Welcome to THE FLOWER & THE FLEA and the home of the infamous 'Flower Charm'. All TF&TF jewellery is handmade in Vienna using rare and colourful, vintage glass beads!
All of my jewellery is created using repurposed beads from decorative trivets that date as far back as the 1930’s. They originated from East Germany & an area that is now recognised as part of the Czech Republic. The glass beads were discontinued in the 1980’s & replaced by a plastic version which were much cheaper & easier to produce. You may recognise them today in their most modern form as the colourful plastic beads that you can iron & melt together, otherwise known as Bügelperlen or Perler / Hama Beads! You can read even more about then here :)
I’ve spent the last 3+ years searching high & low for the original glass beaded trivets & the majority of my collection has come from ‘Naschmarkt’, Vienna’s most famous flea market.
Each bead has been carefully selected, woven together and paired with high quality sterling silver or gold vermeil findings. A whole lot of love, thought & care has gone into each piece (not to mention unique history) & I hope that they bring you lot’s of sunshine, luck & joy.