Let's talk about sets! Many vintage jewelry collections used to be packaged as complete sets, with two or three matching pieces. Over time, sets are often broken up, as pieces get sold at different places or times. But those classic vintage jewelry sets got us thinking — isn't it more fun to create your own set anyway?
Our modern take on the jewelry set includes pieces that could be worn together, or as separates. There are so many ways to mix and match vintage jewelry to create a unique set that feels interesting, and thoughtful. (And, gift idea alert: we think mix-and-match jewelry sets make an amazing gift!)
Here are a few ideas to inspire your own personalized vintage jewelry set:
Set #1: Day to Night Earrings
SHOP: pearl earrings for day/ 60s pearl earrings for night
Vintage earrings are one of the simplest ways to incorporate a little spark into your wardrobe, even if you're a vintage newbie. It also means they're a great place to create customized sets, like this one which features two pairs of earrings for day and night. When creating an earring set as a gift, the key is to ask yourself, "What type of style does the recipient have?" Do her typical style choices veer more towards classic, feminine, boho, simple, or some combination? From there you can match a smaller everyday pair with a larger statement pair for an easy day to night transition, and even feature different styles between each! Here are some of our favorite day to night earring set ideas:
Set #2: A Brooch Collection
SHOP: 50s Pink Rhinestone Brooch/ 50s Pearl & Blue Rhinestone Brooch/ 50s Blue Brooch sold!
Vintage brooches are some of the most unique and fun vintage jewelry pieces around. Earlier this fall, we talked about our favorite ways to style brooches, featuring groups of three feminine brooches on an army jacket. And guess what? You can easily gift a set of brooches like this, so the recipient can wear them as a collection all at once, or individually too! With brooches, we love experimenting with the scale of the pieces, mixing one larger brooch with smaller ones around it. For more about curating your own collection, check out our how to guide! And see some of our favorite holiday sets below:
SHOP TOP: 80s Floral Brooch/ 50s Square Brooch/ 50s Mini Bouquet Brooch
SHOP BOTTOM LEFT: 60s Grey Brooch/ 50s White Brooch/ 50s Swoosh Brooch
SHOP BOTTOM RIGHT: 50s Pearl Brooch/ 60s A Initial Brooch/ 50s Ribbon Brooch
Set #3: Layered Necklaces
SHOP: 50s Scallop Necklace/ 60s Pearl Lariat Necklace sold!
You already know we absolutely love the look of layered statement necklaces. This same idea can translate to a customized gift set, and we have an easy formula to help you put together the perfect set for any lucky lady. Here's the secret: our tried and true layered necklace set pairs a long pendant necklace with a short chain or vice versa (like this a long chain with a short pendant necklace). For more tips about how to layer necklaces, check out our how to layer necklaces guide!
Set #4: Stacked Bracelets
SHOP TOP: 50s Mesh Milk Glass Bracelet/ 70s Etched Bangle/ 70s Skinny Bangle
SHOP BOTTOM: 80s Classic Chain Bracelet/ 70s Etched Bangle
Bracelet stacking is kind of a no brainer, but it works every time for that gal in your life who is notoriously tough to buy for! Mix a classic bangle with any statement bracelet for an effortless pairing, both of which we firmly believe should be in any woman's jewelry collection! For more on how we bracelet stack, check out our guide.
Still need help putting together your own customized vintage jewelry set? Shoot us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be happy to help you select a thoughtful, one-of-a-kind gift! And, when all else fails, don't forget we have gift cards, which we can send electronically or via snail mail to your recipient!