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Announcement    20% off all necklaces in the shop, Dec. 3-20!

Remember how much fun it was to get dolled up and go out? Well, after nearly two years of lock-down, all the fashion magazines are in agreement--now it's time to dress extravagantly, gorgeously. As the fashion magazines say: "Pile it on...Embrace outrageous overdressing."

Indulge in a glamorous, vintage inspired statement necklace. Give yourself (or your loved one) a classic piece of exclusive hand-crafted jewelry to cherish forever. (Many of these "period" pieces are perfect for Cosplay!)

Always one-of-a-kind, made with genuine vintage components. My unique statement pieces are for women who aren't afraid of being the center of attention, and who believe--as I do--that "more is more." I'm happy to work on custom pieces as well.

So slip into that party dress and drape some vintage glamour around your neck! Be sure to follow me on Facebook, where I debut my latest work at Green Goddess Vintage Jewelry.

Announcement

Last updated on Dec 2, 2022

20% off all necklaces in the shop, Dec. 3-20!

Remember how much fun it was to get dolled up and go out? Well, after nearly two years of lock-down, all the fashion magazines are in agreement--now it's time to dress extravagantly, gorgeously. As the fashion magazines say: "Pile it on...Embrace outrageous overdressing."

Indulge in a glamorous, vintage inspired statement necklace. Give yourself (or your loved one) a classic piece of exclusive hand-crafted jewelry to cherish forever. (Many of these "period" pieces are perfect for Cosplay!)

Always one-of-a-kind, made with genuine vintage components. My unique statement pieces are for women who aren't afraid of being the center of attention, and who believe--as I do--that "more is more." I'm happy to work on custom pieces as well.

So slip into that party dress and drape some vintage glamour around your neck! Be sure to follow me on Facebook, where I debut my latest work at Green Goddess Vintage Jewelry.

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  • Julie on Jul 19, 2022

    5 out of 5 stars

    Definitely a Diva necklace! My daughter chose this necklace after searching through Etsy for her favorite. Since it was a birthday present, I wanted to display it properly, so I came up with a velvet-lined shadowbox. She loves it!

  • Unique on Jul 17, 2022

    5 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful! I love her pieces

  • Meshel on Jul 8, 2022

    5 out of 5 stars

    Gorgeously imagined & well made...as usual. I was attracted to this purple necklace, but also thought...when am I going to wear something so pastel?! But then, I did. And it was perfect.

  • Rhonda on Jun 18, 2022

    5 out of 5 stars

    I received all of my jewelry so quickly and all packaged well! I just love everything! Gayle makes superb and comfortable jewelry. I purchased over a dozen pieces and each looks fantastic and truly is a unique piece! The comfort aspect is huge and very rarely do I find a designer that considers and implements that into their designs. Further I’m just blown away with the designs, textures and combined vintage with new. The beads are so unique. I have seen necklaces that don’t even come close to these designs in boutique shops for hundreds of more dollars per necklace. I highly recommend this shop to everyone who loves jewelry with amazing designs at reasonable costs! Quality, Fashion, Uniqueness, Affordability—you have it all, Gayle! Thank you!!

  • Rhonda on Jun 18, 2022

    5 out of 5 stars

    I received all of my jewelry so quickly and all packaged well! I just love everything! Gayle makes superb and comfortable jewelry. I purchased over a dozen pieces and each looks fantastic and truly is a unique piece! The comfort aspect is huge and very rarely do I find a designer that considers and implements that into their designs. Further I’m just blown away with the designs, textures and combined vintage with new. The beads are so unique. I have seen necklaces that don’t even come close to these designs in boutique shops for hundreds of more dollars per necklace. I highly recommend this shop to everyone who loves jewelry with amazing designs at reasonable costs! Quality, Fashion, Uniqueness, Affordability—you have it all, Gayle! Thank you!!

  • Rhonda on Jun 18, 2022

    5 out of 5 stars

    I received all of my jewelry so quickly and all packaged well! I just love everything! Gayle makes superb and comfortable jewelry. I purchased over a dozen pieces and each looks fantastic and truly is a unique piece! The comfort aspect is huge and very rarely do I find a designer that considers and implements that into their designs. Further I’m just blown away with the designs, textures and combined vintage with new. The beads are so unique. I have seen necklaces that don’t even come close to these designs in boutique shops for hundreds of more dollars per necklace. I highly recommend this shop to everyone who loves jewelry with amazing designs at reasonable costs! Quality, Fashion, Uniqueness, Affordability—you have it all, Gayle! Thank you!!

  • Rhonda on Jun 18, 2022

    5 out of 5 stars

    I received all of my jewelry so quickly and all packaged well! I just love everything! Gayle makes superb and comfortable jewelry. I purchased over a dozen pieces and each looks fantastic and truly is a unique piece! The comfort aspect is huge and very rarely do I find a designer that considers and implements that into their designs. Further I’m just blown away with the designs, textures and combined vintage with new. The beads are so unique. I have seen necklaces that don’t even come close to these designs in boutique shops for hundreds of more dollars per necklace. I highly recommend this shop to everyone who loves jewelry with amazing designs at reasonable costs! Quality, Fashion, Uniqueness, Affordability—you have it all, Gayle! Thank you!!

  • Rhonda on Jun 18, 2022

    5 out of 5 stars

    I received all of my jewelry so quickly and all packaged well! I just love everything! Gayle makes superb and comfortable jewelry. I purchased over a dozen pieces and each looks fantastic and truly is a unique piece! The comfort aspect is huge and very rarely do I find a designer that considers and implements that into their designs. Further I’m just blown away with the designs, textures and combined vintage with new. The beads are so unique. I have seen necklaces that don’t even come close to these designs in boutique shops for hundreds of more dollars per necklace. I highly recommend this shop to everyone who loves jewelry with amazing designs at reasonable costs! Quality, Fashion, Uniqueness, Affordability—you have it all, Gayle! Thank you!!

  • Rhonda on Jun 18, 2022

    5 out of 5 stars

    I received all of my jewelry so quickly and all packaged well! I just love everything! Gayle makes superb and comfortable jewelry. I purchased over a dozen pieces and each looks fantastic and truly is a unique piece! The comfort aspect is huge and very rarely do I find a designer that considers and implements that into their designs. Further I’m just blown away with the designs, textures and combined vintage with new. The beads are so unique. I have seen necklaces that don’t even come close to these designs in boutique shops for hundreds of more dollars per necklace. I highly recommend this shop to everyone who loves jewelry with amazing designs at reasonable costs! Quality, Fashion, Uniqueness, Affordability—you have it all, Gayle! Thank you!!

  • Rhonda on Jun 18, 2022

    5 out of 5 stars

    I received all of my jewelry so quickly and all packaged well! I just love everything! Gayle makes superb and comfortable jewelry. I purchased over a dozen pieces and each looks fantastic and truly is a unique piece! The comfort aspect is huge and very rarely do I find a designer that considers and implements that into their designs. Further I’m just blown away with the designs, textures and combined vintage with new. The beads are so unique. I have seen necklaces that don’t even come close to these designs in boutique shops for hundreds of more dollars per necklace. I highly recommend this shop to everyone who loves jewelry with amazing designs at reasonable costs! Quality, Fashion, Uniqueness, Affordability—you have it all, Gayle! Thank you!!

About gemnorde

Sales 199
On Etsy since 2007

Wearable handmade art--one-of-a-kind statement necklaces, bracelets, and booches made with vintage components.

More than a dozen years ago, I started making jewelry--thanks to a bead shop gift certificate my husband gave me on a whim. (Little did he know!)

I look back at my early necklaces and laugh at how simple they were compared to what I make today. But right from the beginning, I absolutely loved the process of combining colors and textures. And as my work grew more complicated, I enjoyed the technical challenges as well.

About a year after I began, I discovered the gorgeous, ultra complex designs of Miriam Haskell's jewelry company, which flourished mid-century. I fell in love with all kinds of vintage components that were her designers' hallmarks--baroque faux pearls, art glass beads, rhinestones, filigree, and chain. Luckily, at that time I also discovered warehouses in NYC and online shops where you could buy the unused components from vintage jewelry makers. My course was set!

The core of my work is inspired by Haskell's designers, but I often veer into other vintage styles like Czech necklaces and the designs of the Neiger brothers. And every once in a while, I borrow ideas from tribal necklaces, especially from eastern Europe, Asia, and Africa. I treasure the variety of beautiful beads from around the world.

It is pure joy to think of my necklaces adorning more than 100 women around the country. I trust they love wearing these pieces as much as I've loved making them!

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  • Gayle Thorsen

    Designer, Maker

    I'm a die-hard EastEnders fan, an opera lover, a hiker, a collector of antique clothing, a book reader, a traveler, a meditator, a needlepointer, a seamstress, a crafter, and I most value kindness, intelligence, and humor.

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Last updated on Oct 12, 2021

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