Now We Cut Flowers in Case We Forget

Here is an interesting piece of jewellery.  It looks a little like a robot’s nipple. Age and origin unknown, but it is in the typical Victorian style of a mourning locket in a raised dome target shape with mechanical looking beading to the front. The design of this, and lack of anything similar found in research, suggests it may be a commissioned piece. Originally a brooch whose clasp is long gone, it has been modified to hang on a chain. It has no hallmarks or maker’s signature, but tests as sterling silver. To the back is a removable glass panel which, when I found this item, contained the photograph below…

DSCF5588Who knows who she is, but my guess would be somebody’s mother. The inside of the locket is also domed and marked with a hand-scratched X. I believe this sealed compartment may contain ashes or something else significant, but there is no way of getting in and, as is the way of mysteries, the wondering is more enjoyable than the knowing…

The glass panel now contains some tiny Brunnera flowers, or Jack Frost, blue and quite pretty, which I scavenged from my own mother’s garden and pressed between books and tissue paper…

The original photograph is included and has been placed behind the flowers. This item is available to purchase HERE.

Etruscan Revival & a Wedding

In a previous post I explained in great detail my jewellery intentions as a bride. It was a good, and insect-based, and almost exactly accurate, estimation of what I wore. What I did not account for was that I would find this very beautiful Victorian Etruscan revival pendant just before the wedding. It is gold and very pretty and contains four square cut emeralds and one tiny pearl, it has a hinged section with chain tassels – one of which is missing – but it still would have made me a remarkable profit had I not decided that I rather liked it a lot and ought to keep it.

DSCF6840During the Victorian era I think the world was developing its interest in excavation, which coincided with all sorts of archaeological revivals, most pleasantly the Egyptian and the Etruscan with jewellers rediscovering some pretty excellent ancient techniques and designs. I would highly recommend a morning spent typing “Etrustcan Revival Jewellery” into a google image search.

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To get the wedding subject over and done with, here is my  Something Borrowed, a tiny ladybird brooch from my mother, which is quite old and has an interesting spiral pin to the back…

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 And bees for the cake and a bee for my father’s handkerchief…

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I am Back. Beautiful Stuff.

You may have noticed there has been something of a three-week ceasefire in the bombardment of sparkling jewellery posts. I married and honeymooned for a bit in the Hebrides where it is good to forget for a while about such trinkets.

However I have now returned, my shop is open again (you can visit it HERE), and I am in the process of refining everything to only the most beautiful…

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