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Addicted to vintage... We are designer/makers based in the South of England with more than a slight obssession with vintage jewellery. Its past life. Its secret history...one careful owner or three? Who knows...but we just can't resist it or the urge to recycle it. Rework it. Repurpose it. Re:design it, into unique handcrafted contemporary pieces for the 21st century woman...well we can't wear all of it ourselves. That would be selfish (apparently).

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

re:designed for...Clare

Don't you just love friends?!  We do.  Ours are busy social butterflies who need accessories to complete their latest fashion looks for the next must-go-to event.  

Clare recently commissioned a necklace to wear at her son's christening, after seeing Karen's commissioned neckcandii on our blog.  Her brief: something special for the occasion, a unique necklace that you won't find on the high street, that you could wear again and that complimented her pink and orange Per Una dress.

We gave her 11 designs/colour-ways to chose from and this is the end result...

commissioned couture neckcandii

A unique hand knitted wire work necklace embellished with a vintage diamante bracelet, earring, vintage mother of pearl buttons, seed beads, white and dusky pink freshwater pearls on chain.

We are more than happy to discuss commissions.  We can either re:design a vintage piece from our collection or a special piece of your own.  Get in touch via mail@armcandii.com and we'll take it from there.

Thursday, 19 May 2011

What did we wear?

It’s all about weddings – we said it here. First the Royal Wedding, then a commission for a friend and now we’ve been to one – and what did we wear?

Apart from my red polka dot peep toe shoes, I wore one of our existing headbands. Seemed like the perfect opportunity to really dress up! Of course this wedding may not have been as grand as Will and Kate’s and there were no trees inside but the bride wore a piece of neckcandii too and looked lovely.

I also picked some simple armcandii neckcandii: two recycled diamante chains linked together to create a new piece and adorned with fresh water pearls.

Sunday, 8 May 2011

A new heirloom

It’s over a week since Kate Middleton became the Duchess of Cambridge and in marrying Prince William (aka Duke of Cambridge) joined the realms of the Royal family.

In the weeks before the wedding, there was much speculation about the designer of her dress and whether or not she would wear a tiara.  Kate had already been gifted with her mother-in-law’s beautiful engagement ring – a symbolically touching gift but also quite spooky considering how Diana’s Royal marriage turned out!

She wore a tiara loaned by the Queen that showed the Cambridge lover’s knot.  This tiara made by Cartier in 1936 for George VI and given to his Queen (Elizabeth the Queen Mother) who passed it to her daughter on her 18th birthday – our present Queen.

Thank goodness for new ‘Royals’!  Kate’s parents who bought themselves a coatof arms just weeks before the event (you too can buy one from a mere £400 I understand), gave Kate a beautiful pair of earrings inspired by their Coat of Arms.  A new heirloom for the Duchess, something that she can hand down.