Friday, April 5, 2013

Greetings Everyone!

I wanted to show you some GORGEOUS antique pocket watch pieces I found!

They are from pocket watches that are between 100 and 200 years old and the workmanship is just INCREDIBLE!

Keep in mind these are only about 1 inch to 1 1/2" in size!

They are called "balance cocks" and were there to help regulate how the pocket watch ran. In other words this could be adjusted in order to get the watch to run perfectly!

They are all hand pierced and hand engraved and the images that were used in these tiny works of art are simply stunning!

I think the thing I appreciate the most about them, is that the artisans created these simply for the pure joy of creating AS the mechanism was most likely only going to be seen by the watchmaker!

I have 25 in all and have included a photo of some of them below!

If you want to see them all just click HERE!

Later on in this post I'll show you some fabulous examples of what some jewelry artists have done with them!

1) I won't comment on them all but I think this first one might be my favorite!

For some reason grotesque faces were a popular theme and this one is fabulous with an image of a knights helmet, banners and trumpets on top!

The ones with the faces are by far the most sought after!

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Here are 3 wonderful examples of some jewelry artist on ETSY who've use these tiny works of art in their work!

This first one is from


and below the photo you'll find a link to her shop!

(For some reason my blog cut part of the photos off but please take a peek at their shop and you'll see the pieces in all their glory!) Image Hosted by

Jans Jems

Here's another beautiful example from


Again you'll find the link to their shop below the photo!

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AND last but not least is this gorgeous stick pin made with 2 of the timing mechanisms!

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Pipit Vintage

I hope you've enjoyed these gorgeous little examples of times gone by!

In the meantime I'd be honored if you'd take a look at my etsy shop for more steampunk jewelry!

Noble Studios Ltd.

I love you all!

Violette Noble

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Wedding Photo Shoot featuring Noble Studios Jewelry!

Hey everybody!

I have been so bad about not posting to my blog but I HAVE to share this exciting news!

I had a lovely wedding shop in downtown Portland approach me and ask to use some of my jewelry in a photo shoot they were planning for the end of January!

I was honored that they wanted to use some of my jewelry for "The Bride's Wedding Ring" and "The Groom's Cufflinks"!!

They were so nice I just had to share all about this gorgeous bridal shop!

Please take some time to look at their beautiful website ESPECIALLY if you have a wedding to plan in the future!

Their website:

Ania Bridal Collection

Here is their info! They are just as nice as they can be and you will love shopping with them!

Ania Bridal Collection Couture Bridal Boutique
419 SW 4th Avenue Portland, OR 97204
Tel: 503-796-9170 Fax: 503-796-0008

The photos turned out FABULOUS!!

The photographer was Ashley Forrette and she is so talented! Please take a look her at her amazing photos!

Ashley Forrette Website

Here are some of my favorite photos from the shoot!

For all the gorgeous photos just go to


an amazing wedding blog!

Thanks for checking us out and please be sure to take a peek at all the goodies in my shop below!

My Etsy Shoppe

Faithfully yours,
Violette Noble


Wedding Venue: Queen Anne Victorian Mansion / Wedding Photographer: Ashley Forrette and Aaron Courter / Event Stylist: AniA Collection Bridal Boutique / Wedding Dress, Bridesmaid’s Dress and Bolero: Nicole Couture for AniA Collection / Bride’s Shoes: Creative Recreation / Jewelry: Rachel Roellke Jewelry Designs / Makeup: Kale Teter / Hair: Venus Allure Salon / Groom’s Suit: Duchess Clothier / Tophat: Ashley Lindberg Lawrence / Wedding Flowers: Fleurology / Paper Flowers and Stationery: Sunny & Stumpy / Rentals: Peter Corvallis Productions / Groom’s Ring: Swank Metalsmithing / Bride’s Ring and Groom’s Cufflinks: Noble Studios / Dessert Styling: One Divine Party / Coffee Favors: Apropos Roasters / Models: Kaysha Everetts, Alex Cooksey and Ryan Hinkle

Monday, October 10, 2011

MY 500th SALE will save you MONEY!!

Hey everybody!

I just noticed that my sales are at a whopping 497!

I'm thrilled!

If you want to try and be my 500th sale
(or my 498th, 499th AND case you need 3 things!)
I am going to give you 40% off your entire order!

All you have to do is become one of my followers and leave a comment!

If you just want to purchase and pay for what you want, I can refund your savings thru paypal


Contact me ahead of time and I can give you a coupon code!

Please take a peek at all the goodies!

My shop on Etsy!

If someone "unsuspecting" (unaware of the sale) becomes my 500th sale they will also receive a surprise refund thru paypal of 40% off!

Please leave me a comment or a question! I'd LOVE to talk to you!

Faithfully yours,
Violette Noble

Noble Studios Ltd.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

I ADORE hats!

Happy October everyone!

Maybe it's because I've been watching a lot of "period dramas" the last few weeks but I've been thinking a lot about hats...women's especially...and wondering when (and WHY) we stopped wearing them!

One of the thing that amazes me about hats is how endless the variety it! Colors, styles, feathers, materials! I wish we'd start wearing them again!

I suppose there's nothing really stopping any of us from wearing them so why don't we? Do I have the "nerve" or the "confidence" or the HUZTSPA???

Oh well they are sooooooooooo much fun!

Here are some of my fav hats from years past that I've owned. Some I still have, some have been transformed into other works of art and some have been sold. (single tear.....)


These first few photos are of vintage hats I've purchased and re-made....either by cleaning, adding a new band and/or feathers, flowers or whatever strikes me as FUN! Don't you just LOVE the first hat?!?!?! I sold that one right before Easter of this year. The little bird is wearing an antique drawer pull "hat"!

These next ones are my steampunk hats! I bought some GORGEOUS handmade black wool hats (not cheap by the way) and had a great time making top hats for the steampunk crowd! The first photo is how they look before I "have my way" with them!

The next photo shows a hat I made for a wedding! Doesn't he look great??!??!

Just a few more steampunk hats that I had a great time with! (yes that IS a vintage leather belt!)

The next photos are all one hat BUT the customer requested 3 different feathers that would tuck down inside the band for different looks! Which one do you like best! (I LOVE them all but am partial to the pheasant feather!)

These last hats are hats I made from standard hat forms...most of them are mini top hats...which I love...and are held in place with two clips.

I hope you enjoyed this stroll down memory lane!

Send me photos of your favorite hats or hats you wish you owned and I'll post them!



Noble Studios Ltd.