My pendant at the auction

Hand-painted enamel pendant framed in 14 karat gold and pink tourmalines. Now at UNICEF’s Auction for Action for the benefit of children’s programs. Check it out here.

This pendant is in the UNICEF Auction for Action lot. It is a special one because it depicts a tender hug of a mother and baby. I don’t think I have to explain that part. You, my readers, know me. Instead, please allow me to tell the story of the pendants and how they happened to me.

At the early part of our marriage, Patrick gave me five antique hand-painted medallions. They came from the collection of his mother. I loved them first because of the technique and craft that went into painting miniature works of art. Those antique medallions came from Europe and became popular in the Philippines around the early 1900’s. They were so rare and delicate, but I hung them all together as a charm necklace.

Daphne on F
I wore them in F regularly and I got a lot of emails asking where I bought my necklace.

As seen on F
Then on the second-to-the-last show on February 2006 (before F was taken off the air), I decided to share the story of the pendants. Emails and orders poured in. I couldn’t keep up.

Then and even now, I have more inquiries and orders than I do have pendants. I couldn’t and still can’t meet the demand for my one of a kind necklaces. I don’t work with an assistant. Back then, I’d acquire antique medallions and rework them. That was impossible to continue as I didn’t have the time for antique-hunting. But I suppose this was meant to be… for me. I met an artist in Europe whose family specialized in miniature paintings like this. He currently runs his workshop creating these types of medallions. So these ones I now collect are all new – not antiques. Once I get the medals I work on the design of the frames – which are influenced by Philippine antique jewelry.

Metro Magazine April 2006
My first feature about the necklaces was in Metro Magazine April 2006.

ANC Life
I continued to wear them in my old show in ANC every Sunday evening. I was pregnant with Lily here.

My necklaces are in Preview October
Preview included my necklaces in this editorial with Carmina Villaroel in October 2006.

Shadow box for medals
I loved them so much, I made shadow boxes for my personal collection. I’d hang them in the box whenever they were not in use so I’d see them all the time.

Some of my pendants are available for sale in Accessory Lab. Some. Very few. Most people who inquire and order have to wait many weeks, some even months. I think my previous clients can attest to that. I am very grateful for their patience.

So this one pendant at the UNICEF Auction for Action is really special. I hope those who’ve been waiting for me to get my act together would consider bidding on the piece.

100 April 2010 - cover story
Just to show you, I still wear my medals up to now. I wear them all the time – either in dressy or everyday occasions. This is the cover story for 100 Magazine last April 2010.

Weekend Cover
Cover of a Cebu weekend newspaper. I was unstyled. I like piling on my beaded necklaces and layering them with my pendants.

Philippine Star
I also have miniatures. This one actually belongs to my daughter Sophia. I’m putting together miniature charms for my three girls. But not all in one go. Mama cannot afford it. Haha. Besides they know how valuable these little paintings are. So they know that they only get one charm every milestone birthday or event. Soph’s next pendant, she’ll receive at her first holy communion.

At Rustan's Estee Lauder event
Like I said, I wear them piled on. This was taken at a Rustan’s event.

with Balikbayan's host, Drew Arellano
This is what it looks like casually. I was the featured guest in Balikbayan, Drew Arellano’s show in GMA/QTV.

Please continue to watch the bidding online at Click on the logo below and it’ll take you there. The jewelry and paintings are quite popular with the bidders. The sculptures and furniture are doing well with collectors. We also have experience packages like a glamour photo shoot with Doc Marlon, custommade suit or gown by Joey Samson, dinner for 4 at Antonio’s and access to the dugout of the Azkals during playoffs.

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Click on this logo to check UNICEF’s Auction for Action.

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