Having a collector's soul means I just adore a good treasure hunt.. Give me a thrift store, a car boot sale, a refuse centre and I'll be happy for hours. I can spot a piece of Pyrex or Staffordshire pottery from a mile away, but on today's adventures, we were searching for treasures that were not as easy to see. Today was all about finding statement pieces for future Wilde Asher jewellery collections. So I had to forgo staring longingly at the retro kitchenware and focus my bowerbird instincts on treasures found in the most unlikely of places.
Old belt buckles, spools, keys and brooches are some of our favourites to work with and we were lucky to find some really interesting pieces today. It's such a magical process and one that I'm very much an apprentice in, taking a fascinating old object and creating it into some beautiful and wearable.
I'm just adoring dreaming up ideas and learning a whole new set of skills in the art of jewellery design and creation. Everything is so detailed, each component so vital to achieving the overall aesthetic and I'm very blessed that my mum is such a patient and inspiring mentor.
My favourite find today was this antique copper Egyptian style belt buckle, it's such a beautifully detailed piece and it's already cast it's magic upon us, setting in motion an exciting travel inspired collection.
What I love most about treasure hunting is you just never know what you might come across, amongst a bag of old buttons, or a box of vintage curtain rods. You really do have to search for clues and delve into the unknown. A perfect way to spend a day if you ask a pirate loving, vintage map admiring girl like myself.
What are you treasure hunting for at the moment?
PS. You can check out a sneak peek into our winter collection 'Tales of the Sea' over here.