From time to time, I get the opportunity to use my jewelry skills to give new life to an old piece that’s seen better days. I love projects like these because they tie my love for vintage to my creative work, which usually involves making brand-new items. Some projects are more intricate and involve a complete redesign while others, like this, simply need to be restrung to be ready to wear again! I am so pleased with how this vintage necklace turned out with just a little bit of extra TLC.
This piece came to my studio from a friend of mine who found the necklace while thrift shopping and thought it would be the perfect birthday gift for his sister. The only problem with the piece was that the stringing thread was clearly falling apart and it needed to be restrung with something sturdier. Thankfully, he was able to see the piece’s potential and knew just the person to call to give this special piece a much-needed refurbish.
The stones (real turquoise – beautiful!) and golden clasp were in great shape, so my job was easy. I chose white natural silk thread to restring the necklace in a nice heavy weight. The beads were large and I wanted to make sure that they wouldn’t pull apart the knots and come unstrung with regular wear and tear. A few extra knots along the length of the silk thread did just the trick to reinforce the construction.
So, with just a little love and some new thread this timelessly beautiful necklace is ready for action again!
Do you have a favorite piece of jewelry that could use a little refurbishing? Maybe some pretty earrings with tarnished hooks or a bracelet whose elastic is shot? I’d love to give new life to your old favorites. Send me an email for information on pricing and available repair services!
I spent this past in Philadelphia visiting my college girlfriends. It was a lot of fun and a great chance to relax with friends whom I don’t see nearly enough. On Saturday morning we spent some time at the South Philly Flea Market and I found some really beautiful treasures that I can’t wait to repurpose for my jewelry creations.
The first pair of earrings that caught my eye was a beautiful antique rhinestone set with an art deco style. I’ve been pretty much obsessed with rhinestones all summer after seeing The Great Gatsby. These earrings were clip-ons that I could easily remove the backings from, so I knew I could come up with a really cool piece or two using them. I’m thinking about an asymmetrical necklace with pearls and maybe some cup chain. What do you think?
The second pair that I couldn’t put down were these screwbacks with pear shaped, marquis, and emerald cut rhinestones. Pear is one of my all time favorite cuts (my engagement ring has a pear-shaped focal stone because my husband is boss!) and I love how the different shapes were worked together to make a floral design. I’m still figuring out how I’ll use these in a new piece, but I know that when inspiration hits it’s going to be pretty awesome!
I also snagged a couple of old white shutters at the flea market that I’m planning to rework for jewelry display purposes for my stand at the farmers’ market and upcoming craft shows. Once those are all finished I’ll share them here too!
I hope you all had a great weekend and an excellent start to the new week, friends!