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

 

 

 

 

Philadelphia 1940’s Photoshoot

1940’s Clothing and Jewelry

We adore 1940’s fashion – the muted colors, long full skirts and a-line skirts, the Victory suits, bolero jackets, and high waisted trousers.  In jewelry fashion, the decade saw patriotic and sweetheart jewelry, and new materials like bakelite and vermeil.  Later in the 1940’s in particular, it was full of costume jewelry from Trifari and others that allowed women to adorn themselves on a budget during a time of war.

1940's vintage fashion

Philadelphia Area Photographer, Makeup Artist & Jeweler

We teamed up with the amazing Kylene Cleaver of Leave It To Me Photography to do a 1940’s inspired styled photoshoot in the Philadelphia suburbs.  Makeup was done by Ruthie’s Eyes Studio from Havertown, all clothing was vintage from Kylene’s personal collection, and the Art Deco marcasite earrings were provided by us.  We love the slight sparkle the earrings give to the taupe and black color tones of the outfit!

Vintage Pinup Model

Sarah, the model, is typically known for her vintage pinup photo shoots.  This time, her look is more subdued, but she is just as sexy, in a long velvety cape, a black turtleneck, black tulle skirt, maryjane heels, and a gorgeous pillbox hat.

1920's Art Deco marcasite screwback earrings

1920's Art Deco marcasite earrings

These marcasite screwback earrings in sterling silver which we provided were subtle and perfect.

1940's styled photoshoot with cape, hat, screwback earrings

1940's pinup model in Philadelphia wearing hat and cape

The Philadelphia backdrop with its brick alleyways gave a stark backdrop that allowed Sarah’s beauty and the vintage style to take center stage.

1940's photo shoot in black and white in Philadelphia

The 12 Days Gift Guide – Day 10- Gifts for the Art Deco Lover

The roaring 20’s – a time of the Great Gatsby, flappers and outfits draped with jewels.  It’s a time of the Art Deco (short for Arts Décoratifs) movement, growing out of the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts held in Paris in 1925.  Art Deco style was characterized by a modernist flair and rich materials – a time of exuberance and prosperity post WWI.  Often Art Deco jewelry contains geometric and architectural lines -an ode to modernism and technology – as well as innovative cuts of gems, and large rings with a prominent center stone.  Filigree, made popular in the Edwardian period (1890-1920), continued through the Deco period and is often associated with jewelry of the time.

Enjoy the beauties below, and today’s deal is 15% off any of these. Contact us for the code!

Antique amethyst and gold ring

Antique ruby, diamond and gold ring

 

An example of the bold center stone – in this case a gorgeous cabochon cut amethyst ring.  This piece also has the geometric lines in the ring’s silhouette and cutouts.  Then we have a ring showcasing innovative stone cuts, modern lines, and some filigree – a stunning ruby and diamond ring.

 

Antique white gold lapis lazuli ringAntique gold filled and opal bracelet

 

One of my favorite rings in the shop is this octagonal lapis lazuli ring, set in white gold with intricate filigree work.  The picture doesn’t do this ring one bit of justice; the lapis lazuli has gorgeous inclusions and variations in color, and its shape is completely unique.  Sweeping and simple lines make for a must-have bridal accessory in this gold filled opal bracelet.  We love the layers and dimensionality to this piece.

Antique marcasite and carnelian flower broochVintage black agate ring

 

Classic deco in the form of a marcasite and carnelian brooch (marcasite jewelry was common in the 20’s), and a black agate ring with geometric shoulders.

 

Vintage carnelian bead necklaceVintage vermeil carnelian ring

 

Neither of these pieces are technically Art Deco – they were made many years later – but both have a Deco feel.  A flapper style carnelian beaded necklace from the 1960’s hangs long like the necklaces of the 20’s, and brings a vibrant pop of color.  The carnelian filigree ring in gold over sterling silver has the Deco-esque elements of a prominent center stone and intricate filigree work.

Vintage tiger's eye cameo ringAntique white sapphire and pearl gold lavalier necklace

 

A masculine ring with feminine flair, a 1930’s tiger’s eye and diamond cameo ring featuring a soldier.  This would have likely once been a gentlemen’s piece, but we think it’s perfect no matter your gender.  Any bride would be thrilled to wear this 1930’s lavalier necklace, featuring a white sapphire and pearl in a gorgeous filigree design.

Vintage agate and sterling silver ring Vintage agate and sterling silver ring

The famed Titanic went down in 1912, and among the first class passengers was Ostby of the jewelry company Ostby & Barton. The company was formed in the late 1800’s and ceased production of jewelry in 1950, but today any Ostby & Barton pieces are considered historic collectibles given the Titanic link.  These two agate rings – one with a black and white agate and one with an orange-hued agate – were made after Ostby’s death in the 1920’s.  Their signet style and awesome architectural shoulders make these classic Art Deco pieces. Among our favorites in the shop!