Wednesday, January 20, 2016

My Latest Inspired Antiquity Platinum Conversion

You know how the minute you see an antique or vintage piece of jewelry that is no longer in fashion but you just can't get it out of your mind?  Inside you somewhere, you just know that is was meant for something else?  Something greater?  Something new?

Well, the first time I saw this vintage platinum and diamond tie tack when I was small, I just knew it was destined to be something else...something even more distinctive than it is.  Unfortunately, in today's world, men just don't wear tie tacks or tie clips in the way that they used to.  (Which, frankly, I think is a shame but the upside is that there are some fabulous tie tacks out there just waiting to be found and re-purposed!)  So why not re-purpose those bits of eras past into something with an amazing new life?


In it's original form, this little tie tack appears as a tiny shovel.  It's difficult to tell in the photos but the 
blade of the trowel features a wonderful kite shaped diamond while the handle is an elongated trapezoid cut.

This amazing little tie tack is something that I’ve been holding onto for quite some time now – waiting for inspiration to strike.  I had considered a ring with the little Masonic trowel sitting east-west on the finger.  I even contemplated it as both north-south facing ring and a bit askew.  But none of the ring designs really just stuck.  Don’t misunderstand, they were all quite lovely but just not the extra-special ‘something’ that I was going for.   So, I let it sit in my jewelry box gathering dust and waiting to be taken out again.


A peak into my sketchbook to see the conversion before it became a reality!

Then! It. Happened.  I came to me!  I sketched out a little off-centered platinum necklace with three eyeglass stations that each hold a little 0.12ct diamond.  Now, I just had to find a master jeweler who could execute the design just as I was seeing it in my head.  So, of course, I headed over to one of my favorite jewelry stores in Kansas City – Tivol.

Digging along!  My little trowel is on the move...

The result…My little Masonic trowel has now become an arrow on the move.  It’s a perfect little daily wear platinum necklace that is a bit unexpected and a bit irreverent.  It gives the feeling of a stylized arrow traveling around the neckline.  And I love the addition of the little eyeglass stations throughout the chain - like they are waiting to be pierced.  


What I really like about this necklace is that it lies off-centered which gives the illusion of motion around the
neckline.  Like life itself, the arrow appears to be in a constant state of forward motion from one obstacle to the
next like the little diamond stations 
themselves.

I truly enjoy repurposing vintage jewels into something that has a new life.  “Waste not, want not,” as the old saying goes.  And in this case, I couldn’t be more pleased with the results!  Not to mention, I am looking forward to, one day, passing this beauty on to another beauty in my life...my little niece!

Onward & upward!


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