A discussion on the Craftbritannia team pages today reminded me that I wanted to share with you my favourite piece of jewellery (with apologies to Ally!)
I found it in a little secondhandy sort of shop in Hampstead in the early 1990s and fell in love with it on the spot – I paid about £20 for it (which was rather a lot for me at the time!). The combination of sad faces and hearts really appealed to me, and still does. I love the simple design, and the way the clasp works perfectly with the design (and the clasp has never failed me, which I suppose is a sign of good craftsmanship!).
It has the makers mark Askew London on the back of the clasp, and a bit of digging on the internet turned up this:
Askew of London seemed to be in production through the eighties to the early nineties. Their vintage jewellery was often gold plated with a mix of statement necklaces, earrings, bracelets and brooches. Signed Askew of London.
Famous owners of vintage jewellery pieces to date is Keira Knightley who was spotted wearing a bracelet. Prices are rising for these named pieces.
So maybe my £20 was well spent back then?! I’d never part with it though!
On a non-jewellery front, I have a new birdie in my shop – here he is:
And I’ve also been busy making more greetings cards – I have quite a selection now! Stop by and have a peep at the Cards section of my shop if you have a spare mo! 🙂
Right, on with the housework… *sigh…*