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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tweet It’s Earth Day today! In honor of the occasion — and ahead of World Oceans Day on June 8 — the Los Angeles Times did a feature on jewelry inspired by sea life. My 18K yellow gold turtle locket is included! I’m amused that I’m called an Angeleno in that caption. People who see […]

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Tweet Rose gold got hot last year and it’s still going strong in 2014. Anything in a pink tone is romantic, so I put my Papessa locket in rose gold and diamonds on sale (65% off!) through Valentine’s Day. The locket unscrews so you can tuck a little love note inside. This brief Instagram video […]

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Tweet During my holiday sale, gorgeous customer Erica purchased my 18K gold-and-diamond Juana crossbones necklace. She sent me two photos in an email with “The Loveliest Bones” in the subject line. It said: “Wanted to let you know that the crossbones necklace is perfection! I have been wearing it nonstop since I got it. The […]

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Tweet I got a nice mention in the September issue of Jeweller Magazine, a jewelry trade magazine for Australia and New Zealand.  The story by India Nicholson is about jewelry with secret compartments; it really gets into the history of this type of design: I was pleased to see a mention of a locket ring […]

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Tweet You know how the fashion press declares red lipstick to be in style again every few years? The same thing seems to happen with black gems. I’m pretty sure I’ve already sent out “black gems” selections to editors and store buyers twice since starting my business in 2005. It’s clearly time for a third […]

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Tweet Have any of you seen Baz Luhrmann’s Great Gatsby movie? What did you think? The reviews make me disinclined to see it. I hate the grungy, crowded movie theaters in New York City, so I don’t like to venture into them unless I know the movie is worthwhile. If I were out in Los Angeles, […]

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Tweet The Wall Street Journal today ran an article by Jenni Avins called “Falling for the Flip Side” about jewelry with secret details. I so wish I had been included in this story because the first paragraph captures my design philosophy so well: “To the casual observer, jewelry is all about catching the eye—how a […]

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Tweet As I was awaiting the appearance of Francis, the new pope — and listening to a few of television’s talking heads musing about the role of women in the Catholic Church — one of my gorgeous customers messaged me to say that I needed to do some female pope rings. While rings aren’t in […]

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Tweet The reaction to my “romantic, gothic, alien” jewelry that I hear (and enjoy) the most is, “I’ve never seen anything like that in my life.” Other jewelers gasp when they see that my golden egg locket opens to reveal a tiny, diamond-eyed silver chicken … which, in turn, opens to reveal three gold eggs. […]

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Tweet If you’re fluent in French, holla at me in the comments, because I’d love to get a good translation of Made in Joaillerie’s post on my ruby-and-gold Juana peekaboo skull locket! Of course, I’ve already used Poodle Translate so I get the gist of the story, but those computerized results aren’t very elegant.  I’m […]

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