Thursday, March 20, 2008

Vintage Crystal Layering Necklace

I design one-of-a-kind necklaces from chain, beads and component parts that was manufactured for CHANEL in the 1970's and 1980's.  This piece is created with three unique chains that are linked together with old chandelier crystals.  It can be worn long, doubled, or tripled around the neck and layered with one of my locket necklaces for many different looks.  Check out my shop to see all of my jewelry,!  Each one is handmade with love.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

1960's Amethyst Heart Locket Necklace

This is a 1960's amethyst and 14k gold filled, etched heart locket on a new 14k gold filled chain with vintage Swarovksi purple crystals.  

Amethysts are generally worn to make the wearer have an air of gentleness and amiability. Similarly, amethysts are still commonly believed to hold powers over dreams, peace, healing, love, courage, spiritual uplifting, psychism, protection against thieves, and general overall happiness.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Vintage 'J' Locket Necklace

This is an vintage gold filled, oval locket engraved with a 'J'.  The necklace is a four strand, rare vintage chain with an antique slide, and the clasp is part of an antique watch chain that hooks into a vintage heart charm.

This is a one-of-a-kind necklace that can not be reproduced since the materials are no longer made.  I reclaimed the chain from old vintage stock.  The clasp is part of an antique watch chain I scored at an estate sale, and the slide and heart charm are rare finds.  

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Vintage Blue Cloisonne Locket Necklace

This vintage cloisonne locket hangs from a very rare, 12k rolled gold plated watch chain with a unique clasp.  At one time, the swivel at the end of the chain held a watch.  

Blue flowers hold a special significance in the language of flowers.  They offer a cooling antidote to our over-stimulated lives and anxious days.  A color that is known to hold universal appeal, blue plays a significant role in many cultures' religious rituals and ceremonies.  It is said that the Western tradition of a bride wearing something blue is tied to the color's symbolism of faithfulness and loyalty.  In its dark, regal tones, blue can express trustworthiness, confidence, intelligence and unity, which explains why it's frequently the color of police uniforms, why the blue "power suit" is an icon of the business world and why winners of competitions receive blue ribbons.  And yet, in its softer hues, blue can embody the uplifting spirit of a sunny sky or soothing ocean- perhaps explaining why so many of us choose blue flowers when we want to send a message of calming beauty, tranquility and peace.

1800s Hair Locket Necklace

1800's oval, rose gold filled locket hangs form a gold and seed pearl ornament.  Necklace is a vintage gold filled watch chain with a rare heart slide with an opal stone. Inside the locket is a lock of hair from a loved one that someone held close to their heart.  The fashion of wearing a locket actually predates the invention of photography in 1839.  Early lockets were made to protect treasured keepsakes like a lock of hair from a loved one, hence the name locket.

Hair art was common throughout the Victorian era.  It was used for a variety of functions from recording family history to tokens of affection exchanged between lovers.  Naturally, hair art also became popular means to memorialize loved ones who had passed on.  Mourning jewelry created with hair was intensely popular because it did not violate the strict code of conduct Victorian society imposed upon the conduct and dress of grieving persons.  Now, hair art and hair jewelry is a collectible that may be worth a lot of money. 

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

1800's Egyptian Revival Heart Locket Necklace

This is an Egyptian Revival locket with a Nouveau etched design from the 1800's. Some historians argue that the heart shape originated with the Egyptian concept of the ab, "the heart...the source of good and evil within a person, the moral awareness and centre of thought that could leave the body at will, and live with the gods after death, or be eaten by Ammut as the final death if failed to weigh equally.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

A Locket for Wealth and Long Life

1960's gold filled, vintage locket with tortoise shell face hangs on a long vintage gold chain, that can be layered and worn many ways. The tortoise shell symbolism dates back to ancient times when the Chinese used the shell for divination.  It represents wealth and long life.

Vintage Yellow Rose Cloisonne Locket Necklace

This is a beautiful vintage cloisonne locket with a garden scene on milk white background.  It hangs on a vintage, double stranded, brass chain, woven with brown leather that attaches a vintage bead and old charm.  The yellow rose symbolizes joy, gladness, and friendship.  The butterfly's metamorphosis from a caterpillar and emergence from it's chrysalis symbolize rebirth and resurrection.  To the Chinese and Japanese the butterfly is a sign of both immortality and joy.  In Chinese are, butterflies combined with plum blossoms symbolize long life.