Island Jewels
Handcrafted Jewelry

Artful. Unique. Repurposed.

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Finding Inspiration

Working with vintage or antique metal brings me joy and drives my creative soul. So whether it's a penny, a piece of wire, a vintage silver tray, or antique sterling silver flatware, you are buying a unique piece of jewelry.  My passion is to continually come up with new designs. It can be a simple twist on a long time favourite or something entirely new.

Below are photos of some of my recent work. Visit my current designs page for pieces you can buy today.

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Pendants: $119 each Earrings: $49 Materials: Antique sterling silver (pendants), vintage silver plated tray (earrings)

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Sterling silver earrings $69 Sterling silver pendant $79

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Pendant: $79 Earrings:$69 Ring: $49

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Island Jewels About me & my jewelry
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I love creating.

I always have a design emerging in my mind. I am fortunate to have spent most of my work life in a creative environment. I do, however, spend a great deal of time in front of my computer. So I love to take a break from the screen and create some jewelry.

Most of the metal I work with is repurposed.

So whether it's a penny, a piece of wire, a vintage silver tray, or antique sterling silver flatware, you are buying a unique piece of jewelry. On this website are photos of my current pieces. My online store is currently unavailable so if you see something you would like to purchase, please be in touch via email  - or - follow me on Facebook to see some of my most recent designs. Thanks! Or if you are on Pender Island on Saturday morning, please come to the farmers market (located at the Community Hall) to say hello.

Caring for copper (and silver).

I get asked "does copper (brass or silver) tarnish?" and the answer is yes. But it is very easy to keep it bright. Simply clean it with ketchup (yes, ketchup - it is the combination of ingredients like vinegar and salt that do the job).

In the photo below, I took pictures of a necklace of mine that I let tarnish for a number of months. A blob of ketchup is applied and let sit for a couple of minutes (time varies depending on how tarnished your jewelry is), and then rinse in warm water. Dry with a soft cloth and polish with a polishing cloth and voila - like new!

 
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Photo: 

  • Tarnished (left)

  • Necklace covered in ketchup (middle)

  • Cleaned (right)