Posted 11 years ago
For the fashionista or vintage jewelry collector, a recent trend in handmade or altered art jewelry is evidently here to stay. With the emergence of DIY in almost every avenue of life, jewelry artists and craftsment, hobbiests and collectors are breathing new life into old creations.
A search for Vintage Charm Bracelets on eBay and RubyLane brings standard results and imagery for linked bracelets made of metal with traditional symbolic and even kitschy "charms" dangling from the links. But it also produces reborn "new old stock" jewelry - in particular - bracelets. An example of such an item might feature a 1940 Coro heavy linked bracelet, with a multitude of altered jewelry now "re-purposed" into art elements or charms; a Bakelite yellow rose, a vintage victorian garnet cluster set on a filigree frame, an vintage J.J. butterfly with enamel wings, new findings dangle with faux pearls, vintage Juliana rhinestone figural, antique poured glass florals or hand wired bead clusters (formerly earrings) may all "live" together on a single new, old bracelet.
The result can be quite lovely - or a darn shame - depending on your point of view. To alter vintage jewelry is to change it from it's original merit - permanently removing a "MINT" or in tact status. For very rare items, collectors of vintage jewelry feel a sense of loss for sure.
But the trend has re-vived interest in "old masters" of jewelry design - such as Carnegie, Haskell, Lisner and Weiss. Old peices that may have never again seen the light of day become part of an ensemble cast so to speak - and themed bracelets can be quite delightful - both for the creativity of the mix and the value of the items individually or as new to you design.
Whatever your opinion on altering old jewelry is - it's certainly a trend which supports a more eco friendly manufacturing concept. Recycling and re-purposing cuts the use of fossil fuels and new manufactured item environmental wear or damage. This is achieved by claiming what has already been created for re-use.
Putting a new twist on old favorites is often an exercise in creativity and curiostity, history and social studies ~ and in this way, even when altered, preserves the past. Appreciation for the vintage creation or antiquity thus remains intact. Importantly, it also introduces the beauty of vintage jewelry, and the potential to collect and appreciate it, to a new generation with as much vitality as singular piece did in it's introductory offering so many years ago.
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