Wednesday, 22 September 2010
Eagle-eyed viewers of Only Connect will, I’m sure, have noticed that I was wearing a particularly delightful necklace on this week’s episode. It was made by the makeup designer on the show, Juliet Ireland. Juliet makes necklaces out of little Victorian keys that she picks up on her travels.
Wait, wait, that sounds like she steals them.
What I mean is, Juliet scours markets for these antique keys, then turns them into jewellery (in gold over brass, pure brass or silver). They are all different lengths, some have one key and some have several (I went for two), or she can make them bespoke. I made a mental note at the recording that I’d put Juliet’s details up here in the week that I wore the keys, since I was sure other women would love them (and some have already asked on Twitter). Note to gentleman readers: they’d make very good presents, I can’t think what sort of a girl WOULDN’T want antique Victorian keys on a chain. They’re interesting and beautiful, I think, and Christmas is not too far away…
The prices all vary, but I bought that one for… I can’t remember now but I think it was about £60. Something like that. Somewhere between £50 and £80, anyway. (Poker players, eh. We know the price of nothing and the value of nothing.)