Saturday, March 7, 2009

"Spring in Paris" "SOLD"

Well, a girl can dream, can't she? I'd love to be spending time in Paris this Spring, but it isn't going to happen this year, so I'll bring Paris to Minnesota instead through designing jewelry with a Paris theme. Sometimes, a girl just has to improvise, and the necklace below is the results.

I found this great Paris Eiffel tower a few months back and thought it would be a fun addition to a necklace down the road, so at last it is being recycled into something that will be hopefully much more loved than it was in its previous life as a neglected key chain. Note the warm colors I chose to use in this necklace. They all just compliment one another, and add to the time worn feel that I'm attempting to give my "Vintage Redesigned Jewelry".
This necklace has recently sold, and was a one-of-a-kind creation. My favorite type of jewelry to design.

This necklace is another one of those wonderful long and flowing types that are so popular right now, and they are great fun to wear, but not so fun to try photograph. The long length (24") really makes it difficult to capture the whole necklace. SOLD

Details shot of the entire focal section of this necklace shows that it has five dangles dripping from the jump ring, which flows from another one of the great faceted olivine oval beads included in this piece.
There is another pretty olivine faceted bead that has gold filled bead caps on either end capping it off to accent and add to the overall design of the piece.

One of the more petite of the focal drops falling from the center piece of this necklace.

This vintage glass bead has wonderful swirling through out it, and I bought a small stash of these many years ago from an antique dealer that I used to buy beads and misc. findings from. Love these beads. And they are a perfect addition to the other vintage elements in this necklace.

A very pretty vintage redesign element that gives a bit of that extra flair I like to add to my designs.
Another olivine oval faceted bead to go with the one that is the connecting link between the chain of this necklace and the fun tassel part of this Paris themed piece.

This is one of my favorite redesign elements in this entire necklace. I found it a few months back and knew I had to buy it for a future piece and build around it. I like its new life in this necklace much better than its former life as a key chain. Wouldn't you agree?

I used a combination of five different necklace chains to incorporate into this one necklace and added two more of these wonderful vintage flat smooth rectangle swirled beads into the chain section to add a continuity with the one also used in the tassel part of this necklace.

The two beads are off set on either side of the chains.
This necklace has since SOLD from the blog post.


  1. These pieces alone would probably not catch my attention but once you do your magic, they all of a sudden have a WOW factor. Nice work! (Love the book as a prop)

  2. Gretchen...this piece is so charming...literally charming. Each piece is perfectly matched with the next and they really do complete each other with your artist's eye. Tres magnifique!!!

    Wouldn't Paris be wonderful??? One of my dreams is fleamarketing there and seeing the beautiful scenery...!

  3. Hi Gretchen...what fabulous pieces. Thank you so much for visiting my blog. Theresa is so sweet to feature my blog.

  4. These are fabulous!!
    kari & kijsa

  5. Beautiful the warm colors you chose.

  6. I too want to be in Paris in the spring-time. I actually might just settle for spring-time in spring-time.'s cold here in Nova Scotia...grrrrr! I love the gorgeous Eiffel Tower piece. I'm imagining wearing it with a silk blouse open to show off the camisole I bought at the market in Paris. I lean forward over the tiny table that my sweet patootie and I are sharing at a sidewalk cafe on the Left Bank. "Shall we go back to the hotel or perhaps...yes...just one more croisant?"

  7. The necklace is beautiful! I love it.

  8. This is really beautiful! I love it that yiou put it on the leather book here.
    Do you have an etsy shop?

  9. What a beautiful necklace. I'll go back to visiting more now.
    Mahala :)


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