Jewelry Fabricated from Bygone Finery

LA, California

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MillenniumAssembly is taking a short break


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 Aug 4, 2022

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 January 23, 2023
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!

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Cancellations: not accepted

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