Whatever your favorite fashion era, whether it’s the 70s, 80’s, 90’s or the aughts Lebanese born, LA based fine jewelry designer Kirk Kara has your all of your jewelry needs covered with his recently released vintage vault. This collection of Kirk’s designs, which includes antique rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings, span his entire career and cover the best fashion decades from the 50s through the early 2000’s
The 70’s are definitely my favorite decade for fashion from hippie chic to punk rock but I particularly love the days of disco with all the shimmery glamour, big feathered hair and draped dresses (much like the one I’m wearing here from Pia Gladys Perey) The 70’s treasures from Kirk Kara’s vintage vault like this chunky gold bracelet and simple hoops would look perfect on the Studio 54 dance floor.
I’m loving all the 80s inspired exaggerated shoulders & puff sleeves that are hot right now. Wanting to give this zebra print sweater dress with major Dynasty vibes some true 80s authenticity I’m wearing one of a kind chunky statement rings, and layered gold chains from the 80s vault.
One of Kirk’s signatures from this era, that he himself popularized, is the invisible setting on his jewelry. It’s a setting, much like the name describes, where you can’t see where the stone is attached to the metal and only the highest quality stones and metals are used. It’s a very specialized process that not every jeweler is trained to do.
Finally the last decade I chose for this walk down memory lane is the 90’s. I was initially going for grunge with the plaid dress & chunky boots but ended up looking more like a character in Clueless which worked even better to showcase the fabulous platinum toned pieces (they are actually 18k gold) which were very popular in the 90’s. It was kind of a backlash against years of the popularity of yellow gold and I myself remember exclusively wearing silver or white gold in the 90’s. These iconic pieces from Kirk Kara’s collection are very versatile; perfect for everyday wear but special enough for an evening out.
If you’re interested in seeing more of Kirk Kara’s Vintage Vault pieces and learning about his illustrious career as a jeweler head over to the site here. Hope you enjoyed taking a little trip on this fashion time machine as much as I did!