27 October 2009

A Vintage Experiment


My friend Amy over at PonderandStitch
has been waiting forever for her custom order.
A vintage cornflower ring.

We scoured the net for the perfect cab
and finally came across this azurine-hued
marquis cut of vintage west-German glass.
(Stop drooling people; it's not edible.)



Being the sweet petite peach of a lady she is,
Amy needed a small ring.
While working on hers,
I got the notion to try something else in a vintage cab,
but on a more, er, Rosy sort of scale.



(Amy's ring, just in case you're wondering, is about the size of this cameo's head.)



This cab is a faux ivory, made of resin, and nothing super spectacular.
Except for the fact that it's a bit of German history,
and I love the detail.
It's a very raised , substantial cameo.
Not the delicate sort of piece from the Victorian era.



I plopped her in a hand-hewn bezel made to look like it once was encircled with rhinestones.
I know, I know.
You're probably wondering why I would make a setting that looks like it's missing stones.
Do I need a reason?
: )


A wide band, heavy patina, and distressed edges all keep this little lady from being too sweet.



A cracked heart hides beneath.
{{You know how well we women can smile through those.}}



Perfect, I think, with frayed fall jeans and a colorful scarf.
Out at the flea market, or the local produce stand.
Casual and flippant, but somehow a bit dark.


Modern day costume jewelry.
Fit for an urban cowgirl,
a trendsetter.
Or a traditionalist.

13 comments:

  1. damn your brilliance. i am smitten with both. just need to send moola asap... to keep in your queue. xoxoxoxo. me.

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  2. {{{{{SWWOOOOONNNNN}}}}}} that gorgeous cameo ring!!!!!!!!! Me needs it!! ;)

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  3. WOW--both so gorgeous! I love the little blue ring, but the cameo is a show stopper too. It's fun working with vintage items, I love the history and patina that the have...

    (oh, and your photos are really lovely too, with the flowered background..!)
    xo,
    Ivy

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  4. That cornflower seems to glow from within - very cool piece. That cameo is a show stopper, love the detail work along the outside and underside with the broken heart- an instant heirloom for some lucky lady. As usual, your words and photos are simply lovely.

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  5. WOWZA!!! You've outdone yourself again............beautiful, drool-worthy work.

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  6. Usually I read your posts and look at all the gorgeousness and think to myself how jealous I am of the lucky lady who will one day wear the piece you've shown-- only...this time...the lucky lady is me! I am still in awe of it and can't wait to hold it in my hands. It's weird- like I have some strange connection to this ring. But I do. I feel it.

    And that cameo!!! I LOVE IT! Every bit of it is amazing- and I have never in my life loved the BACK of a ring so much. That cracked heart was the perfect touch. The ring kind of has a mixture of sorrow and joy and pain and love... it's perfect.

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  7. The cameo is freaking gorgeous! It was all I could do not to snatch that baby up when I was at work today!

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  8. These are so gorgeous, and I am loving the back of that ring as much as the front! I am a sucker for attention to detail, and yours is amazing!
    xoxo

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  9. Both are so lovely, special and unusual.

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  10. WOW WOW WOW...both are stunning...that cameo is so special...really really amazing...you did it again young one...you did it again!!!

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  11. WOW, it's amazing!!!!! I love this ring!! ;-)

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  12. What a beautiful vintage blue ring. It is so lady like. I usually go for more bold...but I love vintage as well. And this piece is beautiful! Wonderful!
    XOXO

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