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My Grandmother's Closet is inspired by my grandmother Pauline, who would trawl estate sales, garage sales, antique markets, etc, looking for pieces that needed a bit of TLC to create her own unique style of jewellery. After many years of (not so) patiently waiting, my mother finally turned Pauline's collection over to me, and I've been inspired by her creativity and ethos ever since!

As my pieces are crafted using vintage and antique beads, there will be flaws and signs of wear, but this lack of perfection is, in my very humble opinion, what makes vintage jewellery so special. As older beads are more likely to be artisan made, shape and size of the beads are not always uniform, adding to their beauty and unique-ness. In describing my pieces, I will always be forthcoming about nibbles, flaws, etc, but I hope you will find as I do that these only add to their charm!…

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  • Female
  • Born on July 5
  • Joined March 17, 2012

Favorite materials

Glass, crystals, semi precious stones, sterling silver, Murano glass

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About

My Grandmother's Closet is inspired by my grandmother Pauline, who would trawl estate sales, garage sales, antique markets, etc, looking for pieces that needed a bit of TLC to create her own unique style of jewellery. After many years of (not so) patiently waiting, my mother finally turned Pauline's collection over to me, and I've been inspired by her creativity and ethos ever since!

As my pieces are crafted using vintage and antique beads, there will be flaws and signs of wear, but this lack of perfection is, in my very humble opinion, what makes vintage jewellery so special. As older beads are more likely to be artisan made, shape and size of the beads are not always uniform, adding to their beauty and unique-ness. In describing my pieces, I will always be forthcoming about nibbles, flaws, etc, but I hope you will find as I do that these only add to their charm!

I always aim to be as knowledgeable about the age of the beads I use as possible, but I am not an expert. When I have a general idea of era, I will include that in my description. My own working definitions of "antique" and "vintage" are: Antique beads are late 1800's - early 1900's, and I rarely find them earlier than that! Vintage beads are 1920's - 1970's. I'm still too close to the 80's to truly consider them vintage, and anything after that - no way!! If I do get it wrong, it is always an honest mistake!

For the most part, I use:

Vintage: glass, crystals, semi-precious stones, pearls, amber, sterling silver and findings when condition allows. I love Venetian and Murano glass beads and seek these out to work with whenever I can!

Modern: Swarovski crystals, semi-precious stones, pearls, glass and modern findings of .925 sterling, gold-filled or vermeil.

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