I’ve slowed down on my jewelry designing – I’ll write more about why later 😉 But I had a few hours spare last night and made a few new pieces.
I bought some lovely trillion cut garnets which are such an unusual shape and very striking when set into a necklace. These are teamed beautifully with a circa mid-1900s Victorian Vulcanite locket. The chain for this necklace comes from an old French pocket watch chain – the links are solid silver and quite substantial – onrnate but not over the top for this design.
Another necklace combines a very old Georgian-era (this one dates to the early 1800s) paste hair brooch and a lovely old Victorian compass charm made from Whitby jet. The compass still works! These rare components are combined simply with antique French silver chain and hand-wrapped garnets. The clasp is lovely – one of my exclusive Georgian swan solid silver S clasps with a ring of tiny labradorite rounds and antique mother of pearl.
The third necklace is made from one of my exclusive silver swag connectors onto which I have loaded lots of treasures – petite crystal chain, a lustrous creamy pearl and a Victorian-era pendant in the form of a book, made from Whitby jet, and embellished with an antique shell cameo. The centrepiece connects to antique crystal links and delicate aged silver round link chain.
There’s a definite theme of black and Victoriana going on here – matte black and cream and silver, with a hint of sparkly crystals and paste. The sort of jewelry you can wear out, or in a more informal setting.