If you are not familiar with the online vintage jewelry shop Sparrow Jewels. You should be — the shop owners Brienna and Elizabeth are treasure hunters with fabulous taste. Each piece feels carefully selected and you can just tell it comes from a rich and storied past. Bonus, they also have fabulous personal collections of jewelry. We got to go behind the scenes with them into their jewelry box and learn more about how this jewelry loving duo styles their jewels on the daily.
How do you go about picking your jewelry for each day?
Brienna: For me, it’s all about my mood and what I have on tap for the day. A sparkly pair of retro earrings or a vintage statement necklace can seriously help a case of the “Monday blues” or add to the excitement of the coming weekend. There’s nothing more fun than planning your ensemble for a night out on the town! My jewels are reminders to have fun and to appreciate the pretty in life.
Elizabeth: We are so busy and hectic with children and work, it’s fun to put on something glamorous and sparkly for a work lunch or an evening out.
What are the pieces you wear every day regardless?
Brienna: My engagement ring. I’ll swap out different bands, but my cushion-cut diamond ring is a staple. I also wear a pair of cushion-cut studs pretty much every day, they were a gift from my husband to celebrate my daughter’s birth. They’re simple, classic and full of brilliance.
Elizabeth: I also wear my engagement ring, a Belle Epoque platinum and diamond three stone ring, everyday. I wear it with a matched curved diamond band. I have also been wearing a simple 19th-century gold and diamond snake ring recently. I just love the color of old gold.
Do you mix vintage and new pieces?
Brienna: That is a no brainer! At Sparrow Jewels, we adore vintage and antique jewelry and believe no jewelry box is complete without a selection of pieces from the past! Vintage jewelry always tells a story and can add so much wow factor to your wardrobe. I love incorporating my grandmother’s gold charm bracelet, or my vintage ruby band for everyday looks.
Elizabeth: I actually don’t have a lot of new jewelry! But, having said that, I love seeing what contemporary designers are coming up with. I recently bought some very cool sterling silver earrings in a minimal design that I thought were interesting. I also like costume jewelry from Anthropologie and vintage sterling silver.
How does your job play into what jewelry you wear?
Brienna: At Sparrow Jewels, we are always coming across interesting and unusual treasures. We recently saw a selection of beautiful zircon pieces and I fell in love with one particular ring! It’s become one of the pieces I most adore and its Caribbean blue color is out of this world.
Elizabeth: The jewelry business is a lot of fun. We’re a part of a community which really appreciates individual style, so it’s fun to wear something unusual or unexpected and to see what dealers and collectors respond to.
Day 1 — Elizabeth wears a pair of retro gold, diamond and sapphire ear clips by Cartier
Day 2 — Brienna’s Grandmother’s vintage gold charm bracelet, worn as a necklace
Day 3 — Elizabeth’s 19th century gold chain with a sapphire and seed pearl locket
Day 4 — Brienna’s vintage zircon and diamond ring
Day 5 — Elizabeth’s retro aquamarine and fluted gold cocktail ring by Verdura, circa 1940