VWDJewelry

Memorial Jewelry

Charleston, Illinois On Etsy since 2010

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VWDJewelry

Memorial Jewelry

Charleston, Illinois | 65 Sales

Announcement    Greetings and welcome to my jewelry studio! Here you'll find high quality, unique, handmade jewelry. Making custom memorial pendants is my primary focus but I love making all types of jewelry. I enjoy using all the metals but work primarily with silver and gold in combination with stones, pearls, fossils and sometimes, found objects.

Every piece you order is made by me with kind of attention found only in a small owner-run studios. Your purchase will be sent beautifully packaged and ready for gift giving.

Announcement

Greetings and welcome to my jewelry studio! Here you'll find high quality, unique, handmade jewelry. Making custom memorial pendants is my primary focus but I love making all types of jewelry. I enjoy using all the metals but work primarily with silver and gold in combination with stones, pearls, fossils and sometimes, found objects.

Every piece you order is made by me with kind of attention found only in a small owner-run studios. Your purchase will be sent beautifully packaged and ready for gift giving.

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Victoria Woollen-Danner

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Victoria Woollen-Danner

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  • Elaina on Feb 6, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely a beautiful piece. I am so happy with it, and I feel greatly comforted wearing it. The communication with the artist was easy with very prompt responses that were compassionate and thoughtful. She really took time to make sure I was happy with everything along the way. I highly recommend this shop, you will not regret it! Thank you, Valerie, for a beautiful piece and such a wonderful experience.

  • Elaina on Feb 6, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely a beautiful piece. I am so happy with it, and I feel greatly comforted wearing it. The communication with the artist was easy with very prompt responses that were compassionate and thoughtful. She really took time to make sure I was happy with everything along the way. I highly recommend this shop, you will not regret it! Thank you, Valerie, for a beautiful piece and such a wonderful experience.

  • sunray on Sep 17, 2017

    5 out of 5 stars

    I decided for our 25th wedding anniversary to have a symbolic ring made for my husband and then he decided I needed a pair of earrings to commemorate our milestone. We couldn't of asked a more talented artist than Victoria Woolley-Danner to do the deed. We absolutely love what she came up with and we are honored to be able to show off such exquisite pieces! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! I highly recommend this amazing woman. If you are looking for unique quality and design, look no further!

  • mhenngzip on Mar 27, 2017

    5 out of 5 stars

    This was ordered as a gift for my sister, and is even more beautiful than in the photos! Absolutely stunning!! I will be ordering two more, one for myself and one for my mother!

  • vivian on Feb 10, 2017

    5 out of 5 stars

    Victoria is the best! She is fabulous her work is just breath taking. She made my husbands memento and she listens and it is what you want. This piece is stellar has movement and just feel good. It called out to me and it is mine!!!

  • indigogirl on Nov 2, 2016

    5 out of 5 stars

    I spent almost a year searching for the perfect pendant to store the ashes of my two boys. I really wasn't impressed with anything until I came across this one; Victoria did not disappoint. The craftsmanship is EXCELLENT. The color, weight, & shape of this pendant are perfect - it sits very well on my chest, at multiple different chain lengths. Everyone keeps complimenting how ELEGANT it is. Victoria was an absolute gem to work with, and was able to accommodate all of my requests. The pendant was shipped in a gorgeous box and wrapped in a beautiful bag - lovely presentation. Communication could have been stronger in some places. I also think it would be nice if she included a small complimentary fill kit for ashes (as most sellers do). Overall though, I couldn't be happier with my purchase and HIGHLY recommend Victoria. A++++++

  • wbnelson52 on Sep 2, 2016

    5 out of 5 stars

    I wear my custom ring everyday and beyond being a beautiful piece of jewelry and the many complements I receive .... is privately knowing of the treasure it holds inside and how special that is to me. Many thanks, Victoria, for working with me through emails to get exactly what I had hoped for and will cherish always.

    Wendy

  • ccabmac on Aug 15, 2016

    5 out of 5 stars

    I wanted something very special to have as a remembrance of my Dad and Victoria made a piece that is beautiful and will always be a treasure to me.

  • lorettany on Jun 16, 2016

    5 out of 5 stars

    As soon as I opened my package this morning, I knew this was going to be so special to me. The pendant is gorgeous--exactly as I'd hoped. Victoria is so kind and attentive--a truly special artist and person. Thank you!

  • Ashley on Apr 29, 2016

    5 out of 5 stars

    I sent a pendant to Victoria that was made by another artist-that artist completely missed the mark, my heart was truly so sad. Then I had the idea to contact Victoria (who has made other pieces of jewelry for me) to see if she would be interested in helping me remake this baby into something that actually reflected my personality and style. Of course she transformed an over worked fabricated silver cage pendant that was so not me into something that I am truly proud to wear. Her design captured all the things I envisioned...perfectly! She is so intuitive and talented. This pendant she made is incredibly unique, you can see and feel the care and craftsmanship put into each piece, it truly beams with beauty and love. I have so much appreciation and gratitude for Victoria, she truly has a gift for making exquisitely unique jewelry

About VWDJewelry

Sales 65
On Etsy since 2010

Creating Jewelry that Celebrates and Remembers

Simply put, I love working with my hands and making stuff! Luckily, I have had the opportunity to seriously pursue my passion, making jewelry.

Even though I make all types of jewelry, from earrings to bracelets, my focus has turned mainly to cremation pendant reliquaries. When I lost my mother and then my husband, I became aware that there was nothing aesthetically acceptable on the market to hold the ashes of the two most important people in my life. I discovered, too, I wasn't alone in this need. So began my line I call "Memento Vitae." Often, I make these pendants from the rings of a beloved who has been lost.

My mission is to make these "Mementos" as relevant and sacred to the family as I possibly can.

I have taught metalsmithing and enameling workshops to children and adults and have worked as a bench jeweler in a fine jewelry store, as well as at craft fairs and independently in my own studio where I often provide private tutoring.

I divide my time between Maine and Illinois where I continue to pursue metal smithing and am actively involved in craft associations in both states. Lucky me!

Shop members

  • Victoria Woollen-Danner

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    My work is inspired by the simple elegance, color and patterns of the natural world. Precious metals, gems and enamels are my primary palette. I also work with more common materials, including copper, brass, and found objects.

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Last updated on Dec 7, 2016
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalized orders

I am often asked, "How do we create a custom Memento Vitae or how do I order something made specifically for me?" My answer is, we will talk back and forth via Etsy. You can ask me as many questions as you need to! Don't worry, I will be asking you questions, too! As we talk, you will have time to reflect on what it is you want, and with a Memento Vitae, what has personal significance for you in relation to your loved one. I will do my best to incorporate your ideas into your custom piece of jewelry. I have found it to be a rewarding experience for both of us!

Care instructions

As with all jewelry, exposure to chemicals, hair products and perfumes should be avoided. Most of my jewelry can withstand a light washing in a gentle detergent. Jewelry made with a leather component is the exception.

Memento Vitae orders also include a complimentary cleaning cloth to keep your pendant looking fresh.

Gift wrapping and packaging

All my work comes safely and beautifully packaged; Worthy of gift giving!

The Memento Vitae also includes a sturdy, hinged presentation box that arrives cradled in tissue, along with a complimentary cleaning cloth in a pretty taffeta bag.