Since my earliest childhood, I (Gwendolyne Blaney) have had a great love for Fantasy, Goth and Steampunk. This showed through the books I love to read, the clothes I love to wear and the sort of jewellery I love to collect. For instance, when I was a teenager, I only had the 4 posters of Alfons Mucha’s “The Times of Day” on my bedroom wall instead of the popular actors and singers most teenagers probably decorated their rooms with. I was (and still am) crazy about fairy tales and vampire stories, but equally loved reading the books of Jules Verne, H. Rider Haggard, J.R.R. Tolkien and other fantastic writers. I fantasized about the times when women were still wearing beautiful dresses but also were mesmerized by brave and daring women like Amelia Earhart, Queen Boudicca and Marie Curie. Steampunk and Fantasy were already deeply settled in my veins in many ways and shapes.
Some time ago, while I was using some clock parts designing some necklaces, one of my favourite pastimes, I discovered how much I liked creating jewellery with a Steampunk character. I got so passionate about making these Steampunk gems, that within no time I had designed and created over a 100 pendants, earrings, hair clips and bracelets, using among others little cogs and wheels, tiny screws and other clock parts. What an awesome hobby!
Friends, acquaintances, but also strangers in the street, were interested in my handcrafted necklaces that I was wearing and asked if I had any that were for sale. All of those people, who genuinely loved my work, had no specific interest in Steampunk or even knew what it was! They just liked the look of the accessories and would like to wear something alike themselves. Thus the thought of making my hobby into my work by creating my own little web shop arose, so I could make more people happy with the Steampunk jewellery I make. With the technical knowledge, skills and help of my dear husband, John Blaney, this web shop was created.
I am of the opinion, that Steampunk does not only fit the role playing games industry, Fantasy and Steampunk events or Carnival. I think that elegant Steampunk jewellery can be worn by anyone at any time. All the jewellery I make are my own designs and creations. Besides, all products are handcrafted and unique. Although some products may look alike, for instance because of variations in colour, many of them are still one of a kind or available in a limited edition. Therefore I decided to give the Steampunk gems their own name and number. If there are more of a certain item, than this will be mentioned with the product on the site.
The Steampunk accessories are made with vulnerable small parts and have to be handled with care. As with most jewellery, my jewellery is not suitable for young children because of its small parts. It may happen that (part of) the jewellery shows some discoloration because of the reaction of the PH value of the human skin with the materials of the jewellery parts used. This is different for every person and unfortunately I cannot do anything about that.
Besides the categories with Steampunk products, there is also a non-Steampunk category. Here you will find some stylish products that I handcrafted myself and that are for sale, but that do not have a distinguished Steampunk character.
For questions or specific requests concerning my Steampunk jewellery you can send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. I will try to contact you as soon as possible with an answer. Or you can give us a ring at this mobile number from Monday to Friday in between 10:00-17:00 hrs CET: 0031 6192 04491. Obviously, during my holidays I cannot answer emails or phone calls, but I will try to get back at you as soon as possible when work starts again.
There is also a Facebook page, an Instagram account and a Twitter page for Gwendolyne’s Steampunk Gems. Feel free to take a look. I hope you will appreciate my little Steampunk gems. I try to add new jewellery items to the shop on a regular basis, so it is interesting to visit the once in a while.
Gwendolyne Blaney – ©2017-2018
Gwendolyne’s Steampunk Gems (GSG) is registered at the Chamber of Commerce in The Netherlands with registration number: 70080992.