My aim is to create jewellery that is beautiful, unique and gives joy to the wearer.
I have always loved antique jewellery. The look and feel of a piece of jewellery that can be over a hundred years old is quite beautiful. The soft patina*, a few gentle bumps, the aged texture all adds a certain charm. That an item has lasted so many years and still sparkles is a testament to the quality and skill of its maker.
(*Patina – a thin layer that forms naturally on the metals copper and bronze or stone when they are exposed to the air for a long time)
Victorian Steel and Carved shell broach, forms the centre piece. A mix of hand forged sterling, pearl and vintage elements make the rest of the necklace
The hands that have held that item of jewellery, cared for and worn the piece as it passed down the years, all add a little magic – a little romance. I try to capture that romance and beauty, to bring it into a new life that can continue to give pleasure to the wearer.
There are also practical reasons for my love of the old.
Firstly the quality is usually far above anything that is mass made today. An old Georgian paste buckle is stronger, tougher and will last longer than any modern store bought sparkle!
These days, so much of our lives is disposable. Much of our legacy will be a pile of plastic cartons, plastic bottles, plastic clothes and yes plastic jewellery. This kind of jewellery is manufactured out of cheap materials in a Chinese factory, bought cheaply, worn for a few weeks and discarded broken. Sadly there will be far too few “antiques” in the future.
Secondly I feel quite passionately about individuality.
We are all unique people. Everyone is truly a one of a kind. We each have our own tastes, our own views and our own dreams.
I like to make jewellery that is totally different from what you will find in the high street.
Pagette Jewellery is for the women who wants to express herself and not follow the clones of fashion. It’s for someone who wants that unique and special piece of jewellery. Something that she knows no one else will ever have.
Heart pendent necklace. A rich mix of vintage & freshwater pearls.