Like most artists, Elizabeth Adams needed a muse. This Montgomery native found hers in vintage and antique jewelry pieces that recalled long lost sentiments. Bringing their stories to life again became her mission—and the name of her business.
An ex voto is a physical expression of gratitude representing miracles or answered prayers. This notion guides all of her design decisions. Her necklaces and bracelets incorporate finds such as old lockets, a chain or case from a pocket watch, or treasured charm. Because they are old, they exude worn patinas, scratches, and sometimes even a tooth mark from a baby.
Drawn to Georgian and Victorian pieces, Elizabeth works with artisans and craftspeople to replicate and reinterpret these lost treasures into modern limited editions and one-of-a-kind pieces.
“My dad is an artist. I spent every Sunday of my childhood going to art openings. When I turned five, my mom asked me what I wanted for my birthday. I asked for a party with brie, ginger snaps, and strawberries.” —Elizabeth Adams
Relocating to Birmingham five years ago, Elizabeth opened her first store in Mountain Brook Village and began a home renovation that would suit entertaining and family life. Her home, formerly a dated French design, exhibits her fondness for reinvention. “When I found it, I knew it was something that I could work with, ” Elizabeth says. Just like her jewelry designs, Elizabeth loves to find something old and make it new again.
Ex Voto Vintage • 2402 Canterbury Rd. 538.7301. exvotovintage.com
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A portion of all proceeds go to The Cure Starts Now Foundation for pediatric brain cancer research.