Product Review: Elle Fulton

I love wearing vintage jewellery. In fact, I recently got engaged and my fiance knew me well enough to know that I would appreciate wearing my grandmother's ring more than a big blingy new one. And now that I'm wearing it, wearing new jewellery alongside it just doesn't work.

In an exceptionally well-timed turn of events I received a package in the mail from Elle Fulton this week asking me to review their vintage jewellery collection. I was super excited about it because the collection is vintage jewellery, that has never been worn before!

When I opened the postal package, I was delighted to see a petite printed gift box. Wrapped with a pretty black bow and branded with the company's name, the box contained a selection of their vintage charms for me to try out.

The package also contained a note from Tina, the company's founder. In it she explains that the jewellery line is created from new old-stock pieces sourced from warehouses across Canada and the USA. Those pieces are combined with new findings and charms that she convinced one small manufacturer to being making again out of old casting molds. Some of the items were even sourced from the basement of a family who had kept a stash of these items from an old business for decades! 

These pieces come from an era before costume jewellery was all made overseas. The brand has a mission to bring North America's lost jewellery back to the public. It's a fascinating story that tells the tale of a passion project that has turned into a business.

The Canadiana collection is the first items I had to try right out of the box. The Ontario necklace and Canada ring are instant favourites and total conversation pieces when worn; the most common being, "Where did you get that?!"

The Mountie ring is vintage 1960's, and I can just imagine it being picked up in a souvenir shop by a Brit summering in Canada, can't you?

The pretty and petite Ontario charm necklace is also 1960's, and it brings me a feeling of pride to wear it! The 1960's, was an era of heightened nationalist passions in Canada. But the Canadian flag as we know it today didn't exist until 1965

These adorable jewellery pieces reflect that era of nationalism and the desire to forge our collective identity.

Check out the entire Canadian Collection on Elle Fulton here.

Elle Fulton also has some cool rings for US states, check out the full range of vintage rings here

The next item I tried on is the geometric etched glass ring.

I love orange, and the geometric pattern of this ring reminds me of a starburst. The lace edge on the setting really enhances the vintage feel. I'll wear this piece with everything from denim to an evening look.

The last piece I tried out I have to admit was my absolute favourite to photograph and wear!

I snapped a pic of this necklace against a vintage movie poster
for "The Happy Thieves", an old  Rita Hayworth film. 
The Citrine Heart Tassel necklace is so pretty. The tassel is perfectly on-trend and it's 1960's vintage, so it's true what they say, everything old is new again! Tassels look gorgeous when worn because they add movement and texture.

The citrine heart is made from vintage glass. This item is also available in emerald, amethyst, milky way, and ruby stones, if those are more to your taste than the pretty warm yellow hue I tried out.

I have been wearing a lot more warm hues lately. Since highschool, I've been a loyal wearer of all things black, and I realized recently that while black is easy for me to wear, it doesn't necessarily make me stand out in a crowd! As I've gotten older I've become more comfortable with wearing eye catching reds, oranges, and pinks.

This necklace is perfect with two of my favourite red items, my red pencil dress and as pictured here, my red wrap blouse. The necklace adds a nice bohemian touch and softens the overall look. It really changes up the appearance of these two items in my closet, when when paired with more modern jewellery look very geometric and urban. Paired with vintage Elle Fulton pieces, they both look more glamourous and retro, an effect I really enjoy!

Elle Fulton's shop also includes vintage-inspired pieces, like these gorgeous cocktail rings. Currently they are offering free shipping on orders over $100 and free gift packaging as well! These make perfect little stocking stuffers for the vintage-lover in your life. There's much more on the site than I've reviewed here, so head over there and browse the collections. There's a lot I'm sure any retro fan will be crazy for. 

Check out Elle Fulton on Facebook, I hear there is much more to be added to the shop soon and this will keep you in the loop!

Thanks to Elle Fulton for sending me this lovely little package, I'm sure to wear these pieces throughout the holiday season!

Update: Catch Elle Fulton's mention in this Canadian Living Mother's Day Guide
Update 2: Elle Fulton has launched a Kickstarter campaign! Follow it here.

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