by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett
I guess it shouldn't come as a (rather recent) surprise to me that I have an addiction to jewelry. I mean, I'm a person who wears 15 rings (including on both my thumbs). For a few years, one of my Dad's hobbies was making jewelry. He took courses at the (Rochester) Memorial Art Gallery. He made all kinds of jewelry, including the lost-wax process. He gave most of his pieces to my mother and me. Besides the rings (I wear 7 he made), he made pendants and bracelets.
I also wrote one in 2016.)
So ... I already had three necklaces made out of broken china. One Mr. L gave me for Christmas a few years back. I absolutely LOVED it. You can wear it as a pin or on a chain. (Obviously I like it better on a chain.)
These three pendants were in the $75+ range. and I R Cheap! Mind you, they are definitely worth the extra price. The mounts are beautiful and very sturdy. These are definitely "professional pieces.
But since I'm a sap for old china (and buy far too much of it at yard sales), I wanted MORE broken china jewelry. Actually, I broke one of my mother plates last summer and tried to find someone to make me a pendant out ofit. At the time, I came up empty so I tossed out the broken plate. (BIG MISTAKE.)
Marooned Jewelry. The pieces there don't have as "sturdy" mounts, but they are beautiful and a LOT cheaper than the others I had. We're talking the $25+ range. I immediately found one I like and -- oops! Next thing you know had ordered it. I love the pattern, love the flowers.
But a funny thing happened during the time I was waiting for the brown transferware pendant to arrive. I kept finding silver chains. I'm on an organizational kick and have been trying to get my bedroom organized. (Already have sent a big bag of clothes and a box full of stuff to Goodwill.) In all, I now have five empty chains. You know what that means ....
(P.S. Marooned Jewelry will also make pieces from your broken china. I'm almost tempted to break a plate so that I can have one made.)
BTW, as part of my jewelry organization, I bought a bracelet display stand. I made a video about it yesterday. (A little dark, but you can get the idea of what I've got. Hopefully I'll get better the more videos I make.) You can see it here. And while you're there, I hope you'll subscribe to my new YouTube Channel (Lorraine's Fun Stuff). My regular (book trailer, etc.) Youtube channel is here.
Have you got a jewelry collection?