Jewelry Fabricated from Bygone Finery

LA, California

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Note from shop owner I'll be away from my shop for a bit. Maybe a month or so. If you have a necklace you really want, send me a message, and I'll see what I can do.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on May 18, 2021

I'll be away from my shop for a bit. Maybe a month or so. If you have a necklace you really want, send me a message, and I'll see what I can do.


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About MillenniumAssembly

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On Etsy since 2010

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I make jewelry out of really old jewelry . . . and other stuff

. . . like watch chains, broken brooches, sovereign holders, TootsieToys, antique house numbers from Europe, sometimes unidentifiable artifacts, and objects with odd names like treen, jeton, and scruple. I use cut steel, love tokens, burnished bronze and brass and silver. I love pieces and parts from the end of the 19th century/ beginning of the 20th (like the large gold-leaf-decorated mug and saucer I drink my coffee from that I bought in an antique store in Cleveland, Tennessee, whose owner is Laura with Fabulous Taste). I'm delving into tin, finding ways to incorporate it into my work, using pieces of deconstructed containers on their own or to complete broken antique and vintage jewelry bits.

For 12 years, my day job was copyediting, then my husband built me a studio and gave me the gift of time to pursue making just about anything to my heart's content. Before the awesomeness of designing and creating pieces for my own business, the most rewarding job I had was tutoring in the language-arts center at a university.

I like making just about anything—written, drawn, composed, painted, constructed, molded, cast, strung, thrown.

I drop more than my fair share of things, then drop another thing trying to pick up the first dropped thing. One day, I made a hatch mark on a piece of paper every time I dropped something. If those hatch marks had been sticks, they would have fueled an enormous bonfire...or a small fire for quite a while.

I love that I can create at my own pace, make one-of-a kind pieces, use the coolest parts, mix watch chains and clasps and components in the best ways possible without stopping to think "I have to save that piece for something better." I like working on my own schedule, posting items in my own time, figuring out ways to optimize my photos, and having fun with the names, descriptions and associations.

I'm constantly inspired by the amazing wealth of talent, approachability, civility and coolness of my fellow Etsians.

Pssst: It's Millennium GENERAL Assembly; there's a limit to the number of characters you can use for Etsy shop names.

Shop members

  • Maidel Margulies

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    Grew up in Tennessee. Never liked sweet tea. Went to U.T. Majored in philosophy, biology, E.T.C. Lived like a hippy on the road in a VW van & on a sailboat in the Keys. Got an M.F.A. in poetry in Miami. Now in L.A., where I edit copy & make jewelry.

  • Like a Moon or a Button

    Relief Pitcher

    "Aren't you tired of sitting at that table, dropping jump rings on my head? Let's go for a walk."

  • Mike

    Go-To Guy

    advisor and acquirer, curator and collector, inspirer and critiquer

Shop policies

Last updated on May 10, 2022
I make jewelry out of really old jewelry, salvaged curios, found objects: Victorian fobs, antique watch chains, cut-steel buckles, love tokens, toys. The materials I use are recycled, upcycled, repurposed, revived.

There are scores of stores that sell antique and vintage medals and charms and lockets and thingamabobs on chains, so why should you buy one of my pieces? Because I make them with care and attention to detail, using quality chains and strong, typically saw-cut, jump rings, and I back them with the same customer service I've offered to customers of Millennium General Assembly since April, 2010. If a necklace breaks through reasonable wear, or if a part fails, just send it back, and I'll repair it. If after you buy it, you're not happy with it, return it and I'll adjust it, do a quick change, or refund your money. I like knowing my work is out in the world, adorning happy people.

Thanks for checking out my wares!

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept exchanges or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
Because the parts I use are antique and vintage, they usually show some wear. I love the patina and handling that make these old pieces so rich to the eye. I usually field test my jewelry by wearing it for a day, so I almost always catch and fix any problems, say if a necklace tends to tangle or doesn’t lay right or reveals a weak area. If you’ve bought one of my items and it breaks because of unforeseen weakness—not through negligence or rough handling—I’ll gladly work with you to repair it or refund your money.

Is the item not what you hoped for? Contact me within 14 days of receipt and mail it back to me within 30 days in its original condition, and I'll return your payment. If you decide to return an item, please ship the piece back to me packaged carefully, with delivery confirmation.

New regulations in the European Union require me to provide a form for returns, so here's a link through which you can access Etsy's handy form (English and German pdf versions):

If you receive a damaged piece, please let me know immediately. Email me a photo of the item instead of sending it back, at least for the moment. We'd want to work with the U.S.P.S to get reimbursed. They may not reimburse if the damaged item is reshipped.
I accept payments through PayPal and Etsy's direct checkout. If you live in California or want your piece shipped to a California address, law requires I add sales tax to the purchase price. The tax will be automatically added for buyers with California addresses.
In the States, I ship via first class through the U.S. Postal Service, with delivery confirmation, to get a tracking number. Internationally, I ship U.S.P.S. first class as well, although tracking isn't available with first class, or even priority, shipping. As of January 27, 2013, U.S.P.S. is raising first-class shipping rates, so I'll be adding a shipping fee for international orders.

International orders sent first-class will often take a while to get to you, so please be patient; also, please know your country's policies on duties and fees on the receiving end—those are your responsibility.

If you'd like your package delivered more quickly, please email me prior to purchasing an item, and we can arrange payment for priority or express shipping. Priority shipping via flat-rate small package to most countries will be $19.95 as of January 27, 2013.
Additional policies and FAQs
If you'd like me to resize your necklace or bracelet, I'll happily do so. This is especially important for my shorter necklaces and bracelets, where resizing can really make a difference in a piece fitting properly.

If you're interested in layaway, contact me, and we'll figure out what works for both of us.

Want more information about a particular piece or more photos? I'd be glad to oblige.