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!