10 October 2010


Okay, so I know I wasn't going to post for awhile, but I received a little advice from my dear friend Amy and I felt like it was a good idea to listen. Things are hard right now for my family but I must have faith and push on, that's the only thing to do. 
So, last night I was hit with some inspiration for some new designs and I just had to let you all see them. This is my first collection so to speak called "The Divine Vintage" collection inspired by what I always need to remember to have, in good times and bad, divine faith! Tell me what you think.
Oh, and bless all of you for your kind and sincere words that you left me on my last post, it was much needed and appreciated!!!


"Divine Vintage No.2"
I designed this necklace with vintage French steel beads,
yes, their actually steel! I added some beautiful vintage Miriam Haskell pearls and a vintage inspired solid pewter Holy Mother pendant. This necklace is so petite and delicate looking, so different from what I usually design.

These beads are such a gorgeous color. 
I love this necklace!!

"Divine Vintage No.1"
I designed this with the vintage Miriam Haskell pearls I got a few weeks ago. These are so rare and beautiful that I wanted what ever I designed to be really spectacular, and I think it is! The color of the pearls are a pale silvery gray and so yummy. 
I added a hand soldered glass shadow box that holds a small pewter cross on top of vintage paper ephemera.
On the reverse side is the word "croix", French for cross, that I took from a vintage French dictionary.

This has to be my favorite pendant that I've designed so far. My soldering technique is getting so much better, thank goodness. Soldering is a hard thing to master, and I'm still not there yet!

I did a little research in regards to the renowned jewelry designer Miriam Haskell and learned that her designs were highly sought after in the 1920's and 1930's by such women as The Duchess of Windsor, Joan Crawford , Lucille Ball, and the one and only Coco Chanel just to name a few. Her pieces are even more collectible today and sell for top dollar.
It makes my find of her pearls even more special and I am so excited to offer it in my designs.
I thought I'd link up today with Beth over at Gypsy Fish for Silver Sunday. Stop by her blog and check out the other sparkly participants.
I hope you enjoyed.
Have a great Sunday.


  1. Yay!!!
    I just hopped on the computer and saw you just posted, I am so happy for you!
    This necklace is my favorite so far of your designs I just love all the bobbles on it!!!
    I am just not big on religious findings, long story for another time. Anyway it is just simply gorgeous. I am sure someone will snap this up in seconds. I love the history you included with it.
    I will have to have you make me a special something soon with all your fun bobbles.
    So glad you are here!

  2. These are beautiful! You are very talented. The cross is amazing.

  3. Absolutely Beautiful ~ Keeping You in Thought & Prayer that Life gets Joyful~

  4. Hi Melinda! I sent you an email but it failed to go through. Has your email changed from the one posted on your blog? I'd really like for you to receive it =o)

    Let me know!

  5. Melinda- so glad to see this post from you. I love both of these necklaces...ALOT!
    Hope that you have a great week!
    Tammy :-)

  6. Melinda: I'm so glad that you stopped by the party today...your new pieces are amazing. It's funny but, I feel that sometimes inspiration comes in unexpected forms, like hard times...as well as the good...blessings to you and yours.

  7. Absolutely gorgeous work. Hope life gets easier soon.

  8. HI Melinda
    Thanks so much for stopping by my way... and your kind comments... I hope things sort themselves out... Sometimes life can become overwhelming,.. but I see you have your art... I know it helps me... Love your beautiful creations.. you're so talented...

    Have a wonderful week xxx Julie

  9. I love pearls I wear them all the time. Your pearl necklace is absolutely divine!!! I am glad to see that you got inspired. Just remember, take one day at a time, and take deep breathes. You'll be just fine.

  10. oh Melinda..i was so happy to see you posted today! you have so many friends here who love you and want to support you. it "lightens the load" when you allow others to share your pain. i continue to keep you and your family in my prayers.

    now..your latest creations are works of art! VEry inspiring mon amie.

  11. ...Beautiful ...Pearls....seems you have been given Pearls of Wisdom too from those who know you & want the best for you.
    I am always excited to see your blog entry on the roll and pray for you continued peace & love....

  12. Hi Melinda,
    this necklaces are wonderful. You have a good eye for combining colors and shapes to very decorative jewelry. Thank you for sharing your pretty designs. Wish you all the best.
    Greetings, Johanna

  13. You are an incredible jewelry designer!! I hope your troubles soon ease. Bless your heart.

  14. Absolutely beautiful Melinda, I am glad you can pour yourself into your 'art' it helps take the focus away from your troubles for a little while.
    Take care, you will soon be through the troubling times.
    Hugs Sandi xx

  15. I just have to tell you Melinda that your designs are getting more and more beautiful! I adore the colors you're using too. You hang in there, and keep up the amazing work! Take care, Martha

  16. Melinda, I continue to love your creativity. I shared your blog with my mom and we sat in awe as we wandered through your posts and admired your work. You are a truly talented person and an inspiration.
    I know life can be difficult at times and challenges we sometimes face are painful but sometimes the gifts we have been blessed with are what see us through those times. I lost a sister this year and through this journey I have found that creating was and continues to be almost a source of therapy. I will say a prayer of peace, blessing, and encouragement for you and your family in whatever it is that you are going through.

  17. Oh, these are gorgeous! Glad one is sold too. Welcome back! Just blog when you have time :).
    ~ Julie


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