reclaimed, restyled and reinvented vintage jewelry

The Two Girls Gems collection is made by hand selecting quality vintage pieces and combining them with modern beads, chains and gemstones. Buckles, clips, brooches and chains are all reinvented; the transformation of each piece inspired by its unique vintage elements. The result is heirloom pieces for the next generation. We take pride in primarily using sterling silver or 14K gold or gold fill.
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Monday, October 24, 2011

The Girls With Pearls

No one can deny that pearls are the epitome of style and elegance. Style icons such as Coco Chanel, Jackie O and Audrey Hepburn knew the versatility and the sophistication of  pearls.

The history of pearls goes back more than 6,000 years.  Coveted by many during the roman empire, only high society were permitted to wear them.  Once owned only by royal families and aristocrats, pearls have become an affordable commodity, thanks to Mikimoto Kodichi.  In the early 1900s Mikimoto was the first person to cultivate completely spherical pearls that were indistinguishable from the highest quality natural ones.  Mikimoto perfected the secret of inserting a piece of oyster membrane with a nucleus of shell. This foreign object caused the oyster to form a pearl sack, which produces nacre, thus creating a pearl.

Either salt water or fresh, almost all pearls today are cultivated, which means they are grown on a pearl farm.  Salt water pearls take 2 to 3 years to produce a pearl.  Because of this longevity, they have a deeper luster and are normally completely spherical.  Fresh water pearls are cultivated slightly differently, do not take as long to cultivate, and produce many more pearls per oyster. Because of this, their luster is not as deep.  Pearls may be bleached to increase their whiteness or dyed an assortment of colors.  Many different types of pearls are cultivated throughout the world, and each type has its own special qualities.

Akoya, Tahitian or Biwa pearls, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Above is the single strand of Mikimoto pearls given by Joe DiMaggio to  Marilyn Monroe.

Check out our pearl collection on, as we pay homage to one of nature's most miraculous creations.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Back to School with my Chatelaine

We have started our new collection (three is a collection..right?) of chatelaines. Our pencil necklace chatelaines are just the thing for heading back to school. This antique one we found is sterling silver with onyx. We have put it on an oxidized sterling silver chain with vintage buttons  The pencil part is removable with a small mighty magnet clasp for ease of writing (necklace available on our site

Chatelaine is a french term meaning  "lady of the castle"(and aren't we all?) . They were either belts or necklaces worn by women that held useful household objects such as scissors, thimbles, watch, keys and boot lacers to name just a few.   They were popular in the 19th century and I think they should become popular again.  Form and Function.

 Two of our gold filled chatelaines are shown here.

Chatelaines have also been shown quite a few times on MAD MEN, worn by Joan Holloway.  Check out the images below.

Scotland in September

Two Girls Gems Scottish Royalty Charm Bracelet
Fall came early this year when I visited Scotland last week.  Somehow my Minnesotan-turned-Californian cousin found and married a lovely Scottish lass.  The wedding, which took place in the Royal Burgh of Dornoch in the Highlands of Scotland on 9.10.11, was one of the most amazing events I've ever attended.  In fact, our entire vacation to this cool, misty, history drenched country was a fantastic experience.

I love everything old, so Scotland with its amazingly old cities and farms, ancient castles and rich traditions definitely met my definition of remarkable.  Being a color junkie, I loved the rich pastoral greens of the Highlands, the infinite greys of the stone walls that run throughout the countryside, and the varied jewel tones of the country's famous tartans.  And for the wedding, the bride chose the most lovely color for her bride's maids' dresses.  They were the perfect shade of ballet shoe pink.

It was the brilliant jewel-toned tartans and the bright colors of the Scottish flag that inspired our latest charm bracelet, the Scottish Royalty Charm Bracelet, pictured here.

The bracelet combines rich ruby red, vibrant lapis blue and creamy white pearls, all connected by a brilliant 14K gold filled chain.  In fact, I think I've been seeing those same jewel tones in all the fashion magazines this fall as well.  Like minds...

Copy this link in your browser to see a treasury we collected of lovely Scottish wedding related items for sale on Etsy.