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Antique Jewellery Perfect for a Gift

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Antique jewellery is often just as good as new jewellery. They also make great gifts for those that you love. Check out more about antique pieces below.


Antique & Vintage Rings 


The finest antique jewellery stores will have a wide variety of vintage jewellery for sale, including an assortment of rings. You will find rings various, including engagement, wedding, eternity, and birthstone rings, as well as many more. The chances are you can easily find something suitable for a gift. You can choose something plain with a simple design or a ring that’s more elaborate and intricately decorated. There is a world of choice available when looking at vintage and antique rings as a gift. 


Antique & Vintage Bracelets 


Bracelets are another item of jewellery that can make an excellent gift, and there is a wide variety of styles and designs from which you can choose. You can select a beautiful bracelet adorned with intricate charms on it, or you can choose something simpler such as a bangle bracelet or a chain bracelet. They are also available in different precious metals and as ornate or plain as you want, which means there is a choice that will suit everyone. 


Antique & Vintage Earrings 


You can pick up beautiful antique or vintage earrings relatively cheaply, so they can make the perfect gift for that particular person in your life. Earrings come in a wide variety of different shapes and sizes, and they are also items that you can wear for just about any event. You can choose simple studs or hoops, or something more elaborate such as drop earrings. They are available in simple designs or encrusted in gemstones. Earrings can make for the perfect gift, and they are something the receiver can wear for almost any occasion that suits them. 


Antique & Vintage Necklaces 


You will also find many antique and vintage necklaces available to buy from reputable antique dealers and jewellery stores. Some of the most popular styles of antique necklace include: 


  • Pendants 
  • A Choker Necklace 
  • A Bib Necklace 
  • A Festoon Necklace 
  • A Lavalier Necklace 
  • A Sautoir Necklace 
  • A Collar Necklace  

Necklace styles can be simple and plain or intricate and jewel encrusted. If you are looking for the perfect gift for someone you care about to show them your love, an antique necklace is an excellent choice.  


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There are other types of antique and vintage jewellery that you can purchase as a gift aside from the ones discussed above. Ensure that you are buying your jewellery from a reputable antique or vintage jewellery dealer. This way you’ll have peace of mind that you’re getting a genuine antique with history and character that the recipient will love when you give it to them. 



Malinda F. Knowles

Cute New Shoes at The FFANY Shoe Show 2013

This week I attended the Fashion Footwear Association of New York (FFANY) Shoe Show 2013 in midtown and was in shoe heaven! There were plenty of shoes from over a hundred brands and the suggested retail price for many of them were well within reason. New York showrooms were open this week for market as well.  Shoe lovers, get in here!

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I whirled through three floors of shoes and my favorite and the funkiest shoe was from J.C. Dossier. But as these shoes are not on the market yet and knock-off brands are rampant, I won’t be able to share them with you. I can tell you, however, that they were some of the most creative, kooky and colorful wedge heels I’ve ever seen! They will be in stores soon. Apart from those, I adored a pair of Kiss & Tell blue ruffled booties (pictured below), a pair of NYLA orange spiked sandals (above), and several from Six London (may have photos soon).

I also ran into Ivy Reyes of Luichi NY, a fellow FITer, who showed me some new dark blue python shoes (below) with a high-backing, apparently a big trend for the upcoming season.  London Trash also had several shoes with a high-back (pictured below).


Wedge sneakers, spikes, high-rising heels (like London Trash above) and sequins seemed to be dominant trends at the Show.

The most innovative pair of shoes were from Cassandra Droogan of Protect Your Shoes In Style (PYSIS). She created a pair of boots that will go over your expensive pair of heels if you happen to be out in unfavorable weather conditions. Seems like a solution to me, instead of trying to change shoes all the time. I did not try them on but Cassandra modeled them below.


I also ran into Melissa Tierney, FFANY Social Media Chair and Creator of Look 4 Less, a page about putting a look together on a budget. I was struck by Melissa’s necklace and pretty blouse who told me she got them from Target and H & M for about five dollars. I was wearing a white leather and linen Vince jacket, blue Kelly Wearstler skirt, my Giuseppe Zanotti pumps and a white blouse from H &M.

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Sincerely Yours,


Malinda Knowles

Pratt Show 2013: Best Graduating Work in Art, Design and Fashion


So this week I attended the Pratt Design Show 2013 in midtown to view work from graduating students. Again, unfortunately, later that evening my electronics were stolen so I don’t have my own photos to share as usual, but I did grab some of the student’s photos and met several design students with great work. Here below are some of my favorites.

Came across a few cartoon illustrators with some outstanding and not-to-mention pretty funny stuff actually. Logan Fitzpatrick and Jenni Ng made me laugh with their funky illustrations.


In jewelry, I adored this necklace from Gabrielle Nicole Morris and loved work from Samantha Nania as well.

Necklace from Gabrielle Nicole Morris

And, lastly, the Pratt Graduating Fashion Show had some great looks. Take a look at some of my favorites on the runway from Emma Hastil, Madeline GruenRaya Kassisieh, Catherine Young, and Jefferson Musanda.

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Malinda Knowles

Photo Credit: Jesse Lirola of New York Magazine