A New Life For Grandmother’s Vintage Costume Jewelry

July 10, 2012 § 1 Comment

Custom statement necklaces that combine vintage jewelry with new materials to create a beautiful updated look; a new statement piece from recycled costume jewelry.

Jenne Rayburn Custom Vintage Necklace

Custom Necklace with Vintage Jet Glass and Client’s 1940s Vermeil Clover Jewelry

These three lovely necklaces were custom designed at the request of a client who wished to modernize and reinvent their vintage costume jewelry while retaining the sentimental value. Each piece is carefully put together and one-of-a-kind.

Jenne Rayburn Custom Vintage Costume Jewlery Necklace

Custom Necklace with Vintage Lucite Beads and Client’s Costume Jewelry

The talents of so many craftspeople who dedicated themselves to the art of fashion jewelry design are represented in vintage costume jewelry. And, with so many styles to choose from, vintage costume jewelry is the perfect accessory for casual to formal dress. From antique Victorian jewelry of the 1800’s, to rhinestone necklaces, earrings and brooches from the 1920s to 1950s, and¬†enameled fashion jewelry, Lucite and plastic of the 1950’s and 1960s, you’re sure to find costume jewelry perfect for your style.

Jenne Rayburn Custom Vintage Bead Necklace

Custom Necklace with Vintage Gold Lucite Beads and Client’s Costume Jewelry

To collect the many unique pieces used in the jewelry collections, I spend countless hours traveling back roads and searching online, looking for vintage beads, brooches, rhinestone clip-on earrings, and distinctive jewelry that can be incorporated into my designs. In the studio, I rework these treasures, mixing the uniqueness of vintage components with my own custom designs and findings, semi-precious stones and enamels, to bring new life to timeworn materials. Taking jewelry from the past and recycling it into a contemporary work of art that can be enjoyed once again is both creatively exciting and energizing – even more fun when your client brings you these wonderful components to work with!


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