Garden Variety


When one of our all-time favorite vintage shops in town closed (we miss you already, Elizabeth!) we went for a visit at the owner's request to sift through some odds and ends she'd found while packing that she wondered if we might be able to use. In an old plastic bag were three curved celluloid ornaments. They were almost of a faint tortoise shell pattern and hue and seemed to be carved with the most magnificent floral and foliate designs, each lined with a row of pierced holes along their edge. Perhaps originally sewn onto a garment, they were fascinating and wonderful, and I happily brought the trio to the studio.

Each of them has now been incorporated in a design, and this one features one of the smaller two ornaments. Paired with three strands of polished black onyx beads, the pendant presents a classic, sophisticated, and feminine look that is timeless and elegant. The carved foliate design (hinting at a pineapple, almost) is delightful and charming, and we decided to hand-wire small, polished black onyx beads to and through the perforations that line the pendant for impact and finish. We love how it turned out and just know this one is an instant classic with quite the interesting story to tell. Measures 18.5" in length, pendant 4" in length.

$ 328.00 $ 288.00
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