Loves, it really is the month of love, and whether you’re showing love to yourself or to others there’s no better way to treat than jewelry. And loves, let me tell you, there’s no better jewelry than vintage. From quality to style to affordability (I promise), vintage jewelry lets you stand out and feel good about what you’re wearing. And one of my favorite vintage jewelry brands? Monet!
Monet jewelry is known for its high quality, gold plated pieces (my favorite are the necklaces like those above); however Monet started out as a monogramming company. In the 1920s they (Michael and Jason Chernow, the founders) sold monogrammed decals. During the Great Depression the company expanded into bags, and in the 1930s the brothers found their niche: jewelry. Monet began selling dangle pins, bracelets, and namechains.
During the 1930s Designer Edmond Mario joined the company, and the statement shapes usually associated with Monet came into being. Mario was influenced by Chanel and Schiaparelli, and the affordable chain jewelry was a hit. The necklaces really became popular in the 1950s and styles expanded to links, slides, textured, and engraved. The company started a line for girls called Monettes, which carried charm bracelets. In 1977 the Monet launched a fine jewelry line, and during the 80s was licensed to sell both YSL and La Croix costume jewelry.
Here’s what I love about Monet- it’s heavy without being too heavy, it’s classic and yet stands out, it’s quality and fun, and it’s vintage and modern–all at the same time. For the money you won’t find a better costume jewelry, and yet, Monet pieces are not impossible to find! My fave places to shop Monet are Recess LA and Bloomers and Frocks”, but you can find Monet on Etsy, eBay, and vintage stores around the country.
Do you love and wear Monet? Are you planning on treating yourself?
Let me know!