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Frequently Asked Questions

Who are the driving forces behind the Aesthetic-Collection?

We are mother and daughter, best friends and partners. We are artists and visionaries – heart and soul – we collect and create. We are also designers with a passion for beautiful vintage and vintage inspired contemporary wearable art. Our goal is to provide a virtual boutique where elegance and beauty are always in style!

What do we present?

We feature beautiful hand crafted original eclectic jewelry designs incorporating a variety of reworked vintage pieces, ie, cameos, pendants, crystals, rhinestones, beads, metals, chains and clasps paired with semi precious gemstones, pearls, sterling silver and gold. Accenting the original designs are vintage collectible pieces inclusive of purses, clutches, handbags, compacts, cigarette cases, pill and trinket boxes, perfume bottles, flasks, and more collectible treasures...

What is the Aesthetic Collections Foundation?

Aesthetic Collection began with a creative, tenacious New York City based Mother/Daughter design duo who share an affinity for all things vintage. It has grown into a dynamic melding of classic and contemporary finds.

Aesthetic Collection embodies the timeless, elegant style of the glamorous celebrity icons of yesteryear with a contemporary, innovative, fashion-forward feel. The body of the collection encompasses unique, one of a kind, handmade designs that reflect an inspired approach to self-expression, individuality and personal style. In our current age of retail mass production, Aesthetic Collection’s goal is to restore the pride and privilege of individuality through fashion.

Partners Jeannette and Irulan Wilson both maximize and benefit from their generational differences through collaborating on designs that embody classic and contemporary sensibilities. And, to complement their design collection, the partners research and travel the globe to find the perfect vintage and antique accessories and collectibles.

Jeannette Wilson has experienced a wide array of professional success but has found her calling in jewelry design and finding must-have retro, vintage and antique collectibles. Jeannette has always loved the beauty, style and workmanship of old jewelry, accessories and collectibles. She loves sharing her passion for these treasures and embraces the joy of generational bonding through a shared appreciation for antique, vintage and retro jewelry, accessories, collectibles and vintage inspired handcrafted jewelry born of equal parts love and creativity.

Irulan Wilson embodies the trendy, fashion forward edge dictated by the pages of contemporary Vogue, as well as the elegance and grace of a vintage Hepburnesque sensibility instilled by the matriarchs of her family.

The diligence behind the Aesthetic Collection design team supports their vision of providing a cohesive body of beautiful, classic yet contemporary finds that will be enjoyed, cherished and valued by the individuals that collect them.

Together, the two are the Spirit and Vision behind the Aesthetic Collection.

What do vintage terms mean?

Vintage Condition Terms Explained:
Mint - These are items which have the original tags, are in the original box or still have accessories wrapped in paper. They have never been used.
Near Mint - These items appear to have never been used, but we can't be sure.
Excellent - These items were used rarely and very well cared for, no detracting exterior flaws but they have lost that "new" feeling or have visible interior flaws.
Very Good - These items have been used and show some evidence of use but have not been treated badly and have no major flaws.
Good - This is reserved for items that have minor visible flaws but are still lots of fun or very hard to find.
Fair - You won't see this here much. Items with this rating are items which need repair but have enough sentimental or monetary value to be worth a bit of work or items which are only very rarely found in better condition.

Vintage is used to describe almost anything that is already considered as behind the times. One example of a vintage definition refers to a particular span of time. Vintage can be a term to define clothing, jewelry, handbags, cars and other collectibles that signify the quality of being old-fashioned. It is defined as something that is older than 20 years. Although vintage is characterized as being old, this does not mean that an object that is measured to be “vintage” is in any way unattractive. In fact, top runway models, celebrities as well as fashion forward individuals go for vintage styles. Vintage jewelry, clothing and accessories are designed to fit the styles that were “in” back in those times. In other words, vintage items from earlier times often make an ordinary appearance look amazing.

Approximate Time Frames in Jewelry History are:

- Late Georgian (1760-1837)
- Victorian (1837-1901)
- Art Nouveau (1890-1915)
- Edwardian (1901-1915
- Art Deco (1920-1935)
- Retro (1935-1950)
- Vintage (1950 -1990)

Antique Jewelry must be 100 years or older. For a piece of jewelry to be authentic vintage it must be at least 20 years old. If a piece of jewelry is a worthy piece but not 20 years old, than it is defined as pre-owned until it reaches the minimum threshold of 20 years of age to become Vintage. For Contemporary Jewelry with a vintage or antique flair, they should be described as vintage inspired jewelry, vintage style jewelry, antique inspired jewelry or antique style jewelry, even if parts of the jewelry made today are old. The terms up cycled and recycled jewelry could apply to Contemporary Jewelry if the bulk of the piece is old. It requires that a complete (broken or not) old piece be used as the core for a new design.

Antique and Vintage jewelry is beautiful and fun to collect and allows you to create individual style signatures. Antique and Vintage jewelry allows the wearer to appreciate the styles, craftsmanship, and history of a past era. It can also be a great investment if you do your research and know exactly what you are buying.

Can you tell me more about your vintage handbags and accessories collection?

Aesthetic Collection offers a wide variety of antique, vintage and retro purses and handbags from many eras helping you put your fashion signature on your fashion statement. We feature antique, vintage, retro, and designer handbags, shoulder bags, purses, belts and accessories. The collection includes Bakelite and Lucite handbags, metal mesh handbags, clutches and purses, beaded and satin evening bags, leather, suede, alligator, lizard, and hand tooled leather handbags and shoulder bags, vintage Coach bags, Kelly bags, retro tote bags, and straw and wicker purses. We also feature vintage and retro leather, metal, elastic, cinch and outrageous designer belts to wear with your vintage or contemporary clothing! And, there are vintage and retro wallets, coin purses, mirrors, compacts, cigarette cases, card holders and pill boxes to put in your handbag or purse!

Such noted Vintage designer’s such as Whiting & Davis feature metal mesh purses/handbags. What is metal mesh?

Metal Mesh: Flat brass mesh is manufactured with a smooth ‘spider’ connecting to four individual rings. With a light reflective surface that can be either plated or enameled, flat mesh creates a shimmering metal fabric that looks delicate but is unbelievably flexible and fluid.

Why vintage?

The popularity and demand for vintage items is growing so quickly because the jewelry, accessories and clothing are great collectibles and also a good investment. Vintage pieces often offer high quality and unique style, and, regardless of where you are going, you won’t look like everyone else. Vintage fashion stands out!

Besides helping people develop their own fashion identity through mixing jewelry, accessories and clothing from the past with more modern designs, vintage pieces teach us to appreciate the superior quality of the jewelry, accessories and garments compared to most mass produced items we find today. In addition, vintage jewelry, accessories and clothing are Eco-friendly because nothing is harmed or used in any way with its resale.

Buying vintage encompasses history; an appreciation of the past, the roles of previous generations and the skills of respected designers.

You can be above the trends. Just as you can find vintage pieces to compliment the current fashion trends, you can also use vintage to go against them. With vintage you find classics that have never gone out of style, or you can find off the wall pieces to set yourself apart from the mainstream.

And, buying vintage clothing and accessories is a great way to save money.

In addition, quality is the key because often, better materials and techniques were used in the past than are used today.

Vintage Costume Jewelry, a.k.a reused Jewelry has a history! It brings its own legends with it and gives you a chance to add to the history and sentiment.

Older pieces come from an elegant era long gone; a time of classic beauty. I love the history that previously owned jewelry has as well as the beauty and craftsmanship. The pieces bring back memories of how it used to be for ourselves and others. The jewelry has an almost undefinable attraction and creates a desire to own, wear and treasure it. In a sense, collecting old jewelry is like preserving the past for future generations. Often, the workmanship of newer pieces cannot compare to that of vintage or antique jewelry. And, at times Vintage jewelry pieces are almost one of a kind...or close to it. In addition, not only have they been used and enjoyed but they have withstood the test of time and have a lot of life left in them!

Acquiring vintage jewelry is perfect for following the trends....it sets you apart. You can follow the trends and can do so uniquely with the knowledge that it is unlikely someone else will be wearing the same jewelry you are. It is also a great way to stretch your budget and stay in style. Vintage jewelry tends to be higher quality, with better materials and craftsmanship. Many vintage pieces were made to rival their counterparts in fine jewelry and features stunning hand set, hand selected rhinestones. Of course there are differences in quality but as a rule much of the vintage pieces are higher quality.

Be unique, find superiorly made items, stay current with the trends, help the planet, make a good investment and save money! Have fun shopping. Start or expand your collection and you'll always have the perfect piece to wear both every day and for special events.

What if I don’t see what I want?

If you are looking for something specific, please let us know and we will try our best to locate it. Also, we regularly add new items, so check back often.

Do you customize jewelry?

We celebrate individuality, personal style choices and signature pieces. We enjoy hearing from you and collaborating with you. We offer consultations to find out your style, color and design preferences. We then offer suggestions either via email or in a private showing. We take pride in providing you with a selection of existing pieces or pieces specially customized and made for you that will complement your personal style and wardrobe as well as beautifully add to your jewelry and accessories collection.

Also, we encourage you to share your passion and vision with us. If you have a design, idea or wish list for a special piece of jewelry, let us know and we will do our best to make it happen for you.

We can selectively customize existing pieces. We believe and celebrate that beauty comes in all sizes. If you like a necklace, bracelet or ankle bracelet in our collection and the size is not suitable, email us and let us know your unique specifications. If the piece can be altered without compromising its integrity, we will be happy to accommodate your wishes.

I would like to know when Aesthetic Collection adds new inventory or is having a sale. Do you have a mailing list?

Yes! When you register, simply select "Add..." and we will put your name on our email list. This way you can be one of the first to get information about new inventory and specials.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by and visit. There will be regular updates, so kindly add Aesthetic-Collection to your bookmarks and visit often.

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