Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The sun feels right, the hurricane winds are dying down.

Where have I been? Everywhere it seems, although, really just NYC, Philadelphia and back to Denver to move into a new apartment.

My trip was to do desk sides, which in PR lingo are just showing off jewels to editors. You're often sitting at their desk, hence the name. What it really meant was running around NYC for a week.



I did pop into two boutiques that were on my list:

Broken English - The jewelry boutique just opened their second store - their first being in Los Angeles. They carry all kinds of great designers - Xiao Wang, Colette, Atelier Zobel and Pamela Love to name a few. A must visit for jewelry lovers!

Catbird: A tiny, adorable shop in Brooklyn. They have an amazing collection of dainty jewels by some of my very favorite designers - Digby & Iona, Collette Ishiyama, Blanca Monros Gomez, Claire Kinder Studio, Ila & I, Polly Wales, Yayoi Forest,, Satomi Kawakita....and so many more. What's especially great about Catbird is that there are quite a few adorable home goods that are so affordable - such a great place to do some shopping. I recommend visiting!
Although I love being on the move, I am tired and so ready to settle down for a bit! I have list of topics and designers for this here blog about a mile long. So good content is on its way! xo


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Phases of the moon.

A lot of slow, consistent change has been happening in my life which reminds me of the lunar cycle. Things change, life gets hard, and then it becomes the norm - this is a cycle that keeps repeating. I've also noticed it as a big trend in jewelry. Moon and the phases of the moon have been used as symbols in jewelry for centuries. The moon see as the female counterpart to the sun. It's also seen as a symbol of death and rebirth.  


 Phases of the Moon necklace and bracelet by Andrea Fohrman  
 Moonstone rings designed by Blackbird & the Snow


Luna Ring, Black Diamond & Gold Moon Phase necklace and Lunar Phase ring from Pamela Love
 Stunning Monique Pean ring - Not sure if it's meant to look like a moon, but the fossilized walrus ivory does to me.
Phases od the moon earrings made by Army of Rokosz





Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Ruby + shades of blue.


One of the best gemstone color combinations is ruby with turquoise - especially when set in gold with diamond or pearl accents. This was popular in the Georgian and Victorian eras (I'm guessing, but all the pieces I found seem to be from those eras).
Antique inspiration:




While digging through images of antique ruby + turquoise, I cam across this amazing royal blue enamel cuff with ruby stones. Lapis and other deep blue colors look amazing with ruby as well! 
Modern designs:

If you like the idea of the color combination, but don't want to commit, mix and match! These two items are on my wish list and would look rad worn together.

I would've kept going with pairing ruby + turquoise or lapis, but I need to refrain. Also almost launched into my love of the gemstone combinations of Cartier (see: Tuti Fruti collection), but that is another post for another time.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Designer love: COMMUNION by Joy

One of the amazing designers I met while in Los Angeles was Joy Smith, creator of the jewelry line COMMUNION. I've admired her work for a while and we became friends via Instagram. Her pieces have meaning and a very rough edge - you know they are handmade, but at the same time they are elegant!

Refined bohemian is the best way to describe this jewelry - it is meant to be worn by women with a strong sense of self. Made for jewelry lovers who want more meaning in pieces they purchase.

Joy is a doll. She is genuine and so passionate about what she does. Joy believes that jewelry making is spiritual and has a deep connection with her designs. They all represent protection, someone protecting you like a guardian and having the confidence and tools to protect yourself.

Each piece is slightly one-of-a-kind and made using lost-wax carving.

See more designs here - the ring below is on my to-buy list!

Meeting Joy and spending time with both her and her cute (energetic) daughter made me love and respect the line so, so much more!

Monday, September 29, 2014

California dreaming.

I have been in Venice, CA all week and very distracted by opening a store on Abbot Kinney Blvd. The finale to a week of madness is a huge grand opening party on Saturday and then things may calm down a bit.

Here are a few photos:

I have quite a few designer features in the works, but in the meantime, check out this female duo - Paper Flowers. Their new album is so good - I've listened dozens of times and am especially a fan of track 2, More. They played a magical acoustic show in Venice last week - the lights were low, the candles were flickering and their voices harmonized perfectly. Have a listen!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

All of the senses

This weekend I went to see St. Vincent at the Denver Botanic Gardens. The show was amazing, Annie Clark is so, so talented.

...and adorable. She was wearing a funky sequined top that inspired this post. 

I've been noticing more and more jewels featuring body parts. Normally something I'd find a bit tacky, but here are some fine jewelry pieces that I love from two very talented designers.

Holly Dyment's designs stand out. There is nothing similar to her jewelry in the industry right now - at least nothing I've seen. She uses bright colors and fun imagery.   

Holly, who got her start as an interior decorator, is known for her use of color. She is a female designer designing for women.

Her bold, yet whimsical designs are inspired by the geometric patterns stenciled onto walls in India, a country she visits frequently.

This ring, named Brown-eyed Girl, is available for pre-order on Moda Operandi. I love the teardrop detail, it reminds me of lovers' eyes.
And, as I've mentioned in most of my recent posts, the talented Gabriella Kiss - I am slightly obsessed. She creates realistic, miniature sculptures with so much detail.




I have to also share this amazing collaboration by Peter Schmidt of Atelier Zobel & Todd Reed titled 'Rouge." The lip portion is made from coral - the base is sterling silver, 18ky gold and white brilliant diamonds.