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but there is much costume-style jewellery which also has strong sentimental value. More often than not, this represents one or two pieces and cannot be shared between the whole family. However, as this jewellery in general has little monetary value, it can be shared - so that young and old are able to have a tangible reminder of their loved one. This can be achieved by skilfully re-designing the piece or pieces into different settings, so that they can be shared by many. Pretty Old Vintage can work with you to achieve this. Erica and Gary were married on July 26th


in the Welsh mountains and I was privileged to make Erica’s wedding jewellery using vintage pearls, glass beads and a diamante brooch. Erica looped her late mother’s wedding ring through the bracelet that I made for her. She said : “I was absolutely delighted when


my package from Pretty Old Vintage arrived in the post. Claire had taken the time to understand my personal taste and style and designed a collection of beautiful and unique bridal jewellery that complemented my dress and reflected my personality. “She had given me the perfect ‘something


old’ to wear on my special day and I will treasure them forever!” For Lauren’s autumn vintage wedding, I


was honoured to make her, and each of her bridesmaids, a very special and unique bracelet, using Lauren’s late grandmother’s jewellery. Whilst at the family home discussing their requirements for this very special occasion, I made a point of asking to see a photograph of this special lady whose jewellery was to be transformed for the wedding. Whilst making my jewellery for Lauren and


her bridesmaids, it helped me to visualise the person who previously loved and owned it. Lauren’s mother was kind enough to say this about Pretty Old Vintage: “Claire’s jewellery is beautiful, she was able to use my mother’s


pearls and glass beads to create some stunning, unique bracelets. “It has been a real comfort to know that some


of my mother’s treasured jewellery is being put to good use rather than sitting in a drawer. It also has enabled me to share my mother’s jewellery with my sisters and daughters in personalised bracelets that I know they will treasure and enjoy wearing. “Claire not only has a gift for creating beautiful pieces of jewellery, but she also showed a genuine interest in my mother, wanting to see photos and hearing what she was like, the lady who used to wear these pearls and beads. Thank you Claire for offering this unique craft, your kind nature and passion for what you do is both professional and personal.” While I am based in Farnham in Surrey,


distance need not be a problem. We can have an initial conversation over the telephone to discuss your needs and ideas and even use Skype for a face-to-face ‘virtual’ meeting. Your jewellery can then be sent to me using a secure postal service and I can begin work on your treasured items. When the jewellery is complete, it is packed carefully in a padded jewellery box, which is tied with vintage ribbon and posted, again safely and securely back to your home.


I also make jewellery and hair accessories


from my own collection of carefully selected pieces of vintage jewellery so you don’t have to use your own family heirlooms. Most of the jewellery I use dates from the 1940s up to the 1970s and very occasionally I use a more modern piece of jewellery or something that is vintage-style to complete a piece. More photographs of my work can


be found at www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ PrettyOldJewellery and www.facebook. com/PrettyOldVintage. Please don’t hesitate to give me a call on 07825 604389 or email me at claire.j.gardner@googlemail.com.


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