VWDJewelry

Memorial Jewelry

Charleston, Illinois 65 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars (34)

VWDJewelry

Memorial Jewelry

Charleston, Illinois | 65 Sales

Victoria Woollen-Danner

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Victoria Woollen-Danner

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.

Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
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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 kline 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!!!

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.