Monday, December 13, 2010
Day 13: Personalised jewellery from £6
If you or your loved ones can't afford a personalised Smythson notebook, fret not. I've found something better. Personalised silver and gold-plated discs from just £6.
Made by Violet Vintage, they can be stamped with an initial or any word up to six letters. I love the quirky gothic uppercase lettering and the fact that the discs are oxidised (so the letters go dark) to achieve a vintage look.
The 12mm discs are £6 for sterling silver and £10 for gold-plate, while chains start at £18.
While these discs are undoubtedly the bargain on Violet Vintage's online boutique, you'll find it hard to resist everything else on offer. It's a virtual treasure trove of vintage and antique jewellery (from late Georgian to early 1970s, including Victoria lockets and charms and Art Deco rings), reworked vintage items (brooches redesigned as necklaces, charms hung as pendants) and new vintage-inspired pieces.
The beauty of this site is that Violet Vintage has trawled all the antique centres, vintage fairs/markets/shops and auctions for you. So, with the legwork done, you get to browse the most carefully selected and impeccably sourced vintage and antique jewellery online. The best bit? You can find a unique piece at an affordable price.
Now, if you thought receiving a blue Tiffany box was special, then you'll adore Violet Vintage's exquisite packaging. Its signature deep violet gift boxes come with matching velvet pouches and even the enclosed notelet is as pretty as can be.
'My aim was to make it possible to have a truly special piece of vintage jewellery delivered as a gift for the same price as a nice bunch of flowers,' says Lucy Skinner, the founder of Violet Vintage. I think that she has truly exceeded that.