Musings

Sweet Words of Encouragement

Sweet Words of Encouragement

  Our lives are incredibly busy. So when someone takes the time to send a review I feel incredibly blessed. As a one-woman-show I don’t have anyone nearby to say, “Oh, I love how that came out!” or “You might want to rethink THAT design . . .” I simply rely on my own taste, gut feeling, sales, and words from sweet clients like this one.  Here’s her entire review: I now own 5 necklaces from The Elegant Muse. My new one, which was a Treasure of the Month, is now my new favorite. It is absolutely stunning. But the beautiful thing about...

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Princess Diana, Swan Lake and Pearls

Princess Diana, Swan Lake and Pearls

What do swans and pearls have in common? Both are known for their beauty and elegance, as was one who showed her appreciation for both in quite a unique way - the iconic beauty herself, Princess Diana. In 1997, the Princess of Wales attended the British National Ballet’s gala performance of Swan Lake. No one knew it at the time, but it was one of her final public appearances. For the event, the crown jeweler Garrard created a spectacular custom pearl necklace based on Diana’s own design. Earrings were also created but, sadly, not completed before her untimely death. The...

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A Mom’s Heirloom Cross Repurposed into a Pearl Necklace

A Mom’s Heirloom Cross Repurposed into a Pearl Necklace

Do you have an antique or vintage cross tucked away in a drawer that you’d love to wear in a new way? This one belonged to a beloved Mom and was quite lovely even when tarnished. After a bit of polishing I stitched it onto a chain of creamy white pearls and created a bracelet and earrings to match. A new heirloom from an old one! If you have a treasured cross tucked away and would like to wear it again, feel free to email me at suzanne@theelegantmuse.com - I look forward to hearing from you!

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Birthstone Vintage Upcycled Pearl Necklace

Birthstone Vintage Upcycled Pearl Necklace

Can you create a peridot vintage piece for my sister’s August birthday? The real question was, did I have a vintage piece with peridot stones? Green happens to be my favorite color, but I’ve found I’m in the minority about that! Sifting through my treasure trove I found exactly one piece with the lustrous light-green peridot hue.  It was originally an earring, so I removed the clip, did some sanding, and added a piece to make the backside a bit more elegant. Then, hand stitching onto a string of delicate pearls, this one-of-a-kind vintage August birthstone necklace was done! It’s...

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Dad's Buffalo Pin Becomes Repurposed Necklace

Dad's Buffalo Pin Becomes Repurposed Necklace

    Do you think you could make something with my Dad’s old, Army battalion buffalo pin? I’ve learned to “never say never,” but it was awfully tempting. This client is stylish and elegant - why would she would want to wear a buffalo pin? So of course, I had to see it. We connected and she passed the pin onto me. She and her Dad have a close relationship and she really wanted something of his as a memory piece. Not only that, but she also works for the National Park Service, so what would be more fitting than a...

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