Reworked Vintage Artisan Jewellery Meets Classic Literature

Reworked Vintage Artisan Jewellery Meets Classic Literature
February 19, 2017 Deborah Jayne
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Upcycled & Handcrafted Artisan Jewellery for Book Lovers

Timeless Themes of Youth & Beauty, Terror & Love, Aristocrats & Flirtations, Genteel Society & Cutting Wit, Repressed Emotions & Secrets

Interpreted in 5 unique handcrafted artisan necklaces for literature lovers

EmporiumI am very lucky to live in Lichfield, Staffordshire: a beautiful, historic city in the heart of England.  I am also very lucky to showcase my work at Emporium Art Gallery, a contemporary art & craft space that supports local & new talent.  Early March this year will see Lichfield’s 10th Literary Festival, and Emporium are excited to be holding a dedicated exhibition, ‘The Art of Literature’ (28 Feb – 11 March 2017), and I am thrilled to have been asked to submit examples of my hand crafted jewellery.

The Brief: Create original and beautiful jewellery inspired by classic novels that would appeal to book lovers.  What an absolute delight – 3 of my personal loves combined: Jewellery – Books –  Vintage.  So the first thing to choose; the novels!  My imagination went wild with possibilities.  But my natural inclination was for works with a definite historic Period, and which I could imagine characters wearing in each novel.  They would have to be in the style of the period in which the story is set.  I finally shortlisted five amazing books;

  • The Great Gatzby – F. Scott Fitzgerald    1920s /RICH EAST COAST AMERICAN 
  • Draccula – Bram Stoker    GOTHIC VICTORIAN
  • Dangerous Liaisons – Pierre Choderlos de Laclos    18TH CENTURY ARISTOCRATIC FRANCE
  • Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen    REGENCY ENGLAND
  • Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte    EARLY VICTORIAN, NORTH ENGLAND

I started by listing words that the books suggested to me & would then inspire my artisan designs….  Then on to source the vintage piece that would be the focal point of each statement necklace.  And here are the results;

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The Great Gatsby

Elegant vintage paste set floral brooch repurposed as an assymetric addition to a long strand of Fresh Water Pearls & pale green Swarovski crystals – £100

~ The Beautiful People ~ Young ~ Hedonistic ~ Fun ~




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Extravagant Vintage Victorian gold tone mourning style brooch repurposed as a dramatic centrepiece, on a necklace of deathly black facets & just a hint of blood red – £140

~ Darkness ~ Sexuality ~ Terror ~ Love ~





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Dangerous Liaisons

A pretty repurposed vintage floral basket hanging from a choker of Rose Quartz, Fresh Water Pearls & glass facets – £130

~ Flamboyant ~ Frivolous ~ Cruel ~ Deception ~ 





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Pride and Prejudice

A small openwork brooch set with a simulated Turquoise cabochon repurposed as an eye-catching focal point, suspended on a necklace of Aquamarine beads, Rock Crystal & vintage crystals – £120

~ Manners ~ Respectability ~ Romance~ Delicacy ~  




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Jane Eyre

Antique shell cameo hanging as a lovely pendant on a necklace of Picture Jasper & Tigers Eye beads – £120

~ Chaste ~ Humble ~ Intense ~ Serious ~





The Art of Literature (28 Feb – 11 March 2017) – Emporium Art Gallery, Lichfield, Staffordshire