Thursday, 20 January 2011
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.