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Grandma’s Necklace

When my grandma found out that I was using vintage jewelry to create new upcycled necklaces, she opened up her jewelry box and pulled out a deep blue object and handed it to me. She said, “This was mother’s,” and asked if I could make it into a necklace for her. Of course, I was honored that she would entrust me with a piece of jewelry that belonged to my great-grandmother.

 

I looked down at what she had handed me and it was a single earring that had been a clip-on, but the clip was broken off.  This represented more than just a piece of costume jewelry to me. So I set off to work on designing a necklace that would respect the beauty of what this piece represents for our family.

 

 

After experimenting with multiple design ideas I landed on a simple, navy blue, glass pearl strand with translucent, gray, faceted, accent beads. I added a magnetic clasp and now, instead of this broken clip-on earring collecting dust, my grandma can wear this heirloom necklace and remember her mother.

Would you like Sarah to create an heirloom necklace from your family jewelry?
Contact sarah@sarahmariejewelry.com for more information.

 

SMJ is now upcycling vintage jewelry into beautiful necklaces!

Do you have any unused (even broken) jewelry or beads?
SMJ would LOVE to have it.

Glass beads, brooches, chain, pendants, glass pearls, pearls, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, etc.

 

Sarah is turning these pieces into beautiful, new, re-imagined necklaces.

If you have any items to donate please contact sarah@sarahmariejewelry.

Supporting Sarah

These last few months have come with many challenges. A recent hospital stay revealed a new diagnosis. [You can read about my health journey here.]  With this new diagnosis I’ve not been able to return to my regular job and with mounting medical bills, we are feeling the financial strain.

This diagnosis comes 10 years after my cancer journey. It was 10 years ago that I began making jewelry as a creative outlet and a way to bless those who were caring for me during that difficult time. Today, I am thankful to say that I am cancer-free. Praise the Lord!

In this new journey to health, as I return to this beautiful art of jewelry-making, I thank you for joining in support. Your purchases help cover medical bills and basic needs.

If you would like to donate additional funds above your jewelry purchase price, or would simply like to donate to #SupportingSarah, you can use the donate button below. Thank you!




It may be too late to ship by Christmas…

…BUT, it’s not too late to order a gift certificate!

SMJ gift certificates can be emailed directly to the recipient or printed out by the giver.

To order your gift certificate today visit the gift certificate tab above.

Jingle Bell Necklaces
Jingle Bell Necklaces  

Give the gift of beautiful, hand-made jewelry this year.

As the holidays roll around again this year…

…take some time to browse great gift-giving options at SMJ.

We have everything from a bookmark stocking stuffer….

"star" fish bobber fishing lure bookmark
“star” fish bobber fishing lure bookmark 

….to a dazzling showpiece of a necklace.

Champagne Quartz Crystal and Faceted Glass Necklace
Champagne Quartz Crystal and Faceted Glass Necklace

SMJ teaching jewelry-making in the DR!

SMJ goes international! Sarah had the amazing opportunity to teach jewelry-making in the Dominican Republic. This is just one way that she passes along a gift that keeps on giving. Teaching a skill like jewelry-making to others offers a way for these individuals to earn money for their needs. The creativity of the Dominican people amazes me. In no time, these participants will surpass my skill! A HUGE thank you to Fire Mountain Gems and First Baptist London WMU for providing tools, beads, and jewelry supplies for these classes.

SMJ to lead jewelry-making workshops in the Dominican Republic

A special thanks to Fire Mountain Gems and the First Baptist London WMU for their donations toward Sarah’s mission trip. These items will be used in the workshops offered and will stay with the participants so that they can continue to make jewelry as a means to raise funds.