Friday, January 28, 2011

Our Brand Ambassador Has Arrived

I cannot get enough of this cray-zay picture of Mark Ruffalo wearing our jewelry in this W spread from January (see, we are a little slow)--which is his own I might add. We couldn't be more thrilled to have such a great guy, who is up for an Oscar, sporting our stuff. I hope it brings him good luck!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Tiaras, Turtles and Good Karma

I have loved the stars too fondly to be
fearful of the night.

--Sarah Williams 1868

Inspired by Miss Monique Erickson, here is my first tiara and it won't be my last. It is made of silver, 18k gold, 500 year old petrified coral, freshwater and Tahitian pearl.

Still I will harvest beauty where it grows.

--Edna St. Vincent Millay

woodcut by Hiroshige from Edo period.

In Japan during the Edo period people would buy turtles in the marketplace and set them free for good karma. I love that this is woodcut references that. What a wonderful story.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

An Enormous Amount of Gold Leaf

The folks at New Bohemia did a fantastic job on our new gold leaf sign! It took literally all day to hand paint the name and then apply the gold leaf.
It was done the old fashioned way and it is extraordinarily beautiful thing to see that much gold against glass. It glows like a space ship from outer space when the sun is on it.