I have an affinity for costume jewelry. And while my tastes can vary, I often tend to lean towards the plastics. The colorful, bold baubles of Bakelite, celluloid, and all manner of vintage and retro plastics in-between. Such fun!
I had the immense pleasure of being sent a few such wonderful items from a fantastic American-made jewelry company, Classic Hardware. Artist and designer Karyn Cantor started the line in 1995 and it’s been going strong ever since. I actually remember wearing Classic Hardware pieces 10 or more years ago, and I’m thrilled that they’re still around and cranking out fantastic retro pieces. They’ve just gotten even better with time!
The pieces I graciously received are from their Retrolite collection. And ladies, seriously, this is the cutest stuff ever. The items run the gamut from straight up vintage repro to whimsical and retro fabulous.
I took my pieces out for a test drive on a cold cold day and prior to my haircut, in case you’re wondering how I suddenly sprouted all my hair back in the last photo. 😉
The first is the adorable swallow pin, a nice-sized brooch very reminiscent of Bakelite brooches.
The cherry red color really pops off my vintage Mexican tourist jacket, but it also comes in black, too.
The second is the most unusual of the pieces I received, and I really thought my head might explode from the cuteness. It’s a cuckoo clock necklace. Yes, you read that right. There are a lot of classic images that get immortalized in vintage-inspired jewelry all the time. Classic Hardware does these all well for sure, but they also step outside that ‘comfort zone’, if you will. Cuckoo clocks?! Adorable, quirky perfection. Yes, please!
Hopefully you haven’t dropped dead from the cute, but I wouldn’t blame you if you did. Sorry. I kind of feel like I need to sew up a Maria Von Trapp dress and call it Edelweiss, for the perfect backdrop for this necklace.
(I was kidding when I first started typing that, but hmm, now that you mention it…uh oh, I’m suddenly searching for floral fabric featuring edelweiss!)
Back to the necklace. It’s really well-crafted, too. Sturdy chain and a great clasp to boot. It’s a beautiful piece.
And then there’s the rose leaf ring, which is carved retro perfection.
I love a good statement ring, and this definitely qualifies as one.
I think the photo below really captures how well the Retrolite collection mixes in with vintage jewelry. It’s right at home with my Bakelite bangles!
Honestly, I really can’t say enough good things about my experience both working with Classic Hardware and their fantastic jewelry. I’m thrilled to see the company creating such delightful pieces after all these years. With reasonable prices, creative and whimsical designs, and excellent customer service, what’s not to love?
If you haven’t yet run fleeing from my blog to check out Classic Hardware, now’s the time! 🙂