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January 2011



There’s a bit of gypsy in all of us!

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I bet y’all didn’t know that Emelie is now a neck and hand model, did ya?

Yep, Emelie proudly lets her Izzy adorn her neck with all kinds of eclectic jewelry creations–like the vintage assemblage piece above, A Rose By Any Other Name.

Izzy is my mother, Emelie’s grandmother–for as long back as I can remember she has been a collector. Blend that with her creative soul, sharp eye, and passionate spirit and the result is some of the most beautiful, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces you’ll see anywhere.


Loretto…a Turquoise Vintage Assemblage Necklace is one of my favorites in her shop right now. In the above photo (at right) it is coupled with Turquoise Two Step, a Cowgirl Chic vintage assemblage necklace.

Inspired by Santa Fee’s stucco houses, churches and gorgeous jewelry and gemstones, Loretto is named after Loretto Chapel–home of the Miraculous Staircase.

This piece has turquoise beads purchased while my Mother visited Santa Fe this past summer, and the little vintage oxidized cross settled the necklace’s name. The substantial and ornate gold vintage filigree pendant is the main focal point of this piece. It is accompanied by a small, vintage, faux turquoise and the above mentioned cross. Round turquoise beads and freshwater pearls are wire-wrapped to a naturally aged antique gold vintage chain to finish the necklace.

Antique Brass Menagerie

This Antique Brass Menagerie Necklace Assemblage is earthy and rich with an “ancient” look. The antique brass filigree brooch was quickly grabbed from an estate sale.

My mother added vintage crystals and glass beads salvaged from another vintage estate necklace and connected a bronze lobster claw clasp to secure the necklace.

Black and Leather Rhinestone Bling

A Black Leather and Rhinestone Bling Necklace is a shout-out to motorcycle mommas like me!

Multiple strands of leather cording are looped into side openings of a vintage rhinestone shoe clip to make this sexy, choker-style vintage necklace. Two silverplated filigree beads are threaded on either side and separated by a vintage rhinestone rondelle.

Ooooh la la!


Click on any of the images, or the banner above, to visit My Mother’s Etsy shop, Gypsyology. She is constantly creating artful, one-of-a-kind pieces–a way to turn her addiction of collecting vintage jewelry, hardware, keys, beads, crystals and all kinds of “finds” into more than just an indulgence.

If you’d rather design your own beautiful creations, visit her other Etsy Shop, Gypsy Feather. There you’ll find sets of vintage jewelry and jewelry tidbits, findings, trinkets, lace and trims, buttons and beads, and several other embellishments for assemblage, altered art, collage, crazy quilting, mixed media, clothing, accessories, art dolls, fiber art, fabric embellishment, scrapbooking, journals, mosaics, gift wrapping and more…

Heather Sanders


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