When I became interested in antique medals, I learned that many of them tell remarkable stories of service, courage, personal sacrifice, and spiritual beliefs. My passion for these unique and personal pieces of history led me to make them into jewelry. While separated from their original owner, I beleive their stories continue when shared with others. I've also included nonhistorical stones and pendants far too beautiful and fun to overlook.
The name, Marie Reine, is in memory of my grandmother and her two sisters. Originally from Canada, they were lovely and lively 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 (the youngest and my grandmother)
Reine, meaning queen, belonged to the oldest sister. However, I believe they were each in their own unique way, the three Reine's of Mobile, Alabama.
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 significance.