– To dull the lustre of; discolour, especially by exposure to air or dirt.
– To detract from of spoil.
– To become less enjoyable or estimable.
It’s been about a month since I came back from the Tokyo City Flea Market with a heap of vintage jewelry, and the more I look at them, the less I agree with the definition above (apart from the loss of lustre, of course, one cannot argue against that, tarnished jewelry doesn’t shine as bright as it used to).
I find tarnished to be extremely inspiring. I find that when pairing a tarnished element with anything else, both pieces tend to enhance each other’s best features.
I really like to combine tarnished metals and beads with genuine gemstones such a Lapis Lazuli, Rose Quartz, Ruby. Using different metals in one piece of jewelry is also something I tend towards. Gold and Silver, Gold and Bronze, Brass and Stainless Steel…. For some reason it all comes together in a nice balance, even if it seems like an odd combination at first.
Teaming up cloth with metal was also an experiment that gave me a lot of satisfaction. I’m very excited about the pendant in the picture below, it will feature in an Etsy listing pretty soon, you can look forward to it!
And of course I’ve got plenty more tarnished jewelry to take apart and reconstruct. I’ve been a busy bee these past weeks, working actively on setting up the first elements of the shop. Every small step needs to be learned, but I have a feeling that each of those baby steps are essential, and in the long run, one hundred, five hundred, a thousand baby steps make one big giant adult step, right?
Oh, and chouchous, look what I’ve found while I was in Kobe last week: beautiful Larimar gemstones. Larimar is a rare blue variety of pectolite found only in one place on earth, the Los Checheses mines in the Dominican Republic. Pretty exciting! I can’t wait to make some cool new jewelry for you.
Stay tuned for the opening of the Bijou Caillou Etsy store! À bientôt mes chouchous…