The Sacred Order pays homage to the mystery and allure of bygone jewels. Still new to the “selling” game, although hardly new to collecting and curating old items, Wendy launched The Sacred Order so she could connect others with the histories of antique and vintage pieces. Each piece holds a story and is quite powerful to Wendy; for her, there’s nothing like an antique locket or a Memento Mori ring. With her online shop gaining attention of collectors and followers on Instagram, she is excited to grow and continue to bring customers enchanting finds from her travels! We can’t wait to see what she has in store.
We caught up with Wendy to see how The Sacred Order came to be and get some stories along the way…
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From the time I was a little girl I have had a deep affinity for jewelry. My mom would catch me digging through her jewelry box in her closet, examining all the colors and sparkle. Occasionally she would let me wear some of her costumes pieces. As a I got older I inherited some pieces from my Great Grandmother and Grandmother and upon their passing realized how much these objects meant to me. They became symbols of my loved ones I could wear for comfort and company as I missed them. It was clear to me that jewelry was not just about it’s inherent beauty but also how it connects us to others.
I own (and covet!) many modern pieces of jewelry, but there is a special place in my heart for antiques. I love their connection to history and our inherent desire as human beings to adorn and decorate ourselves throughout time.
I love the idea that I can help other people connect with old pieces and give them new history and new sentiment. With this idea in mind, The Sacred Order was born.
I don’t want to give away too many of my secrets 🙂 but I have various contacts I purchase from all over the US, attend several antique fairs in the US and travel to London and Paris twice a year.
This last time I was in London I meet a sweet older couple at the Portobello Market and purchased a mourning ring from them for myself. There were several other pieces I liked and when I woke up the next day I regretted not having bought them. Thankfully I had grabbed their card and called them up. They graciously invited me to their home that evening, a storybook cottage in an old London neighborhood. It was a magical place filled with antiques, the history of their lives there (they had lived there over 40 years) and cases and cases of jewelry! It was a dream come true!
While I’ve been purchasing for myself for many MANY years, I just started selling to others though The Sacred Order for about a year now. It’s terrible to say that I’ve loved every piece I’ve sold so far, but it’s true! Each sale assures me that I’m not alone in loving the pieces I find and that I’m creating a greater community around myself. It’s my greatest pleasure to receive photos back from my customers or hear their stories of how the jewelry is becoming part of their daily lives.
My answer to this would have to be 3 pieces I own. I have my Father’s, my Grandmother’s and Great Grandmother’s class rings.
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