Do you believe that people and experiences in our lives are more important than anything? That is the inspiration behind Ceci Leibovitz custom memory, keepsake and memorial jewelry. I'm excited to work with your special fabric swatch to create a necklace keeping your memory of a special event or person close. I strive to infuse each piece with a sense of style and wonder, and reverence for the materials used.
What are appropriate occasions to have custom memory necklaces made for?
Anything that inspires you! Below are a few ideas - there are no limitations - I can make a keepsake necklace using any type of fabric you send me, as long as it is fairly lightweight.
1. Wedding Keepsake Necklace - Lace from your mother's, grandmother's or your own wedding dress. The necklace can be worn on your wedding day, or attached to your bridal bouquet and then worn after you are married. The necklaces also make a thoughtful bridesmaid, maid of honor, or sentimental 13th 'lace' wedding anniversary, Valentine's or birthday gift.
2. Baby Memory Necklace - A swatch of baby clothing to remember your little one's days, when she or he is not so little anymore. This makes a great gift for grandmothers and other family members too.
3. Memorial Necklace - A swatch of fabric that once belonged to a loved one can bring great comfort in grief and keep the memory of that person close for life. Consider fabric from a tie, embroidered handkerchief, or any article of clothing, or accessory.
4. Saving a piece of your Favorite Clothing - Send me fabric from a dress you loved but no longer wear because it's too worn out, or something special that doesn't fit anymore... You'll have a unique and one of a kind necklace that nobody else in the world has.
How do I order a necklace or necklaces?
It's easy! Browse my website and look at the different designs available. Some pieces have charms to highlight the fabric, or you can choose a design without charms, that focuses simply on your fabric. Once you've decided on a design, add it to your cart, making sure to adjust the quantity if you'd like more than one necklace made. Then send your fabric to me here:
P.O Box 739
Hardwick, VT 05843
Note: Your fabric will need to measure at least two inches square for each round necklace you would like made (three inches square for oval pendants).
Make sure to keep your necklace out of the rain and do not shower with it. It needs to stay dry.
Your Ceci Leibovitz necklace is made from solid pewter plated in either 24 karat gold or sterling silver, both with antique finish (chains are a bronze base with the same plating). Do not use a polishing cloth on your jewelry piece - this would dull its finish. I use high quality American made jewelry parts and with proper care, your jewelry will last a lifetime. Necklace chains are imported.
About The Artist :: Process & Inspiration
Textile jewelry designer Cecilia Leibovitz grew up in New York City and has lived in Vermont since 1998. As a high school art major she learned to draw, paint and sculpt, and apprenticed with Sculptor in Residence Greg Wyatt at St. John the Divine Cathedral. Cecilia graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in English. Having long dreamed of working with textiles, she then taught herself embroidery and beadwork through library books, and enrolled in millinery classes at Fashion Institute of Technology.
Cecilia began creating fabric jewelry after receiving several boxes of antique lace that had belonged to her mother-in-law's grandmother. Looking through the lace, she was struck by its beauty and the history behind it. She wanted these small treasures to be seen and so her lace necklaces were born. She began to offer custom necklaces for brides, made with lace from their wedding dresses and these became a best-seller.
After losing her partner of nearly eighteen years to cancer in 2018, Cecilia found solace through a new chapter in her work... "As we went through Michael's clothing, amazingly my children and I felt almost as if he was there with us. I instantly wanted to help others experiencing loss to be able to carry comfort like this along with them, through my fabric jewelry." She added a collection of memorial necklaces to the Ceci Leibovitz line, which like the wedding memory pieces, are made with swatches from the clothing of loved ones. The mission of Ceci Leibovitz Jewelry is: Creating attractive custom necklaces to honor people, places and relationships.
Interview with Becky Nunnhttps://www.nunndesign.com/artisan-feature-ceci-leibovitz/