Wednesday, May 02, 2018

At Etelage we love to inspire your notably unique style through beads and jewellery. I am committed to sourcing you the best stuff. We love all things adornment. The power of it and the beauty of it. We wander the globe to bring the beautiful and the unique, a celebration of culture, creativity and craftsmanship. One of the easiest ways to create your own transformative style is to shop vintage!

Generally as a society we are becoming more mindful about our choices i.e.
  • conscious of choosing products which are made using artisan traditions and not mass produced,
  • seeking quality over quantity
  • things of beauty which have cultural or personal significance.
Why shop vintage?
  • it is unique
  • of amazing quality
  • sustainable style


Buy from our extensive range of vintage brass stampings and vintage lucite online and at retail craft shows.

1931 Du Pont (USA) chemists discovered the polyacrylic.
Lucite was among the first plastics derived from petro chemicals.
It is a material that has both properties of plastic and glass and mirrors the clarity of glass.
Lucite is heavier in “feel” compared to traditional plastics and is of the highest quality.
Lucite plastic beads were made in Germany, Italy, Austria, Japan, and Hong Kong post WW2 to the 1980s.

Our collection of Lucite is a combination of vintage and repro beads and  supplies are limited. They may be here today, and gone tomorrow!
The inventory changes regularly and you will discover new items sourced from old dusty basements of former European makers.
Shop Lucite Beads: click here

How are Brass Stampings Made?

Thin sheets of brass are imprinted or stamped with dies made by metal engravers to produce delicate charm and "metal lace", known as filigree cutouts.

How to Use Brass Stampings?

(nickel & lead free) include filigrees, ornaments and charms are some of the most versatile pieces we offer.
They can be used as:
  • links (by themselves or with other findings and beads),
  • pendants or charms for necklaces and chandelier earrings with a fringe of beads,
  • instant rings & brooches by glueing a brooch back or ring setting,
  • decorating faberge eggs,
  • used in architecture and theatre models
  • scrap booking,
  • quilting,
  • adorn brass cuffs & use for embellishments on beads or in polymer clay for beautiful vintage inspired jewellery.

The History of Brass Stampings

Used predominately in the manufacture of couture jewellery in the 18 and 19th centuries, brass stampings have once again become extremely popular in contemporary jewellery from centre stage pendants, to eclectic charm bracelets and chandelier earrings.  Many of the pieces we feature are still made from the original dies inspired by the Victorian period and created in the late 1800's. They were designed and made in France, Bohemia and Italy in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The French philosopher Montaigne, in the 16th century discussed the desire “to put adornment within everybody’s reach”.  Praising the work of the metalworkers, he revolutionised the wearing of jewellery, as it now became accessible not only to the privileged rich, but to the common people. Used predominately by the manufacture of couture jewellery in the 18 and 19th centuries, brass stampings have once again become extremely popular in eclectic charm bracelets and chokers.  Use them with layers of chain and beads for a very contemporary look.

SHOP BRASS: click here

So here is a sneak peak, to all the beautiful and the unique, a celebration of culture, creativity and craftsmanship which we will be showcasing at the Quilt and Craft Show, Darling Harbour 21-24 June 2018.
Drop by our stand at A23 in the first aisle for a dose of inspo and lots of shopping for some serious crafting hibernation.
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Monday, March 19, 2018

There’s nothing new about birthstones. Historians believe that the concept dates back to the Bible’s Book of Exodus 28: 17–21, where Moses gave instructions on making a breastplate for Aaron, the high priest of the Hebrews. These included the addition of twelve precious gemstones representing the twelve sons of Jacob, after whom the tribes of Israel were named. Experts think that the time of each son’s birth influenced the stone selection.

Later, in 40 AD, the historian Titus Flavius Josephus made the connection between the twelve stones and the twelve signs of the Zodiac. Each stone was said to have powers that derive from its corresponding astrological sign, giving the wearer talismanic—even therapeutic—benefits.

Fast-forward to the modern era, and research suggests that the practice of wearing a stone associated with the month of one’s birth began among the gem traders in 18th century Poland. What we recognize, today, as the birthstone list was finally set down in 1912 by the US National Association of Jewelers, and has remained unchanged ever since.

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Tuesday, February 06, 2018

If you are a passionate crafter or love wearing jewellery drop by our stand B54 at Rose Hill, Sydney. Be inspired and buy supplies.
Plus daily show specials!

Stitches and Craft is all about doing what you love. Covering a great selection of crafts, this event offers the perfect mix of inspiration, learning opportunities from experts across a range of crafts, and great shopping for the latest supplies to get crafting straight away.

The show is a destination event for the dedicated craft community as well as a great place to visit for the modern crafter or those looking to try something creative.

Rose Hill Gardens Exhibition Hall
March 11-8
10am -4pm


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Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Did you guess it? Pantone has named Ultra Violet the colour of the year for 2018. Pantone called the 2018 color “dramatically provocative and thoughtful” in its announcement, which “communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us towards the future."
To celebrate we are offering 15% off all purple beads.
Offer valid until 31 Jan 2018
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Lucious Lucite. Why I fell in love with vintage plastic...

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

I have a confession to make:

Since I first laid eyes on some Lucite beads in a basement in southern Germany, I have become a plastic snob.

  • It is firstly, true to our sustainable values
  • it is weightless which is great if you love chunky jewellery like myself,
  • it is Vintage so there is only a limited supply and
  • it is the best quality glossy plastic you will ever find.


What is it?
Plastic (circa 1960s-early 1980s)
is a material that has both properties of plastic and glass and mirrors the clarity of glass. Lucite is heavier in “feel” compared to traditional plastics and is of the highest quality. Lucite was discovered in 1931 by Du Pont chemists. It was among the first plastics derived from petrochemicals and was sold to jewellery manufacturers after the war. Beads were mass produced in the 1960’s – early 1980s using this material.
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Monday, December 04, 2017

What is jet Jewellery?
Whitby jet is an organic material, which varies from dense black to dark brown. It is fossilised wood originating from the Monkey-puzzle tree. Jet isn’t actually a mineral, as it’s made when decaying wood is under extreme pressure (sort of like coal). Its what’s known as a mineraloid. Thus some traditional measures of the intrinsic material can’t be used.

French Jet is not made in France!
French jet  jewellery was made from shiny black glass, which was cut and backed, with black-coated steel early last century when Whitby jet mining (an organic rock from coal) was banned.

Why was jet so fashionable?
The fashion for jet jewellery started in the 1800’s as mourning jewellery, when Queen Victoria wore a necklace to a banquet after the death of her cousin followed by the death of Albert  and accidentally caused a fashion sensation.  Jet (high-grade fossilised pine) was considered the only suitable material for mourning. By the end of the 19th century imitations of jet were being made in costume jewellery in Bohemia for French designers. (hence the name "French jet")

SHOP FRENCH JET click here
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History of Czech Bead Trade

Monday, October 30, 2017


1550's a major glass industry was founded in Bohemia (in the current Czech Republic). The glass beads were mainly for use in rosaries, until the second half of the 16th century, when costume jewellery become fashionable, they started producing beads to be used more decoratively.

1700’s, chandeliers were being made, as were glass stones for the jewellery trade.

1829 The first recorded showing at a trade show in Prague of pressed glass beads was in .

1850, glass beads were being produced by the millions, and exported all over the world. The owners of these bead factories were the German glassmakers, who had invented the costume jewellery industry.

The Napoleanic Wars of the early 19th century changed the political face of Europe, with both Bohemia and Venice added to the Austrian Empire between 1815 and 1866. Competition between these two regions had always been fierce. Becoming part of the same empire did not change a thing and competition between the two regions continued to be as fierce as ever. In the face of this competition, Czech bead makers tried something new that allowed them to expand their markets. Bohemian "sample men" canvassed Europe and returned with new design ideas. It was a novel experiment. These men travelled from country to country from Africa, to Japan and Tibet asking people what kind of beads they wanted. Then, they returned to Bohemia with sketches and descriptions of these new beads. It was an astounding success. The demand for beads grew and production increased.

1860s  manufacturers developed special moulds and machines that allowed mass production of moulded pressed glass beads, so thousands of identical beads could be produced cheaply and quickly. 

 WW I not only disrupted, but nearly collapsed the bead making industry. At the end of the First World War in 1918, North Bohemia became part of Czechoslovakia. By 1928 Czechoslovakia was the largest bead exporter in the world. However, trade was then affected by the Great Depression that hit the global economy in the 1930s. This was followed by the Second World War. Following the war Sudeten Germans who had lived and worked for most of their lives alongside Czechs in the Northern Bohemia region, were forcibly relocated to within the new German borders, primarily because of their allegiance to the Nazi regime during the war years. Those who were glass bead makers took their skills with them. Many resettled in the town of Neu Gablonz which was so named in honour of the bead makers. In turn Jablonec was renamed Jablonec nad Nisou.
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Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Colour has a psychological power on us. Colours evoke emotion, influence our thoughts, and even moderate our stress levels. Experts believe that the way a colour affects us correlates with how that colour behaves in nature-think about the carefree outdoor mood that we associate with the colour blue, for instance; in evolutionary terms, it says clear, storm-free skies, which brings to mind stability and calm.

The colours we are drawn to reflect our personalities, telling the world about the kind of person we are, what we want to communicate, and even revealing a glimpse of our anxieties. So, it's important to choose colours wisely from your branding colours and your living spaces to your clothes and accessories.

Swarovski has always been fascinated by the psychology of colour, and applies its colour-coding expertise to each and every new colour palette. Take a look at some of the hues in the current assortment, and find out how to identify the shades that complement the person that you are.

See the Swarovski colour report.Click here!
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

ETELAGE IS 15!. This staff (from L to R: Sam, Chris, Rosie, Beth and Jamie) pic was taken in my second year of business on a unseasonably warm Aug day at Cronulla.
Little did I know where my adventures would lead me.
From opening stores in Cronulla and Newtown, custom bridal orders and craft shows to teaching thousands of students, hosting hens parties and more recently moving 100% online.
My regular sourcing trips of quality vintage and modern elements to Bohemia, the former hub of jewellery manufacture in the now Czech Republic and Southern Germany, are always a highlight for me as I love to fossick in former maker's basements for vintage beads and hear the stories of former makers.
It's such an awesome thing to do what I love as I continue on my creative journey making jewels  and selling beautiful elements.

Full of gratitude to all who support the maker culture.
Thank you!!!

SHOP NOW and receive 15% off on all orders over $60.
DISCOUNT CODE: HAPPY15 (until Oct 1 2017)
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Friday, September 15, 2017

curated by Jenny Fahey
until 30 Sept 2017 - Gallery 2017 North Sydney

According to philosopher and cultural theorist Jean Baudrillard, “any collection comprises a succession of items, but the last in the set is the person of the collector…For what you really collect is always yourself.”

Jeweller Jenny Fahey developed a passion for earrings in her teens and it has not abated. In her jewellery practice, she prefers making earrings above all else and she owns an eclectic earring collection encompassing varying styles, historical periods, materials and artists. Reflecting on the words of Baudrillard, Fahey believes there are many selves in her earring collection and in curating ‘Earring Obsession’, she invites a selection of artists to surprise and create new selves.

If you are earring obsessed like me and drawn to making and wearing these small sculptures, then you won't want to miss this exhibition.

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