older woman vintage jewelry2-0012Did You Have an Aunt Mary?

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WHO:.

Your Aunt Mary. Mom’s favorite Aunt, your favorite Great-Aunt. Without Aunt Mary, you wouldn’t have seen the Rockettes every Christmas; had your first Gin & Tonic on your 16th birthday; had someone’s shoulder to cry on when your first boyfriend dumped you; or had a mentor who taught you how to shop until you dropped at Saks and Bergdorfs. She introduced you to collecting costume jewelry and taught you how to spot a Haskell, Chanel, Schiaparelli and Carnegie a mile away.

WHERE TO WEAR:.

According to Aunt Mary – everywhere. In her world? Her weekly bridge game, grocery shopping, lunch with the girls and the theater.

Today, you can wear it with anything.

  • the fun costume pieces are fabulous with jeans or a little summer dress
  • the more elaborate pieces are perfect for evenings out or to accent your business-wear (especially pins!)
  • throw a vintage bracelet in amongst your bangles!.

HOW TO WEAR:.

Carefully. This amount of jewelry on one body could be considered a lethal weapon. Aunt Mary’s method- stack it all on! Your method, perhaps just a necklace with your LBD would be stunning.

In today’s world, some of this jewelry would be way too much, especially if you have a demi-parure (2 pieces of a matching set) or a full parure (a 3 or 4 piece matching set).

  • for the extravagant pieces, wear either the earrings or the necklace. You can always wear the matching bracelets
  • pins can go with almost anything but they can also be attached to an appropriately matching chain to wear as a necklace
  • be careful, if the pins are large, let them be the star and minimize your other accessorizes.

WHERE SHE SHOPPED:.

In Aunt Mary’s day, she scoured the aisles of Lord & Taylor’s, Macy’s and Bonwit Tellers. You were lucky to inherit her collection but you also inherited her addiction.

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WHERE TO FIND TODAY IF YOU DIDN’T HAVE AN AUNT MARY.

Vintage Alice Caviness, late 1950's

Vintage Alice Caviness, late 1950’s

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