The Shop at 49 Grove Street

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Vintage Lockets

Vintage Lockets


The Hexagonal Locket

This is a sterling silver locket with six sides and the most adorable photos!

Baby Locket

A tiny baby locket inscribed with a fancy script "R."

Keepsake Glass Lockets

Glass lockets became popular so that you could see the keepsake without having to open the locket repeatedly. This ensured that the item inside was safe, but still showcased a lover's photo or lock of hair.

The one below shows a Scottish soldier.

This one we filled with our star paper as a placeholder.


Next we'll be posting ideas for Mother's day gifts! It's coming up... May 9th!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Vintage Charms

We're so excited about our collection of vintage pieces right now! What's so exciting about these pieces is that they carry a history that we can only imagine from the photos and inscriptions left inside them. They've lasted so many years and somehow made it to our little boutique. They're on their own journey that has lasted and will last longer than most of its wearers and admirers. Here are a few highlights of the collection, some gorgeous antique charms, but remember to come in and check out the rest if you live here in town.
A carved amethyst wax seal fob with an ornate setting. When this item first came in you could see red wax in some of it's grooves. We cleaned it up and the carving in the amethyst became even more beautifully defined. It's a leaping fox with the words "TALLY HO!" written above.

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This tiny book reads "Souvenir" in blue and white enamel. It opens and contains a few photos of a town in England called Worthing. It is sweet as can be. I am constantly amazed by the moving parts in vintage jewelry.

A sterling silver "good luck" letter charm. The bee is contemporary, but don't they look so cute together? I like to think someone gave this charm to a friend going on a long journey...


This fob has a compass on one side and a carved carnelian portrait on the other. It rotates in its setting which is an intertwined pair of serpent-like bodies with eagle-like faces. It's beautiful and unusual, a keepsake and yet functional.


This is a jet charm with a rhinestone in the center. Rhinestones were originally names for rock crystal found in the river Rhine.

Stay tuned for future postings on Memorial Jewelry and Vintage Lockets!

Monday, February 1, 2010


At Lori McLean, we like jewelry made by hand. We like the stories behind beautiful objects. We like writing with pens and paper. We are a little bit old school.

Maybe the thought of a computer was a little intimidating, but now that we have it we're blending the digital and the hand made and realizing what great things we can accomplish, like our very first BLOG.

The blog is our way to involve you in our daily conversations, the facts we discover about jewelry, the history behind the vintage pieces that come in, the trends we are excited about, and the little stories and conversations that fill up Lori McLean's jewelry shop.

We hope you'll follow our blog when you need a little jewelry fix. We'll be posting images from the shop: the new items that come in and selections from our ever changing vintage collection. Stay tuned for a post on vintage charms and Lori's fabulous trip to Paris! Ou La La.