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Saturday, April 20, 2013

I’ve written a lot about celebrity manicurist Tracylee Percival on this blog, but I’ve never mentioned that she helps me with things beyond nail art. A lot of people try to give me ideas about how to promote my business. Tracylee is the only one — and I mean the ONLY one — who gives […]

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Since last summer, I’ve been very open-minded to the beauty and fashion suggestions from all the experts in my life. I figure I trust their taste and I work in a creative industry, so why not go a little wild? Shave a lock of hair off? Count me in. Frizzy ’70s curls and pink eyeshadow? […]

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

I hadn’t been able to see celebrity manicurist Tracylee Percival in a long time, so we celebrated our reunion yesterday with a little nail art. Tracylee started with Sally Hansen nail polish strips in Haute and Naughty. She then painted some of the strips with designs in Sally Hansen’s silvery Pedal to the Metal. Finally, […]

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

My favorite metal is 18K yellow gold — I think it works best with my history-inspired designs — but I use platinum, 18K white gold and silver in my jewelry as well. My “Gravity” wedding/engagement designs, for instance, all got their start in platinum. The Gravity name came from the unusual heft of the first […]

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Friday, October 5, 2012

I finally got to see celebrity manicurist Tracylee Percival yesterday. It was our first appointment since August. Between her fashion week and celebrity jobs, Tracylee was a hard woman to find.  I think she was sorry so much time had passed when she saw my several ripped cuticles and one weirdly dented thumbnail. (About the […]

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Gorgeous Barbados-born singer/songwriter Shontelle — Rihanna’s childhood friend — has been out and about during New York Fashion Week, and she’s been wearing my jewelry! You know Shontelle: Her song “Impossible” was a big hit in 2010. Shontelle has been spending quality time with one of my favorite rings: the onyx skull with tsavorite (green […]

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Friday, August 3, 2012

I’m excited that my pal, celebrity manicurist Tracylee Percival, has been named the official “nail ambassador” for beauty-product company Sally Hansen. Tracylee has been doing my nails since November 2010, shortly after I made a non-New Year’s resolution to make sure my fingers looked good enough to represent my ring designs. Lately, I’ve been addicted […]

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Yesterday’s post was about an unusual custom engagement ring I made. If you’re in the market for classic engagement or wedding jewelry, there’s no need to be intimidated by my edgier work. I do traditional looks too. Here’s the simple, channel-set eternity wedding band I did for a dear friend who is getting married next […]

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Over the past few years, women without makeup — sans fards, as French ELLE puts it — have become worthy of media (and online) celebration. As highlarious gossip blogger Michael K of Dlisted explained in an April post, “It seems like every month some magazine is stripping the coats of lacquer off of the faces […]

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Thursday, May 31, 2012

My latest Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips design — applied by celebrity manicurist Tracylee Percival — is called “Love Letter.” In this photo, I’m wearing it with my Hathor swivel-ring design, turquoise side up. The turquoise center of the ring flips over to reveal carnelian on the other side. Two rings in one! […]

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