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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Friday, March 1, 2013

Chatelaine Jewelry

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Two Girls Gems Chatelaine Necklace

As you might know, we are obsessed with all jewelry antique and vintage. We love learning about the history of various types of jewelry. One very interesting piece is the Chatelaine. They date back to the 1870's. Chatelaines were pins attached to the waist of their dresses. Each pin had various chains hanging from it with everyday items that they found necessary, such as scissors, pencils, watches and sewing kits. These items hung from these chains because pockets didn't exist (something I take for granted and never viewed the "pocket" as an invention :-) ) Chatelaines come in various types of metal from cut steal, sterling silver, gold fill and 14k gold. Our old time fav is putting the chantelaine pencils on necklace chains. The hit show AD MEN has made our necklaces even more popular.