Ansley Schrimsher fell into
jewelry design when her grandmother, Dora Mae, gave her boxes of
vintage jewelry shed collected for 50 years. Inspired by the
jewelrys history, patina and charm, Ansley began combining
vintage components with modern materials and her one-of-a kind jewelry
line was born. Her goal is to artistically rejuvenate the antique
pieces by juxtaposing them with modern components. She hopes to
both preserve and renew vintage design.
Each piece is a fresh recombination
of vintage and modern pendants, pins, chains, Lucite, beads and
findings. Its a new take on estate jewelry vintage
form with modern flair!
Juxtaposing eras is a key
component to the designers definitive style. A necklace might
be composed of an 1800s Victorian pendant, crystal beads from
the 1930s and completely modern industrial style chain. Antique
costume jewelry is often over-the-top and outdated, but its individual
components can be beautiful and current when a modern design sensibility
Ansley searches antique shows,
estate sales and stores around the country to find pieces that inspire
her. She loves talking to dealers about their collections to get
as much information on each piece as possible. Knowing the history
of a piece makes it so much more fun to wear! On the tag she shares
some of that story with you.
Dora Mae Jewelry is sold a
chic boutique around the country and online at doramaejewelry.com.
The designer also holds trunk shows a various times throughout the
year. Check the website for dates and locations.
Dora Mae Pemberton, who passed
away on July 4th, 2011 at 92 years old, was an was an avid antique
collector, an accomplish seamstress, a talented pianist and singer,
but perhaps most notably a clever and gifted poet. Each piece of
jewelry is named using phrases from her poetry taken from The
Selected Poems of Dora Mae Pemberton, 1966-2000. Her family
misses her very much, but her legacy will have an impact for generations
Ansley Schrimsher is married
to her high school sweetheart, Jake and they have two children Cade
and Haven. Along with Dora Mae Jewelry, Ansley owns Avant Garden
Design, Inc. She has been designing gardens for Orlando and Winter
Park residents since 2002.
There are many categories
of vintage jewelry, but many fall into three categories:
First theres just
the old, outdated and over the top
those pieces that try to
be resurrected but should probably be laid to rest!
Then theres the object
found feel with random trinkets and charms combined in an
off-beat, casual way. These pieces are often worn by those who desire
to express their individuality quietly - those who use their style
to personally confirm their identity rather than trying to prove
it to everyone else. Unfortunately this style has become mass-produced
and can sometimes translate as cliché.
Finally theres the flashy,
I want to make a big statement with my overly asymmetrical
design and my drastic juxtaposition of materials vintage jewelry.
This jewelry can feel forced, unnatural and overly manipulated.
It is no longer an accessory but the main event and is probably
the least versatile piece in a persons collection. In fact,
after a few wears, they are probably sick of it.
Dora Mae is simultaneously
elegant and funky, versatile without being bland, timeless yet somehow
just the right amount of fashion forward with tasteful
juxtapositions of eras and materials. Dora Mae doesnt take
itself too seriously. It doesnt match anything yet somehow
matches everything. It can make a variety of subtle statements depending
on the occasion, the mood, or the personality and effortlessly adapts
to the style of each individual.