In the series created by TFJP with Christie’s Paris jewelry department, we explore how to wear vintage jewelry when you’re still in your 20s!
By Sandrine Merle.
Of course, you can wear vintage and antique jewelry at 20! In this image, the delicate amethyst, purple, white and green enamel necklace dates back to the early 20th century. It was worn by English suffragettes during demonstrations to obtain the right to vote. The diamond headpiece, signed by Boucheron, probably dates back to the end of the 19th century, as does the pocket watch made by a watchmaker named Le Roy at the end of the 19th century. The Mauboussin brooch dates back to the Art Deco period, that is to say, the 20s and 30s.
Dare to be bold!
Don’t be afraid to stand out: don’t let the age of these pieces or their weighty history intimidate you. Quite the contrary – it’s actually fun to know that the watch was made for the Turkish market, and it was probably worn by a wealthy Ottoman merchant. Go all out, show off your long legs with a pink wool mini shorts and big socks. Take it up a notch with candy-colored mixes. Sporting a tousled bun as if you’ve just stepped out of a crazy party, you’ll look super cool.
Be body positive
Vintage and antique jewelry goes well with cool and comfortable clothing. Back to the 1990s K-Way – the famous waterproof windbreaker that folds and fits into a pocket, in the shape of a bum bag. Sportswear has a way of adding a youthful touch to pieces like these that have lasted decades or even centuries. Spice up the super-embellished Mauboussin brooch by pinning it on the ribbed edge. As for the pocket watch, consider it in a different light: the enamel looks like a textile print. These jewels are just dying to be adapted to the new generation!
Jacket : K-Way / Pull : Eric Bompard / Short and socks : Studio La Fétiche / Shoes : Martinez
Photograph: Laura Bonnefous
Model: Sinara (Tribe Management)
Stylist: Stéphanie Brissay
Make up / hair: Laura Merle
Assistant: Loup Catusse
Retouching: Granon Digital