I’d like to share a real life happy ending with you. It begins with a little girl, born in Rhode Island, and picks up in a charming southern studio in Georgia. The girl has grown into a woman and she sits at her desk meticulously bending wires and hand selecting antique beads with the hopes of saving a life.
At one time art and antiquities was the centerpiece of the young woman’s life. If you visit her Atlanta home you will find a warm, eclectic collection. Her style has been referred to as bohemian yet elegant. She has traveled the world collecting treasures. Along the way she also gained knowledge of art history and design. Little did she know these experiences would lead her on a mission to save others from a terrible disease that at one time had her down.
In 2007 a spark of philanthropic spirit was ignited in the woman. She was blindsided by a diagnosis of 2 forms of cancer; stage 3 colon cancer AND stage 3 kidney cancer. She was given a 20% chance of survival. Through surgeries and chemo treatments she had time to think. She set her mind on the fact that she wanted to help people overcome this horrific disease. Failure for her was not an option. She had to do “Something”. Watching children and the elderly experience the suffering caused by this disease was the worst part about being sick, and it changed her. That “something” took the name Saint Vintage. A name chosen to reflect an angelic image, based on compassion and giving back, blended with the beauty of historical antiques. Two things the woman knew well.
The captivating mission called Saint Vintage thrives today on the same spirit that it was founded. A humanitarian clientele of celebrities, fans, and survivors now follow the personal jewelry line made by hand from antique beads, crystals, and charms. People believe in her cause and covet her craftsmanship and quality. She donates proceeds of the sales of every piece back to cancer research knowing that it may be the one necklace or bracelet that saves a life. A new piece of equipment might be purchased by a scientist searching for a cure. Funding for a new test for early diagnosis might save a mother. A medication could be discovered to save a child. Through awareness and funding, a cure can be found…one bead at a time.
Paige Jansen Nichol’s remembers the first piece she made featured a Repousse Angel Cherub. It was during a chemo treatment. Many, many pieces later she still designs every piece of jewelry by hand and works endlessly in partnership with cancer organizations. She is cancer free and driven to help others receive the same positive diagnosis.
Learn more about Saint Vintage at http://www.saintvintage.com