One thing that draws me to antique and vintage jewelry is engraving ... the names, monograms, momentous dates, titles and achievements that frequently adorned old fobs, lockets, and medals. Take, for example, this sweet little antique fob, dedicated to Clarence. Although I may not know the story behind the engraving, I am captivated by the love and meaning and sentiment in each little trinket. It makes me want to adopt these orphans, spruce them up, and find them good homes. Don't you want to make room in your heart and your jewelry box for this little slice of history? Yes, I thought so.
You never know where you will find inspiration, and sometimes you don't realize your inspiration is right in front of you until after the fact. My sister (the other Mrs. GotRocks) and I traveled to NYC for our regular bead buying extravaganza back in February, and we encountered the most amazing weather. Mid to upper 60s. In New York. In February. On a few of our well traveled paths, we found new Ted Baker stores and the florals in the windows drew us in. I was really taken with the oversized florals on dark backgrounds. So taken, in fact, that I unintentionally built my spring palette around them! It wasn't until I got home that I realized why I had chosen the beads you see here. Serendipity!
A Token of Love
Look closely Very closely. This is a coin, but a coin like no other. A British florin, one tenth of a pound. The obverse reads "Victoria d: g: Britt: Reg: f: d: mdccclxxi" meaning Victoria by the Grace of God, Queen of Britain, Defender of the Faith, 1871. Showing much wear after almost 150 years, this beauty shows signs of its former glory. Hints of an intricate lace bodice, a fleur de lis studded crown, lions, a thistle and shamrock, and the shadow of an Irish harp. This coin is a stunning rarity.
And yet there is something even more striking and unique at play. This florin is also a Love Token, sweetly engraved with the names Carrie and Willie. Carrie and Willie ... Were they engaged to one another, married perhaps, or are those the names of someone's children, maybe even twins? We can speculate, but we can also appreciate this sweet and simple token of love. Strung on a chain of blue topaz, adorned with an antique tassel fob, you will not find another like it.
February = Amethyst = Love
February, the shortest month of the year, and yet it feels like the longest. That dreadful spot between bitter winter and the first breath of spring, when I find myself wishing I could "fly to St. Somewhere" and put an umbrella in my drink. But there is one thing I love about February ... amethysts. You see, amethyst is the birthstone of February and I LOVE AMETHYSTS. To the Victorians, it symbolized deep love and devotion and was often cut into heart-shaped forms to reinforce the romantic message. So when I think about February, I think about amethysts, which make me think about love, and that makes the month a little more bearable. If any of these amethyst pieces tug at your heartstrings, contact me at email@example.com.
Just Like Snowflakes, One of a Kind
Who knew a snowday would be such a great day to photograph jewelry? The light is perfect! And so are these sweet necklaces from GotRocks Jewelry Design. Each one started its life as a stickpin; lovely, delicate, symbolic, unique. But who wears stickpins anymore? I've converted them for you, into wearable art. Interested? These are only available online, so contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. P.S. The four-leaf clover is already spoken for!
Just in time for the holidays! Tell Santa you want a sweet something from GotRocks Jewelry Design to add some sparkle to your wardrobe. These beauties are totally unique and sure to start a conversation. Wear a piece of history this holiday! Email me with questions about any of these sweet pieces at email@example.com.
Everything Old is New Again
Here is just a little taste of what's new for fall & winter 2015! Long or short, colorful or neutral, classic or funky, each piece is one-of-a-kind, just like you. Whatever you're looking for, GotRocks Jewelry Design has you covered. These pieces need a good home. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
A perennial favorite, the GotRocks Jewelry Design pocketwatch chain bracelets are back! Each one is a unique combination of antique links, a one-of-a-kind fob (some lovingly engraved) and a sparkling gemstone dangle. These are a great idea for bridesmaids gifts ... each one different, just like the gals in your squad! Quantities are limited so get yours soon! Contact me at email@example.com.