Ellice and Her Necklace is the name Danica Wilcox came up with because she wanted to use her second name and have people imagine a charming, quirky girl selecting the jewellery to start her day. She was inspired by the time years earlier that she worked making custom jewellery in her friend's bridal boutique and they would pick up random items off the studio workbench and say: "You want me to make a necklace out of that?" and they would laugh and laugh. (I guess you had to be there;).
Even more years before that, while at her former Calgary vintage boutique, she would frantically search the jewellery section to find the perfect compliment to an outfit she was styling her customer in. If it didn't exist, she would design one on the spot and have it made.
Inspired by jewellery from the Edwardian and Art Deco eras, she often uses vintage or other recycled components. Large statement earrings are the most fun to design and challenging to make lightweight. Semi-precious gems comfortably rub elbows with vintage acrylic while sparkly crystals easily mix with faux pearls. Because of the vintage component, designs are often one-off or very limited.
If you are looking for locally designed and made jewellery that is unique, Danica's designs can be found at her Fort St shop De Mode En Vogue artful legs & accoutrements in Victoria, BC Canada
Levina; vintage black, amber pewter stacked beads; black chain
Beven - Irish Gaelic: Bebhinn. "Melodious lady."
A singer with a voice so sweet that wild birds stopped to listen.
Brass circle,black czech glass rondelles, peridot drops
Hera - Latin: Hera. "Ruling lady; queen."
Hera was the Greek queen of heaven, the wife of Zeus.
Brass filigree, smoky quartz faceted drop
Pepita - Spanish, from Hebrew: "she shall be fruitful."
Vintage china pendant, jade, carnelian, rock crystal, orange floral dangle
Rose - Greek: Rhodos. "A rose."
Rose quartz pear drops, blackened sterling flower pendant, blackened sterling suspended chain, chain dangled vintage tear drop pearl, vintage beads
Lily - Latin: Lilium. "A lily flower."
A girl named for the beautiful lily-of-the-valley.
Blonde mother of pearl faceted beads, topaz Czech glass, golden glass seeds, unknown various semi-precious stone beads and pendant
Penny - Greek: Penelope. "Worker of the web; weaver."
In Greek myths, Penelope wove each day and unraveled the cloth at night.
Purple dyed mother of pearl discs, purple czech crystal, brass filigree, rose gold colour hook
Leaf; vintage abalone/sterling pendant; new matte silver chain
Orchid; vintage orchid pendant; new matte rose gold chain
Penguin; vintage mother of pearl penguin pendant; new matte gold chain
Thalassa; matte gold filigree chain, mother of pearl leaf
Angelica; vintage brass filigree, mother of pearl, cherry quartz drop
peacock toned czech glass, vintage gold hourglass
vintage pewter filigree bell and ball, amber Czech crystal, black Czech glass
teal faux pearl, gold filigree
black, lime, clear glass discs, gold chain and wire pendant
Fenella - Gaelic Irish: Fionnghuala. "White-shouldered one."
A reminder of snow-capped mountains above green fields
White embossed acrylic, black czech glass peridot rondelle, gold circle
Sophia - Greek: "Wisdom."
" 'Tis wise to learn; 'tis god-like to create." -J.G. Saxe.
Gold-tone chain, embossed pewter, embossed white/black acrylic, gold irregular bead
Marina - Latin: Marina. "Of the sea."
Large mother of pearl ring, adjustable silver-tone chain
Cypris - Greek: Kipris. "From the island of Cyprus."
Vintage brass filigree, green cloisonne~, Czech glass
Isa - Old German: Isan. "Iron-willed one." A determined lady with a resolute will.
Pewter & white resin, gold chain
Hester - Greek: Aster. "Star."
purple and white resin, gold chain