News-Antique.com - May 10,2012 - Artist Shelley Cooper looked no further than the garden in springtime for inspiration to create her jeweled pansy collection in a dimensional, three layered construction. The fresh and complementary color palette is hand lacquered before colored Swarovski crystals are pave set on the entire surface of the flower, defining the sculptural form of the center, front and back petals.
“Jewelry designers set small faceted gems close together so that no individual stone stood out,” explained Cooper. “It looked like a surface paved in jewels and the technique came to be known as pave’.”
Victorian pins and earrings featuring a pansy and made between 1880 and 1900 were often meant to convey a message of “fond remembrance” according to a Victorian-era book, “The Language of Flowers.”
“It wasn’t considered at all impertinent for a Victorian gentleman of pure intentions to present a tiny pansy pin to a lady of his admiration,” said Cooper who is a jewelry historian as well as a designer.
Pansies remained a popular jewelry theme into the new century as it was translated into porcelain, metals and jewels. By the early 1930s it was the marriage of glass stones in standard colors and sizes with exquisite work in base metal that launched the rage for costume jewels. The engaging styles at Sweet Romance pay tribute to the long history of this delicate bloom with pave crystals and hand enameled petals mingling with glass beads and satiny pearls.
Sweet Romance Jewelry Manufacturing is an American design house and manufacturer producing the jewelry lines of Sweet Romance and Ollipop. CEO Shelley Copper is an artist, designer and historian who weaves history, beauty and imagination into jewelry designs which radiate the authenticity and spirit of many eras of fashion history. Her lines are sold to retailers and wholesalers worldwide as well as through the online jewelry boutique at sweetromanceonline.com and shelleycooper.com.