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Competition Winners

Thanks for participating in our competition, the winning tickets are:

1033, 1020, 1040, 1021, 1036, 1042 & 1038.

Have a great weekend!

 

March 24, 2017 by Clara Carija

Victoria's Kingdom ventures into Fashion and the new Victoria's Kingdom Collection for 2017

Happy New Year Loyal Subjects, it has been a while since I have found the time or a topic to update on. We have been inundated with commissions and repairs, your dedication to us has kept us on our toes.

This year I am looking for the best print designers, digital printers and manufacturers based in Australia to help launch out most ambitious project yet.

January 26, 2017 by Clara Carija

Victoria's Kingdom Explains Australian Victorian Era Fashion in the 1900s

Fashion for Women

In the early 1900’s clothes were a status symbol. In the upper classes of the Australian society, both men and women wore entirely different clothes from the working class, making it visible to which group they belonged to.

Victoria's Kingdom - VK Bespoke part 2

The Victorian Lock Brooch was a piece I kind of dreamt up while looking at Antique Locks for Victorian secret gardens. I really wanted it to have that overgrown feel of nature taking back and revealing what man tries to keep a secret.

Victoria's Kingdom Explains The Mourning Era

Mourning jewellery has been around since at least the 16th century, but it is widely associated with the Victorian Era, when mass production made it affordable. The trend reached its high point after the death of Prince Albert in 1861, when Queen Victoria, as well as members of her court, wore black clothing and matching mourning jewellery for decades.

Victoria's Kingdom Repairs Branded Jewellery

I rarely do this because most big name jewellers have their own jewellers they use, but if you would really like me to fix a prized possession of yours. Who am I to refuse?

I repaired this Tiffany bracelet, shortened it, replaced silver beads missing and soldered a jumper ring on the end.

I have a knack for looking at something and knowing how to make it by taking it apart. You can see the fine workmanship in a brand like Tiffany's.

Victoria's Kingdom Restores Antique Beads

I've only had the pleasure of restoring 1 antique crystal bead necklace, it took a lot of work to make sure each connection was tight but did not affect or destroy the bead. Originally it was some sort of nickel based wire connecting the pieces, I polished a 1 meter long piece of sterling silver wire and hand bent each loop and connected the beads graduating. I also replaced the clasp and jumper ring. It made such a difference, the client was so happy to have this piece restored to gift to her daughter.

Victoria's Kingdom Restores Antique Pearls

Something I have always been an avid collector of is Antique Pearls; currently I'm  teaching myself to restring pearls by reading many books and following many tutorials I have honed my skills.

Looking To The Future For Victoria's Kingdom

After growing the business for a few years and receiving my diploma in jewellery design and engineering at Melbourne Polytechnic, I decided that Victoria's Kingdom was ready to take on the fashion world.