Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Recycled Jewelry: Black Seagull Brooch Necklace

I often get asked where my inspiration comes from when designing jewelry - and I usually answer that it comes from the recycled beads, and vintage pieces that I use to design my line! ecocessories jewelry is a combination of precious metals and recycled materials to create one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry.

Recently I came across this amazing Seagull Brooch, which was generously recycled by a member of White Rock First United Church. This particular brooch caught my eye because it is in great condition and it's unique and flowing shape made me realize right away that it would make an amazing focal point for a necklace.

{Recycled "Sarah Coventry, 'Mr. Seagull' brooch"}

On the back of the brooch was a stamp, which is great because I love being able to research a bit about the components in my pieces to give the item an even more special story. The stamp bore the words "Canada" and "Sarah Cov". A bit of googling taught me that the company which designed Sarah Coventry was started in 1948. This line of costume jewelry was named after the owner's granddaughter, Sarah. This brooch is called "Mr. Seagull" and is a Rhodium plated brooch.

{Back of the 'Mr. Seagull' brooch}

You can see the markings on the back of the brooch in the photograph above. I knew I wanted to drill two small holes at the tip of Mr. Seagull's wings to be able to wire wrap a necklace that seemed to continue out from his wings. By attaching the brooch to the necklace this way, Mr. Seagull appears to be taking flight across your neck.

{New design by ecocessories - available in the online shop}

This is a modern, one-of-a-kind necklace design. It is a unique piece, with a beautiful story, and has a timeless, artistic appeal. This necklace could represent freedom, or taking chances and would make a great gift.

{Shop online - "Black Seagull Brooch Necklace" - recycled brooch and sterling silver chain}

The new design hangs at 18" and also features faceted black glass beads, sterling silver wire, and a signature hand forged sterling silver "S" hook clasp. I'd love to know what you think of the before and after! Comment below.

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