Over the summer, my Nonna asked me to make a necklace for my cousin S and Aunt J for Christmas. Their personal styles are very different, whereas one is spirited with a rebellious edgy flair, the other is conservative and wears very little jewelry.
It wasn’t until Aunt J gave me a large bag of discarded costume jewelry that I found inspiration for these necklaces. The jewelry came from her mother, and she thought I might like these pieces that the rest of the family didn’t want.
There was a wide assortment of costume jewelry, and in this collection was a pair of earrings. Small, clear crystal orbs – it was the perfect centerpiece: unique and stylistically versatile.
For Aunt J’s necklace, the pendant became the centerpiece in an all-black necklace. Simple in design, the earring is the main focus.
For Cousin S’s necklace, the pendant had the opportunity to be more bold. Set as the centerpiece surrounded by chains of mixed weights, the earring takes on a chic, rocker vibe.
The creation of these necklaces was a challenge, because I wanted to design two necklaces that fit the personality of the wearer while also maintaining the connection across generations. No matter how different the earring appears, it represents the strong ties of family and carrying those we love with us always.