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
Leaf; vintage abalone/sterling pendant; new matte silver chain
Penguin; vintage mother of pearl penguin pendant; new matte gold chain
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
Orchid; vintage orchid pendant; new matte rose gold chain
Thalassa - Greek: Thalassa. "From the sea."
Matte gold filigree chain, mother of pearl leaf
Duana - Irish Gaelic: Dubhain. "Little dark one," or Irish Gaelic: Duan. "Song."
Vintage pewter filigree bell and ball, amber Czech crystal, black Czech glass
Levina - Middle English: Levene "A flash, lightning." A beautiful girl whose presence could light up the darkest day.
Vintage black, amber pewter stacked beads; black chain
Maude - Old German: Mat-Hilde "Mighty battle-maiden."
black, lime, clear glass discs, gold chain and wire pendant
Hera - Latin: Hera. "Ruling lady; queen."
Hera was the Greek queen of heaven, the wife of Zeus.
Brass filigree, smoky quartz faceted drop
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
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
Hattie - French: Henriette. "A state or home ruler."
A feminine form of Henry.
Long copper chain with clear art glass with sparkly swirl in alternating round and oval beads
Ruby - Old French: Rubi. “The ruby gem."
Tiger's eye pendant, reclaimed vintage gold filigree/ faux ruby charm, gold-tone chain
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
Helen - Greek: Helene. "Light; a torch."
Blush czech glass, rose gold chain