The Dog House
RECREATED VINTAGE JEWELLERY Deanna O'Keeffe

DEANNA O'KEEFFE recreated vintage jewellery



'I live in Brighton and learned to make beaded jewellery at beading workshops in Brighton, Bath and London. 


I have a love of costume jewellery because it can transform a classic dress into an extraordinary look.  My jewellery designs comprise reworked vintage brooches which are given new lives as eye-catching pendant necklaces with a contemporary twist of wire-wrapped beaded drops. My design inspiration comes from the shape of the brooches, and I use beads for their intrinsic beauty, shape, colour, texture, or glint. I mix textures and colours, often combining a variety of beads in one piece.  Each piece is a unique work of art and may comprise vintage, semi-precious, handmade glass lamp work, Venetian, or Swarovksi beads. I have been collecting vintage, semi-precious and glass beads for a number of years, and source my vintage brooches in vintage and antiques fairs locally and on my travels around the UK.   

I shall be selling pieces from three new collections at The Dog House in May 2015:  ‘Summer of Love’ pendant necklaces, inspired by the festival season; ‘Meadow’ necklaces inspired by posies of English hedgerow flowers; and ‘Amazon’, orchid necklaces inspired by the tropics.

I will also be selling two water-fall ‘Charmed’ necklaces, each comprising a triple-stranded vintage necklace embellished with wire–wrapped charms.' 

Deanna's 2014 collections and gallery can be viewed at herwebsite www.deannaokeeffejewellery.com