Posted on February 24 2011
I've been working on a lot of custom orders lately- specific pieces people want, bridal jewelry, and one order of repurposing a bunch of beautiful yet not wearable vintage jewelry into new pieces that can be worn and loved. A customer came to me with a ton of gorgeous old jewelry dating to the 1930s that had belonged to her grandmother. She loved the pieces and appreciated their worth... but, as they were a bit dated and mostly clip-on earrings and brooches, couldn't do anything more with them other than pull them out of the box every now and then to admire them. We met and had a brief consultation of what I could do to turn them into more modern and wearable pieces for her. I made some very quick sketches with her and snapped a pic:
I then got to creating and had a lot of fun with them, keeping in mind the taste and style of the customer for which I was designing. For one of my favorites I hung sterling strands from an art deco looking vintage brooch. I connected sterling chains to the sides of the newly reincarnated pendant, and - viola! A fun and flirty necklace was born:
For another necklace, which just oozes regality and opulence to me, I found tiny little holes on the backs of some crystals in some gorgeous clip on earrings. I wired the two earrings together to create one dazzling bar of sparkle and color. I strung delicate sterling chain through holes within the clusters of rhinestones to create a necklace. I hung the same delicate sterling chain from the bottom of the piece to round out the shape and add interest. I love the contrast between the big, chunky pendant and the super delicate chain!
There's many more where that came from, but I'll just leave you with those two pictures. :) If you have some pieces you want repurposed into something you can love and wear, I'm here to help. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org
. Beautiful jewelry should be able to be worn and enjoyed!