for me to sell. Simply put, the fast fashion movement upsets me. While I am no stranger to shopping at Zara or H&M, the environmental cost (including labour and production) is enormous. Plus, the quality of materials used, isn’t the best.

When you think about it, how many clothes or accessories you own, do you actually wear regularly? And, would you pass them onto an Op shop or friend after being worn a few times? Pieces of jewellery in particular, produced throughout the 20th century are of amazing quality and design, still standing strong today. Building a collection of authentic 20th century vintage pieces you love is a wonderful personal asset, that will retain its value.

The other aspect of vintage I love is the design. The explosion of creative innovation throughout the 20th century is inspired. At present, I’m concentrating on sourcing mid century Modernist pieces, Mod jewellery from the 60s, vintage zodiac designs (tricky to find) and large sculptural pendents from the 70s by iconic costume jewellers such as Trfiari and Napier. Eventually, I’d love to produce an ethical high quality collection of pieces inspired by the 20th century. These pieces will aim to hold the test of time and forever enrich your contemporary style. For now, watch this space. Also, look out for my book, soon to be published, How to Buy Vintage Jewellery and Accessories, including a comprehensive list of places to source great costume jewellery in the style capital of the world, New York. Hopefully, more editions about Sydney/Melbourne, London, Paris and Amsterdam to come! Below are some stunning examples of 60s and 70s jewelry design. If you’re keen to purchase, or you would like to take a closer look, contact me here. Enjoy!

1970s Trifari Pendent $75.00

1970s Trifari Pendent $75.00

1960s Goldtone Necklet $75.00

1960s Goldtone Necklet $75.00

1960s Confetti Lucite Hinged Bangle $75.00

1960s Confetti Lucite Hinged Bangle $75.00









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 

 

 

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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