Miu Miu “Bijoux” Collection

Posted on May 31, 2011

Darlings, let’s take a peek in Grandma’s jewelry box. Oh wait, that’s not Grandma’s classic costume jewelry; that’s the new jewelry collection from Miu Miu. And we love it, of course. The nature of our love is threefold and we’re going to explain it to you now:

1. We adore practically everything that goofy Italian lady puts together and Lorenzo in particular will tell anyone who’s listening that she’s a genius. We also named our cat after her. In short, we’re fanboys.

2. It really does remind us of the costume jewelry our aunts and grandmothers wore when we were gaylings, which means it’s impossible for us not to love it.

3. It’s a gorgeous collection of lacquered necklaces, bracelets, brooches and earrings that owes an awful lot to midcentury costume jewelry (you could see Betty Draper and Joan Holloway wearing some of this by the early ’70s) but has a modern feel to it.

Okay, we lied; fourfold:

4. We love the busts they’re displayed on. How drag-queen fabulous are they?



[Photo Credit: miumiu.com]

Please review our Community Guidelines before posting a comment. Thank you!

  • I COVET both of the pearl ones. As a big fan of pearls (first string on 18th birthday) I want to rush out, buy a white chain and a brooch and cobble one together.
    The three stranded one is too perfect.

  • Anonymous

    Looks like crackhead grammy started an etsy store..

  • Anonymous

    How fun, funky and classic. I could see wearing some of these pieces with just the right vintage outfit. I especially like the last piece with the crackled gumball pieces juxtaposed against the the diamonds, rubies and opals.

  • Eclectic Mayhem

    Kinda lovin’ the fourth one with the multicoloured beads.

  • Anonymous

    I would love to see brooches come back – there were so many fabulous ones!!! I used to sell them, now I just collect them,

  • Christine Marie

    omg love. 

  • Love the pearl ones. And the others for that matter but see myself more with the pearls as I’m not sure where I’d wear the others (because I TOTALLY have the money to go out and purchase them all). Pigs fly, too.

  • Anonymous

    Love the first one (pearls & flowers.  I would like the other brooches each solo (not attached to necklaces), and paired with the matching earrings.  I used to spend hours playing with my Nana’s costume jewelry, too, and you’re right about that being the vibe of these pieces, but the other ensembles just have too much “stuff” for me–they remind me of piling on old jewelry at Halloween & “going as a gypsy”.

  • Anonymous

    While i love the pearls and the chain links in white and clear, I can’t get behind the colored gumballs.  Maybe that makes me provincial but they just look cheap.  The brooches are fabulous.

    • Anonymous

      Yep. Some of the necklaces are really cheap looking. And the ones that aren’t just don’t appeal to me.

      I like the earrings and the brooch though. Maybe the busts are too prominent, and are distracting me from the loveliness of the necklaces.

  • Anonymous

    60’s and 70’s a go go! Sign me up!

  • OMG love it! When I was a little girl in the early 60’s my sister and my two cousins and I would dress up in grandma’s nighties, peignors etc,, load up on her awesome costume jewelry, put on high heels and have fashion shows to Beach Boys music. She died when I was 16 and I got and still have most her costume jewelry, nobody else wanted it.  Memories, like the corner of my mind…

  • Anonymous

    I like these a lot.  This style of jewelry has been making a big comeback the past couple of years. I especially love the asymmetry of the pieces.

  • Anonymous

    Oh yes, the earrings and brooches take one back.

    Not so enamored of the multi-colored bead necklaces nor of the enamel chain + pearls combo, but probably that’s because I know I don’t have the fashion chops to deploy them appropriately.

  • My sister and I used to play dress-up with my mom’s costume jewelry, too, back in the 50s. Her collection was very mixed because we kids “knew she liked jewelry” and would give her stuff from the 5 and 10 for her birthday, so she had a few nice bits and then a lot of plastic junk. Some of these pieces remind me of what your average 5-year-old sensibility would do with a collection like that–stick a brooch on a necklace, fasten the gumball one to an eyeglass chain to make it really long, or just arrange a string of glass beads with a string of plastic ones and a chain or two because you like all of them and you have dibs on them.
    So–I don’t really like this collection much, but it’s interesting to see this kind of juxtaposition turned into a product.

  • Love the brooches, but not the colored beads, or the white links.  

  • The last two really look like jewelry my grandmother and great-grandmother owned…only if I pinned three necklaces together with a brooch…which I actually think I might try.

    • I agree!  And yes, that’s an interesting idea.  I think it’s time to raid my grandmother’s collection that she left me. 

  • Amanda in Austin

    I like all of it except the huge white chain.

    • Anonymous

      The plastic links remind me of these two belt my mother had back in the early 70’s. They were oblong plastic links that she wore with shift style dresses, loosely defining the waist line, one was tortoise shell and the other was multi colored. She didn’t do “fashion’ much after she had us kids, so those belts kind of stick out in my memory.

  • Joyce VG

    Drag Queen galore! LOVE!

  • I’m sort of relieved that a crafty person could study these designs and make a $10 Michaels/Jo-Anne Fabrics version for their own casual wear.

  • Anonymous

    These are right up my alley. I actually wear grandmotherly/auntly brooches on a regular basis. But I also get drunk at kids birthday parties, so I should not be looked to as a harbinger of good taste.

  • Susan Kight

    Oh Shelly O will be in tacky brooch land soon! I am not a big fan.

  • LOVE.  this kind of stuff makes me giddy.  so fun and gets my mind going on what kind of outfits i could put together to go with these pieces.  oh had i the funds…

  • Lauren Hurst

    Maybe I’d like it all better if all the pieces probably weren’t copies of grandma’s jewelry box. I know everything has been done and done, but must “new” things be so alike the old things they are copied-I mean “referenced” from? What most of the people snapping these new versions up won’t realize (and probably not care about, I know, I know) is that they can get almost the exact same thing from an antiques or vintage store for a fraction of the price.

  • Anonymous

    These are all really wow except for the rainbow one at the end. Can’t get behind that.

  • Anonymous

    Ahhh…they’re all so beautiful. Pity I can’t afford them.

  • Aly Light

    1 and 2 are alright, 4 is lovely, but man, I think number 3 is just HIDDY.

  • Anonymous

    I inherited too much of this stuff to love it. Kind of fun that it’s back in style, tough. Oh yes I remember it well…

    • Lattis

      Dang, ChaquitaPhilly. Put that stuff up on Ebay so we who love it can collect more MORE MORE!

  • Judy_J

    These pieces look so much like the jewelry my mom wore in the 1960’s, most especially the rhinestone pins and earrings.  Love it all!

  • Anonymous

    Oh, dear, someone got into mommy’s hot glue gun again!

  • Anonymous

    hmmmmm….  almost love but not quite.  Brooches are better than the necklaces, but I’m on the fence about all of them.

  • Anonymous

    wow. stone ugly.

  • MilaXX

    I love funky jewelry. I like the necklace on the first set, not a fan of flowered earrings. The second set doesn’t work for me at all. Love the mix mash of the 3rd necklace, but the it’s the last set that I would seriously cut you for. I wish I could afford it. 🙁

  • Lisa

    Hmmm… nah.  They’re a bit “Artsy-Craftsy Meets Mumsy” for my taste.  But that’s just me!

  • Anonymous

    I actually don’t mind this style, as it reminds me of the upcycled/repurposed vintage jewelery that is popular on etsy. But I’m sorry, these look super cheap. Once again, where famous designers fail…etsy prevails.

  • Anonymous

    The jewelry ranges from just alright to ugly as sin, but the busts are fabulous!!

  • Anonymous

    Frustrating, because I *almost* love several of these pieces but for one cringe-inducing cheap element (white plastic chain, eg). The juxtaposition of grandma and mom’s different generations of costume jewelry (grandma = rhinestones, mom = big fifties beads) just doesn’t work, quite.

  • Anonymous

    Love the bubblegum necklace!  You can find some very similar pieces at Anthropologie.

  • Lattis

    I love it – and I’m just pissed that I didn’t think of these designs first!

  • love love love love LOVE the first earrings–particularly since theyre both HUNORMUS & SPARKLY. all of it is like a squished end of the century–goes from 50s to {best of the} 80s in zero seconds flat. &–if i may–looks both etsy-inspired & as if it should dearly inspire some etsyans. it would be easy to pluck & combo some similar out of ebay’s broken vintage jewelry combo packs. i definitely do not mean that in a bad way.

  • Anonymous

    I’m sure they were going for edgy, but were these assembled in the dark?

  • I love the first set.  I can totally see it on my gamine-waif of a daughter as wedding jewelry.