Name
Gemma Redmond
Company
Gemma Redmond Vintage
  1. What do you deal in?

    I sell designer and finely crafted vintage costume jewellery, dating from the late 1800s through to the 1990s. I select pieces for their wearability, craftsmanship, special design, eye-catching colours, prestige and back-stories. I’m really particular about selecting items for the way in which they evoke the time periods in which they were made; for the way in which they reflect the skill and characteristics of their designers; and for the way in which they can compliment someone’s personal style. 

     

  2. When did you start dealing?

    I launched my business in December 2014, leaving my job as a primary school teacher to establish it. Collecting vintage costume jewellery and learning about the worlds of fashion and antiques had been interest of mine for some time. When I reached a point in my life and career where I felt that it was time for a change, I decided to turn my passion into a business and try my hand at something new.

    I've always been fascinated by the past - my degree was in History at The University of Manchester - and vintage costume jewellery provides an insight into the past which you can own, touch and experience. That’s a very special thing for someone with an enthusiasm for times gone by. Vintage costume jewellery combines my love for fashion and history too. Much of my jewellery is by Christian Dior and Chanel - names synonymous with the evolution of style. So it's great for me to be able to handle items with such fashion prestige. I also find it fascinating how the design details and materials used to make a piece of jewellery can say so much about the time period in which it was made. I really enjoy telling people all about these aspects and the designers that made my jewellery.

     

  3. Best buy?

    A Knoll and Pregizer bracelet, dating from the mid-1930s. Their pieces are generally silver with the finest quality rhinestones. But, their makers marks are quite difficult to notice and only really understood by those with a knowledge or passion. Because of this, I picked my Knoll and Pregizer bracelet up for a great price! It was a really fine example in excellent condition and very pretty - I was quite sad to sell it, but it's gone to a good home and to someone who appreciates its beauty.

     

  4. Top Tip for new collectors?

    Buy some good books on your chosen area of collecting and use them for reference again and again. I've established quite a library now on vintage costume jewellery and I never tire of looking through my books. It's vital to have a wide range of facts and thoughts about your chosen subject to hand, so that you can make an informed decision when buying. 

     

  5. Why do you choose to exhibit at fairs?

    Although I sell primarily online, fairs are a great way for me to meet my clients face to face and build relationships with them. I think its important to give my customers the opportunity to handle pieces from the collection and fairs are a great way to do this - I can help my clients to try on and give them advice. Exhibiting at fairs also provides me with a chance to display my jewellery differently and make an impact by showing my entire collection together at once.

     

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