The Estate of Grace collection springs from a fabulous concept: new necklaces, and rings and bracelets all made from elements of authentic antique Victorian, Art Nouveau and Art Deco stickpins and brooches.
“The collection is inspired by my passion for jewelry that has history and character. I have gathered and re-interpreted magical treasures and trinkets with symbolic motifs and messages. In the present, each of these pieces can be completely personalized and take on different meanings, depending upon the woman who wears them.” – Beth Bernstein on the inspiration for the Estate of Grace collection.
The pieces are each a one-of-a-kind blend of old and new, allowing the antique pieces to live on in a modern setting and be beloved by a new generation. It’s also very artfully done – the new settings really allow the antique elements to shine, adding a new tweak or twist here and there to emphasize and accentuate.
I think it’s all very romantic and that any piece of this collection would make an amazing gift. They’re also absolutely beautiful.
This is the “honeymoon” pendant. It’s made from a 14k gold Victorian stickpin of a moon with a diamond-studded flower perched on top of its crescent. The silver chain is embellished also – partway up on the right you’ll notice a diamond bezel, which ties in nicely to the center of the flower. There is additional diamond embellishment on the clasp.
This one’s a particular favorite of mine. The antique element comes from an Edwardian stickpin – it’s a 14k white gold circle studded with pearls and embellished with delicate diamond-accented floral details. The chain is white gold as well. It’s simple but very lovely and entirely unique.
This piece was originally a Victorian stickpin – the original element, of course, is the twining snake. The snake is 14k gold and embellished with pearls. You can see that a little ways up the silver chain Beth has added a single pearl framed in two gold links, to tie in the pearl motif on the snake and add visual interest.
The love knot pendant: here, a Victorian 14k gold love knot centered by a vibrant opal is suspended from an oxidized sterling silver chain.
This 14k gold forget-me-not wishbone pendant is composed of a lovely, delicate gold wishbone with a sprig of pearl and enamel forget-me-knots resting inside it. The chain is embellished with four pearls (only two are shown in the picture).
For more information about the brains behind this beautiful collection, check out Beth Bernstein’s memoir, My Charmed Life.
The Estate of Grace collection is currently available through the following retailers: Greenwich Jewelers, New York City; Zaver & Mor, Berkley; Gallery of Jewels. San Francisco; Lee Krombholtz Jewelers in Cincinnatti; and Palas Jewelers, Atlanta.
All images and info in this post are thanks to Communique L.A. and Beth Bernstein.