Casual romance: unique Paris-inspired jewelry ⚜️ - une femme d'un certain âge

Casual romance: unique Paris-inspired jewelry ⚜️

French Kande jewelry holiday collection. Paris-inspired jewelry made in the US. Details at une femme d'un certain age

I first discovered French Kande jewelry a little over 7 years ago, and immediately fell in love with vintage-French-meets-modern-casual vibe. Over the years I’ve collected quite a few pieces, and wear them often.

Kande began creating jewelry after discovering a box of vintage medallions at the marché aux puces several years ago in Paris. These medallions dating from the mid-20th century were tokens that businesses created to give to their best customers, and often included references to French culture and history.

They’ve just dropped a new collection, Palais Royale Holiday, and wow, c’est magnifique! The collection includes some gorgeous new materials and designs. These pieces can add a little holiday sparkle but aren’t too OTT to wear everyday. I already have few items in my shopping cart… 😉

As shown above, here’s a sample of some of the new pieces from this collection…

Paris-inspired jewelry, made in Los Angeles

French Kande long necklace with Raspberry quartz stones, Monaco medallion. Details at une femme d'un certain age

1 – One of the new stones in this collection is Raspberry Quartz. This is a longer necklace, which can be worn alone or layered with shorter necklaces. I love the mix of chain and stones, which keeps it lightweight. The “Monaco” medallion features profiles of Princess Grace and Prince Ranier.

2 – These fleur-de-lis post earrings with a faceted Raspberry Quartz dangle will coordinate nicely with the necklace or your other French Kande pieces. They’re smaller and lightweight, but still make a statement.

French Kande Raspberry Quartz bracelet with gold Miel pendant. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

3 – The Miel (honey) bee pendant is one of my favorites. Here it dangles as a charm from a stretch bracelet of faceted Raspberry Quartz stones.

Paris-inspired jewelry: French Kande Melange Mix stone necklace with vintage French medallion. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

4 – If you’re contemplating your first French Kande purchase, I usually recommend a mid-length stone necklace with a classic medallion. It will look great worn alone, and can be layered with shorter and longer pieces. This “Melange Mix” necklace features multi-colored stones which give you lots of options to coordinate. And with this style you can select a different medallion to create a truly custom piece.

French Kande stacking rings with Swarovski crystals. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

5 – These stacking rings with Swarovski crystals are available in brass, silver, or gold metal. They’re sold singly, so you can mix or match metals and crystal colors.

6 – If you prefer silver-toned jewelry, here’s another option in the fleur-de-lis post earrings. These have a black onyx dangle.

7 – I love smaller “huggie” earrings for everyday wear. These are gold with pearl Swarovski cabuchons. More metals/Swarovski crystal options HERE.

French Kande layered necklace with gold chain, freshwater pearls and double pendants. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

8 – Pearl girls…this one’s for you! It’s such a great throw-on-and-go layered style. Those are real freshwater pearls. I love the new “filigree” pendant, too.

9 – Here’s that Filigree pendant again, this time hanging as a charm from a single strand pearl bracelet. (This one’s on my short list!)

Paris-inspired jewelry from French Kande. Stone necklace in "garnet mix" with vintage French medallion. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

10 – The stones in this Garnet Mix necklace really catch the light! The Aime medallion is one of my favorites, but you have the option to choose a different medallion if you prefer. This would be another great “starter piece!”

Made to order…

French Kande jewelry artisan at work

Each French Kande piece is assembled to order, right here in Los Angeles. Kande and her team are sticklers for quality and creating unique pieces you just won’t find anywhere else.

This isn’t a sponsored post, just me sharing something I love. I do have an affiliate relationship with French Kande and may receive commission if you purchase through my links.

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  1. October 21, 2020 / 4:15 am

    You are right, these necklaces are great to wear. I am very pleased with my green/grey set.

  2. Sue Michel
    October 21, 2020 / 4:19 am

    Palais Royale is a hit out-of-the-park collection. Kande does an amazing job designing & they are beautifully executed & quality pieces. I fell in love with them after seeing you & another blogger share FK. I began collecting pieces a few years ago & have amassed a nice collection that I wear daily. They fit the Francophile obsession I adore!

  3. October 21, 2020 / 4:26 am

    I love my French Kande bracelet! I get many compliments on it. Thanks for sharing some of their newer designs too.

  4. Suzanne
    October 21, 2020 / 5:08 am

    Thank you for using the term ‘huggie’ for a style of earring. It’s the kind I prefer but didn’t have a term for searching. I recently got a pixie cut and would love to hear your thoughts about earrings and short hair. Cheers!

  5. Joan Sunderland
    October 21, 2020 / 8:18 am

    I purchased a couple of their necklaces but find them heavy and uncomfortable to wear for any length of time. My neck feels dragged down. I’m hesitant to purchase any more for that reason.

    • Susan Blakey
      October 21, 2020 / 9:04 am

      Hi Joan, for lighter weight pieces, look for styles that alternate chains and stones, or try one of the shorter necklaces. For those who prefer more delicate jewelry, check out the FK Petite line!

  6. Lisa
    October 21, 2020 / 8:33 am

    Thanks so much for introducing French Kande seven years ago — although I live in Canada and there was nowhere local to purchase their jewelry, my wish list led Hubby to order pieces as gifts over the years. He even secretly brought one on our last trip to France and surprised me one morning! I get so many compliments on my necklaces and bracelets, and I wear them with pleasure. Any tips for cleaning the silver, especially when it is the links between stones that seem to tarnish?

    • Susan Blakey
      October 21, 2020 / 9:00 am

      Hi Lisa, I’m so glad you enjoy them! For cleaning, what I use and what the FK folks recommend is a jewelry polishing cloth like this one: You don’t ever want to use a chemical polish on these pieces as it will remove the distinctive oxidized finish.

  7. jan Whichard
    October 21, 2020 / 10:24 am

    I have a number of FK necklaces and a 3 strand (very heavy) bracelet. The pieces I have chosen are because each medallion holds a memory for me from living in France and visiting through the years. The prices are somewhat high but the quality is really good and the people at FK are terrific. The petite collection is really petite and delightful. I agree that the regular collection can be rather heavy but it’s worth a piece or two! I also wanted to note that I did watch Emily in Paris recently (only 1 season is out) and it was predictable, unlikely, and a take off on Devil Wears Prada…but it was immensely fun and filmed partly in an area of Paris where one of my best friends has lived for many years. Great for a lazy afternoon!

  8. Sharon Corcoran
    October 21, 2020 / 12:57 pm

    I have several pieces, since your recommendation years ago.
    Bought one piece from a tattoo parlour in Las Vegas.
    The history of the medallions Brings tham to life, my Grandfathers were in France during WW2 so having a piece from an area they served is nice.

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