Thursday, August 28, 2008

Messages From The Past

Make Perfect Presents!

Our Victorian*Charms collection is based on my own collection of antique wax seals. Most of these seals were created in England and France in the 1800s. I especially love how Victorian correspondents personalized their letters with beautiful, meaningful and often witty seals with charming motifs -- and sometimes cheeky remarks and mottos.

I have been working on various displays to let customers easily view the interesting seal designs that are the basis for so many of our jewelry pieces. Since the seals themselves are "the mirror image" of the stamped wax impression, viewing the seals themselves is not very useful (though it is a fascinating glimpse into history). This framed shadow box design provided a great inspiration. While our own displays will be accompanied by the specific illustrations and mottos corresponding to our own wax seals, this wall hanging shows how inspiring the seal impressions themselves can be.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Bracelets That Tell a Story

When we're in the midst of designing something special as a gift, it is always exciting for us. We are eager to hear that the gift-giver and the recipient loved their custom design. Here are two pieces created to celebrate special occasions:

This bracelet was created to celebrate an inspiring friend who meant the "moon and stars" to this gift-giver:

How about genuine emeralds to celebrate the birth of an Irish lass (whose birthstone happened to be emerald):