The Maejean Time Machine Takes Us Back to the 1800's

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We’re so excited to share something we’ve been dreaming about for awhile -- a slightly spooky Victorian photoshoot! We had talked about the idea loosely for awhile, but when we came across a late 1800’s Victorian sofa on Craigslist in late summer, we knew we had to get the ball rolling. We teamed up with our longtime friend Julie, of Julie Liz Photography, to make this dream come true.

On an unseasonably warm October day we met at the office to get ready. Another long time friend, Cheyenne, owner of Loose Ends salon (coming in January 2019), transformed us into another era. It’s been two weeks and we’re still talking about by how incredible our hair looked.

After getting decked out in our favorite MJV Victorian Era and Edwardian Era pieces, we headed to a wooded area with our couch and began shooting. Our heavy, black dresses and the unusual heat certainly made us appreciate our ancestors who lived like this daily with no refuge of air conditioning to be found.

The icing on the cake were the flowers by a local florist and friend, Dalanna. She spent time researching bouquet styles and really embraced our vision. She created three stunning bouquets for us with flora she foraged or grew in her yard! We were seriously impressed.

 Flowers by @mrs.haldeman

Flowers by @mrs.haldeman


We’re so thankful to be surrounded by so many talented, and willing, creatives. This is one of our favorite shoots we’ve done and at this point don’t know we’ll top it!

Click through through the photo gallery to see all of the amazing pictures Julie took!

Some featured Maejean Vintage jewels from the shoot:

Photo 1 : Statement onyx ring, Garnet navette ring, Art Deco onyx flip ring

Photo 2 : Black enamel fleur de lis necklace

Photo 3 : Antique gold filled bangles

Photo 4: Antique mourning jewelry














Antique Slide Chains: What are They & How to Wear Them

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Antique Slide Chains: What are They & How to Wear Them

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We often get asked about slide chains and how to wear them. These beautiful pieces are often overlooked by shoppers and we’re here to explain why you need one in your jewelry box.

  Antique jewelry catalogue //    Maejean Vintage    personal photo

Antique jewelry catalogue // Maejean Vintage personal photo

Slide chains, also called muff chains, lorgnette chains, guard chains and locket chains, have not changed much stylistically over time. However, they’ve held many purposes, and their purposes reflect the trends of the era. Chains can be found in fine metals such as solid gold, gold fill, silver but also in Pinchbeck. The use of various metals likely made them widely accessible to women across all classes.


  Edwardian woman wearing a slide chain with a locket // Maejean Vintage personal photo

Edwardian woman wearing a slide chain with a locket // Maejean Vintage personal photo

Slide chains were designed to hold pocket watches, which were then tucked in dress pockets or dangled from waist belts. They also could have been layered, or doubled-over, to hold a locket near the heart. Slide chains were also used as muff chains, holding up a fur muff on cold winter nights. 

  Slide    Chain    & Pocket Watch // Muff    Chain

Slide Chain & Pocket Watch // Muff Chain

Today you can style them as a choker with a long layer, double them up for the look of two necklaces, or as one MJV customer suggested, use them for your ID card (here’s to you nurses, teachers and students)!

   Madame Marcotte Sainte Marie    wearing a lorgnette chain &    Madame Jacques-Louis Leblanc    wearing a locket chain // Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

Madame Marcotte Sainte Marie wearing a lorgnette chain & Madame Jacques-Louis Leblanc wearing a locket chain // Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

  Antique jewelry catalogue // Maejean Vintage personal archive

Antique jewelry catalogue // Maejean Vintage personal archive

The versatility of silde chains likely made them popular, as they could be worn long or short. We speculate a woman with a more sedentary lifestyle may have worn the chain long, while a middle-class woman who held a job may have doubled the chain to still be fashionable but more practical.

Regardless of your job today, we think slide chains are some of the more underrated jewelry pieces and can be brought into the modern times. Scroll down to see how we have styled the chains.



  Antique jewelry catalogue // Maejean Vintage personal archive

Antique jewelry catalogue // Maejean Vintage personal archive


Maejean style tips:

  Layered with a locket and a pendant  Chain, locket and pendant coming soon

Layered with a locket and a pendant
Chain, locket and pendant coming soon

  Wrapped as a bracelet  Shop this chain  here

Wrapped as a bracelet
Shop this chain here

  Doubled  Shop this chain  here

Doubled
Shop this chain here

  Worn as a single chain with a fob on the end  Shop this chain  here

Worn as a single chain with a fob on the end
Shop this chain here

  Tripled as a choker  Shop this chain  here

Tripled as a choker
Shop this chain here

Let us know your thoughts or ideas you have on how to wear a slide chain to suit your life!


xo.
Savannah Tate