Friday, December 27, 2013

Still Dreaming Of Sugarplums?

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Stunning Party Earrings - Lend Me Your Ear!

We all know someone that has this horrible affliction.  Some are our nearest and dearest friends, while other beloved sufferers may even share our DNA.  What in the world am I talking about . . . droopy ear lobes!  

As a jewelry designer, I have had soooo many conversations with my customers about the perils of our youthful indiscretions - wearing fashionable, but heavy earrings.  Yes, we Baby Boomers have fessed up to a lifetime of large and heavy loops during the 70’s and enormous earrings that rivaled the size of our shoulder pads during the 80’s.  Clearly, this has taken a toll on our once dainty ear lobes.

It was reported by the British Medical Journal that yes indeed, Missy - those ear lobes do grow as we age.  We also loose collagen and they begin to flatten, thus appearing like a deflated party balloon.  Droopy ear lobes are one of the dead giveaways when you meet an old friend that looks just a little too “rested”.

There are remedies for this sad and droopy situation such as ear lobe reduction (Yikes!), radio frequency to tighten up the delicate skin, a few drops of facial filler and even something called Blingdots (placed behind the ear lobe).  For those of us that prefer to ignore our deflating youth - there is yet another option - post style earrings.

I am asked almost daily if some of my earring designs can be converted to a post style for “women of a certain age”.  The right post style earring can help to hide the elongation of the piercings and the drooping of the lobe behind a pretty decorative post.  With enough sparkle and shine dangling below the post - (as my dear Mother used to say) “No one will notice on a galloping horse”. 

For all of you Boomer Babes, with holiday soirees on your calendar in the next few weeks - here are some gorgeous post-style earring solutions. 

Sylvia Earrings - Pink & Yellow Sapphires w/ White Topaz

Eileen Earrings - Green Onyx & White Topaz

Scarlett Earrings - Burmese Rubies & White Topaz

Storm Earrings - "Blue Flash" Labradorite & White Topaz

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

A Year Of Design.....In Progress

Cherish Necklace

A couple of years ago, I designed a theatre token necklace as a prototype that was a reproduction of antique opera tokens - with a twist.  During the process of the design, I realized that it would be much more fun to integrate some current customized tokens using the antique opera token format.  As a result, I have encouraged my customers to customize their tokens for this necklace as a celebration of their lives - acknowledging honors, special events, hobbies and interests.  The necklace has always been a big success and each of the necklaces are uniquely one-of-a-kind as they represent the individual owner’s lives.

About a year ago, I had an inquiry about this necklace from a charming gal from Kansas.  As it turned out, she was visiting the Phoenix area and we had a chance to meet during her visit.  It was one of those moments when you immediately have a strong connection with someone you just met and we  happily chatted for hours about so many different subjects.  We discussed the token necklace and she came away realizing the tokens could be customized to be so much more than what she was seeing on the prototype necklace.  That is when the collaborative creative process really took flight.  Rather than simply add text to her tokens, she requested line drawings that symbolized significant events in her life.

As you can see from the photos, this has been a labor of love.  Even though the necklace has not reached 13 tokens or been assembled just yet - her necklace is the most unique and customized necklace I have done thus far.  She and I have been able to collaborate together, sharing the same vision for a year.  When she gets stumped as to how we can execute an idea, she emails and. . . between the two of us. . . a creative solution is just around the corner.

If you ask me why I am posting about an unfinished design, it is to exemplify what can be done when you think outside the box.  To encourage customers to request designs that are as unique as our fingerprints.  To NOT settle for the ordinary and expected.

On my end, there has been another added bonus.  Not only have I been part of a great collaboration to create a very unique necklace design, but I have also gained a lovely friend who has been an absolute delight to work with!  I cannot wait for her next visit to Phoenix for show and tell!

"If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary."      
Jim Rohn

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Doozy Of A Druzy

Those enchanting and unique mineral specimen beads known as “druzys” -  sprinkled with glistening colored confectionary sugar-like crystals are still hot on the radar of every fashionista.  If you don’t already have some of these mesmerizing stones in your jewelry armoire - they are a must have for fall and winter.  Their precious nature is upended by their raw and wild geologic cuts and they are perfect for elegant yet casual cashmere sweaters and suede skirts.

I was awestruck when I found a resource that had a vast selection of fossilized druzy shells from a private collection - all found in the dusty and dry sea bed that we now call the Sahara Desert.

Minerals deposited in the remnants of shells have naturally created these one-of-a-kind geologic wonders - which continue to be a curiosity - even today.

Marching along the fashion route with the ever popularity druzy stones are geodes - one of nature’s true curiosities.  Geodes tell an spell-binding story.  They begin their life as little round geologic formations - just as any ordinary rock.  However, those clever geologists discovered that some of these seemingly ordinary rocks held a very dramatic story.

I don’t know how it happened - by accident or design - but when these seemingly ordinary rocks are gently hand-cleaved - they break apart revealing a dazzling display of crystals safely ensconced within a dimpled nest.  The smallest of these orbs have become beautiful sets in a variety of colors, which I use for earrings.

I hope you are just as enchanted by these little curiosities of nature as I have been.

Friday, October 5, 2012

“Yes, Officer, I Am An Accessory To. . .

Jeannie Bracelet 
Camille Grande Carpetbag

. . .Beautiful Fall Fashions.  But, you should know - I do have an accomplice - Mary Kaiser Designs!”

I  have known about Mary Kaiser’s gorgeous handbag designs for  20+ years. I was first introduced to her clever line at the Atlanta Mart when I was buying for my store.  Mary's designs are made  of the finest home furnishings fabrics and leathers, including Scalamandre, Clarence House & Lee Jofa - they are then embellished with a variety of trimmings including vintage ribbons and braids, velvet flowers, rhinestones, French jacquard trims, buttons and high quality Italian brass & leather hardware.  

Fast forward many years later and we happily reconnected again when I purchased a wonderful handbag from her that others love to call my “Mary Poppins Carpetbag”.  I unwittingly became one of Mary’s best PR agents - giving out her cards and website info to total strangers - a stylist from the Four Seasons Beverly Hills to the fashion mecca of Boston - Newbury Street.

Brezza Dolce Antique Vinaigrette Necklace 
Mary Bag #3

If you are looking to perk up an outfit - why not add a great piece of jewelry and one of Mary’s stunning and one-of-a-kind handbags.  Here. .  I have already done some of the homework for you.

Adorned Layering Necklace Set
Mary Bag #2

Natalie Earrings
Bebe Carpetbag #4

Cherish Collection
Bella Grande Carpetbag

Pastilles Bracelet
Aqua Rose Linen Tote

Nerissa Necklace
Mary Bag #6

Celeste Earrings
Nantucket Bebe Carpetbag

Pink Daisy Necklace
Caroline Grande Carpetbag

Violet Necklace
Lily Grande Carpetbag

Bryn Earrings
Bebe Carpetbag #6

Officer, If Mary and I are being brought in for questioning - perhaps we could at least  beautifully accessorize those dreary striped outfits and the orange jumpsuits!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Summer Soiree Jewelry Sale

Custom Orders, Made-to-Order, Layaways & Prior Sales Are Not Included In This Sale

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Dust Storm Designs

In addition to being 110-115 degrees this past week - the Phoenix/Scottsdale area has been graced with not one, but two of these lovely dust storms!  For those of you that have never experienced this weather phenomena - consider yourself lucky.  They usually occur late in the day (rush hour is a favorite time) and kick up winds and DUST like you cannot imagine.

My faithful design assistants - Asher & Olivia
Of course, both my little King Charles Spaniels consider this the absolute best time to ring the bell indicating they need to go outside - ugh!  They get so excited by the wind blowing everything around the yard (makes for a great game of “chase”) and don’t even seem to mind all the dust in their faces.  These dust storms or “Haboobs” usually occur right after I have had the patio furniture dusted and vacuumed.  I guess it is the law of probability - like when you finally have your car washed and it rains the same day!
The best plan of action when a storm approaches is stay inside and pray that the storm does not knock out your electricity and AC!  It is also a good time to work on new jewelry designs.

Sconset Market - filled with little gourmet goodies.

Hydrangeas grow in profusion on Nantucket

Sadly, this magnificent sculpture will be washed out to sea at high tide
Can you tell I have been dreaming of past summers spent on Nantucket?  Walking down to the Sconset Market early in the morning to pick up the newspaper and a pastry for breakfast - running into town to pick up some fresh flowers for guests arriving on the next ferry and strolling along Jetties’ Beach while enjoying some of the amazing sand sculptures.

Judy Dinnick's Sailor's Valentines are some of the most gorgeous I have ever seen.

Seychelles Sailor's Valentine Necklace consists of stick and baroque pearls and champagne citrine.  There is a glass crystal, but it is easier to photograph without!

It was during our 10 year sojourns to Nantucket that I discovered Sailor’s Valentines and I have been smitten ever since.  These little shell mosaic designs encased in old pocket watches allows me to  indulge two of my favorite things - shells and gemstones.

Sucrée Necklace - rough tourmaline nuggets and pink topaz

My last trip to the Tucson Gem Show resulted in finding some beautiful nuggets which I have been saving for a summer design.  Unique pink and green rough and organic tourmaline nuggets - several with crystals embedded in the nugget - are paired with delicate pink topaz rondelles to create a delicious necklace that looks good enough to eat!