Necklace Revamp

If you remember the 90’s, you’ll be with me on this one. If not, read on to be amused.

In the late 90’s, I was flush with the success of having my first “real” job, no debt, and a $500 apartment which I shared with a roommate (oh, the days!). I found myself with a little money to spend, and a penchant for going out with my roommate to explore the best of Portland, Oregon.

One of the stand-out places of Portland was the Portland Saturday Market. My roommate and I liked to wander around there after brunch on Sundays, picking up trinkets and oddities, and shopping the surrounding antique and vintage shops.

In our trips there, we discovered a jewelry artist who was just starting out, working with semi-precious stones. I fell in love with her work. I bought six pieces of hers over time (I’m actually wearing one of her necklaces in my profile picture!), but the most memorable (and most expensive) was my first. This was during the time when everyone was wearing chokers and raisin-colored lipstick (my signature at the time was Raisin by Bobbi Brown), and I was no exception. What this jewelry artist sold me was a choker made of citrine, iolite and tanzanite on sterling silver wire. She deeply discounted this piece because I loved it so much and she just thought it was “made for me”, and she couldn’t imagine selling it to anyone else.

See–EVERYONE was wearing chokers with dangly bits!

The centerpiece of this choker was a hand-created wire and stone bit that bore a strange resemblance to a chicken’s foot, in my mind. The citrine stones dangled off it, and the largest citrine was in the middle of it. I wore this necklace to every fancy occasion I had at that time–whether it was going to the symphony or on a dinner date with my fella, I wore that necklace.

And then one day, wearing it around the house, it broke. And broke magnificently, spewing stones all over the carpet. I scrounged on hands and knees, picking tiny iolite pieces out of the carpet, putting them in a baggie so I could take it back to the jewelry artist to restring and revamp. However, going back to the market, we found she had moved to Vegas to make a go of jewelry full-time. I always had it in the back of my mind to get this necklace fixed, and I hung on to it.

I was talking to my friend Rebecca, who blogs at The Lipstick Gal, and makes beautiful custom jewelry, and I was mentioning this necklace of mine. She said “send it to me–I can fix it, but include all the pieces!” Well, looking at it, I realize that it is dated. I don’t want it fixed so much as revamped. But I’m not sure what to do with it! Rebecca agreed to revamp it, and asked for ideas. This is where I turn to you, my stylish readers. What should I do with these stones? I don’t want the chicken claw anymore, and there are some larger stones in that section, and matching citrine cut stones and iolite cut stones.

I’ve been thinking of a long lariat, kind of like this one from the Etsy store Stone and Sterling.

What ideas do you have for me? Please, leave me comments, descriptions, links to cool stuff! Help me revamp my necklace!


Wibbly-Wobbly, Timey-Wimey.

I love Dr. Who. I love him so much. I thought I could never love like I love the tenth doctor, and then the eleventh doctor came and I love him, too!

Fezzes are Cool.

So, classy Tardis cuff from Etsy?

Yes, please!

For more awesome/weird/amazing stuff, feel free to follow me on Pinterest. Pinterest = fun times.

So, Tardis cuff–yay, or hell nay?

Inspired by Denver: Vixen

More Colorado awesomeness, coming your way! Carter (again, The Kitchenette, go look at her blog for nom nom eats) kindly met my request to go to the Denver Art Museum. It is a great museum, with a lot of amazing art. Plus, they let you take pictures, so with my Hipstamatic app for the iPhone, I got some great shots.

One of my favorite pieces in the museum is a walk-through installation entitled Fox Games.

With this piece of art in mind, I’ve got the hunt on my mind. Since it’s going to be too warm for wool plaids and sweaters with elbow patches, I’ve chosen a selection of fox jewelry.

Elements of Nature Necklace

Fox Necklace

Sterling Silver Fox Crop Pin

Mr. Fox Ring Set

Wrap-Around Fox Ring


Wednesday Wants: Pretty Sparkly Things

I have been feeling dull and dreary this month. The glittery sparkly things of Christmas are gone, and we’re on to the grey days and blah of January. And my pretty things in my jewelry drawer are losing their sparkle, too. I don’t buy too much jewelry, so I could use an infusion of new, fresh, lovely things. So today’s Wednesday Wants is dedicated to jewelry.

Pink Agate Geode Silver Necklace

Geode necklaces are very “in” right now. I have the feeling, too, that they will quickly be on their way out. But with this vibrant raspberry color and beautiful silver setting, I think this might have a little bit of staying power. I love some of the organic shapes and materials in jewelry right now. Much better than a crystal on a chain.

Radiolaria Necklace

Speaking of organic shapes, this silicone necklace’s inspiration was ripped off from nature right down to the cellular level. The material is interesting and unusual, and the look is sharp and interesting. It’s casual, but a huge step up from an armful of rubber bracelets from high school. There’s nothing cheap about this look.

Brass Feather Ring

I really like brass as a jewelry metal. I know, sometimes you get a little bit of green finger, but it’s so beautiful. For everyday, I like the understated nature of brass. Also, this feather is really sweet–it looks like a pattern until you see the ends.

A Lady Ought Necklace

I actually own a necklace from this shop, the Petit Secret. I would love to add this more unusual piece to my collection. The silhouette is classic, with the twist of all the other little images worked into the piece. With a big wind-up crank on top. Gorgeous, and a bit of a statement, with the name “A Lady Ought”.

Celina Signature Cuff

I’ve wanted one of these for a while, ever since my ultra-stylish friend Marta showed up with an armful of them. Amazing, high-quality leather goods, with a classic style. They’re always coming out with new colors and leather finishes for these. And of course, this purple is all about where my wardrobe is at right now.

Or maybe I need the Vesuvius Tie Cuff:

A little edgier. Maybe a little more my style? And the sale price has me pondering whether it’s time to spring for one of these.

Got any jewelry to recommend? Any pretty sparkly things to light up a dull January day?