Who Is ?
Uniqlets is home to unique jewelry made from vintage parts in New York City by Lisa Rosenberg. I’m Lisa and I share my apartment with my dog, Fannie and her many toys. I design and make each necklace, bracelet and ring.
Making jewelry is a second career. For many years, I was a network news writer and producer. When I left television, I needed to redirect my creative energy. My love of jewelry made creating it a natural choice. I have long collected vintage and handmade jewelry to bring my personality to what I wear. I also collect all sorts of vintage objects. I have buttons dating from the Victorian era through the 1960s in materials including mother of pearl, brass glass, celluloid and metal. I have long collected vintage carved wooden brooches from the 1940s. I love the whimsy of the pieces. Now I have started using some of them in collage necklaces incorporating bits of colorful bakelite, I love the warm colors of the early plastic. If something vintage is small with an interesting shape color or texture, I can’t resist adding it to my collections to become future jewelry. It is rewarding to give new life to old things, to find a modern take for pieces from the past. The fine workmanship in utilitarian antique buttons or verge fusee watch balance cocks demands that they be re-purposed and highlighted. They are little works of art with a level of detail one doesn’t see in modern items.
I embrace different styles of upcycled jewelry. Button bracelets were my first endeavor in re-purposed jewelry. When my grandmother saved old buttons. When she died, I wanted to find a use for her collection so I started making bracelets. I now add unexpected objects to the button bracelets including vintage brooches, charms and game pieces. Then I discovered Steampunk and loved the sort of Victorian, industrial look. Playing in the genre allows me to make tiny intricate collages that incorporate antique and vintage watch parts and Victorian buttons. The Steampunk designs inspired me create the combination jewelry and art object pieces. A man might not wear one of my necklaces, but displayed with a graphic background in a frame, it has a second life. Why should jewelry you love sit in a drawer when you aren’t wearing it? Now it has a reason to be on a shelf or a table.