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  1. Ref 1409
    £395.00

    • Antique Victorian faceted jet shoe buckle (6 cm x 4.5 cm) with an inset cameo, circa 1890, once graced a Victorian lady's shoe. It has clearly been used.
    • 2 strings of russet Keshi pearls (16.5 mm)
    • 1 string of white grain seed pearls (3 mm)
    • 1 string of mat onyx (6 mm)
    • faceted aventurine
    • length 44cm with 5cm pendant drop
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  2. Ref 1471
    £1,250.00

    • Two strands of faceted emeralds interspersed with vintage 18 ct gold beads from India
    • gold on hardened resin from Afghanistan (6.7 mm)
    • faceted emeralds, (ranging from 6.5 mm down to 2.8 mm)
    • antique 14ct gold and emerald crescent moon set with emeralds (3 cm)
    • The Victorians were terribly romantic; the crescent moon represents spirituality. But it also is a glorification of the Feminine Moon Goddess, which is a hint at a new relationship. Emeralds signify hope and the God of love, Venus
    • 14 ct gold clasp
      length 52cm
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  3. Ref 1477

    Regular Price: £550.00

    Special Price £490.00

    • I was enchanted by this delicate antique Art Nouveau brooch, circa 1890-1910, which I altered to a pendant to be worn on the side of the necklace.  As a brooch, it was lost.  As a pendant, it has a new importance.  It is a 10K  gold oval, slightly curved, decorated with soft green enamel leaves, and set with two tiny seed pearls and a garnet in the centre. It is 1½ inches long (3.5 mm) by 1 cm wide.
    • I have tried to create a necklace that would reflect the charm and lightness of the brooch and its detail by braiding a strand of pink, faceted, natural garnets (3 mm) with two strands of soft celadon coloured natural aventurine beads, also 3 mm.
    • To set off the antique piece on either side of the pendant are two vintage, handmade 18K  gold on hardened resin beads (6 mm) from Afghanistan, and two tiny natural cultured freshwater pearls (4 mm) to echo the seed pearls in the pendant.
    • A gold on silver toggle clasp has been chosen because they are easy to use and secure.  My silver name label is attached at the clasp.
    • The necklace comes, like all my necklaces, with it's own colour co-ordinated silk brocaded pouch bag, made by a Shanghai tailor.
    • The necklace is 20 ½ inches long (52 cm)
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  4. Ref 1478

    Regular Price: £690.00

    Special Price £550.00

    • The centre piece, although worn on the side, is this enchanting and detailed antique Victorian (circa 1880), 9K gold amethyst and seed pearl pendant.  It was originally a brooch which I then altered to become a pendant.  There are so many delightful elements on this Victorian piece with the fleur- de- lis on either end,  the crescent of seed pearls, and the large amethyst set in the centre. It is 1 3/4 inches long (4.5cm) and ½ inch wide (1.5 cm).
    • To set off the Victorian piece I have added on either end, a vintage, 18K gold on hardened resin bead from Afghanistan (6 mm), and cultured freshwater pearls(4mm).
    •  The Afghani have been crafting gold for centuries. When Alexander the Great came to Afghanistan in 330 BC, his people brought many skills, one of which was working in gold.  Like the Romans, centuries later, a yellow, 18 ct gold was used. But one of their techniques was to take sheet gold and work it onto hardened resin and then decorate it accordingly.
    • And that is how these vintage Afghan gold beads have been made. For me, this handiwork and the yellow gold colour gives the necklace warmth and character and complements the gems.
    • The three strands of natural amethyst beads are made up of 4 mm beads and 8 mm beads.  These strands also carry the vintage Afghan 18K gold beads and the freshwater pearls.
    • Amethyst is the birthstone for February.
    • The clasp is a 14K gold toggle clasp.  I prefer using toggle clasps because they are easy to use and quite secure.
    • The necklace comes, like all my necklaces, with it's own colour co-ordinated silk brocaded pouch bag, made by a Shanghai tailor.
    • The necklace is 19 ½ inches long (50 cm)
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  5. Ref 1518
    £325.00

    • Chic, Edwardian/Victorian carved bone cheroot holder (7 cm) conjures up a stylish image from another age, and I’m not a smoker
    • handmade etched and carved Fairtrade silver from the Karen hill tribes in Thailand (19.5 mm)
    • antique carved antique bone flowers
    • matt onyx beads (16 mm)
    • bamboo coral carved melons (13.8 mm)
    • length 53cm with 9cm pendant drop
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  6. Ref 1519
    £325.00

    • Imagine a gloved Victorian lady’s hand holding this polished bone parasol handle. Parasol is 10 cm x 4 cm.
    • antique Peking glass
    • antique handmade etched Afghan vermeil
    • Victorian antique carved bone beads (12.5 mm)
    • matt onyx beads, cubes (13.8 mm), cylinders (3.5 cm)
    • antique calcified stone coloured carved jade barrels (11mm x 16 mm)
    • length 49cm with 13cm pendant drop
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  7. Ref 1520
    £425.00

    • Victorian carved jet (4 cm x 2.5 cm)
    • cranberry carved bamboo coral melons (13.5 mm)
    • handmade silver from Afghanistan (14 mm)
    • coconut cylinders
    • rock crystal cylinders (21.5 mm)
    • carved black lacquer beads
    • length 57cm with 4cm pendant drop
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  8. Ref 1621
    £550.00

    • The colour of malachite is so vibrant and rich and when combined with silver, it sings.   But the star performer is the antique Victorian Celtic pendant (2 inches across or 5 cm).  Dated around 1875, this exquisitely crafted piece of circular silver has been etched and segmented so as to create spaces for the inlaid malachite. And to make it more complex, a buckle, inlaid with serpentine, has been made so realistic it seems as though it could be unbuckled. To the Victorians, a buckle signified love and loyalty.  Originally, this was a brooch intended to sit proudly on a Scottish tartan draped scarf.  It has been altered to allow it to be worn as a pendant, attached by tiny 2 mm sterling silver beads, created by the Karen hill tribes in Thailand, along with the woven silver barrels (13mm x 13.6 mm).
    • The four strands of malachite consist of tiny cylinders, 4 mm x 11 mm.
    • I have used a silver toggle clasp made by the Karen hill tribes, of twisted silver to create a rope design.  Toggle clasps are easy to use and secure. My silver name label is attached at the clasp.
    • The necklace comes, like all my necklaces, with it's own colour co-ordinated silk brocaded pouch bag, made by a Shanghai tailor.
    • The necklace is 17 inches long (43 cm) with a 2 inch pendant drop (5cm).
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  9. Ref 1622

    Regular Price: £690.00

    Special Price £590.00

    • The antique Victorian, marked silver pendant sets the scene. A vigorous stag is leaping through the fields and woods. The etching and embossed deer are so detailed it clearly points to Victorian craftsmanship.  Circa 1880, this pendant (1 ½ inches across, or 4 cm, and 1 ¼ inches high, or 3 cm) was once possibly a locket but certainly a brooch, now altered to a pendant.
    • And because of this scene, it brought to mind a crystal sharp day, with green moss and trees, and berries on the bushes for the deer to enjoy, as well as dark rocks to clamber over.
    • So there is a pattern of rough- cut peridot (16 mm), faceted crystal cylinders with moss inclusions (14.8mm x 19.8mm), jet cylinders (16 mm x 19 mm), and vibrant sponge coral cylinders, (13mm x 15 mm).  And just to echo the silver pendant, I’ve added vintage, handmade silver on hardened resin beads from India.
    • I have used a silver toggle clasp made by the Karen hill tribes, of twisted silver to create a rope design.  Toggle clasps are easy to use and secure. My silver name label is attached at the clasp.
    • The necklace comes, like all my necklaces, with it's own colour co-ordinated silk brocaded pouch bag, made by a Shanghai tailor.
    • The necklace is 18½ inches long, or 47 cm. with a 1½ inch pendant drop.
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  10. Ref 1623
    £550.00

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    • I have to admit that I was drawn to this pendant because it reminded me of the Olympic interlocking rings.  Of course to be Olympic it needs to have 5 rings. It is made of etched pewter and inlaid with various natural agates, onyx, carnelian, serpentine and chrysocolla.  Basically, it is a Celtic design; the type of brooch which would have been pinned to a Scottish scarf or kilt. But it is known as a “Miracle” brooch or pendant because “Miracle” was the trade name for the company A. Hill & Company LTD. of Birmingham, England, which started manufacturing jewellery in 1946. But their jewellery was actually manufactured at the mint in Edinburgh, Scotland.
    • To quote Ruby Lane’s blog on Miracle jewellery, “it is the “real thing” in terms of evolving from actual historical and archaeological information. Archaeological excavations took place throughout England and jewellery from as early as AD600 have been found. Their Jewellery features such excellent construction that you know by looking at it that it will still be around centuries from now. The company employed highly skilled stone cutters, used the finest metals, and created beautiful designs.”
    • This pendant was originally a brooch, which I had altered to a pendant.  It is 2 inches long (5 cm) and 1¾ inches wide (4 cm).
    • The pendant hangs on a twist of amazonite beads (mm) and handmade, etched silver beads (4 mm), by the Karen hill tribes of Thailand.
    • The actual necklace consists of a pattern of chrysocolla cylinders (18 mm x 25.9 mm), faceted, rough-cut peridot nuggets (18 mm), in the natural,  olive green colour, and handmade silver on hardened resin beads (14 mm), and two, larger octagonal silver beads (20 mm).
    • Chrysocolla is a blue and green stone made of a unique type of copper ore.  Its colour comes from the oxidation process of the copper ore, which takes on a cyan colour with extended exposure to oxygen. But the stone also contains various other minerals, which create its soft texture and porous appearance.
    • These vintage, traditionally made silver beads from Afghanistan are like the gold Afghan beads, which are crafted in the same manner, taking sheets of pure silver and forming them over hardened resin, a technique the Afghans have perfected over centuries.
    • Peridot is one of the few gemstones that occur in only one colour: an olive green.  It is the gem variety of the mineral Olivine. The intensity and tint of the green, however, depends on the percentage of iron within the crystal structure. The colour of individual peridot gems can vary from yellow to olive to brown-ish green.  Peridot is a well-known ancient gemstone, used as far back as the Pharaohs in Egypt.
    • A silver toggle clasp has been used because toggle clasps are easy to use and secure. My silver name label is attached at the clasp.  The clasp has been made by the Karen hill tribes, of twisted silver to create a rope design.
    • The necklace comes, like all my necklaces, with its own colour co-ordinated silk brocaded pouch bag, made by a Shanghai tailor.
    • The necklace is 18½ inches long (47 cm) with a 2 inch pendant drop (5 cm).   
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