The lovely Candice Pool has been crafting her coveted jewelry line Finn since 2005. However, the inspiration behind Finn’s refined pieces reaches far back in time.
An impressive trove of vintage keepsakes—from Pool’s grandfather’s racing trophy to antique wedding cuffs acquired on a trip to New Orleans—has informed the sweet, occasionally sentimental aesthetic of Finn. We love that each piece manages to be both a nod to the past and a statement for the present.
Along with our friends at Love Gold, The Window visited Pool in her New York studio. She took us through the highlights of her antique jewelry collection and shed a little more light on how Finn came to be.
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“The watch I’m wearing I snatched from my mother’s safe. It’s an 18-karat gold Piaget Polo from 1979. It was such a part of her for years, always there whenever I held her hand. When I first put it on, I was like wow, I’m her daughter. I love having such strong memories tied to an object I look at throughout the day.”
“These two pave cuffs are also from my Souvenir collection. The diamonds are scoop set into a bangle that slides on, so you can turn them around and they are an open cuff. The arrow bangle is new for the holiday season, too. When you wear it alone, it falls into your wrist almost onto your hand. Really cute.”
“More Victorian! The two bracelets on the left I found in an antique store in New Orleans. It’s a matching pair of wedding cuffs. The story is: A man would present one bangle to his love as an engagement token and the other at their wedding. When I wear these on each wrist I feel like an antique super chic Wonder Woman—it’s amazing. The bracelet in the front was my grandmother’s from 1947. It’s hard to find engraving that fine anymore. The quilted bangle was a gift from my friend from an estate jewelry store. “Merry Christmas 1994″ is engraved on the side. I can never have enough bangles.”
“The lion is a topper from a big silver horse racing trophy that belonged to my grandfather in South Africa. The ‘necklace’ on the lion is my other granny’s charm bracelet. So many charms! My favorite is the pistol. She was a wild one and carried a gun in her purse wherever she went.”