If you’re like me, you hold on to costume jewelry because you think eventually it will circle its way back into style. I mean, who knew brooches would become trendy again?
My latest installment of a resurrected vintage piece involves part of a shell that came home with my grandfather’s enormous shell collection from his stay in the South Pacific during WWII. I wore it as a bracelet for years. Then it languished in my jewelry drawer, no longer bringing me joy, until I was inspired by pieces made by fellow Biking Belle Tricia Sauer.
Tricia pulls off the big-necklace look easily with her height. I’ve been reluctant to go big because I think I look like I’m playing dress-up. We all have our things, you know.
Tricia did such a fabulous job with the partial shell
twisting her wire and choosing the just-right beads, Alison insisted I share it with The Gracious Posse. No longer afraid to go big, I love sporting this on-trend piece, similar in scale to Janet Gregg‘s designs
and Meg Carter‘s shelled beauties.
I thought you needed to meet Tricia and see some of her gorgeous jewelry designs.
Tricia began dabbling in jewelry design when she was helping her younger, college-aged daughter recuperate from pneumonia. To pass the time, Jenny wanted to make jewelry, a hobby she learned from sorority sisters. So they loaded up supplies from a local bead shop, and Jenny taught Tricia the basics of jewelry making. As Tricia says with a smile, Jenny went back to college, and I kept twisting wire.
Tricia’s makes her designs from 14-karat gold-filled wire, semi-precious stones and fresh water pearls, so, as she says, nothing is too precious that you worry about losing it. Her prices from from $50 to $500+. Below are a few of my favorites.
Her sales come from word of mouth, although she has sold pieces she was wearing! The VMFA gift shop carried her designs for three years, which gave her a significant boost in publicity. She doesn’t maintain a website, but if you are interested in acquiring a piece you saw in this post, or having her re-work a vintage item of your own, click here to email her.
One of the things I love most about this story is how Tricia’s daughter taught her something new. Usually it’s the other way around. We can all learn from each other, no matter the age or generation.
August 17, 2017