Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Beautiful vintage jewellery reborn

As a follower of the "more stilettos than sandals" school of sustainability, I was delighted to discover the bespoke jewellery collection of Magpie Vintage. The principle is re-use - take jewellery from the first half of the 20th century, restore it and incorporate it into a contemporary design. The resulting pieces are absolutely breathtaking; I have just treated myself to a necklace very much like the one in the photo.

Don't be put off by the first impression of their website, which focuses primarily on bridal jewellery and accessories - most of their pieces would look equally at home worn with a little black dress for a formal occasion or with a white linen shirt for a casual event. The bespoke pieces aren't cheap, but they are totally unique and Magpie Vintage will even rework your own cherished pieces to give them a new lease of life.

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