Thursday, April 30, 2009

Vintage Redesign Necklaces - Olivene & Gold "Both are SOLD"

As you may have noticed I have been a bit busy with the new shop which opens tomorrow morning, and I haven't been posting any photos of new jewelry, so thought it was time to do so. Here are a few samples of a couple of necklaces I've made for the shop sale.
"Olivene" - SOLD

This vintage redesign necklace was created with this wonderful focal that I have been hoarding for many years. I've added the rhinestone rondelle to add extra sparkle to the piece. It is a two strand creation. SOLD opening day at the new shop.

Front details of this sparkly olivene setting and the black wire wrapping accents the color so well.

Side view of the olivene sparkler. This is a sterling silver setting that I've left the antiqued patina on it to coordinate with the blackened wire and to carry on the vintage feel of the piece.

The back view of the olivene sparkler shows the detailing on the back of the sterling silver setting it is in.

Two strands makes this a fun, but yet substantial necklace.

I have a love for vintage rhinestone rondelles, and decided to wire wrap this one with the black wire and olivene glass Czech beads to create a focal accent on the shorter length of the two strands.
This photo shows a bit more of the necklace and how the two strands lay together.

A good shot of the adjustable chain length in the back and how this necklace clasps. There is a hand made wire wrapped hook closure and a length of wire wrapped bead and chain to add length to this overall design if desired.
The entire necklace shown in this photo. "SOLD" May 1st opening day of the shop.

"Golden" (SOLD)
This is a lovely necklace, which the photos don't really show it to its true brilliance.

Lovely sterling silver crucifix has found a new home on this Y style necklace. All of the elements used are of vintage origin with an exception of the black wire. These beads were once on a very long flapper style necklace from the "1940's" and the black beads are also of vintage origin as are the rhinestone rondelles.

A lovely reuse of a crucifix. It is a great reminder of Jesus' death and resurrection which He did for all of us.

All of the links, jump rings, and hook closure are hand made. Note the details of the wire wrapped black accent beads used in both the drop above the cross and than repeated in the drop on the adjustable portion of this necklace. Again this necklace is adjustable. "SOLD" opening day of the new shop on May 1st.


  1. Again....just lovely! I especially love the olivine! Nice work Gretchen!

  2. Hi Gretchen! I found you through your comment on Raised in Cotton....your jewelry is sell on line? or did I miss that link here.....Your new shop "The French Flea" is calling me but alas....I am on the east coast...I am enjoying your blog and look forward to more...
    Be well, Laura

  3. Thanks for your email Gretchen...I am a follower now so I will be watching out for your new pieces....I just love your work....and especially all the vintage re-worked pieces! Take care...and rest up....sounds like you had a busy day!
    Be well, Laura

  4. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G-L-Y G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S!!!!

  5. Oh how I just LOVE LOVE your style and taste in jewelry! I want to answer a long comment to the comment you left on my blog - but I should be packing for NYC - so will when I get back - but I had to peek at your blog - Gretchen, I am SO GLAD you comment on my blog because I am really, really bad at remembering names and who is who and when someone blogs me, I always quickly go to their blog to once again remind myself who they are and when I click on your blog, I always say out loud, "oh! the necklace lady!!" and I am always excited to be on your blog telling myself that I MUST MUST spend more time here - but alas, I have to run and pack - but I will be back - to shop!

    Take care


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