Gothic Symbolic Jewels for Autumn Whether it’s a demure little black dress, a black leather jacket or a voluminous black velvet cape, black is back and black is the canvas for symbolic jewelry of antiquarian inspiration.
News-Antique.com - Sep 01,2007 - The most compelling designs are offered by designer and historian Shelley Cooper for Sweet Romance Jewelry. This collection is called "Night Light," juxtaposed silver and gunmetal elements including hearts, daggers, crosses, cats, crowns and keys—all the fantastic signature sculptures of Sweet Romance. Loaded with silver dreams and dark imaginings, this collection melds amulets of romance and fortune with symbols of mystery and faith. Crystal prisms and circa 1960s chain styles further articulate Night Light’s edgy, sophisticated look. Layer the pieces together, black against silver, cross against dragon, swords over hearts.
In manufacturing this collection, there are a variety of vintage chains from the 1960s. There are heavy gauge etched triple ropes, delicate oval twists, sheared curbs and textured cables. Much of this stock was depleted for Night Light. Vintage glass beads from the 1940s and unusual faceted hematite stones from the 1950s are other elements that add a particular retro authenticity to the collection.
The designer, whose factory is located in Los Angeles, draws inspiration from intriguing local cultural images. Among her favorites are the tarot-like pictures used on the tickets of the Loteria Nacional. It was a French entrepreneur who was the principal promoter of this game of chance, a pastime in 1887 that became the Mexican national lottery. The origin of the 300 year old depictions is shrouded in mystery, but most allude to life, love, hope and fortune: el Corazon, la Estrella, la Calavera, la Corona – the Heart, the Star, the Skull and the Crown. These are some of the symbols used in the Night Light collection.
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