Always wished you had a necklace bearing your beloved Aunt Ethel's visage? Well now you have a chance to finally get one, thanks to Alex Henderson's custom Victorian Portrait Pendants.
Henderson, a Vancouver-based artist and designer, has earned a solid reputation for her old-fashioned-yet-chic home-wares and accessories, like these stately wall clocks ($156) and intricate wood-lace necklaces ($145).
But what stopped us in our tracks was her bespoke portrait jewelry: custom-cut oval pendants ($250) onto which she laser-etches the image of your choice, for a result that's both old-timey and distinctly au courant.
To get started, email Henderson a JPEG of the picture you want to use (photos without a background work best, as do ones with a fair amount of contrast). Next, Henderson will use a computer and laser etcher to carve the portrait onto gold-dyed walnut veneer--which is what gives the necklaces their (slightly spooky) sepia sheen--before cutting your desired frame shape and applying a sterling silver backing and chain.
We love the interplay between antique style and modern technology, not to mention the opportunity to turn old family photos into wearable art (or future heirlooms).
Note that prices listed on the website are in Canadian dollars.