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.
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