Jacky de G vintage + a vintage faux pearl “collar” necklace

{Hearts a’glow!  vintage faux-pearl collar necklace & Jacky de G vintage earrings}

Katherine Ainsworth_Jacky earrings_pearl collar necklace

This week I pulled out some earrings that I wear fairly often and paired them with a necklace that I almost never wear.   A collar of (faux) pearls is certainly a bit dramatic, but not too difficult to work into my wardrobe.

{vintage faux pearl ‘collar’ necklace}

vintage faux pearl collar necklace

As always, there’s a story behind these pieces.  The necklace I found upon a chance encounter at an antique/vintage shop in Hopkins, a suburb of Minneapolis.  I went exploring the area – there are a few antique shops in downtown Hopkins.  I have to say, I never would have guessed it.  Hopkins is a fine place, a middle-class suburb a few miles from Minneapolis, but it’s just about the last place I would have thought to look for anything old and valuable.  The shops had mostly knick-knacks and a small selection of furniture, but as the Japanese girl next to me at the display place could tell you, one had some interesting faux pearl jewelry.  (She bought a couple of pieces herself.)  This piece is a web of varying-sized faux pearls, with the largest pearls being on the outside and decreasing in size.  It also has an old-fashioned clasp, which I think is a neat detail.  It’s perfect to wear on a colored or patterned top.  Gives your outfit a little sass, you know?

{1980s Jacky de G, Paris, rhinestone and velvet ‘heart’ earrings}

vintage Jacky de G earrings

{the back with Jacky de G tag and mesh plating}

vintage Jacky de G earrings_back

The earrings are more rarified.  I bought these Jacky de G vintage earrings from a dealer in Belgium.  Actually, there’s a bit more to the story than that.  I met Catherine at vintage design fair in Paris and later “followed” her to many of the other vintage design events she shows at, thus discovering wonderful new events!  At one of these fairs, or maybe during a private viewing, I found these Jacky de Gs – they’re pure 1980s big, with rhinestones and black velvet and metal back and detailing and were made in France.   I found a Pinterest site with several more Jacky de G pieces, if you’re interested in seeing more.

Event alert: If you’re planning to be in the Brussels, Belgium area the weekend of April 23+24, you should definitely check out the Brussels Design Market at the Tour & Taxis venue near downtown.  Catherine, who sold me these Jacky de G earrings plus many other fabulous vintage pieces, will be there at Stand 8B.  I’ve been to the event and assure you that it’s a lot of fun, not too big and overwhelming, but filled with vintage doodads, furniture, handbags, jewelry, etc.!  Bonus: the event is held in a former railroad station, so the architecture is worth seeing all on its own.

Cheers, k.

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5 Comments

  1. Josh Gann on May 3, 2016 at 11:48 am

    Pearls are popular in vintage jewelry but they can also be expensive. These faux pearls look great in these vintage styles and they won’t break the bank! Most pearls are also classy and they never go out of style.

  2. Arunima on May 28, 2016 at 6:20 am

    Pearls are always classy…. and add grace to your beauty..Most importantly pearls never goes goes out of fashion

  3. M Knott on August 2, 2016 at 11:28 am

    The vintage heart earrings are amazing. How do you know if you are buying something that is really vintage. Have a hard time here. I found a store in San Fran – Lang Antiques (www.langantiques.com) that sells a wide selection of antique jewelry. Still need advice on how to really know something is worth collection. Thanks.

  4. Damselcode on January 29, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    Wow! loved the necklace. Looks just like real. Amazing!

  5. Antique Necklace Magpie on February 6, 2017 at 4:42 am

    Hi Katherine, really enjoyed reading your blog and loving the look :)

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