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One-of-a-kind antique assemblage design.
Layaway is welcome should you wish to pay for this beautiful necklace by instalments.

A rare and very collectible antique French mirror pendant dating to around 1905 is the focal point of this design. The mirror pendant features the most well known of Paris’ landmarks – La Tour Eiffel. The little airship that hovers to the right of the Eiffel Tower dates this pendant to around 1905, as an expert in airships once told me this design was manufactured at this time. You might also notice a little hot air balloon floating to the left of the Tower. The delightful detail continues with a scrolling border decorated with flowers. The back features an Art Nouveau style motif of flowers (not pictured).

The pendant lid slides open sideways to reveal a mirror that is still in excellent condition. It’s possible that the mirror is a later replacement – I can’t be sure without taking the locket apart which I do not want to do. Often I see the original mirror intact, as could be the case here.

The necklace chain is handmade by me using sterling silver wire to link moss aquamarine gemstone beads, smooth round garnets, lustrous dark grey pearls and round links salvaged from a vintage French Paris souvenir bracelet. These links show the Eiffel Tower on one side and the Basillica of Sacre Coeur on the other. The necklace closes with a solid silver antique style hook clasp*.

This is a long necklace measuring 31 inches or 76 cm plus the pendant which measures 2.5 inches or 65mm long. This is a one-of-a-kind design.

Condition: The mirror pendant is overt 100 years old. It is made from silver plated brass, with some wear to the plating. This results in some of the raised areas being more brassy in colour. This wear is more noticeable on the back than the front. The mirror is almost pristine. The lid slides well and stays closed and flat. Overall condition for this locket is ‘very good’.
Shipping: All of my designs are gift wrapped, securely and safely packed and sent with tracking service for both domestic and international parcels. Shipping fees are $10 for domestic (within Australia) or $25 for international. In countries where online tracking is not offered I will send via Registered Post. Item ships from Brisbane, Australia.

* Note that the hook clasp does not ‘close’ as it is a solid hook that holds the necklace closed thanks to the weight of the design. Do not press or try to open the hook, as some customers have done in the past, as strong force might cause it to snap.

Frequently asked questions about ateliertalaru

My reproduction elements are proprietary designs and cannot be copied in any way.

Antique elements in a design are not thusly protected and, legally, could be reproduced.

If antique elements in my designs inspire you, I welcome the chance to see what you do with them. I welcome the chance to learn from other artisans, and I do not seek to control the creative expression of others.
I don't offer wholesale pricing.

I am an artisan who produces work for the retail market. Most of my work is on-of-a-kind or limited edition and not mass produced.

If I was to discount my work so you can re-sell it, then I make less for you to make more. To me this is not a good business model.

Wholesale only works where something can be produced in bulk and discounts can be offered from the economies of scale that come from mass production.

That's not what I am about.
I welcome any request to make a customised design. This could mean a completely unique design to your specifications, or an adaptation of an existing design.

If you see something in my shop that seems just about right, but needs a little tweak to make it perfect for you, please get in touch and ask me what can be done. If it's not possible I will say so, but I will consider all such requests.
You might even see something for sale in my other Etsy shop - La Comtesse de Talaru - where I sell antique French jewelry that can be incorporated into an assemblage design. Let me know if there is something in my other shop that you might like, and we can work on a design together.
I try to list measurements in inches and cm/mm. If you are not sure about converting measurements, please refer to this website where you can plug in the values and get a conversion into a measurement you are familiar with: www.onlineconversion.com/length_common.htm
Any design made with vintage and antique elements needs to be handled with care. I will never work with elements that I know are inclined to break. Everything I use in my design is, as far as I can possibly and practically tell, in excellent condition and poses no particular hazards. If something might need a caution, this will be noted in the listing - eg: with book lockets they contain paper that can rip, so be gentle...etc.

I store my own personal jewellery collection in felt-lined drawers or specialist displays that allow designs to hang. I'd advise against plonking all of your jewelry into one box and allowing it all to become entangled. Breakage could then be expected. A little effort and planning with your storage is advised.
All purchases will be gift wrapped to ensure a delightful reception upon arrival. If you are buying as a gift and wish to add a personalised card or note, just let me know and I will do this for no extra charge.

I use sturdy boxes for all of my jewelry designs, and ample bubble wrap and tissue paper. Great care is taken to ensure that your purchase will arrive safe and sound and survive the rigours of our modern postal services.
...my dog looked at me the wrong way, the wind shifted or I got a zit.

Sorry but I do not welcome requests for discounts.

To be honest, it really irks me that people love my work enough to want to own something I made, yet don't want to pay a fair and very reasonable price for it.

My work is not expensive. It is heartfelt in inspiration. It is carefully constructed artisan jewelry that has a value. If you want a discount just for the sake of it, then you are in the wrong place.

Antique assemblage necklace with Paris Eiffel Tower antique mirror locket, and handmade gemstone chain.

$325.00

Only 1 available


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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: metal, glass, gemstone
  • Ships worldwide from Australia
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