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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

White Jewelry Treasures

I just finished up creating these two necklaces for our four day sale at the shop I sell in, called the "French Flea".  Lots of whites with other neutrals added into the mix to create a couple of necklaces that will go with anything in ones wardrobe.  All hand wire wrapped elements in these designs.

Necklace #1
I started the design by choosing this paste style vintage rhinestone element and went from there.
Vintage grey faux glass pearls, stick style freshwater pearls, and smokey quartz faceted gemstones.

Necklace #2
My brother, Steve, found this wonderful piece of another paste style vintage rhinestone jewelry element in a box of trinkets he found at auction.  It is so great to have pickers such as Steve, that find some great finds to redesign with.  I just love to use one-of-a-kind treasures to start out my designs. such as this before photo jewelry element.  I like the fact that there are missing stones, just in case you are noticing and wondering about that.  It truly gives the pieces the time-worn patina that I strive for and create with my style of vintage redesigns.
What an incrediblly fun focal piece this is to work with.  Just loved it when Steve brought it to me.  I wanted to play up its beauty with other elements that would accent it, so went to work attempting to do such a thing.
I've included great pieces of vintage clear crystals in a variety of shapes, grey faux glass vintage pearls, various shapes of white freshwater pearls, vintage ladies gold watch w/case and diamond accents, a mother of pearl donut style element, an Eiffel tower charm, a reversible piece just below the Eiffel tower charm, gold fluted beads, rhinestone rondelles, a couple of porcelain underwear buttons, and a gorgeous sterling silver and gold heavy charm from a Brighton necklace that I recycled as well.
Details of wire-wrapped elements.
Reversible element - front side.
Reversible element - back side.

To me the details and finishing work when creating something is ultra important to me, and I always strive to make sure there are special details in each design I create.

I'm linking up today to "White Wednesday" at Faded Charm for a little blogging party fun.  Thank you for any and all comments that you so graciously take the time to leave.  I value your feedback and opinions.


  1. Two outstanding pieces...I love the dark wire wrapping. The pendants are wonderful!

  2. Just gorgeous necklaces, how creative you are Gretchen! It is always so nice to find a one of a kind piece.


  3. Me encanta lo super original que eres, tus trabajos son geniales.

  4. Sara said...
    Me encanta lo super original que eres, tus trabajos son geniales.

    English translation:
    The original thing enchants to me super that you are, your works are brilliant.

  5. What gorgeous pieces you have created! Absolutely fantastic!

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  6. Soooo PRETTY...thanks for sharing them with all of us at NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAYS!


  7. Beautiful, I love the dark wire wrap, also. I'll be following your blog to see more.

  8. Hello Miss French Flea, I'm so glad I stopped by this morning with White Wednesday. I've got to check out more of your work. I love the jewlery. I always feel like my cloths are not right for this georgous jewlry. I've got to get it right.

    come visit

  9. I would love to grab you blog so that you always handy to me but I am unable too. I can't find the URL so that I can copy it.


  10. absolutely delightful! I love the little watch face that's added to one of the chains! Hope to see you back at my place. I have become a follower and hope you'll do the same! until later...

  11. Gretchen, I love your work!!! Thank you for getting stuff out of the drawers and around people's necks!!! Blessings....debbie

  12. Thank you everyone for your kind comments. I'd love to get back to each one of you personally, but this week is a crazy one, so for now I'll have to say a group "thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and for leaving a comment". It's such a great way to meet new friends that are kindred spirits.
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