Mother’s Day 2017 Gift Guide

Whether for your own mother, a new mother, or the mother of your children, jewelry makes a meaningful and perfect gift for Mother’s Day.  The Stacey Fay shop has one-of-a-kind antique and vintage jewels, symbolic handmade pieces, and special custom designs available – see below for this year’s best picks, be sure to visit the shop to see others, and be in touch to create a custom piece.

Vintage & Antique Lockets

You can’t go wrong with lockets for Mother’s Day! Whether one with “Mom” across the front, or one with a sentimental buckle motif, you’re sure to find the perfect one.

Vintage Mom gold filled locket
Can you get a locket that is any more perfect for the holiday?
Vintage 12k gold filled Art Deco locket
Beautifully engraved Art Deco gold filled locket.
Antique 835 silver gold vermeil locket
Gold over sterling silver oval locket with a unique shield engraving in the center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Antique Victorian sterling silver buckle locket
A rare and old Victorian sterling locket with a buckle motif. Since buckles, or belts, loop in on themselves, they symbolize eternal love.

Custom Mother’s Necklaces

A bestseller is the custom Mother’s Necklace, made-to-order.  I can stamp many different combinations of letters and symbols, and can even offer different shapes for the outline of the piece. Be in touch to get started on yours.

Custom stamped nameplate necklace
Two kids with the same initials resulted in this clever nameplate!
Custom stamped and wax seal jewelry
You cannot get much cuter than this “Great Grammy” necklace with a rose wax seal in front
Handmade stamped heart charm
A heart shaped charm with a loving term of endearment
Handmade stamped new mother necklace
A bunny he asked for and a bunny he received! A sentimental charm with the initials of the new baby.
Handmade initial charm and wax seal jewelry
Simple and sweet combination of a single initial and a flower wax seal charm

Vintage Tokens of Affection

Mother’s Day is to honor the women who gave us love, helped us grow, and are ushering in the next generation.  The shop has many different jewelry pieces with the most common and adored symbols of love.

Vintage 800 silver hand painted rose necklace
A handpainted rose under glass, in a vintage 800 silver setting
Antique WWII Lady Liberty mercury dime heart pendant charm
A WWII “Lady Liberty” heart shaped necklace, made from a mercury dime.
Vintage 14k gold puffy heart charm necklace
A sweet and simple gold puffy heart charm necklace. As classic as it is versatile.
Vintage ruby and diamond love ring
If she likes fun pieces, she will love this kitschy ruby and diamond “love” ring
Vintage 14k gold .25 carat diamond heart ring
Classic and stackable gold diamond heart band.

Symbolic Wax Seal Necklaces

Each of our wax seal necklaces is made from a genuine antique stamp, most from the late 1800’s, that were once used to seal letters of all kinds, including love letters.

Antique wax seal jewelry

There are countless beautiful, meaningful wax seal charm necklaces which make for a perfect Mother’s Day gift.

Handmade rose wax seal necklace
A rose is the most classic symbol of love and affection, and this necklace is extremely versatile as well.
A dove descends upon two hearts, symbolizing two souls, two hearts linked forever
“L’Amour” – French for love
Eye + Cupid + Yew Tree = I love you.

Feminine Pieces At All Price Points

Last but certainly not least, sometimes you just need a beautiful Mother’s Day gift for your wife or friend who is a new (or seasoned!) mother, and you don’t necessarily need meaning behind it.  Here are a few good options from the shop, at varying price points.

Vintage diamond stud earrings
Classic studs which she can wear even while attending to a newborn!
Vintage floating opal necklace
A mystical and beautiful 1940’s floating opal necklace
Vintage 14k gold coral cameo earrings
Simple and sweet vintage coral cameo earrings
Vintage Art Deco Czech glass red earrings
Rare, collectible and beautiful Art Deco Czech glass earrings
Antique sunburst pearl and diamond necklace
An absolutely stunning Edwardian sunburst pearl and diamond brooch pendant necklace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vintage sterling silver engraved teardrop earrings
Dainty and classic engraved sterling teardrop earrings
Vintage 1920's Art Deco celluloid orange bangle
Any Art Deco lover will go wild for this 1920’s celluloid bangle

 

 

 

 

Vintage Fashion and Jewelry Photoshoot

Brocade, silk, satin, gold, diamonds, enamel…the combination of vintage clothing and jewelry can be intoxicating! We collaborated with photographer Kylene Cleaver of Leave It To Me Photography  to pull together an epic styled photoshoot, with a vibrant color story, feminine details, and a modern edge.

Vintage clothing for styled photoshoot
It all started with the clothing…

Like any good photoshoot, hair and makeup were key to bring the story to life.  We were lucky enough to partner with Leisa Kanienberg of iMakeupArtistry for vintage inspired makeup, and Lauren Thrailkill from the Velvet Hair Studio for beautiful hair. It was amazing to see them match the hair and makeup so perfectly to the outfits!

Behind-the-scenes of vintage photoshoot. Hair styling.
Lauren of the Velvet Hair Studio preps Diana’s hair for major curls
iMakeupArtistry does vintage inspired makeup for photoshoot
Leisa of iMakeupArtistry creates Kathleen’s soft makeup look

Once the hair, makeup, and outfits were ready, it was time for us to style the jewelry.  We created jewelry sets for each look, with jewelry spanning Victorian times through the 1980’s.  Our goal was not one set time period, but rather to compliment the colors of the vintage clothing and the personalities of each of the ladies.

Vintage gold and gold filled jewelry for vintage photoshoot.
Lots of bohemian gold pieces were used with Diana’s vibrant purple brocade dress
Victorian and Art Deco jewelry
Old Victorian and Art Deco jewelry was used for Cynthia’s classic green velvet dress and fur cape look.

Then the time came!  Kylene worked her magic behind the lens, taking incredible photos of each of the models.

Antique Victorian portrait earrings

Vintage velvet and fur dress in styled photoshoot

Vintage rings on fur cape

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cynthia’s look was all about soft lines and draping, and a classic style reminiscent of decades past. Cascading waves finished the look, and her cat eye was on point!

  • A crushed green velvet halter dress
  • 1950’s fur cape (that we salvaged!)
  • An Art Deco aquamarine ring, Victorian portrait earrings (Stacey’s personal collection), Victorian emerald infinity ring (sold) and an Art Deco green jasper ring.

Egyptian woman in vintage brocade dress, vintage gold bangles, rings and anklet

Vintage gold jewelry bohemian look

Vintage damascene Spanish earring

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diana’s look was as fun and bohemian as her vibrant personality. Lauren did an incredible job on Diana’s hair, bringing out the curls in a soft and voluminous way.

Vintage suede and fur coat with green vintage dress and vintage jewelry by Stacey Fay Designs

Vintage suede and fur coat

Vintage gold filled bib necklace and Chinese enamel bird pin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gina had a Mafia-meets-Peaky Blinds vibe – so fierce! We just can’t get over the gorgeous combination of that green and peach.  Her jewelry matched her look, bold.

  • Vintage green strapless dress
  • Retro 1960’s orange suede and fur collar coat
  • Gold filled bib necklace (email for inquiries), 1940’s Chinese enamel bird pin, a funky and amazing gold filled watch ring (Stacey’s personal collection), a H. Stern domed sputnik ring, and Italian micro mosaic bracelet (sold).

Vintage gold brocade dress and vintage Dolce and Gabanna coat.

Vintage gold brocade dress and vintage Dolce and Gabanna coat, Wonder Woman pose.

Vintage gold brocade dress with Edwardian pearl and diamond sunburst necklace.

Vintage gold brocade dress and gold jewelry

Kate’s look was classic meets modern, and a focus on texture and movement.  This woman knows how to strike a pose!

  • 1960’s gold brocade sleeveless dress
  • Incredible vintage Dolce and Gabbana brocade coat bought many moons ago at Malena’s Vintage Boutique
  • Statement 1960’s gold tone earrings (Kylene’s personal collection), Edwardian pearl and diamond sunburst necklace, and gorgeous emerald cocktail ring Kate donned as a pinky ring.

Vintage cream lace and pink tulle bridesmaid dress

Vintage bracelet stack with lace and tulle bridesmaid dress.

Vintage earring stack with opal and tourmaline.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last but certainly not least is the ethereal and romantic look of Kathleen.  You can’t get much more feminine and beautiful!

  • See-through vintage lace top, with an Edwardian feel
  • Coral tiered tulle skirt, which Kylene repurposed from a vintage dress
  • Earrings were doubled up, with tourmaline scarab drops paired with vintage opal gold filled studs (not yet listed – email for inquiries). Bracelets were stacked, with costume jewelry paired with fine jewelry – a half carat gold diamond hinged bangle, antique hinged opal bangle, and brass and purple glass bracelet. One lone ring made it into the mix – a stunning Victorian garnet ring (Stacey’s personal collection).

What a day! Thank you to our gorgeous models – strong, amazing and real women – Gina, Diana, Kate, Cynthia and Kathleen.  We couldn’t have done it without you.

Stay tuned on the blog for upcoming styled shoots.

Vintage styled photoshoot

The 12 Days Gift Guide – Day 9 – Silver and Gold

Silver and gold, silver and gold

Ev’ryone wishes for silver and gold

How do you measure its worth?

Just by the pleasure it gives here on Earth…

Today we highlight our favorite silver and gold pieces from the shop.  No theme in particular except that these are top-of-mind when we think of the best and most fun pieces we have to offer.  Today’s deal is this: 10% off and free shipping with any of these beauties. Contact us for the code.

Antique 22k gold wedding ring22k gold antique ring

 

 

What I love most about this band is how unassuming it looks – it’s just a plain gold wedding band – but how much history and character it holds.  It’s a high carat gold, 22k, and inside the band is a special engraving from the early 1900’s.  It would make an incredibly special modern wedding band or stack ring.

Antique 15k gold turquoise ringVintage sputnik multi stone gold ring

I’ve been in love with this Victorian gold and turquoise ring from the moment it entered the shop.  The variations in the color of the turquoise only come with aged and well loved turquoise – the turquoise changes color as it mixes with everyday oils on the skin.  Then of course we have our ridiculously fun “sputnik” ring with a dome of fiery and sparkling natural stones, from aquamarine and garnet, to citrine and amethyst.  This ring would make the most fun New Year’s Eve adornment!

Pearl and diamond earrings

Antique garnet double snake rose gold ring

I typically am not a fan of pearls, but in this case I just fell in love with these vintage pearl and diamond earrings.  They make me dream of a vintage wedding, or a grand New Year’s Eve party.  They are subtle, but the size of the pearls and the overall flower design give these great character.  To the right is one of my all-time favorites, the double-headed snake ring with garnets, hailing from the early 1900’s.  This ring is actually two that were soldered together at some point in its history, perhaps as a gesture of love in this life, or perhaps a mourning sentiment.  It’s a gorgeous piece in a large size, so it would make a great men’s wedding band.

Diamond and Green chyrosphrase broochThird carat engagement ring

 

With over 1.5 carats of diamonds and luminescent green chyrosprase, this Art Nouveau brooch is hands-down one of the most unique and stunning pieces in the shop.  And then we have an Art Deco white and yellow gold engagement ring with over 1/3rd of a carat of diamonds.  While I’m already married, engagement rings of this sort with such a vibrant diamond and such intricate and feminine details, always make me swoon.

Antique carnelian intaglio gold ring

Look at that handsome profile!  From the beautifully carved carnelian stone to the buttery gold, this intaglio ring is a fabulous signet style piece.  Everytime I wear it, I run my fingers continuously over the gold; it has the smoothness that only comes with decades of wear.

modernist sterling silver woman necklace

Vintage Scottish Terrier brooch

 

On the silver side, sometimes it’s those that are the funkiest that I love best.  Here we have a modernist African style folk art piece, an abstract version of a woman.  It’s really interesting, and would definitely make for a conversation piece.  On the right is the adorable marcasite and sterling Scottish Terrier brooch, perfect for the dog lover.

Vintage sterling silver and glass amethyst bracelet

Perhaps it’s the combination of a masculine chain with feminine purple stones, or perhaps it’s the intricate detailing on each of the links.  No matter which way you cut it, this antique bracelet, with its aged patina, is just a stunning piece.  It can be worn everyday, or would be great for the rustic vintage bride.

Forget-me-not custom wax seal necklaceShaken but steady wax seal

Lastly, the holidays are not easy for everyone, including myself. It can often bring up feelings of things lost, or difficulties experienced.  So these two wax seals have been selling quite a lot lately, and they both come straight from my own grief experience, and my own heart.  On the left we have a custom forget-me-not wax seal piece with a hand stamped initial charm – the initial symbolizes the person or animal lost.  And on the right we have the “Shaken but Steady” seal with a compass, a piece for the person who has gone through a difficult time with optimism and steadfastness (or who needs a little of that).  If you know someone experiencing difficulty, particularly in the holiday season, these two make wonderful gifts.

The 12 Days Gift Guide – Day 8 – Talismans

With the meaning and symbolism that come along with the holidays, a gift in the form of a talisman is a great match.  It will be a piece of jewelry that can be worn everyday into the new year.

Today’s deal: Buy any one of these pieces and get a second 25% off.  Contact us for details.

 

Elephant handmade necklace Handmade monkey necklace

 

We’ve cast some fun animals out of children’s toys, and this good luck elephant (trunk’s up means good luck!) and protection monkey are among them.  These would not only bring a smile to the face of anyone who opens this gift, but they will offer a symbolic staple for their wardrobe.

Handmade strength necklace ball and claw

Since ancient times in Asia, up through British and early colonial times in the United States, the symbol of the ball and claw has shown up everywhere from jewelry to furniture.  Originally in Asia, it would have been a dragon’s claw, but the States reinterpreted it to an eagle’s claw.  In either case, it symbolizes strength and protection.  Give this handmade ball and claw necklace to someone who needs it!

May it Watch Over You NecklaceHandmade anchor wax seal necklace

Nearly all of our wax seal necklaces can be considered talismans, but these two in particular are deeply meaningful – the “May it Watch Over You” seal with the all-seeing eye, and the anchor and mast piece, which symbolizes hope and steadfastness.

 

Vintage gold anchor necklaceVintage evil eye bracelet

Speaking of anchors…this solid gold Victorian anchor pendant is precious and beautiful.  On the fun side is a glass and sterling silver evil eye bracelet in a bright and inviting shade of blue.

 

Gold Jewish Mezuzah necklaceVintage gold filled scarab bracelet

 

Mezuzahs have been placed on the doorposts of Jewish households for centuries, and this Mezuzah necklace allows you to wear the talisman on your neck.  Then a simple filigree gold filled scarab bracelet brings with it good luck and many different stones that offer protection.

 

Vintage malachite zuni bear necklace.

Zuni bears are a long-held symbol of strength and protection in the Native American Zuni community. This beautiful dimensional bear also has the protective stone of malachite in it.  It’s on quite a long chain, so it brings a bohemian and layered look to your wardrobe.