Friday, October 6, 2017

Vintage Levi's

Levi's are simply the best when it comes to classic vintage denim. I love how they started to re-issue all their popular vintage styles like the 501 original cut off shorts, I had to find all mine on eBay years ago. Right now I am adoring their high rise wedgie fit jeans, very 90's "mom jeans" but I can't help it, they are my go-to pair! I have them in both the light and medium wash since I cannot wear them enough. The best part is that they go perfectly 
with a cute sweater tucked in and vintage jewelry!

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Life in San Francisco

 With my 1 year anniversary since moving to San Francisco around the corner, I thought it would be a good idea to share what I've been up to on the west coast, also known as the BEST coast! But first, we have to go back a few more years to where it all began... Patrick and I started thinking about making a move from New York City around 2015 and what our life might look like in the Bay City. I was introduced to Jillian from Sweet & Spark through mutual friends, and we immediately hit it off. We both grew up with antique collectors for parents and funny enough, had both ended up with a kindred love for collecting vintage jewelry. With so much to bond over we stayed in touch through social media and blog collaborations until I eventually made the move west in 2016.
I was so happy to have a San Francisco buddy who I had so much in common with! One night, Jillian was over for dinner at my apartment when she happened to mention that her assistant had recently left S&S. At the time, I was attending jewelry school part time and thought it might be a fun learning experience to help out on my days off. It instantly felt like the right fit! A few months passed and I began spending more days working at S&S and taking on more responsibilities at the company. Half way through Summer, we were brainstorming ideas for growing Sweet & Spark and before I knew it we had booked orders for contemporary apparel as well as tickets to the Las Vegas trade shows.

I am proud to call myself the in-house lead stylist at S&S, and even more thrilled to share our new apparel collection with you! Filled with florals, lace and bows... This collection is everything that we love to style our vintage jewelry with. Looking forward to sharing my Sweet & Spark adventures here, including new apparel launching this week (sign up for the newsletter to get first dibs)! You can read more about my new position as well as my 5 Fall Style Tips on the S&S blog. 

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

How to Clean Vintage Jewelry

We thought it would be helpful to share our favorite tips for cleaning those flea market jewelry finds that need some love. Keeping our vintage jewelry looking fresh is the first step we take before listing any new styles on our shop. We've seen it all... from missing stones, beat up jump rings and dirty surfaces. Continue reading for a roundup of 
cleaning do's and don'ts when it comes to vintage jewels.

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To clean all metal styles use warm water, dish soap and a toothbrush. Windex can also be used in place of soap! Lightly scrub the surface to remove any dirt that may have built up over the years. Make sure to let completely air dry to avoid any rusting. For pearl and rhinestone styles, simply use a dry toothbrush to sweep away any dust or dirt. It is important not to wet these more delicate styles as water might get trapped and change the appearance of stones.


T W O

After jewelry has been washed and cleaned, it is a good idea to shine it up with a polishing cloth. Most vintage jewelry is gold plated or sterling silver, but even brass can be polished. For that extra fresh feeling, we love to use the sunshine polishing cloth! Wrap the polishing cloth around a piece of jewelry or chain to softly buff the surface 
which will bring out that bright finish.


T H R E E

The next step is to ensure durability by checking each jump ring and clasp. Pay special attention to jump rings that are not fully closed, we tighten up loose jump rings using a pair of chain nose pliers. For anything that needs to be replaced, our go-to recourse is Rio Grande for a wide assortment of jump rings and closures.


F O U R

We inspect each piece of jewelry for loose or missing stones. For replacements, we keep a small batch of pearls and rhinestones in various sizes and colors. If there's not a bead or craft store near you, Etsy can be a great resource for jewelry bits. Try searching for "loose rhinestones" or "loose pearls" to start off. Carefully use a single drop of super glue to secure stones back into place, make sure to put down a paper towel for spills. Then let dry!

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