I became interested in antique medals and their history and learned that many of them tell remarkable stories of service, courage, personal sacrifice, and spiritual beliefs. My passion for these wonderful pieces of history led me to make them into necklaces. I believe the story of each piece, separated from its original owner, continues when it is shared with others. I've also begun to include other jewlery that I have made simply because I believe the stones and pendants are far too beautiful to overlook.
I named my new interest, “Marie Reine”, in memory of my grandmother and her two sisters. Originally from Canada, they were lovely French Canadian women living in Mobile, Alabama. In keeping with their Catholic and French heritage, all three had beautiful and very long names and shared the same first name, “Marie”.
Marie Cecile Germaine Reine Beland
Marie Antoinette Adelaide Albertine Beland
Marie Pauline Lumina Albertine Beland (my grandmother)
Reine, meaning queen, is the fourth name of the oldest sister. I believe they were each in their own unique way, the three Reine's of Mobile.
The jewelry is organized into three collections; beautiful, beloved, and blessed.
beautiful - pave diamond pendants, pearls, and gemstone necklaces.
beloved - antique and vintage medals signifying important events in history or a person's life.
blessed - all things of religious and spiritual importance.