I was so inspired by this idea that I made 4 necklaces in two days, which is a lot for me. Making a necklace usually takes days of trials and errors and usually it involves me walking out of the room in frustration because something isn't working right. But these came together so easily I think because I could see the potential of this concept
Then I got the idea of using other peoples things to make memory necklaces, or Gathered Treasures is what my sister came up with. I know that people have little things lying around that are meaningful and have some memory attached to them, but they don't know what to do with them, like an old vintage bracelet that grandma gave them but maybe isn't fashion forward for today, or an old blouse she wore with pretty vintage buttons that I could take and dangle from a necklace.
I took some cufflinks that I have been holding onto for years because I just didn't know what to do with them, and I dangled them from different lengths of chains and made a memory full of what could've been grandpas cufflinks into a necklace that can be worn today. This one was really fun to make because I finally found a use for all of those cufflinks. I even found one from 1923 that was engraved. I always wonder what the stories are of these people. Did they receive the cufflinks as a present for a birthday, graduation, or wedding? What was happening in 1923?
Here is a sample of just a few vintage jewelry pieces. A large gold locket, with two pairs of earrings. I found all of these at an estate sale.
This one isn't dangling from chains, I like that this one doesn't have as much movement. In fact I've worn it a few times to "test drive" as I call it, and it is light and pretty.
You would just mail me a few small trinkets, I would come up with some ideas, we would converse via phone or email and come up with something you would wear around your neck, your wrist or even something to decorate your home. The possibilities are endless. Prices start at $50.
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