The silver bird necklace already had quite a history. The lovely charms came from a necklace my client’s father got for her mother instead of an engagement ring. Meanwhile, as my client is originally from Australia, the opulent pearl had already been around the world before it made its way to me here in Paris. I almost lost my life when she later told me that the pearl alone is worth a few hundred euro. Only now will I admit how close it came to being incorporated in another necklace and sold for 30 quid.
Meanwhile Amber is wearking a necklace into which I incorperated a tiny ivory ring that she was given by her boyfriend's mother. The large green necklace and the ivory, ebony and silver necklace came about when a client handed me an enourmous bag of tangled and broken beads and jewelry. She and her parents often traveled in Burma and while the jewelry they bought there was often georgous and made from fantastic stones, the strings were often quite weak and soon broke. However I was in bead Heaven creating these and a number of other pieces.
Meanwhile the amber necklace had been, in its first incarnation, been given to my second collector for her 18th birthday by an aunt. Unfortunately, due to unreliable old clasps, it had spent a number of years tucked away in a drawer before being sent to me. Now I’ve refashioned it not only into an opulent necklace and earrings for my collector, but also into a light and airy necklace for her niece’s 18th birthday.
I rather like the idea of the niece, in years to come, telling her niece how her aunt sent the amber to Paris Dilettante to create a new necklace. They will then laugh gleefully, as at that stage, a vintage piece of personally made Paris Dilettante jewelry will be worth THOUSANDS, especially if still in the original hand decorated box…well I can dream can’t I?