From pastime to passion.


 

Lydia Frank started making jewelry when she was 10 years old. She would go to estate sales and auctions with her mom, collecting trinkets like beads, buttons, and clasps, and keeping them in her jewelry box. Her favorite hobby was creating pretty new things out of these special finds.

As an adult, she and her family moved to England. There, Lydia started going to street fairs and estate auctions, and it didn’t take long for her to pick up her old hobby and start fashioning bracelets out of antique pins and brooches.

Lydia’s childhood pastime has become her passion, and she delights in reviving old treasures to create new ones. Now, instead of beads and buttons, she uses antique elements that she sources from all over North America and Europe.

She receives regular shipments of shoe buckles, brooches, watch chains, pendants, and other items from the 19th and 20th centuries. Then, she goes to work, crafting them into pieces that are modern and stylish, but still have a classic appeal.

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I love to imagine the stories that go with these pieces, to think about the women who must’ve worn them. [The components] come to me in all forms — they’re sometimes dusty, dirty, or damaged — and I get the pleasure of making them shiny and beautiful again. And then each piece gets a new life with a new lady who will wear and treasure it. It’s very rewarding, and it’s a lot of fun.

 
 

 
 

The original Pindi House.

When Lydia and her family transferred to England, they lived in Virginia Water in a home that the previous owner had named the Pindi House. Later, when she launched her company, she didn’t want to name it after herself. So instead, she called it Pindi House, because it was such a nice connection to a happy time of growth in her life. Sadly, the house isn’t there anymore. But part of it lives on in the Pindi House logo. The window element pays tribute to one that embellished their beautiful oak front door.

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