Kim Loves Vintage is one of Florida’s quality collections of vintage costume jewelry. Kim has been collecting costume jewelry for over Thirty Five years. She has a degree in Fine Art from the University of Florida, with a specialty in Jewelry Construction and Wheel thrown ceramics. Kim’s shop in The Antique Galleries in St. Petersburg is a brick and mortar store boasts of thousands of pieces of jewelry that fill 2 large showcases.
Kim’s collection includes necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings and brooches ranging from Fabulous 1930's sterling rhinestone fur clips by Eisenberg and Trifari to simple everyday costume jewelry of the 1950’s to the most elaborate and glamorous jewels to over the top runway jewelry by famous designers like Kenneth Lane. . Her collection also includes vintage compacts, Tiaras & headbands, and purses. Bakelite, one of Kim’s personal favorites fills more than one of the cases at her shop, figural pins, Victorian jewelry, an extensive selection of designer signed jewels by some of the most important designers , including Chanel, Trifari, Haskell, Hobe, Boucher, and many others.
Kims Diamonds and Rust collection is part of a series of Necklaces Bracelets I have made, one of a kind. The necklaces are created using vintage beads, and buttons to create what I call a bubble necklace, they are inspired by a Chanel creation from several seasons past. Each is individually created with carefully selected components then matched up with vintage earrings or bracelets to create a perfectly styled look. The Bracelets are also one off pieces. The base is a lovely Chanel Style Clamper Bangle, I get these from a wholesaler in Providence, Rhode Island. I add Vintage dress clips, broken bracelets, orphan earrings, any beautiful bits and bobs of vintage costume jewelry that I feel would be great fun to wear. Some are designed for that upscale high end designer look, some are whimsical.These bracelets are created using a portions of a fabulous vintage brooches, pendants, pieces, etc that needed a new life. These bracelets are offered in Tortoise or Black what you see in the photo is what you will get. I have included a photo of the bracelet blank I begin with, in each listing I have also included a photo of the bracelets on my friends arm so you can get a real sense of the scale, wearing 2 is Amazing!
I can also convert YOUR family heirloom brooch or dress clips, etc into a beautiful art to wear bracelet, contact me for a custom order. You can choose from Tortoise or Black, or I can special order in white or sometimes other colors are available.
Kim is a Nationally known collector having lectured at the Costume Jewelry International collectors convention and other Vintage Jewelry conventions across the United States. Portions of Kim’s personal collection are featured in several books including Warman’s Jewelry, 4th Edition
by Kathy Flood and the “Inside the Jewelry Box” costume jewelry book series by Ann M. Pitman.