MillenniumAssembly

Jewelry Fabricated from Bygone Finery & Frippery

Los Angeles, California · 129 Sales

MillenniumAssembly

Jewelry Fabricated from Bygone Finery & Frippery

Los Angeles, California 129 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars
(56)

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Maidel

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Announcement   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.

The Elloree Assembly collection offers antique and vintage medals and charms and thingamabobs on simple chains at a lower price point than my concoctions that take more time, construction, and finagling. Yes, there are scores of stores that sell antique and vintage medals and charms and lockets and thingamabobs on chains, so why should you buy an Elloree piece? Because I make them with the same care and attention to detail I practice when assembling my Millennium items, using quality chains and strong, saw-cut jump rings, and I back them with the same 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. Look in the side navigation of my shop for a link to the new collection.

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There's a poem Denis Johnson wrote called "The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly," inspired by a sculpture of the same name that James Hampton, a janitor, constructed from scavenged and salvaged scraps. It's the only thing Hampton ever made, and it took him 14 years to complete. The American Art Museum now hosts the Throne, which fills a 27-foot space. On the wall of the garage where Hampton built his masterpiece was a sign: "Where there is no vision, the people perish."

"Jelly glasses and lightbulbs, / Metal (cut from coffee cans), / Upholstery tacks, small nails, / And simple sewing pins, / Lightbulbs, cardboard, / Kraft paper, desk blotters, / Gold and aluminum foils, / Neighborhood bums the foil / On their wine bottles, / *The Revelation.* / And I command you not to fear." --Denis Johnson

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"For everything that rises must converge." —Pierre Tielhard Chardin, "Omega Point"

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Website: http://www.millenniumgeneralassembly.com

Blog: http://millenniumgeneralassembly.blogspot.com/

Announcement

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.

The Elloree Assembly collection offers antique and vintage medals and charms and thingamabobs on simple chains at a lower price point than my concoctions that take more time, construction, and finagling. Yes, there are scores of stores that sell antique and vintage medals and charms and lockets and thingamabobs on chains, so why should you buy an Elloree piece? Because I make them with the same care and attention to detail I practice when assembling my Millennium items, using quality chains and strong, saw-cut jump rings, and I back them with the same 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. Look in the side navigation of my shop for a link to the new collection.

*****

There's a poem Denis Johnson wrote called "The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly," inspired by a sculpture of the same name that James Hampton, a janitor, constructed from scavenged and salvaged scraps. It's the only thing Hampton ever made, and it took him 14 years to complete. The American Art Museum now hosts the Throne, which fills a 27-foot space. On the wall of the garage where Hampton built his masterpiece was a sign: "Where there is no vision, the people perish."

"Jelly glasses and lightbulbs, / Metal (cut from coffee cans), / Upholstery tacks, small nails, / And simple sewing pins, / Lightbulbs, cardboard, / Kraft paper, desk blotters, / Gold and aluminum foils, / Neighborhood bums the foil / On their wine bottles, / *The Revelation.* / And I command you not to fear." --Denis Johnson

*****

"For everything that rises must converge." —Pierre Tielhard Chardin, "Omega Point"

*****

Website: http://www.millenniumgeneralassembly.com

Blog: http://millenniumgeneralassembly.blogspot.com/

Maidel

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Maidel

E.E. — antique initials assemblage necklace
$145.00
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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(56)
Lisa Urbani

Lisa Urbani on May 27, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Mai went over and above in creating the chains I wanted, really appreciated the great customer service!

Susan

Susan on Jan 24, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

This necklace is great. Love the winged horse.

Susan

Susan on Jan 24, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Quite happy with this watch chain. Carefully packed, quick ship

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About

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.

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  • 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 February 21, 2015
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.

Elloree Assembly is a Millennium General Assembly line that offers antique and vintage medals and charms and thingamabobs on simple chains at a lower price point than my concoctions that take more time, construction, and finagling. Yes, there are scores of stores that sell antique and vintage medals and charms and lockets and thingamabobs on chains, so why should you buy an Elloree piece? Because I make them with care and attention to detail, using quality chains and strong, 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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Payment
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.
Shipping
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.
Refunds and Exchanges
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? Mail it back in its original condition within a week (30 days for international customers) of receiving it, 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): http://www.etsy.com/help/article/5452

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.
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.