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One of a kind paintings made to wear

I am so thrilled with my beautiful custom made necklace portrait of my cat, Grace. Jenn worked with me to accommodate all my requests and I just love the results! She got so many little details of Grace’s physicality right, including her uneven “socks.” It’s purrfect!

I love this pin! Seller was incredibly accommodating for a custom request of putting this image in a brass brooch. Very easy transaction and quick shipping. I will be ordering from this shop again.

Words cannot accurately express how wonderful this woman’s work is. To include such detail and accuracy in such a tiny format! Just incredible....
Extremely happy to have found her. A perfect memorialization of our baby boy. Highest recommendation.


Alternate Empire was born out of a fine arts project of creating small one inch paintings of small animals that evolved into wearable original drawings and paintings. With design influences from the 18th through the early 20th centuries, the miniature artworks delve into wildlife and anatomical themes. They are set within a various accoutrements, such as pendants, earrings, brooches, lapel pins and more.

No work is ever printed and each is completely one of a kind. All items are made by Jenn Cortés in her small Queens workshop.