see the new gem!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Pica Vintage Letters

About 2 summers ago, at a flea market in Chicago, I stumbled upon a bucket filled with old letters of various sizes which appeared to be made of lead. I thought these old letters, which were probably used for small signage and doors, were so unusual and would be such a cool way to wear a personalized initial necklace without the same old stamped disc look. It took me a while, but I finally had them cast in bronze and after many weeks of playing around with noxious and hopefully not too toxic chemicals, I created a hand-rubbed antiqued finish which makes these letters look old again. I drill a hole into the top and solder a nice sized ring of 18k gold so you can slip them onto different chains. I am really excited about these and so far, the response has been wonderful. I recently found another lot of letters and will be casting these along with some vintage numbers in January. I named the line Pica. Enjoy!

Monday, December 29, 2008

A New Year

Wow, I can't believe I haven't posted in over a year--I'm bad at this blogging thing! I have been busy with the store, trying to create some of our own lines and still hunting for new and interesting jewelry designers. In the past year, we have carried designers such as Ruth Tomlinson from London (show above), Basia from Canada, ila & i from Houston, kothari from San Francisco/India and a lot of reworked vintage. I will make a new year's resolution to try to keep up at least weekly with this blog.