"Friend of Souls"
faceted garnet heishi, vintage brass locket, dupioni silk
vintage German frozen Charlotte bisque doll, metal finding, vintage text, collage papers
dupioni silk, black sheer fabric
vintage text and resin filled silver charm, vintage bronze watch fob clasp and charm, vintage brass and crystal beads, vintage crystal rondelles, faceted garnet, copper
vintage bronze watch fob clasp and charm, vintage brass and crystal beads
vintage text and resin filled bezel
I tried to get good photos of this piece but these just don't do it justice. The necklace is made with a solid strand of faceted, garnet heishi. The garnets are absolutely gorgeous; deep red and very sparkly.
Inside the locket, I've set a very old, very tiny, German bisque frozen Charlotte doll. Frozen Charlottes are highly collectible. The story behind the frozen Charlotte doll is interesting. They were popular in the late 19th and early 20th century due to a song written by one William Lorenzo Carter. In the ballad, Fair Charlotte and her beau set out for a dance, some miles away, on a cold, wintry night. Charlotte's mother warns her to keep warm but apparently Fair Charlotte was more worried about appearances than keeping warm. Needless to say, mother knows best and, by the time the young people reached the ball, poor Charlotte was cold, silent and lifeless. The darling baby angel in this piece is only one inch tall. She lives inside a vintage, embossed, brass locket which is tied with a scrap of sheer black and a piece of dupioni silk. Behind her, and in the other half of the locket, is a piece of vintage text from a book of Christian poems.
The back of the necklace is almost as pretty as the front. The closure is an antique bronze watch fob clasp complete with it's original charm and a small length of chain. From the chain dangles a beautiful, faceted garnet chunk with vintage crystal rondelles. On either side of the clasp are more vintage brass and crystal beads and a silver bezel set with vintage text and resin. You'll want to wear this piece to the ball but, listen to mother, cover up and keep warm on the way!
garnet stack earrings also available on Etsy.