If you’re a fan of the soapy British period drama Downton Abbey, there’s some very exciting news afoot. But before that’s revealed, a quick overview for those who are uninitiated: The show depicts the dramatized experiences of one household, both the upstairs residents — the help — and the downstairs residents — the wealthy owner and his family — in their daily lives. As history unfolds around them, you watch as they experience events big and small, famous and mundane.
While the plotlines are compelling and the gossip juicy, what has really caught the captive audience’s eyes is the fashion, and most notably the accessories. If you’re a fan of this prim period piece you best find your smelling salts and have a seat. The Downton Abbey team is collaborating with 1928 Jewelry, a vintage-inspired brand already featured in the show.
Behind the Brand
1928 Jewelry has prided itself on the quality of its antique-style baubles since 1968, when founder Melvyn Bernie began the business. It seems that chic ladies have favored heirloom accessories for decades, because his little vintage boutique thrived.
Today, the label finds itself in the amusing and serendipitous position of designing a line of complementary items for fans of this beloved show, despite pieces from earlier collections making appearances throughout the series. Delighted with the turn of events, the company promises to respect the integrity of the era while offering something modern enough for contemporary fashion.
Though you might also wonder when the show will start its next season, and — spoiler alert! — what will become of Lady Mary and her child now that Matthew Crawley has passed, but you must add to the wait list the debut of this line, which arrives in fall. With an affordable price tag of under $40 for any necklace, brooch, earring and hair pin, you’ll have no qualms helping yourself to the full collection.