A good friend of the family gave me some jewelry that she didn’t want anymore and this lovely metal pendant with an Art Nouveau inspired floral design was among them. I couldn’t find out who made it or when it came form, but I thought this was a real find that needed a little elbow grease to make it a brand new piece of jewelry once again.
My inspiration for this project was Medieval and Renaissance era jewelry, since in those times, statement necklaces were the in thing to wear. Here are a few examples to check out:
I really love the drama and the craftsmanship of this type of jewelry and I felt this would be perfect for the pendant: a thick strand of large pearls and colorful beads with a tassel of small pearls dangling on the bottom.
Here is the gallery documenting the renovation:
I knotted 4 pieces of beading string to an eye pin and strung the small pearls one strand at a time. After placing some glue on the knot, I strung the larger beads in a makeshift pattern and ended them with a barrel clasp. Then I placed a bead cap over the tassel, made a loop with some pliers to the wire and secured it to the pendant.
I am really happy how this project turned out. This is more colorful than most of the necklaces I already own and I’m glad I was able to make something new out of it. The woman who gifted me this pendant was so impressed with my renovation she joked how she wished she’d kept it. 🙂
One of these days I’m going to find out what I can about this pendant because it’s too pretty to be mysterious. Till then, stay tuned!