Spiny Oyster is Totally On Trend! Does it Matter? Nope!

Spiny Oyster is Totally On Trend! Does it Matter? Nope!

August 28, 2019

That little pop of coral red or orange was a consistent feature of many Native American jewelry traditions -- especially the Zuni inlaid stuff. I always thought that was coral ... It was only recently that I realized it was spiny oyster shell. 

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What is Design? Is there anything new under the sun in the jewelry world?

What is Design? Is there anything new under the sun in the jewelry world?

August 07, 2019

What is design?

When you ask an architect to come into your home and help you design a project, she will ask you what problems you want to solve.

I am a jewelry designer. What problems can I possibly solve with jewelry design? How to strap rocks to our body and look nice while we’re doing it? We've been doing it since the beginning of time, after all.

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Happy Independence Day! Girls can wear bolo-ties too!

Happy Independence Day! Girls can wear bolo-ties too!

July 04, 2019

But how does the goal of being independent work when we are constantly being told what to do? If we’re lucky … there comes a day we stop listening! That’s our independence day!

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What a Girl Wants - How To Shop For The Jewelry She Will Love and Wear

What a Girl Wants - How To Shop For The Jewelry She Will Love and Wear

June 19, 2019

Shopping in my little shop of jewelry, accessories and handmade craft items is not the natural habitat of most men over a certain age. I’m sticking to that even if it’s a stereotype. Here are some tips for finding the perfect, well thought out jewelry gift.

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Not Another Mothers Day Sale ... Coolest Mom Ever!

Not Another Mothers Day Sale ... Coolest Mom Ever!

May 08, 2019

"So many decisions were made because I was a mom ... and they were the best decisions of my life!"

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Royston Ribbon Turquoise

Royston Ribbon Turquoise

April 16, 2019

Royston Ribbon Turquoise forms in the Boulder mine also in Nevada. The turquoise develops in amazing stripes or ribbons. The host rocks for the deposits are often limestone or shale.

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Diamonds In The Sky

Diamonds In The Sky

April 05, 2019

Is your birthstone diamond? Congratulations -- they are kind of the penultimate stone in our jewelry culture. They have captured such a huge part of our imaginations and an even larger part of our jewelry industry -- but is that because of how utterly beautiful and captivating they are? Or how rare? 

 

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Not So Matchy-Matchy

Not So Matchy-Matchy

March 29, 2019

When someone finds that perfect necklace and she’s seeing how it looks on her neck, often times the next question is: “Do you have earrings to match?” Then some even ask for the bracelet next -- the three-piece suit - necklace, earrings, and bracelet.

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Look Again at Aquamarine -- You May Never Look Away

Look Again at Aquamarine -- You May Never Look Away

March 21, 2019

I’ll admit it … as a kid and young woman, I wondered why turquoise wasn’t my birthstone ... really? I had my first turquoise dream at age 8. How about something with color? I am always surrounded by color. Aquamarine seemed so soft and whispery to me. “Soft and whispery” are about the total opposite of my personality. I am usually the person to get up on a table and shove my foot in my mouth, then flag everyone to make sure no one misses it.

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Meditate with Amethyst --February's Magical Birthstone

Meditate with Amethyst --February's Magical Birthstone

February 19, 2019

Why is it that you see amethyst Geodes every time you visit your favorite Spa or Wellness Center? Because Amethyst is very powerful during meditation, but also promotes mindfulness any time. And being so plentiful all over the earth -- it is remarkably affordable!

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The Urban Cowboy -- Man or Myth

The Urban Cowboy -- Man or Myth

February 08, 2019

There are a lot of things that separate “traditional” men and women. One disparity I’ve never been sorry about is wardrobe. In my opinion, women are the lucky ones. We have so many more choices at our disposal! And it’s not just variety in styles, but we are free to add and play with colors and textures and shine.

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Balance

Balance

February 01, 2019

You don’t have to be a jewelry designer to notice the ramp-up of jewelry store commercials before Valentines Day. Lots of ocean waves and talk of eternity and endless love and, wait, where does a kiss begin? And if it isn’t the messaging it’s the design … come on …

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