Friday, October 7, 2011

Creating My Own Style by Combining Old and New Jewelry

I have several pieces and parts of old jewelry and I’m always on the lookout for more.  The thrift shops, second hand stores and interesting boutiques are places I tend to seek out.  I also am very fortunate to have had a mother who loved jewelry and old things.  I’ve had a wonderful time going through her jewelry and remembering the best of times with her. 
Going through the jewelry box, I found this beautifully painted porcelain cabochon of two lovers set in a brass triangle.  It had been a brooch at one time and the clasp was broken.  Of course, I used it in a necklace.  Vintage brass and pearl chain combine with pearls and crystals to make quite a charming necklace!



Another day, I attended a trunk show at Bead-It in Prescott and purchased a vintage belt buckle with rhinestones.  I used half the buckle; wire wrapped a vintage rhinestone button on the bar and made a sparkling pendant with matching earrings for the holidays! 


I found this piece of decorated square silver at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show and the dealer told me it was over 100 years old and was a piece of a woman’s wedding dowry.  I combined it with prayer beads, turquoise and wire wrapping as I honored this woman’s heritage. 
 

Appreciating vintage pieces inspires me to create beautiful pieces of jewelry in my own style.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Creating My Own Style by Combining Old and New Jewelry

I have several pieces and parts of old jewelry and I’m always on the lookout for more.  The thrift shops, second hand stores and interesting boutiques are places I tend to seek out.  I also am very fortunate to have had a mother who loved jewelry and old things.  I’ve had a wonderful time going through her jewelry and remembering the best of times with her. 
Going through the jewelry box, I found this beautifully painted porcelain cabochon of two lovers set in a brass triangle.  It had been a brooch at one time and the clasp was broken.  Of course, I used it in a necklace.  Vintage brass and pearl chain combine with pearls and crystals to make quite a charming necklace!



Another day, I attended a trunk show at Bead-It in Prescott and purchased a vintage belt buckle with rhinestones.  I used half the buckle; wire wrapped a vintage rhinestone button on the bar and made a sparkling pendant with matching earrings for the holidays! 


I found this piece of decorated square silver at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show and the dealer told me it was over 100 years old and was a piece of a woman’s wedding dowry.  I combined it with prayer beads, turquoise and wire wrapping as I honored this woman’s heritage. 
 

Appreciating vintage pieces inspires me to create beautiful pieces of jewelry in my own style.