Paisley's Antique Jewellery started out in a small attic shop in Vermeulen Street, Pretoria. The business then moved to the Arcadia Centre, a few years later to Hatfield Plaza and eventually to Brooklyn Mall. After relocating to Stellenbosch, Heleen eventually decided to close the Brooklyn Mall shop in 2011.
Since then Heleen has continued to operate the business from her base in Stellenbosch, where she sees clients and other antique dealers by appointment. She now hosts regular exhibitions in Pretoria and takes part in antique fairs in the Western Cape. She is also a member of the South African Antique Dealers Association.
The passion that Heleen has for her field is evident in the process that is followed: every piece of jewellery is hand-picked, thoroughly researched and carefully restored, if needed. Heleen also loves creating collections with specific themes. In 1992 she exhibited her collection of Vintage Costume Jewellery at the Melrose House Museum in Pretoria. In September 2012, she hosted an exhibition of Mexican Vintage Silver Jewellery at the Slee Gallery in Stellenbosch, the first exhibition of its kind in South Africa.
Heleen travels extensively and collects her pieces worldwide. She will gladly source specific pieces for clients. She enjoys connecting with other dealers and collectors from all over the world.
Heleen hosted a very successful exhibition of her collection of Mexican Vintage Silver Jewellery at the Slee Gallery in Dorp Street, Stellenbosch during September 2012. This was the first exhibition of its kind to be hosted in South-Africa and was endorsed by the Mexican Embassy. “There were approximately 250 pieces of Mexican silver jewellery on display, including pieces by well-known designers such as William Spratling, Antonio Pineda, Margot, Los Castillo and others. Most of the pieces were made between 1930 and the turn of the 20th Century.”
Heleen is always looking for old jewellery to buy. Anyone interested in selling estate jewellery is welcome to contact her on 083 453 4360 or email@example.com (please include your phone number and location in the email).