Thursday, 20 January 2011

Locket



There's something about lockets that I find captivating. I think it's the fact that they're tiny, closeable compartments. At school I had a friend who kept minute shells from a memorable holiday in a locket around her neck.


































The idea of a a tiny drawing or a fragment of precious fabric inside a locket appeals to the little girl in me I think - it's miniaturisation combined with keeping something safe or secret.



When I find a vintage locket the thought of its previous life adds another dimension. Researching makers' marks and dating the hallmark is exciting and it adds to the story. I was lucky enough to unearth this small heart-shaped locket recently.

I was thrilled when I found that it's by Georg Jensen, a renowned Danish jewellery company and mark is specific to pieces imported to the Bond Street Georg Jensen shop in the 1950s. Jensen himself created exquisite Art Nouveau designs in silver. He died in 1935 but his team of designers continued to innovate and the company is still known for jewellery design today.



Choosing the gems and making small silver pieces to go with each locket is my favourite part of making the lockets wearable again. The engraved designs on this oval one reminded me of French mirrors so I chose a feminine rose quartz, clear swarovski and tiny vintage pearl to match it and made a silver piece to echo the fern-like pattern.





All three lockets are in my etsy shop. For the next day or two there will be free postage to anywhere.

Don't forget my vintage seed label giveaway in the last post - it's open until this Sunday coming, 23rd January.

36 comments:

Jenevieve said...

The lockets are so pretty, I like the idea of keeeping a tiny thing secret around your neck and it could be anything! :) x

mrspao said...

They are so very pretty :) I love the one that pao got from you before - it is really lovely :) You are very talented

kristina said...

How wonderful to find a Georg Jensen locket. And you've made it even more beautiful!

Small article about lockets in the February Martha Stewart Living--not too much info but lovely photos.

K x

marigold jam said...

What a lovely idea - to update old silver lockets and not to just keep a photo or a lock of hair inside but other tiny trinkets. They are really beautiful.

Jane

Tara said...

Beautiful lockets. I love the small accents that you have added to each locket to make them even more special. I am fairly sure I entered your giveaway but I am going to check. If you are interested, I am having a giveaway over at my blog.

Dragonfly said...

Oh, these are just gorgeous! Lockets seem to have gone out of vogue in recent years but this really updates them. I remember when I was little, nearly all my female relatives wore a locket and it was always so magical to have a peep inside.

Lynn said...

Completely.In.Love.

I can't decide which one I love best, though...

Belinda @ Wild Acre said...

Vintage finds have this beautifully wistful feel I think, and these pieces, being lockets, even more so.

The Coffee Lady said...

They're lovely. And reading about how you work with them is lovelier still.

Gina said...

They are gorgeous. I'm so tempted by the heart...

Magic Bean said...

Gorgeous as always. Ax

Diana said...

too pretty for words emma!

Magic Cochin said...

I've hovered over Georg Jensen silver jewellery so many times at auction houses!!! What a precious find, it's such a pretty locket - perfect for a Valentines gift too ;-)

Celia

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Beautiful work Emma! I know when I see a locket, I too want to know what's inside!
Vivienne x

'odd and old' Linda Dacey said...

lovely posts recently. and lovely lockets; i'm with you and your thoughts on the lovable locket. love your creations, wish i was solvent...

Cottage Garden said...

The lockets are beautiful Emma, especially with the addition of those little special touches.

Wish I was solvent too!!

Jeanne
x

dottycookie said...

Gorgeous. How I wish I could justify another locket!

A Time to Dance said...

Hurray I have found you again...I love your lockets, I used to have a picture of Elvis in mine when I was a girl.....

Itchin' Stitchin' said...

These a beautiful! I remember as a little girl asking for a locket and was so pleased to get one for my birthday.

I passed on a blog award to you it's on my blog :)

Thimbleanna said...

Oh, you are SUCH a naughty girl!!! I have no idea what happened, but a little locket fell into my basket. I have LOVED your little silver bird necklace so much -- I just know I'll adore a locket too! Thank You!!!

by Teresa said...

Hi Emma, I am passing on a crafty blog award to you, details on my blog. I love your jewelry and am also a jeweler and I live in Oregon USA.

Kind regards, Teresa

julie said...

lovely lockets and I love how you manage to add the most perfect little details to them!

Naturally Carol said...

The Georg Jensen is such a great find...I love anything that company sells. I think that your embellishments make them all even more special though. Beautiful.

Rachel said...

Delightful, Emma - well done!

Madelief said...

Hi Emma,

Your lockets are beautiful! Love the heart!!

Wonderful weekend!

Lieve groet, Madelief

Carol Bender said...

Beautiful, I will keep your shop in mind when I have gift buying to do. :)

Anja said...

They're all beautiful! Love the Georg Jensen one. As a Dane, Georg Jensen is sort of in my blood :-)

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Love your lockets so much. They are beautiful. I love them all and the heart the best. xo Robin❤ I'm wondering are they still available, I will look on etsy.

Jenny said...

Thanks for following my blog, now following you too:) you do have a lovely blog, i really like your splash of colour posts and these lockets are beautiful! I've wanted a locket for a few years now... my friend has one with a tiny picture of her other half in it, and ever since I first saw it I've been jealous! Jenny xx

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

SO SORRY I LOST OUT ON LOCKETS!!! : ( ROBIN

do you mind if i knit said...

Your lockets are exquisite! I'm not surprised they sold immediately. And I love the little treasures inside, just beautiful! Love Vanessa xxx

Tania said...

Fairy treasures! They're beautiful. And I'm blown away by how you approached each one.

The Caked Crusader said...

Georg Jensen - that's quite a find!

Jackie said...

Absolutely delicious.

Tabiboo said...

Emma they are sooooo beautiful - I have such a soft spot for silver and teamed with a little bit of mystery - delightful.

Nina xxx

Kelly said...

What a pretty locket ♥