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.