Strong Colors for Spring
Niagara is a classic intense denim-like blue shade
Primrose Yellow invites you to enjoy the warmth of a sunny day – a bright no holds barred sunflower yellow
Lapis Blue is a wonderfully strong intense rich deep blue shade with an inner radiance.
Flame is a red-based orange that’s flamboyant and vivacious with a fiery heat. This is an ultra intense color that’s striking alone and great combined with neutral
Island Paradise is a refreshing aqua – a cool blue green shade that symbolizes an escape to the tropical settings of our dreams.
Pale Dogwood is a quiet pink – a subtle pink whose soft touch infuses a healthy glow.
Greenery is the yellow-green hue of bright new foliage
Pink Yarrow is tropical and festive – a whimsical and attention getting hot hot deep pink
Kale evokes the great outdoors – it’s another foliage-based green that lets us connect to nature – reminiscent of avocado hues
Hazelnut is a key earthy neutral for spring. This shade brings to mind a natural earthiness. Hazelnut has an inner warmth and it’s a transitional color that connects the seasons.
This year’s Spring colors are powerful backdrops for silver and gold jewelry. Hazelnut – the “neutral” in the Spring collection is dynamite with pearls and glittery gemstone necklaces. Pearls and other gemstones will gleam and glitter against these intense colors.
This blog is all about holiday gift giving ideas. The holidays are a busy time of year with everyone shopping for the perfect gift for those special friends and family members. The traditional Twelve Days of Christmas Song starts with the gift of a partridge in a pear tree and each verse adds another item until reaching twelve drummers drumming. The last verse goes:
On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
Twelve Drummers Drumming, Eleven Pipers Piping, Ten Lords a Leaping, Nine Ladies Dancing, Eight Maids a Milking, Seven Swans a Swimming, Six Geese a Laying, Five Golden Rings, Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves, and a Partridge in a Pear Tree
There are lots of holiday gift giving suggestions published this time of year and here’s ours. We don’t happen to have the gifts mentioned in the song, but we do have beautiful hand constructed silver and gemstone jewelry – pearls, amethyst, garnet, peridot, topaz, and other gemstone as well as an enticing selection of vintage jewelry – any of which would be a perfect gift for someone special. We’re always happy to create something special just for you or make one of our designs in a different metal with a favorite gemstone of yours.
There’s a fabulous fiber show coming to Santa Fe November 18-20. The show is being held at the Scottish Rite Temple on Paseo de Peralta and it kicks off with an Artist Reception on Friday November 18 from 5-7pm. The show hours on the weekend are 10am – 5pm and there’s going to be a lot to see and do
One of my woven necklaces is featured in the show poster and I’ll be showing some of my woven fiber pieces and also woven silver designs during the show.
These are the Pantone Fall Colors for 2016. These beautiful colors strike me as somewhat subdued autumn hues that sort of continue the “calm mood” from last Spring/Summer.
Riverside blue (a marine blue) is a sort of neutral shade that would be really good with silver, lapis jewelry, clear crystal, or red stones
Airy blue is an amped up baby blue – great with silver and crystal beads,
Sharkskin is a lovely silvery gray, A wonderful shade for silver jewelry and one that goes with just about any color
Aurora red is a very bright scarlet that’s great with gold or silver
Warm Taupe is a medium dark neutral shade, I like this shade paired with silver or black, but you could wear almost any metal
Dusty Cedar (deeper dusty rose with a definite burgundy hue). Great with gold or silver, probably with copper too
Lush Meadow is a rich luscious deep green that is wonderful going into winter – a warm green that teams well with almost any metal
Marigold is a lush rich golden yellow – the perfect compliment for blacks, browns and neutrals
Potter’s Clay is a great coppery brown. I love copper, so I really like this one – great with silver jewelry and colorful beads like rose quartz or peridot. Black onyx would be great, too
A bright purple called Bodacious – a playful bright color to have fun with.
I’ve also seen Olive on some Fall color lists. Whatever your favorites, these are great colors to mix and match for Fall
We all hate to lose an earring – seems as if I’ve hunted for a million earrings over the years. I carry a variety of ear wires and posts for pierced earrings, both commercial and handmade, and hypoallergenic shepherds hooks in niobium and surgical steel, plus some clip style earrings, too. Some styles are pictured here and we can always order or create something special for you. The shepherds hook style is very popular and the commercial ones are thin enough to go through some clear plastic “stoppers” which we also have. The stoppers have to be put on the wires after you have the earrings in place. My handmade ear wire styles include a lot of choices that are longer ear wires. Posts come in various styles. Posts with snuggly fitting clutches are pretty good, but I’d lost a number of those over the years, too.
Lever-back ear wires are one of my favorites and I have them in sterling silver and gold fill. People don’t seem to be familiar with this style, but these ear wires lock into your ear lobe and keep your pierced earrings secure.
Some of my new versatile sterling silver and gemstone designs: new bypass style rings – this one shown with gorgeous red garnet cabochons, plus a dangling pearl and gemstone earring style that can be created in the gemstones and colors of your choice.
The earrings as shown is a mix of faceted gem quality rose quartz with keishi pearls.
The bypass ring offers some adjustability and the earrings can be as long or short as you like. More designs are on the way.
Celebrations of motherhood have been happening for centuries, going back to ancient Greece and Rome. In England a holiday called “Mothering Sunday” was celebrated in honor of Mary, mother of Jesus. This holiday later became a celebration to honor all mothers in England. Mother’s Day in America was loosely inspired by the British tradition, but heavily influenced by Julia Ward Howe who pressed for a “Mother’s Day for Peace” in the 1870s. She was honored for her efforts with a stamp issued in 1988. Howe’s ideas may have been influenced by an earlier crusader for “Mothers Friendship Day” – Ann Marie Jarvis.
Jarvis’ daughter Anna succeeded in establishing Mother’s Day as a holiday to honor all mothers, living and dead. She started a letter writing campaign urging businesses, members of Congress, and ministers to support a national Mother’s Day
The first Mother’s Day was celebrated on May 10, 1908 and the idea gained in popularity with the formation of The Mother’s Day International Association in 1912 and President Woodrow Wilson officially proclaimed the second Sunday of May as Mother’s Day the first US Mother’s Day holiday and celebrated May 9, 1914
Today Mother’s Day has become one of this country’s revered “institutions”
An earlier blog post talked about the Pantone color palette for Spring 2016. I’m going to highlight several of the color choices of jewelry to accent your spring fashion wardrobe. In addition to the jewelry styles already on the website, I have a variety of beautiful stones and beads to create a variety of custom designs for Spring and Summer just for you.
The Spring palette included soft pink and blue, a coffee colored hue, pearly white, a soft purple, and also a soft green. Rose quartz, aqua chalcedony, smoky quartz, pearls, yellow quartz, labradorite and amethyst are some of the gemstones that would be terrific accents for those fashion shades.
Quartz – very hard – perfect for jewelry. The clear stone is known as Rock crystal. Quartz is widely found in the US, madagascar, Brazil
Rose Quartz – widely used in jewelry and ornamental objects. The stone gets its color from titanium
Smoky Quartz – a medium to dark brown form of quartz. The coloring is due to gamma rays – either natural or artificial. Found in US, Madagascar, Brazil, and the Ukraine
Lemon Quartz – produced by heat treating amethyst. The presence of iron is responsible for the color
Amethyst quartz – layered or striped with milky quartz, this form occurs with amethyst. It’s used for beads, cabochons, and a variety of ornamental objects
Amethyst – the most valuable form of quartz
Chalcedony – Long ago, I fell in love with the luminosity of aqua chalcedony – that glorious inner glow. Bluish or gray in its natural state, chalcedony is a cryptocrystalline quartz. It is porous and can be dyed a variety of colors
Pearls – Products of bivalve mollusks (oysters) built up from mother of pearl (nacre) which gives the typical pearly lustrous finish
Labradorite– a form of feldspar. This stone has a metallic “shiller” or labradorescence in blue, green and sometimes red flashes that arise from interference effects of light interacting with defects in the crystal lattice. labradorite is widely used for jewelry and ornamental ornaments
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