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Spring jewels from A La Vieille Russie


I’m so joyful that spring is right here! And I’m not the one one having fun with the season: high-end vintage and classic jewellery retailer A La Vieille Russie has curated the prettiest spring-themed edit of jewels for us to get pleasure from.

There’s even a tiara!! It’s unimaginable.

1920's swan brooch and circa 1905 starburst brooch from A La Vieille Russie

I’ve had the honour of visiting A La Vieille Russie‘s NYC brick and mortar retailer twice, and each events have been extraordinarily memorable – although one go to was only a frantic 10 minutes earlier than I needed to go catch my prepare residence. Should you ever have the possibility to go go to them IRL, positively do it.

I haven’t met these spring-themed pretties in particular person, however the pretty people at ALVR have been sort sufficient to ship over these photographs for us to get pleasure from.

Antique ruby and diamond butterfly brooch pendant from A La Vieille Russie

This stunning butterfly is an vintage that may be worn as both a brooch or a pendant. It options wealthy, crimson rubies and glowing vintage diamonds.

Up on the prime of the put up, we’ve a French 1920’s diamond swan brooch by Hartz. I paired it with this Howard & Co starburst brooch from 1905, as a result of the 2 collectively make me really feel like I’m taking a sunny stroll by a lake.

A gold and enamel orchid brooch, circa 1900, and a demantoid garnet frog brooch from A La Vieille Russie

What’s a fictional springtime stroll with out a number of superb inexperienced?

Right here we’ve the prettiest a gold and enamel orchid brooch, circa 1900. How pretty is that delicate, exquisitely detailed enamel? It’s not a flashy design, however its delicate magnificence is quietly gorgeous.

And, in fact, a darling demantoid garnet frog brooch to maintain the orchid firm. Demantoid garnets are one in every of my favourite inexperienced gems, and this little amphibious fellow is simply too cute to withstand.

Antique micromosaic earrings and a Jean Schlumberger caterpillar pin with sapphires and turquoise, circa 1950. From A La Vieille Russie

Who stated creepy crawlies can’t even be stylish?

Right here we’ve a pair of exquisitely detailed vintage micromosaic earrings with a motif of flowers and two beetles. Should you’re not acquainted with micromosaic jewellery, it’s actually a tony mosaic: these photographs are shaped from numerous itty bitty fragments which can be fitted collectively to type photographs. It’s a really difficult approach that requires ability and endurance. It blows my thoughts to know somebody made these over 100 years in the past, by hand, with no computer-generated schematics to observe.

The earrings are accompanied by an exceptionally charming critter, a caterpillar pin by Jean Schlumberger. I’m not a fan of actual life caterpillars (they’re one of many solely insect-like creatures that provides me the ick) however this one is welcome to my shoulder anytime. It options sapphires and turquoise and dates to 1950.

Magnificent antique Victorian oak leaf tiara, circa 1850. With emerald leaves and natural pearl and diamond acorns. From A La Vieille Russie

I promised you a tiara and right here it’s!!! I’ve a weak spot for foliate tiaras and this one is an ideal instance of why I like them: it’s so romantic and eccentric and dramatic and chic. It’s giving main Titania vibes, with its emerald oak leaves and pure pearl and diamond acorns. Put this on and also you’re an instantaneous fairy queen.

This one-of-a-kind English tiara is from the Victorian period, circa 1850. It has been in the identical household because the 1970’s, when it was beforehand offered by A La Vieille Russie to a father who was shopping for it for his daughter to put on on her marriage ceremony day. Now it has returned to ALVR’s assortment and is looing for a brand new proprietor!

Antique French wasp brooch, circa 1875, with diamonds and emeralds and an Art Deco dragonfly brooch by Janesich, circa 1940. From A La Vieille Russie

Two last winged blings to see us out! Right here we’ve vintage French wasp brooch, circa 1875, which could really be my favourite non-tiara piece right here. I simply love the drama of its wings and its delicate antennae. It’s accompanied by an Artwork Deco dragonfly brooch by Janesich, circa 1940.

And that’s it for in the present day! What did you consider this assortment, my darlings? Do you’re feeling such as you’ve been strolling via a bejeweled meadow?

Because of A La Vieille Russie for placing collectively this pleasant spring-themed assortment of beauties for us to get pleasure from! You may see these treasures in particular person on the upcoming Philadelphia Present.

Photos c/o A La Vieille Russie.

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