OldNouveau was started by jewelry designer Laura Bergeron about 11 years ago, and has become such a beloved pursuit, it is hard to believe one can enjoy ‘work’ so much.
Begun as a beaded jewelry business in 1993, it soon turned to metalwork, silversmithing to be exact. The artistry of a pierced and engraved sterling silver piece of jewelry fed my urge to design something beautiful. However, a competing passion for antiques, in particular all things Victorian (including our home), led to a perfect blend for jewelry design. I have most definitely found my niche in this work. The beautiful old things I use to create my jewelry include antique buttons, antique cufflinks, Victorian era postcard ephemera, 1920’s typewriter keys, and sterling silver salt spoons. The artistry in these Victorian Era items needs little help from me, other than to highlight their beauty in jewelry settings that will spark comments and evoke the elegance of a bygone era.
I love to use old relics such as Typewriter keys, Victorian era postcards, antique cufflinks from the turn of the century (20th) ,Mid 1800’s Tintypes, and, of course, Antique and Vintage buttons. I combine these items with vintage style findings such as vintage belt buckles, ornate brass mountings, ribbons, beads and sterling/gold filled components to create one of a kind jewelry pieces that people will notice and ask you about. I welcome you input, feedback and suggestions. Please feel free to contact me with questions.
Anything small that was made before I was born: antique buttons, typewriter keys, antique and vintage cufflinks, Victorian era postcards, merit and service pins, antique and vintage watch parts, steampunk items, metal picture buttons, Bakelite buttons, tintypes, anything Joan of Arc, and mesh roses…SO many mesh roses.