I was asked to do some jewelry repairs for an old friend who basically sent me a big box of broken stuff and said 'have at it'. This is not my a normal part of my business but I agreed to try. Several of the items were easy and required only a few new findings or restringing. The challenges for me are the one of a kind and more 'commercial' pieces and what I can do to bring them back to life for her.
Several of the pieces are jet/onyx or black faceted glass pieces, reminiscent of what I might describe as faux 'Victorian Mourning Jewelry'. The necklaces themselves needed simple repairs, but she wanted me to make coordinating earrings for each set and that is the puzzle. I scoured all my usual online sources, but nothing really fit the bill. I decided to take a field trip to my favorite Thrift Stores and see if I might find anything that could be made to work.
What I came away with were 3 sets. 8 glass 8mm jet faceted glass beads ($1) from the first place . From my most fav~ CHKD shop ~Two piece Marcasite type chandelier earrings (a couple of tiny stones missing) ($2.58) and a pair of earrings with black faceted tear drops, and tiny bi-cones with gun metal findings. ($2.98). Did I mention it was 'military day' so I got an additional 20% off the 2 more expensive pairs?
Now to break them down and revamp my treasures. Tune in soon for the big reveal.