Behind The Beads

About Candy Shop Vintage

Candy Shop Vintage is a vintage inspired jewelry brand founded in Charleston, SC by designer Deirdre Zahl, whose experience working in fashion and design in New York informed her thoughtful curation of a vintage jewelry collection. Pieces from her collections are favored by influencers and fashionistas up and down the East Coast. Inspired by her love of vintage jewelry Deirdre opened her Charleston, S.C. retail store and began developing various lines of whimsical, vintage inspired products.

Inspired by History

While living in Charleston and doing research for her collections, Deirdre stumbled across some flapper style beads in a South Carolina antiques store and came to find out they were a popular necklace style called Charleston Rice Beads. With their classic design, satisfying texture and regional significance, Deirdre decided to resurrect the Charleston Rice Beads and sought out a U.S. based manufacturer to partner with. Her company, Candy Shop Vintagebegan manufacturing and distributing them in 2014. Like the original design, we offer our Charleston Rice Beads in gold and silver plate, but in a modern twist, our collection also has an ever-expanding range of colors and styles that are updated seasonally. The brass chains of different lengths are carefully electroplated in a range of metallic finishes, or hand-sprayed with eco-friendly powder coatings in various colors in a local South Carolina facility. 


About Our Charleston Rice Beads The New Pearls™

Once collected and passed down from mothers to daughters and eventually to granddaughters, our contemporary collection of Charleston Rice Beads have again become a wardrobe staple. The shape and texture of the beads pay homage to the port city’s history - an economy founded on rice that helped establish an important cultural center in the Southeast and the United States. Offered in an ever rotating collection of colors inspired by Charleston’s rich color palate, Charleston Rice Beads by Candy Shop Vintage are imbued with the spirit of the modern Charleston girl – a creative and independent adventuress. These fabulous beads are meant to be worn at different lengths, wrapped in different ways, and even stacked as bracelets. Trade them, share them, and give them away. An instant classic, our #CHARLESTONRICEBEADS have truly become The New Pearls™.  Made in the U.S.A. and assembled with love in Charleston, SC.

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