The Elegant Muse Blog

Vintage Style Dangle Earrings are SO Light Weight - Even I Can Wear Them!

Vintage Style Dangle Earrings are SO Light Weight - Even I Can Wear Them!

In my younger days I always wore dangle earrings. I loved the sweep and movement of them, especially when I wore my hair up (which was most of the time as I was a ballet dancer!) As I grew older I just didn’t like the weight of dangle earrings so opted for posts (pearls, of course). But then came the idea for my Belle Earrings. So lightweight I hardly know I have them on! Named after my dear daughter (and not the Disney princess!) I love their movement, their warm antique gold tone, and the pearl or black jasper drops...

Read more →


Do You Love the Colors of Autumn?

Do You Love the Colors of Autumn?

It's my favorite time of year - so filled with anticipation of all the holidays packed into a short, three-month span. I'm richly blessed to live in an area where the changing leaves grace each day with their brilliant colors. The variety of hues never cease to amaze me, and I always feel a touch of melancholy as they peak then begin to fall (which means it’s time to rake them up). Then we wait for the first snowfall . . . The Amber necklace reminds me of Autumn though it may, of course, be worn any time of year. It’s...

Read more →


Adding a Chain Choice for Antique & Vintage Jewelry!

Adding a Chain Choice for Antique & Vintage Jewelry!

Though my first love will always be pearls, I’ve decided to mix it up and add some pieces with metal chain in place of my signature hand-stitched pearl chains. A girl can never have too many choices, right? Little did I know the vastness of the world of chains! I've had a ball searching for actual vintage chain, vintage-style chain and everything in between. It’s quite distracting! But in the end, I’ve found a few styles of chain I adore (no doubt making my pearls jealous) and feel blend beautifully with my designs. They’ll be available soon so be sure to...

Read more →


Cupid Antique Button Necklace - a Tiny Work of Art!

Cupid Antique Button Necklace - a Tiny Work of Art!

Antique picture buttons are tiny pieces of art, and this Victorian-era Cupid button is no exception! The exquisite details of the Cupid, the boat, and even the background architecture are truly a marvel. Long known in art and literature as symbols of romantic love, I seem to find cupids everywhere - paintings, notecards, figurines, garden sculptures - and they never fail to delight. I'm excited to begin adding some to my online store! Learn more about the Cupid Antique Button necklace here.

Read more →


Antique Grape Buttons Transformed into Earrings

Antique Grape Buttons Transformed into Earrings

Did you know that there are over 11,000 wineries in the USA? Here in Virginia we have over 300 and visiting a winery is one of the most popular things to do year round. Wineries are also chosen as wedding venues due to their often spectacular country views. When I spotted this pair of antique grape buttons, I knew they would make a perfect pair of earrings - whether worn to a winery, lunch with friends, or a special date night. So raise your glass - merlot, chardonnay, malbec or rosé - to your next winery visit! And click here to learn more about the...

Read more →