Tuesday, November 5, 2013

A Georgian Jewellery Treat on Project Darcy Launch Day!


I'm so excited that launch day is here - I'm having a party over at Austenprose and there's a couple of giveaways so I hope you'll join me there!

I love setting a scene in my novels, and I've mentioned before how much I enjoyed writing and thinking about the girls' bedrooms in Project Darcy.

Jess's bedroom is a Regency haven with a French bed with buttoned silk upholstery - On the walls was a collection of silhouettes of people from past times. The profiles of soldiers and debutantes looked across at one another from ebony frames ranged around the marble mantelpiece. It looked as if it had been designed with Jess in mind with its Regency furniture and vast portraits of ladies dressed in white muslin.
Ellie loves anything vintage (how funny, that's just like me : ) ) -
and her bedroom has an exquisite deco dressing table - A deco dressing table complete with a mirrored surface and a triptych looking glass was topped with a selection of exquisite objects – a porcelain tray and boxes for jewels, a Japanese fan, a silver hairbrush enamelled with blue as vivid as a butterfly’s wing, and a cloisonné vase filled with old-fashioned roses.

When Ellie finds herself in Madame Lefroy's bedroom, she can't think where she is at first.

When I opened my eyes, I couldn’t think where I was for a moment. I was sitting on a bed that looked nothing like the one I’d collapsed onto earlier. This one was a four-poster, simply carved with reeded motifs and dressed with drapes and swags of sprigged cotton. The panelled walls were painted a dusky blue-grey which echoed the tones in the long curtains at the floor-length windows. A chest of drawers and a dressing table were the only other items of furniture, but the biggest clue to its owner lay in the elaborate powdered wigs set on stands, the silver-topped scent bottles, and the set of ivory-backed brushes, upon the dressing table. An open box of jewels glinted in the candlelight, and I recognised one or two of Madame’s favourite Rivière necklaces, one of amethysts, and the other of topaz. 

Most people who know me, are aware that I love jewellery, and as it's such a special day for me today, I wanted to share some, as a way of saying thank you to all the wonderful people who make life so fabulous with their kind words and messages every day.
In celebration of the release of Project Darcy, I have two brooches to give away. They are both old pieces, one is Georgian and the other probably Victorian.
This is the Georgian brooch I am giving away - it is very small - half an inch or so, but perfect for a lapel or a scarf. The stones are paste and the backing pinchbeck, a form of brass made to look like gold, which was very popular in Georgian times. It has a long pin and c-clasp at the back.



The other heart-shaped brooch is probably Victorian, but quite Georgian in style - I love the pretty colour of the stones, which are paste, of course. 

I hope you like them, and if you'd like one of them to be yours, all you have to do is leave a comment below telling me about a favourite piece of jewellery that you own. The giveaway is open until Tuesday, November 19th 2013. Once you've done that, please visit me on Austenprose for more giveaways to celebrate my special day!

 

45 comments:

personallyyoursemily said...

I was in Bath for the JA Festival this year with a lovely bunch of Janeites at the end of our tour. I didn't dress in Regency attire but I did wear my amber cross in honor of Jane & the 200th anniversary of Pride & Prejudice. Congratulations on the new book - what a pleasure for your readers!

Jane Odiwe said...

Hello Emily, thank you so much for your lovely comments and for stopping by on my special day! I'd love to have an amber cross-Jane and Cassandra's are beautiful, aren't they? I'll add your name to the hat!

Victoria Connelly said...

These are truly gorgeous, Jane. I adore brooches too. I have one that was bought by my uncle for my grandmother from Canada - it's two gold roses in a circle and I love wearing it with its matching earrings.

Jane Odiwe said...

Hi Victoria-I'm glad you like them! I always think you can dress up an outfit with a brooch-yours and your matching earrings sound gorgeous. Thank you for stopping to help me celebrate! I'll add your name to the hat

Kelli H. said...

Jane, those brooches are beautiful! I love jewelry. It's one of my favorite things, especially cameos. My favorite piece I own is a cameo ring from the twenties. The detail of the ring is just beautiful. I love old jewelry that has a story to tell!!:)

Jane Odiwe said...

Kelli, I'm glad you think so! I love cameos-your ring sounds gorgeous. I love the jewellery from the 20s-some looks rather Georgian from that era too. Thank you for coming to celebrate with me!

Lúthien84 said...

Both brooches are very beautiful, Jane but if I had to choose between them, I prefer the Victorian brooch.

My favourite jewellery is a small pendant clock my mother bought on a tour to Europe many years ago. Although the clock is not functioning anyway, I still look at it from time to time and admire the handicraft.

Super Fan Evie Cotton said...

I don't have much jewelry. I often feel like I'm wearing a costume when its on and don't feel like myself. There are two sets that I do love though, both given to me by my father. The first was a set of garnets given to me at my high school graduation. The earing and necklaces set was unfortunately stolen while I was in college. The second set is a simple set of pearls given to me on my wedding day. The earings have a touch of dangle and the necklace is made in such a way as to give the pearls a floating effect. They look suspended in air! I wear my pearls all the time.

Jane Odiwe said...

Luthien84, my mother had a clock pendant - I always loved it, and European clocks are often very beautiful with lovely details. Thank you for stopping to say hello! I'll add your name to the hat.

Evie, I know what that's like to have jewellery stolen - it is so upsetting because of the sentimental associations. My grandmother gave me a beautiful heart locket which I wore on my wedding day, and now it's gone-so sad. I love garnets and the fact your father gave them to you must have made them very special. Pearls are gorgeous-your earrings sound wonderful! I've added your name-thank you for dropping by!

Lilyane Soltz said...

My mother's favorite colour was blue and I was determined to be different. I discovered, however, as an adult that blue truly is my favorite color as well. I love it so much that I can't choose a favorite among my pieces of blue jewelry. I do love sapphires, blue topaz and aquamarine - equally.

I adore the Victorian heart-shaped brooch - can't imagine why!

Your are offering, Jane, a wealth of riches. Thank you so much. And I wish you every success with Project Darcy.

Nicole Platania said...

Hi Jane! I'm so excited for you book. I have some old jewelry that was my grandmother's, and even some that was her mother's and grandmother's! I think my favourite piece is a brooch that was my great-great grandmother's (I'm pretty sure it was her mother's before that) and she brought it with her from Denmark when she came the US. It has a lovely silhouette and the background is a pink tone. Thank you for doing this giveaway! Good luck to all!

Cassandra Grafton said...

I loved the descriptions of the bedrooms, and the two brooches are just beautiful. I love old jewellery.

My engagement ring is an antique and I have several other rings that are Victorian but my most treasured piece of jewellery is a delicate gold and amethyst pendant with matching earrings that belonged to my great-grandmother. I wore them all for our marriage blessing which was held 15years after our wedding.

Danielle said...

My favorite piece of jewelry is not something I wear very often because the engraving is wearing off, it is a bracelet of my brothers that is engraved. My brother and I were very close. I have always loved space and science and he kinda followed in my footsteps. When explaining to him that the universe was always expanding and that you couldn’t find the end of it he told me that was how much he loved me. He started telling me that he loved me to the end of the universe and back. When he was 11 we got matching ID bracelets with our names and the engraving of “I love you to the end of the universe and back.” When I would be out of the country in the military we would switch bracelets so we could always carry each other with us. When he passed away a few years ago we buried him with my bracelet and I kept his. I am not one to wear a lot of jewelry but I always have his bracelet with me, if not on my wrist then in my wallet.

Jane Odiwe said...

Lilyane, I love sapphires, topaz and aquamarine too-the colours are stunning in real stones. It's funny how we gravitate to certain colours, isn't it? Thanks so much for your lovely comments and for stopping by.

Nicole, your brooch sounds divine - I love soft pink - it always looks lovely with skin tones, and a silhouette too-how gorgeous. Thank you for visiting me today!

Ooh, that sounds fab-they must be beautiful pieces-would love to see a photo of you wearing them! Thank you, Cassandra for being here on my special day.

Ladies, your names are in the hat!

Jane Odiwe said...

Danielle, that's the most precious piece of jewellery and an incredibly moving story too. Brothers are wonderful and that's so sad that he had to leave us so soon. Thanks so much for visiting me today-your name is in the hat!

summerrivers said...

I have an old brooch that belonged to my grandmother that I love to wear with my scarves. It makes me feel close to her and the past.

TessQ said...

What a fabulous giveaway, and the brooches are great too!

I have two favorite pieces of jewelry - one is my grandmother's wedding ring, it's a very small round diamond set in a square gold & silver "pillow" of sorts, with little gold leafy flourishes running into the band. Not worth a great deal on the market, but as priceless to me as it was to her; I love it because it was my maternal grandmother's and it came from Slovakia - a connection to my heritage - it must be about 120 years old now. The other is a small teardrop-shaped coral pendant, about 1/2 inch in length, and etched in front with a floral pattern. I found it tucked away in a little antique shop, and it has become my "go to" ornamentation for Regency costume wear. A piece I lament is my mother's engagement ring, a "miniature" of my dad's class ring from West Point in 1943. Unfortunately, when my mom suffered from Alzheimer's years ago, she apparently took the ring off (likely the first time since 1943) one day and dropped it somewhere. She could not remember where, and we searched and searched but it was gone. I still hold out a bit of hope that someday it will just turn up, as a gift from heaven.

Rita Watts said...

Wow...that blue heart...it is gorgeous. I love jewelry in general but I do have a soft spot for antique pieces because there is always a story. If you don't know the story you can always dream one up. I was born in December so I guess it is no surprise my favorite colour is turquoise. I like the tradition of birth stones. My husband had a tiny pair of earrings made of his birth stone - sapphire (he only used one but had the pair in case he lost one) and that's the piece of jewelry with which he proposed to me. He bought the ring later (he's smart he knew I would like to chose). The proposal was kind of sudden but after spending a month together in Brazil we knew we couldn't live apart anymore so he popped this white box out of his suitcase with the little pair and asked me to marry him - 12 years ago!

Jane Odiwe said...

Summerrivers-it's lovely to have pieces of jewellery that belong to loved ones-I know exactly what you mean when you say it brings them nearer-thanks so much for stopping by!

Tess, those pieces sound gorgeous-I love the stories and heritage that go with them. I always hope that my grandmother's jewellery that was stolen turns up one day-I had so many lovely memories attached to them. I do hope you find your mother's ring one day! Thanks for joining me!

Rita, I'm a November birthday, but I love turquoises-especially the old ones. What a gorgeous, romantic story about the sapphire earrings-you've obviously found your Mr Darcy! Thank you for sharing your story.

Ladies, I've added your names to the hat!

DDCKnitt said...

I love pins and wear them always. Some are beautiful costume, some are hand made from my kids, but I especially love the antique looking ones. My favorite piece of jewelry would have to be a diamond and emerald tennis bracelet my husband gave me after the birth of our first child. I never really owned any good jewerly sans my engagement and meant so much that he took the time to pick out something so beautiful for me.

Jane Odiwe said...

I covet your tennis bracelet, DDCKnitt! How wonderful-a lovely story-so romantic. I shalladd your name-thank you for visiting me!

Ruth Clapp said...

After World War II my great aunt traveled to Norway to visit the relatives who had survived the war. She came home with a Norwegian enamel brooch in the shape of a daisy. I've worn that piece of jewelry for 60 years. It has always "worked," no matter what else I am wearing and I think of Auntie when I pin it on.

Jane Odiwe said...

Ruth, what a lovely story - all these tales are so inspiring- how lovely to be able to remember your auntie when you wear the brooch. I've added your name to the hat - thank you for celebrating with me!

Sandy L said...

My favorite piece of jewelry is my wedding ring. Obviously the meaning of it as a wedding ring is important, but there are some geeky touches to it that make it special. There is a line of diamonds that my husband (who was a biology major in college) noticed was a left handed helix, and we are both left handed, so that is why he wanted these rings. And inside our rings is inscribed "As you wish," from The Princess Bride, which, as Buttercup realized, means "I love you."

Diana Oaks said...

My favorite piece of jewelry is an iridescent Swarovski crystal bead necklace that a dear friend gave me for my birthday about 10 years ago. It sparkles and shines in a way that nothing else I own does. I think of her every time I wear it.

Your lovely Georgian/Victorian pieces are stunning. It's incredibly generous of you to give them away!

Amy Groves said...

My favorite piece of jewelry that I have would have to be the music note necklace that my mother bought me. It was not very expensive or anything, but it stands for something that I love.

junewilliams7 said...

a favourite piece of jewellery that I own... is a bracelet made of three gold strands braided together, passed down from my grandmother to my mother and then to me. I have very few things from my mother and grandmother, which is what makes the bracelet so very special.

Jane Odiwe said...

Sandy-your wedding ring sounds lovely-what a great story too. My husband and I are both left-handed too! Thanks so much for stopping by.
Diana, crystal works so well in necklaces-how lucky you are to have one! Thank you for your comment.
Amy, it's often the case that our most precious jewellery isn't the most expensive-it's the associations that matter most. Thank you for your comment.
June, what a beautiful bracelet that must be with all its history. Thank you for visiting!

Ladies, I've added your names to the hat.

Gina Stewart said...

I love the heart shaped blue/green one!! so beautiful!!

Monica said...

I don't own much jewelry and tend to wear often the same things. At the moment they are a silver flowershaped pendant with a matching ring I bought in Sardinia many years ago. I actually lost the pendant and bought the same one again last summer. But another favourite of mine is my silver Jane Austen silhouette pendant.
I love your brooches, you are very generous.
Monica

Jane Odiwe said...

Gina, I'm glad you like it-it's a small but very pretty piece.

Monica, your silver pieces sound gorgeous. Thank you, but it's a very special occasion and I wanted to share my joy!

I've added your names to the hat. Thanks so much for visiting me.

Rebecca (RivkaBelle) said...

Oh how pretty! They're both charming, but I confess to falling a little in love with the colours of the Victorian ;o)

My favorite piece of jewelry varies a little with the seasons ... but one of the ALL time favorites is a gorgeous star sapphire ring that was my grandmother's. The stone itself is a beautiful rich blue, and when the light hits it to make the star "shine" and the surrounding diamonds twinkle? Well, I just have to smile sometimes ... :o)

Lovely little giveaway treat! Thank you!

Jane Odiwe said...

Rebecca, the heart-shaped brooch is gorgeous and is more delicate looking in 'real-life'! I would love your sapphire and diamond ring! I'll put you in the hat-thank you for visiting!

Janet T said...

The jewelry is exquisite! What a lovely giveaway, Jane Odiwe!

My favorite piece of jewelry is a necklace that my mother had made for me as a gift one Christmas. She could hardly wait to give it to me. I don't remember her ever being that excited about a gift that she had for me. The necklace contained the gem that had been in my father's wedding band. My father had passed away quite a few years earlier so this gift made it seem that it was from both of them. I will always cherish the necklace that Mother had made especially for me.

Thanks, Jane, and congratulations on your new book release.

Jane Odiwe said...

Janet-so pleased you like it! Your necklace sounds perfect-what a wonderful gift, and a lovely way to remember your father. I've added your name to the hat.

ColleenL said...

Congrats of the new release!

I have to say my favorite piece of jewelry is my wedding ring. I don't have a traditional modern solitaire diamond, but a platinum 1/2 CTW diamond channel band with a main channel of smaller diamonds with tiny diamond on both sides and then there are 2mm plain platinum bands sodered to each side of the ring. So really it is 3 rings in one and I love it for its simplicity and uniqueness as far as wedding rings are concerned. Thanks for the giveaway chance.

Jane Odiwe said...

Thank you, Colleen - your ring sounds gorgeous-wedding rings are so special! Thank you for stopping by!

Ada said...

I don't have any antique jewelry. I do have an old vintage small Chanel coin purse that my mom bought in a 2nd hand shop when I was lil. I asked her for it & she gave it to me. The pieces shown are absolutely gorgeous!!! Thanks for entering me in the contest.

Jane Odiwe said...

Your purse sounds lovely and must be very precious to you, Adalgisa. Thank you for visiting on my special day-I've added your name to the hat.

Ceri said...

Those brooches are lovely, particularly the blue one. Good job it's paste or you'd be petrified of losing a stone!

My favourite piece of jewellery I don't ever wear, sadly. It's a pearl necklace that I inherited when I was a child so I've had it a long time but it's an awkward length, it's just a bit too long so I should get it restrung but I have never got around to it.

My favourite jewellery that I wear are my engagement, wedding and eternity rings. The wedding ring is just a plain one, the engagement ring is a second hand 3 diamond one, and the eternity ring is just channel set small diamonds, but I love how they catch the light :)

Jane Odiwe said...

Ceri, I hope you get your pearls looked at, it's a shame not to wear them-but a necklace that's too long is so difficult to wear. Your rings sound beautiful! Thank you for stopping to visit me!

serena said...

I have several pieces of vintage jewelry that I started collecting in my early teens (long, long ago when vintage was just called old). My favorite is not that old, however it is something my late mother wore very often - a pair of black and pink cloisonné earrings. They mean the world to me and keep my Mama close.

Jane Odiwe said...

Serena, those earrings sound simply fabulous! Thank you for entering!

Laurel Ann (Austenprose) said...

Victorian blue brooch to die for Jane. You are such a tease. Thanks for the chance to win!

Jane Odiwe said...

Laurel Ann-I think it's even prettier in real life! You're in the hat! Thank you for stopping by!