KimGernsbacherSwiler

Divine Reinvention

Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Announcement    Kim Gernsbacher Swiler is the face and hands behind Divine Reinvention. Having been born and raised in New Orleans by a British Mom, having travelled to Europe several times over the years, later having lived in New York and now living in Minneapolis since 2000 have all contributed to my love of antiques and vintage things and to years of collecting, researching, reassembling, repairing and rejuvenating jewelry pieces once considered castoffs. Some of my pieces are "as is" vintage or antique, some are Divine Reinventions that incorporate vintage parts and some are brand new creations made with new materials. From semi-precious stones to pearls and sterling silver to rhinestones, faux stones and even plastic, I work with it all. I hope you find something here to tickle your fancy!

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Last updated on Jan 18, 2021

Kim Gernsbacher Swiler is the face and hands behind Divine Reinvention. Having been born and raised in New Orleans by a British Mom, having travelled to Europe several times over the years, later having lived in New York and now living in Minneapolis since 2000 have all contributed to my love of antiques and vintage things and to years of collecting, researching, reassembling, repairing and rejuvenating jewelry pieces once considered castoffs. Some of my pieces are "as is" vintage or antique, some are Divine Reinventions that incorporate vintage parts and some are brand new creations made with new materials. From semi-precious stones to pearls and sterling silver to rhinestones, faux stones and even plastic, I work with it all. I hope you find something here to tickle your fancy!

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About KimGernsbacherSwiler

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Kim Swiler has always had a fascination for vintage, antique and unique items. Making jewelry from almost anything since the 1980s, in the 90s she stumbled upon a large collection of vintage Czech glass Mardi Gras beads at a New Orleans estate sale. Seeing the many broken strands and loose beads at the bottom of the bag inspired her to restring them in an entirely different way. The Mardi Gras Rosary was born, made with these authentic, rare beads. You see, these glass beads, used as Mardi Gras parade throws, were phased out in the late 60s and into the 70s, making way for less expensive and more readily available plastic beads. Over the years the glass beads have become more and more scarce, almost non-existent since Hurricane Katrina wiped out so much of New Orleans's collective possessions. As a way to contribute to the huge losses from Katrina Kim auctioned off several rosaries and donate all proceeds to New Orleans charities. As well as making rosaries, Kim has branched out into refashioning other vintage pieces into new necklaces, bracelets, earrings and other designs. Hours are spent searching for rare finds at estate sales, online, at flea markets and in thrift shops. Kim also accepts commissions from those who have keepsake pieces, perhaps an orphan earring that once belonged to a grandmother, maybe a collection of antique buttons, lockets or charms, which she fashions into unique new creations. Owners are thrilled to be wearing these meaningful gems after having them hidden for years in jewelry drawers out of sight! Kim's eyes keep looking and her hands remain busy working on new divine reinventions everyday!

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  • Kim Gernsbacher Swiler

    Owner, Designer, Maker

    Born and raised in decadent, elegant, fun New Orleans, I have also lived in North Carolina, New York and now Minneapolis since 2000. Wherever I go I am on the constant lookout for the old, unusual, beautiful, strange and obscure.

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  • Divine Reinvention

    Edina, MN

    Independent jewelry co.

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Last updated on March 4, 2011

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