I just love that I can make jewelry and get exactly what I like. It is especially satisfying to take something once loved and treasured by someone else and re-purpose it into something loved and treasured sometimes 100s of years later.
I’m very pleased with what I have done with this reliquary pendant. Normally these pendants have relics inside, made by nuns and often 50-100 years old. This reliquary case came to me empty, so I put a lovely old shell cameo inside.
Here is another necklace, this time with the most amazing photo locket. Most book lockets are souvenirs from places like Paris or from a religious site. This one has pictures of the family of Napoleon III, the first prime minister of France. One of the pics shows Napoleon’s tomb and the other shows Napoleon III dressed up as Napoleon Bonaparte. Quite a rare treasure. I believe it dates to the mid 1800s.
And a few more things.
I often wonder if someone said to me: “Melanie, would you like one diamond necklace, or the equivalent value to buy treasures like these?”
There is no question about the answer.
Bugger the diamonds!