Vintage Skeleton Key Sterling Necklace Set Czech Glass Handmade OOAK

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Vintage Skeleton Key Sterling Necklace Set Czech Glass Handmade OOAK


The keeper of secrets walks through the dimmed halls, oil lamps lighting her way, approaching the hidden room where the timeless books are stored. She makes sure she is not being followed before pulling the key from under the folds of her woolen cloak. She breathes quietly as she caresses its worn edges, knowing that mysteries await.
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One-of-a-Kind Antique Key Rich Red Beauty: The heart of this set is a vintage key, a bit time-worn but rich with character. I cleaned the key using steel wool and a brass brush but purposely did not strip away its authenticity. For keys, my philosophy is to build the necklace around the feeling the key evokes. For this key, I got a medieval feel and chose to use all sterling silver in the design.

To secure the key, I made infinity symbols in sterling silver and used a wonderful textured oval sterling chain in segments to connect with my handmade links. Small accents of faceted glass dot the chains above the key. I used two sizes of smooth druk beads (Czech glass) in a deep red to make sterling single-bead links and longer bar links with medium-sized beads and sterling spacers. The beaded links are connected by handmade sterling bar links which I hammered for texture using my favorite cobbler's hammer. More of the textured chain completes the back of the necklace, and I used liver of sulfur to get an antiqued uniform finish on the entire piece. There is no clasp to come apart on this necklace, as it's 30" in length and will easily fit over the head. The key adds a 2-1/2" drop.

To match the necklace, I made earrings using lengths of textured chain and wire-wrapped small red faceted glass along the side and a single smooth bead at the bottom. The dangles are completed on hypo-allergenic niobium earwires in a natural steel gray color, and hang 2" from the top of the earwire.

The key, beads, links, and chain in this necklace are all hearty and give a substantial feel. As hard as I try not to pick favorites, this necklace set speaks to me and you will get a bit of my imagination if you adopt this set for yourself.

As with all my personally designed and handcrafted jewelry, this vintage set comes packaged in a recycled paper jewelry box and padded mailer. For this listing, First Class postage cost will receive Priority Mail service and insurance for the value of the set. Please do read my Policies page for further details on purchasing from my shop.

Thanks for strolling through the halls of my virtual studio! I have a couple of friends who help me find antique keys with character, and I have a few more on hand if you would like a custom design. It's easy to write me using the "contact this seller" button on the ArtFire page.

Inspiration/Story Behind This Product

Inspired by the rough surface of the key and the deep silver color, I built a necklace around my vision of a dark, elegant secret-keeper wearing this set.

Materials Used

Antique skeleton key, smooth round and faceted fire-polished Czech glass in deep red (siam), sterling silver for handmade links and heavy bead links, textured sterling silver oval chain, hypo-allergenic niobium earwires, liver of sulfur, jewelers wax

More Info

This key was hand-selected by me at a hardware store in Bar Harbor, Maine. I spent a half-hour and got very grubby hands going through a bin of antique keys they had on a shelf. I cleaned this key and sealed it with micro-crystalline wax, but I did not highly polish it. Character that takes decades to create needs to be honored.

Product Attributes

Primary Material: Sterling Silver, Czech glass

Size: 30" necklace

Color: Silver

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I want you to be happy with your handmade jewelry and will work with you on any concerns you may have after purchase. Because great care is taken to describe and picture an item accurately, please choose carefully. Unworn items may be exchanged or returned for partial refund. You will be responsible for the cost of shipping a return item with delivery tracking--which cost will be refunded if an item is defective. The refund amount will be reduced by original shipping costs and a 15% handling fee. Returns or exchanges must be initiated within 7 days of receiving your item, and I must receive by mail with tracking within 14 days--in original unworn condition and secure packaging.



For custom pieces, a minimum 50% payment will be collected in advance after agreeing to the final design and materials. Custom-made items are not returnable or refundable. Of course, I will work with you on any concerns about craftsmanship or sizing.


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