Vintage Assemblage Necklace 1940s + 1970s

I love vintage shoe clips.  I've run across some very ornate and beautiful ones over the years of my collecting.  The one I used for this necklace is from the 1940s.  It's a pretty large piece, and I imagine it made a plain pair of shoes look very fancy back in it's day!  When I bought it, it was a single.  Somewhere along the way, it lost it's mate.

So clearly, with only one, it could no longer act as a shoe clip. But I think it's perfect for the focal point of this statement necklace.

 1940s show clip + 1970s chunky chain = magic

1940s show clip + 1970s chunky chain = magic

As you can see, it's missing some rhinestones, but I intentionally left it that way.  I like the "shabby chic" look a few missing stones gives the piece.  It's actually so ornate, that you don't notice the rhinestone missing right away.  In my opinion, it has an even better look with a few less sparkling rhinestones.

I used a few iridescent copper and silver colored beads to connect the shoe clip to a chunky gold chain I used from a necklace from the 1970s.

 most of the parts of the puzzle

most of the parts of the puzzle

The other day, a friend sent me a sweet little package in the mail of jewelry she had run across at an estate sale she went to. When I saw the magnetic rhinestone clasp of one of the necklaces, I knew I had found the missing piece to my vintage assemblage necklace puzzle!  

 THIS magnetic clasp!

THIS magnetic clasp!

I just listed this gorgeous shoe clip necklace in my Reparkable Vintage Etsy shop.  Like all of my handmade repurposed jewelry, it's a one of a kind.  And it was made for YOU.

 a one of a kind beauty!

a one of a kind beauty!