Monday, December 15, 2014

A Candy Shop Vintage Christmas

If you are still looking for a perfect and unique Christmas gift for that special someone, be sure to check out Candy Shop Vintage. After years of collecting and selling vintage jewelry, Charleston, SC-based designer Deirdre Zahl launched her own vintage inspired jewelry line, The Candy Shop Collection.

Side note... not only does Deirdre share my love for all things vintage, but she also loves all things Palm Beach Chic, including Carleton Varney's famed Brazillance wallpaper!

Deirdre developed an encyclopedic knowledge of vintage jewelry while working in fashion and design in New York. She has amassed an impressive collection of vintage jewelry, primarily made in the United States from the 1950s through the 1980s. Her pieces have even been featured on the hit show Mad Men!

Mad Men's Christina Hendricks wearing a vintage brooch and earrings from Candy Shop Vintage.

However, the blessing and the curse of vintage is that it tends to be one of a kind, so once it's gone... it's gone. This led Deirdre to start her own line, inspired by her vintage collection and drawing upon the practices of old-school jewelry houses... all made in the U.S. Here are a few of my favorite things from her current collection...

I love this necklace so much, it has become one of my signature pieces. I get a TON of compliments every time I wear it. It is quite the conversations piece! I also happened to score the vintage 1960s belt that inspired this set at an estate sale.  Elephants do indeed bring good luck!

These necklaces were inspired by a 1970s runway piece, and the matching Asian inspired earrings are designed around the Lu - a Chinese symbol for prosperity. 

This matches the Lu Tassel earrings and layers beautifully with the Crescent necklace. 

This Egyptian inspired collection is on sale! 

I absolutely love the story behind these Charleston Rice Beads, and I don't think any visit to the Holy City is complete without purchasing a strand... or two or three. Of course, you can also shop them online here!

These limited edition earrings are handmade from vintage beads with 14K gold plate.

I never met a tassel I didn't like, and this whimsical necklace, based on a vintage 1970s piece, has timeless appeal.

For more vintage inspired baubles and goodies, please visit Candy Shop Vintage. The Collection is also sold at specialty events, select retail boutiques, and debuted at trunk shows at Bloomingdale's and at Henri Bendel in New York. Deirdre's vintage collection is available exclusively through One Kings Lane.

Deirdre lives in Charleston, SC, with her husband John and daughter Daphne. And by the way, her design talent is not limited to jewelry... check out her precious baby girl's nursery, featured by Apartment Therapy!

Daphne's nursery, via Apartment Therapy


  1. Andrea, this is just the best thank you so much!!! Merry Christmas! xoxo

  2. I remember that nursery and love it. Those tassel earrings need to be apart of my life! :)

  3. Thanks for sharing this, Andrea. Think I just found an elusive Christmas gift.

  4. Beautiful jewelry and just in time for the holidays - adore the tassel necklace!

  5. So pretty...these would be a great gift to get...Ill have to show the hubby!

  6. Such gorgeous jewelry...I wonder if I pass this along to my husband he will get the hint. Hope you are having a fabulous week, Andrea! xoxo

  7. love this nursery ... wanted it when we lived in nyc. happy holidays! xx

  8. I obsessed with the elephant necklace! It's gorgeous!


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