VanityReviewEmporium

The Vanity Review Emporium

Kalamazoo, Michigan | 122 Sales

VanityReviewEmporium

The Vanity Review Emporium

Kalamazoo, Michigan 122 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Announcement   The Vanity Review Emporium is my private collection, inspired by Art Nouveau & Fantasy styling. Handmade originals. Vintage specialties. Amazing finds.


Designs are driven by a love of delicate details, contrasting textures, color in harmony, and graceful movement. My passion is for intricate patterns, whether organic or created, and for nature imagery. I explore styles from Victorian to Primitive, and I haven't yet decided if my favorite is Art Nouveau, for its flowing images of nature and Impressionist color palette, or Renaissance, for its luxurious materials, deep jewel tones, and layered details. In truth is is probably Boho for playfulness and earth textures.

My inspiration is my great-aunt's all-girl orchestra from the 1920s, The Vanity Review. That's her in my Etsy profile photo. Great-Aunt Irene played piano and traveled the Vaudeville circuit. Along the way, she collected beautiful accessories which passed on to me and form form the heart of my collection.

* My aim is to create accessories that flatter your best features, giving a memorable look that completes your personal style. I require my creations not to itch, weigh heavily, catch in your hair, or otherwise bug you.

* Because everything I make is handcrafted and one-of-a-kind, please let me know if certain lengths work better for you, or perhaps you hoped for s different color than you see offered, just let me know. Many items can be adapted to order.

* Custom earrings are designed for pierced ears but can usually be modified to clip style on request. I use ear-wires that are precious-metal-plated and certified hypo-allergenic (nickel free), however for anyone with extreme high sensitivity, I can substitute surgical steel ear-wires on request, simply convo me. Allow extra time to ship.

* I design for a right-handed closure, so please let me know if your preference is for a left-handed wearer. Please convo me your request.

I hope you love my collection as much as I do. I've always loved dressing up whether for work or for play. My spirit resonates to the wise words of a certain Miss C.F. Forester:
"The sense of being well-dressed gives a feeling of inward tranquility
which religion is powerless to bestow."

Announcement

Last updated on Nov 24, 2018

The Vanity Review Emporium is my private collection, inspired by Art Nouveau & Fantasy styling. Handmade originals. Vintage specialties. Amazing finds.


Designs are driven by a love of delicate details, contrasting textures, color in harmony, and graceful movement. My passion is for intricate patterns, whether organic or created, and for nature imagery. I explore styles from Victorian to Primitive, and I haven't yet decided if my favorite is Art Nouveau, for its flowing images of nature and Impressionist color palette, or Renaissance, for its luxurious materials, deep jewel tones, and layered details. In truth is is probably Boho for playfulness and earth textures.

My inspiration is my great-aunt's all-girl orchestra from the 1920s, The Vanity Review. That's her in my Etsy profile photo. Great-Aunt Irene played piano and traveled the Vaudeville circuit. Along the way, she collected beautiful accessories which passed on to me and form form the heart of my collection.

* My aim is to create accessories that flatter your best features, giving a memorable look that completes your personal style. I require my creations not to itch, weigh heavily, catch in your hair, or otherwise bug you.

* Because everything I make is handcrafted and one-of-a-kind, please let me know if certain lengths work better for you, or perhaps you hoped for s different color than you see offered, just let me know. Many items can be adapted to order.

* Custom earrings are designed for pierced ears but can usually be modified to clip style on request. I use ear-wires that are precious-metal-plated and certified hypo-allergenic (nickel free), however for anyone with extreme high sensitivity, I can substitute surgical steel ear-wires on request, simply convo me. Allow extra time to ship.

* I design for a right-handed closure, so please let me know if your preference is for a left-handed wearer. Please convo me your request.

I hope you love my collection as much as I do. I've always loved dressing up whether for work or for play. My spirit resonates to the wise words of a certain Miss C.F. Forester:
"The sense of being well-dressed gives a feeling of inward tranquility
which religion is powerless to bestow."

Lorraine Alden

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About

Handcrafted Jewelry in Art Nouveau Style

After a lifetime of sewing, knitting, crochet and embroidery, I got hooked on jewelry-making when I attempted to repair a favorite necklace. Turns out jewelry-making is addicting. First you buy the few items you need for a repair, but then you need tools and that brings you to the riches of the craft shops, which you begin to haunt in search of shiny things. And then you're hooked. Friends and family gave such an enthusiastic response to my work that I felt confident enough to set up shop on Etsy. And so here I am.

I've taken as my inspiration my Great-Aunt Irene -- flapper, rebel and vaudeville musician in the 1924 all-girl orchestra called "The Vanity Review". Aunt Irene left me some simply amazing treasures. An embroidered silk shawl. An ivory fan. A silver compact. A bootleg flask you tuck into a garter.

I added more to the collection, now that it's all my own, and the jewelry I design reflects the two of us. We're spunky and independent, and we love to dress up. We want jewelry that adds a touch of elegance to a busy woman's life. There is something about a bauble that lifts a girl's spirits, no matter what. I hope you like my collection as much as I do. Thanks for visiting, and thanks for reading.

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  • Lorraine Alden

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    My studio in southwest Michigan is filled with color and sparkle, textures, shapes, patterns and styles for a multitude of projects. When I refine a design enough to feel proud of it, it goes here on offer to another woman of taste.

Shop policies

Last updated on June 24, 2017
Welcome to my world of romantic style at the Vanity Review Emporium. All items are hand-crafted in Kalamazoo, Michigan, U.S.A. I love every single item I've created, and do my best to make it as perfectly as possible. Your purchase arrives boxed and ready for presentation.

Ask about special colors for weddings and occasions. Your purchase can be sent directly for a birthday or any occasion, and I will include any message you'd like to send on a gift card enclosed. Just Convo me the details.

Handmade jewelry is delicate and should be handled with care. Do not immerse. To clean, wipe gently with a soft cloth lightly moistened with rubbing alcohol or eyeglass cleaner. Gently polish with a with a clean cloth. Silver components may be hand cleaned with a quality silver polish, such as Haggerty's or Wright's. Do not immerse VRE jewelry in an ultrasonic cleaner, it may be damaged.

Thank you for visiting the Vanity Review Emporium.

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
Your satisfaction is paramount: I offer a No-Questions-Asked Guarantee for refund or exchange for 30 days following date of purchase, less shipping costs. Not responsible for damage in shipping or miss-delivery; if postal insurance is desired, please inquire, it will be quoted on request.

Please note that handmade jewelry is delicate and should be handled with care. I will also repair any item to the best of my ability at no cost (excluding shipping) for one year beyond the date of purchase. If there is a problem, please give me the chance to make it right.
Payment
Major credit cards and PayPal accepted. To make payment by cash or personal check, please convo me to make arrangements. Shipment is made within two business days of your order, unless otherwise noted. Michigan 6% sales tax is included in your price.
Shipping
Ground shipping is now set at a flat rate per order and is available for the US and for Canada. Priority shipping and insurance is available at additional cost. If you wish an item shipped internationally, please convo me for a specific quote prior to making your purchase so I may add an international shipping category to the listing(s). Thank you.

All orders ship within 1-2 business days via USPS. If there is a problem with your order, I will message you right away and do my best to make it right.
Additional policies and FAQs
All designs are original, copyright The Vanity Review Emporium. My philosophy is that beauty should also be comfortable and easy to wear, so necklaces are double-strung for security, under-wired for extra support, and designed to be smooth where they contact the skin; ear-wires are plated with precious metals and are hypo-allergenic. Surgical steel ear-wires can be substituted on request. To clean, gently wipe with a soft cloth or cotton dampened with rubbing alcohol and gently dry with a clean, dry cloth. Metal parts can gently polished with a quality metal polish such as Wright's or Haggerty. Do not immerse in water or use soap or other cleaning solutions or an ultrasonic cleaner.