Poor Mouchette is an antique & vintage fine jewelry shop, owned and curated by Regina Godfrey. We specialize in Victorian-era and mid-20th-century jewelry.
Poor Mouchette's Alder Street shop is the smallest stand-alone storefront in Portland, at just 98 square feet. It is tucked into the historic Loyalty Building, located in the heart of Portland's jewelry district. The Loyalty Building, built in 1928, was originally known as the Buyer's Building and, growing up, we called this area "jeweler's row."
We buy and sell precious metals, diamonds, and jewelry during business hours. If you have questions about selling your jewelry, please get in touch, we're happy to answer any questions you might have.
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Mouchette is a French diminutive meaning “little fly.” It is also the title of a novel by Georges Bernanos, that was adapted for film by the director Robert Bresson. In Bresson’s film, the movements of human characters, however commonplace (the making of a pot of coffee, the snaring of a bird, the wind moving the tatty ribbons in a girl’s hair), are highlighted, almost fetishized, by the camera, as are the details and textures of the world around them and the objects of their lives.
This way of looking-hard-at-things has always been a part of my nature, and the suffering of poor Mouchette, considered alongside her endearing enthusiasm for life, says something about beauty and sentiment and mortality. At the very least these ideas hover around an explanation for why I like what I like, and for why I feel the old and storied jewels are the most beautiful— they hold within them the suffering and joy of those human animals, both kind and flawed, that have treasured them.