Pirate Treasures and The Emporium of Curiosities
I love the idea of creating my own jewellery pieces. The first project I undertook was an Alice in Wonderland Steampunk Bracelet which I made for my sister. Since then I have tried my hand at a couple of other items, but I don’t always have the time or the knowledge to expand my creativity and skill. But I still love unique and beautiful handmade jewellery and recently I was taking the easy way out and looking for pieces online. I came across a website called Pirate Treasures and I liked so many of the pieces that I asked the owner, Jane, if I could write an article about her steampunk jewellery. She very kindly agreed. Please note, I have not been paid to share my views here and all images used are the property of Pirate Treasures and are used here with permission.
Steampunk Clockwork Jewellery
Pirate Treasures is the name of a collection of handmade jewellery designed and made by Jane, a fellow Londoner. On her site she explains that she came up with the name after she designed jewellery for herself inspired by the movie Pirates of the Caribbean. She began to create jewellery for her friends and family and it wasn’t long before she was being commissioned to create one-off pieces and expanding her design repertoire. When I asked her about her steampunk jewellery creations, she said:
“When I first heard of steampunk and Googled it to find out more, I thought the whole style was amazing and couldn’t wait to find some broken watches to make some jewellery with them! I particularly like the enamel pocket watch faces as they are so delicate, or just looking at all the detail on an old mechanical watch movement.”
It was her watch based jewellery pieces that first drew me to her site, and I also love the movement in such jewellery. Jane sources vintage watches and pocket watches for her designs. I think the cufflinks are particularly quirky and would make great gifts for steampunk fellas, and it is amazing how she has managed to incorporate the watch parts in other items like rings and necklaces.
But as much as I love the jewellery pieces created from the inner workings of watches, my absolute favourite pieces are the below pocket watch necklaces. The beautiful designs of the casing really are a more stylish alternative to the other more deconstructed pieces.
Other Steampunk Jewellery
If clocks are not your thing, then there are plenty of other styles and designs. After all, where there be steampunk, there be cogs! As well as cogs and gears there are also designs incorporating hot air balloons, penny farthings, octupuses, keys and the Eiffel Tower, for a Parisien feel.
I especially like the way the brass antique look octopus (shown in the image) looks quite chic when coupled with the beads; I would never have thought of using pearls, but they look great. The same goes for the combination of the cogs with the faceted black beads which make for a gorgeous pair of earrings.
The thing is, when people say jewellery, I immediately think of rings, earrings and necklaces. Maybe if pushed I’d be able to say bracelets and brooches, but that’s about it. However, on Pirate Treasures, there are also other accessories that are beautiful enough to be jewellery pieces in their own right. These include the aforementioned cuff links, but also steampunk beaded glasses chains and vintage hair grip bobby pins.
The Emporium of Curiosities Steampunk Jewellery Boxes
While I was exploring the Pirate Treasures website I discovered that as well as jewellery, Jane also creates other steampunk goodies. As she explains on her site:
“Not content with just making jewellery, The Emporium of Curiosities is my other shop on the handmade and craft online venue Etsy selling my decorated boxes, hand stamped ACEOs, cards, gift tags and ‘assemblage’ jewellery. There is a selection from this range on the Pirate Treasures website.”
There is a spectacular range of items and I particularly loved the wooden jewellery boxes. There are trinket boxes like the ones shown above that would be perfect for storing little knick-knacks in addition to smaller jewellery items like rings or bobby pins. But the most amazing is the handmade wooden cabinet for hanging items like bracelets and necklaces. If I’m going to buy some beautifully handmade unique jewellery pieces, I don’t want them to get ruined, so this is perfect to keep everything stored safely while being a fantastic steampunk addition to any dressing table.
How to Find Out More
Unfortunately I was only able to showcase a fraction of the wonderful steampunk items Jane has created. So I would really recommend that you take a look at the full collection on her website, where she has a shop with full details of her creations, a blog and takes requests for commissioned pieces. You can also buy jewellery and her other steampunk creations on Etsy. All links are below.
All Images are the property of Jane at PirateTreasures.com and are used here with permission.