London-based designer Cindy Chaplin’s innovative Turner & Tatler Fine Jewelry line takes vintage pieces and restores them to their original glory, or melds their antique beauty with contemporary components. Either way, the results are one-of-a-kind treasures that work as well today as they did in their heyday – maybe better.
Turner & Tatler’s “History Repeats Itself Beautifully” is Chaplin’s newest collection of restored or reimagined rings, bracelets, necklaces and cuff links. They can be found in select Neiman Marcus stores, with prices ranging from $5,000 to $55,000.
A transplanted American and the daughter-in-law of a noted British jewelry collector, Chaplin is a devotee of estate sales and vintage jewelry auctions. Her formula is simple: she curates the most outstanding antiques she finds, deciding which ones to restore and which to reconfigure.
The Victorian era and the Art Deco period offer up some of Chaplin’s favorite treasures. For example, in her new collection she has reworked a pair of Art Deco cuff links into disc-like earrings, and a Victorian watch chain has become a contemporary bracelet with the addition of a pearl pendant.
In a recent interview in the Robb Report, Chaplin said her only caveat is that she never cuts up a signed piece of fine jewelry. Designs from houses such as Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, and Schlumberger are left intact for their intrinsic value; she simply restores them to their original luster.
As for the pieces she does break up, Chaplin told RobbReport.com: “There are a lot of very personal pieces. It is somewhat sad because you feel like their story is coming to an end…But the minute a younger person picks it up, the story starts all over again, and the jewelry lives on.”
For more information visit www.turnerandtatler.com
Sources: RobbReport.com; Pinterest; B&W photo courtesy of FashionNexus.com