Quality vintage is fashion’s trump card. Wear it well and you’ll be admitted to the most exclusive of clothing clubs. So it’s no surprise that Old City gallerists and Main Line moms are snatching up antique-chic accessories from Rittenhouse art-scene fixture A. Jason Ross. Last year, Ross sold Free People his first few cuffs, made from 18th- and 19th-century leather book covers; today, he’s turning out pendants crafted from eagle finials and belts with buckles cast from old clock pendulums. His line, Artemas Quibble and the Creatures of Mme. du Barry, also includes wristlets made from cabinet keys and salvaged furniture hardware (from $375 in brass to $7,743 in 18K gold). Each bracelet is unique — and limited-edition, sealing its status as a vintage treasure. Available at Minima Gallery, 118 North 3rd Street, 215-922-2002, and Cooke and Berlinger, Haverford Square, 379 West Lancaster Avenue, Haverford, 610-896-6000; artemas-quibble.com.
Good Life: Homegrown: Making History
A unique new jewelry line uses antique materials to create one-of-a-kind pieces.
Originally published in Philadelphia Magazine, August 2008