Last week we had a chance to take some time off and spent a few days walking the streets of Stockholm, something that has rather become a November tradition. When in town, a visit to a certain vintage store in Vasastad is simply a must. Last year I picked up some wonderful crystal beads (and I haven’t had the heart to use most of them…), an amazing black suede coat by Loewe (40€!!!) and some fantastic old coathangers covered with moss green velvet (3€ a piece!!). This year I also walked away with some interesting vintage jewellery materials (rhinestones galore!) and I hope to present all of them very soon.
First thing off the batch however is a handful of chunky white pearls, approximately 12mm in diameter (I haven’t checked). It was just like last year. I saw a glass bowl at the back of a shelf, pulled it out and there they were. The beads are rather heavy so I believe them to be glass pearls with a very interesting, satiny white coating. These pearly whites go very well together with antique patinated brass and with a long string of smoky quartz and sodalite gems added, the outcome is the Naturally Wiser necklace.
I hope that whoever ends up wearing this bracelet doesn’t care about the trend either but will wear it even after such trends wither away. I know for a fact that at least in Finnish jewellery tradition animal motifs were worn in order to gain some the powers and abilities of that particular animal, like the bear or a snake. In some cultures birds are a symbol of bad luck, even death but in Finland it’s just the opposite as birds have been considered powerful charms of good fortune. I do believe some good luck and a dose of the owl’s silent wisdom is something all of us could find useful, even if their symbol in this case is merely a little Chinese porcelain owl.