Sparkly Heart Vintage Earrings by Kirks Folly
Beautiful rare sparkly heart vintage earrings by Kirks Folly, c.1980. This attractive pair of clip on earrings are made from gold metal and lots of little glass rhinestones. They have sprung metal clips at the back, each with a good spring, and measure 2.5 x 2.7cm. Each earring is signed “KIRKS FOLLY” on the inside and on the moving clip. These would make a lovely unique Valentines Day gift!
This pair of 1980s vintage earrings are in excellent condition.
A little about Kirks Folly
Kirks Folly was founded in New York in 1979, by a brother and three sisters, George, Helen, Jennifer and Elizabeth Kirk.
They became known for producing unusual and beautiful (often enchanting and whimsical) costume jewellery – originally making hair ornaments and accessories before branching out in to brooches and earrings. Their items were at first hand-made, and they used a lot of natural materials such as pearls, feathers and shells in their designs, along with crystals and rhinestones.
Their first major recognition came in 1980 with an article in The New York Times, and later were featured in American Vogue magazine. Their jewellery line was also sold at Bloomingdales. They were a close-knit team consisting of mainly family members, which meant that their designs retained their uniqueness and quality.
Later on they opened a couple of small factories in China and France, and in the 1990s they decided to take their designs to mass market and they branched out to QVC in order to reach the international market; the first jewellery they put up for auction on QVC sold out in 40 minutes.
However, in November 2014 the company ceased trading, much to the disappointment of their fans. Their website can be found here.
Why we love costume jewellery
Classic and elegant, costume jewellery can add uniqueness and flair to any outfit, smart or casual, at an affordable price. Vintage costume jewellery is a statement – and is a great way to express your individual style. It is also great to know that you are unlikely to find two identical, so there is not much chance of someone wearing the same as you.
Early costume jewellery is different to its modern counterparts and although costume jewellery has been mass produced since the early 20s, the earlier back you go, generally, the better the quality and more interesting the materials. You do not find the same robust materials or quality finishes in more modern mass produced items – vintage items were made to last, and with one size fits all – make perfect gifts!
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