5 vintage modernist jewellery finds

The term ‘vintage modernist’ almost sounds like an oxymoron. But we’re not talking about ‘modern’ in the general sense of the term, but in the movement of the mid 20th century that spawned a range of objects both abstract and minimal. And, specifically, we’re talking about vintage modernist jewellery.

Welsh Elliott Modernism’s collection of such pieces is heart-poundingly exciting to any modernist jewellery fan. Even if you’re not a collector, there are plenty of pieces that fit snugly within the bounds of the current trend towards minimalist solid metal accessories.

copper bangle

While I wouldn’t be hard pressed to desire near all of the pieces in this curated collection of modernist gems, here are five favourites that are not only highly collectable but utterly fashionable, too.

donna karan belt

Donna Karan vintage brushed metal belt, 1980s.

pierre cardin necklace
70s, space-age glamour: necklace by Pierre Cardin.

copper cuff
Francisco Rebajes copper cuff from the 1960s.

bronze collar
Oh so now minimalist bronze collar by Ed Levin.

jorma laine pendant
Silver and crystal pendant by Finnish designer Jorma Laine, 1973.

The beauty of these pieces is that they’d just as well suit a slick little black dress or crisp white blouse as they would a billowing Pucci maxi dress. These pieces are all available over at Welsh Elliott Modernism’s website. It’s well worth a look.

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.