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My name is Violette Noble and I am an artist who loves to search far and wide for bits and baubles whose origins may not be fully known but are always antique, rare, eclectic or just plain odd. I use these fantastic finds in all my jewelry designs and each piece is created by me and is entirely unique.

I like to imagine that I live at the height of a technological era in a fancifully Steampunk London. Feel free to take the time to walk the streets of the city and experience the backdrop to my art. As you begin you will notice the magnificent airships soaring overhead and lose yourself to the whimsical street performers and artisans of the Gearworks District. Further yet, you will pass by the Grand Magna Opera House filled with the sights and sounds of extraordinary plays and magical performances or tread along the vast docks that span Steamworks Port. And if you dare, cautiously…

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  • Female
  • Born on April 1
  • Joined September 27, 2008

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Antique jewelry, vintage clock and watch parts, gears, wheels and cogs, Metal fragments from vintage time pieces, small machinery or antique mechanical conveniences, Very old game pieces, antique lace and vintage wooden boxes, Anything antique, odd, unusual or rare

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About

My name is Violette Noble and I am an artist who loves to search far and wide for bits and baubles whose origins may not be fully known but are always antique, rare, eclectic or just plain odd. I use these fantastic finds in all my jewelry designs and each piece is created by me and is entirely unique.

I like to imagine that I live at the height of a technological era in a fancifully Steampunk London. Feel free to take the time to walk the streets of the city and experience the backdrop to my art. As you begin you will notice the magnificent airships soaring overhead and lose yourself to the whimsical street performers and artisans of the Gearworks District. Further yet, you will pass by the Grand Magna Opera House filled with the sights and sounds of extraordinary plays and magical performances or tread along the vast docks that span Steamworks Port. And if you dare, cautiously stride through the massive factories of the Core, heart of the Clockwork Guild’s operation.

Read on and enjoy my fantasy biography.

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I was born Violette Anne Noble on April 1st, 1870 in a humble, unassuming cottage that my parents had called home for many years. A retired doctor, who was unknown to my family, was sent a telegraph about my Mother’s impending condition and shortly after arriving, delivered me without incident.

We lived in a part of London that was on the outskirts of what is now considered The Gutter. My parents were not people of wealth but we always had enough good food to eat and a home where love reigned.

My father was a quiet man and skilled mechanist who worked for most of his life as a technician under the employ of the Great Clockwork Guild in the Core District. Throughout my early childhood, I looked forward to the days that my father would bring home a broken trinket or a mechanical gadget from work. On rare occasions he would salvage a small treasure that had been destined for one of the many incinerators within the Core. He would bring it home and we would spend many happy hours tinkering with it until we were able to bring it back to life. Many times the gadget would not be used for its intended purpose as we would even dismantle it and use the fragments on the next treasure he rescued. It was never about the end result but was only about fixing something that was broken and trying to find a way when no one else believed there was one.

My mother was a beautiful but simple woman who worked as a servant for the Melbourne Estate located in Halifax Park. When I was 8 years of age, my mother, who had always had a bit of a green thumb, was promoted to the position of personal gardener for Lady Melbourne. I remember spending many summer days as a child frolicking in the expansive gardens that my mother was charged with maintaining. Although I do not remember much of the Lady Melbourne during those early years, I am told that she took an immediate liking to my bold manner and strong personality. Lady Melbourne was not blessed with children of her own and I sensed a kinship with her for she enjoyed hearing about my “dramatic” childhood adventures. Throughout my primary school years, the Lady would inquire about my education and how I was fairing with the other boys and girls my age. She would always listen intently when I would tell her of my interest in art and mechanical artifacts. After my primary schooling ended, the Lord and Lady Melbourne approached me and extended to me an extremely generous offer. Their gift was a full scholarship to the University of London. I was overjoyed to accept their offer and began working toward a degree in Art History.

Shortly after graduating from the University, I was fortunate enough to secure a position as an attendant for a small unknown art gallery in which Lord Melbourne had a small financial interest. The gallery was called The Mechanical Rose and was located in the center of the Clockwork District. We quickly gained notoriety for our exhibition of a form of metal sculpture that was popular at the time. However, at some point we began taking on artists whose talent was in question. When we began losing clientele, I inquired with Lord Melbourne as to why we were taking on artists such as these. Although he was vague with me at first, Lord Melbourne did eventually confess that he had been in partnership with the Dunsany Family Company for some months and that he had been given specific artists that they required him to feature at The Mechanical Rose. I am in favor of prosperous business ventures but partnering with the Dunsany Family is a dangerous game and not one I want to play. Seeing this state of affairs at the Rose, I quickly tendered my resignation to Melbourne. Both Lord and Lady Melbourne were not pleased with my decision and took my actions as a sharp betrayal. Regardless of how I was perceived, I could not in good conscience continue to work for a company that was so closely associated with the Dunsany Family.

During the next few years I explored many endeavors to keep coin in my purse. I worked for several rival art galleries of The Mechanical Rose, using my knowledge of their business practices to give my new employers an advantage on their competition. Later on, I worked for a short time as a personal assistant for a rich socialite that thought himself a talented artist. I might hasten to add that he certainly was not. I even worked briefly for a rare book dealer that specialized in blueprints, manuals, and writings from the great Baron Alastair during the early parts of the Steam Revolution period.

All of my previous career pursuits ended one glorious day a few yearo ago when I was finally able to establish my own studio. With the purchase of a small neglected workshop on the edge of the Clockwork District, Noble Studios Ltd was born. Far from the hustle and bustle of Stark Street, Noble Studios Ltd is close to the docks of Steamworks Port. Maximizing every inch of this modest location, the building is now equal parts office, workshop, storefront and the second story loft serves as my humble abode.

Since establishing Noble Studios, my earnest desire has always been to procure for my clients those special novelties and trifles that they will fall in love with. I search far and wide for those bits and baubles whose origins may not be fully known so if it’s antique, eclectic, rare, or just plain odd, chances are good that I deal in it. You may happen upon my studio while window shopping or hear about us from places afar. No matter what good fortune brings you here I am always committed to creating the highest quality experience for you. As you peruse every nook and cranny you will find that the entire shoppe holds all manner of hidden treasures. You might uncover them in steamer trunks that are overflowing with elaborate enticements, on shelves laden down with shimmering mysteries, in gilded display cases holding precious ornaments in or carved wooden boxes filled to the brim with lavish adornments. Feel free to lose yourself in the array of beguiling inventory and be prepared to find that truly “one of a kind” treasure that you cannot live without!

If I can be of any assistance please do not hesitate to ask.

Faithfully yours,
Violette Noble, Purveyor
"Antiquites, oddities & rarities."


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