About Fern's FancyHello and welcome to Fern's Fancy! My name is Kelly McQuillan and I live in the beautiful Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, Canada.
I’m a music teacher and writer by day, vintage jewellery aficionado by, well, whenever I get a chance to go treasure hunting or learn something new on the topic.
Why vintage costume jewellery? I love precious metals and gems, too, but what I really appreciate is design and quality of construction. A lot of vintage costume jewellery is gorgeous, well made, and was/is affordable for people who aren’t millionaires (most of us).
I love learning about the different styles and cultural influences of each decade. Whenever I put on a piece of vintage jewellery I feel connected to those who came before me — in addition, of course, to the uplifting feeling that comes with wearing something pretty! And a lot of us need some sparkle and buoyancy these days.
Fern's Fancy is named after my Grandma, Fern MacAulay. My memories of her, besides her loving, calm nature, include her artistic eye (she was a painter) and her classiness. She was not wealthy by any means, but she always maintained a fresh, sophisticated aesthetic that influenced and inspired me.