Elizabeth and Darcy earrings by Liz Turner If you follow my Instagram account, you’ve already seen a sneak peek of this beautiful jewelry, designed and made by Liz Turner from books that have fallen into disrepair and are destined for the rubbish bin. I love how Liz chooses words that follow a theme or come from classic literature, like the “Elizabeth” and “Mr Darcy” earrings you see at right. She can even find the words of your choice in a dictionary or another volume and custom-make your own special jewelry, including pendants to wear as single pieces. Perhaps you fancy a map pendant of a favorite place? Check out these beauties below:

Map pendants by Liz Turner

I asked Liz if I could sponsor a giveaway on my site and through social media and have her chat a bit about what she does. Below she shares what started her hobby:

Lets Be Cats Jewellery’s ethos has always been to make quirky jewellery using recycled and unusual materials. My first pieces using a book were made from a very small, very tatty, old dictionary which I bought from a jumble sale. The spine had disappeared and the sepia pages were falling out – it had real character! I’ve used also books and novels which are out of copyright, including classics from Shakespeare, Jane Austen and Arthur Conan Doyle. None of the books I’ve used are in perfect condition – some have been ripped, written in or even missing their covers. They have all been rescued from being thrown in the rubbish bin or bought from a charity (thrift) shop. It’s great to be able to give them a new lease of life by selecting words or small sections of the page and turning them into jewellery. I love searching them out in the bookshops, and I make the pieces so the page sits beneath a glass dome, which slightly magnifies the words.

Rescuing battered books by turning them into jewelry

I’d be delighted to give away one of our round pendants or a pair of silver plated earrings to one lucky person.The winner will be able to suggest words from two or three classic books (or Dictionary words) for me to make the jewellery from. The words need to be able to fit into the pendants (25mm diameter) or earrings (16mm diameter) so by suggesting a couple of options I should be able to make your perfect design.

Exciting! So, if you’d like to enter for the chance to win your own unique jewelry from Liz, please like her on Facebook or follow her on Instagram or Twitter, then share her page (FB),  tag a friend (IG) or retweet my post on Twitter. The contest will run until midnight Wednesday, March 29, and I’ll choose a winner at random on Thursday. Bon chance!

Beauty and the Beast earrings by Liz Turner Custom word earrings by Liz Turner

UPDATE (March 30, 2017): Congrats to the winner, chosen at random on randomresult.com, @mariettaglendesigns! Thanks for participating!

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