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Jewelry Made by Caddisflies Bugs

Posted on August 18, 2014 by Mary Hood | 0 Comments

jewelry made with bugs fossilized in amber piques your interest, then you’ll love the buggy jewelry made by French artist Henry Duprat and his collaborators—Caddisfly larvae. Caddisflies, also called “rail-flies” or “sedge-flies,” create cocoon-like structures to protect and camouflage themselves while they develop into adult flies. 

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Posted in art, bugs, contemporary, creative, fun, jewelry trends, nature, nature inspired jewelry

How to Stack Rings

Posted on July 30, 2014 by Mary Hood | 2 Comments

A little layered jewelry can instantly give the world a peek at your complex, creative style. Artfully stacked rings lend a charming touch to a simple outfit, and as you’ll probably discover, mixing and matching your rings can make old staples feel like edgy new additions.

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Bugs in Amber Fossils

Posted on July 18, 2014 by Mary Hood | 1 Comment

Some stones, like 
natural black diamonds, have fascinating, prehistoric origins and serve as a reminder of the layers of time (and mystery!) between their formation and our present day. Amber is one of these stones.  In fact, it often gives us a peek at life on earth as it was millions of years ago.

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Posted in amber, fun, gemstones, Informational, jewelry

The Meaning of Pearls

Posted on June 29, 2014 by Mary Hood | 0 Comments

If you celebrated your birthday this month, you're probably aware that your birthstone is the majestic pearl (and Happy Birthday, to you!). Ancient people esteemed pearls for their beauty and rarity--and although we mostly rely on cultured pearls these days, their special magic endures. Pearls may be found in a variety of shades, but we often associate white with pearls.

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Posted in cultured pearls, fun, gem lore, jewelry, pearl history, pearl jewelry, pearls

Our Picks for Summer Style

Posted on June 22, 2014 by Mary Hood | 0 Comments

  1. Matt & Nat Raylan Med Weekender Bag, $195. Wherever your summer plans take you, it never hurts to travel in style. A colorful weekender bag, like the Raylan by luxury vegan purse designer Matt & Nat, can meet your practical needs while adding that extra pop to your outfit. A laptop sleeve and bottle holders help you stay organized whether you’re jet setting or escaping the city for a weekend in the country. 

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    Posted in creative, design picks, fashion, fun, inspiration, jewelry, seasonal, style, summer, summer style

    5 Stylish Ways to Wear a Brooch

    Posted on June 04, 2014 by Mary Hood | 0 Comments

    Brooches are back, and we’ve got five creative and stylish ways to wear both new and vintage pins.  To keep the look modern, avoid matching the color of your brooch to the color of your outfit—and don’t be afraid to take risks! Pair a sweet, feminine brooch with an edgy pair of boots or wear a cluster of brooches together. There’s no harm in experimenting.  

    Tip: To make sure you don't loose your brooch while you're wearing it, create a DIY safety catch using a rubber earring back or a small piece of pencil eraser.  

    Here are 5 fun ways to wear a brooch:

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    Posted in brooch, brooches, classic, contemporary, creative, DIY, fashion, fun, how-to, jewelry, pins, retro, shopping, style, style tips, vintage

    Edible Gold Leaf

    Posted on June 01, 2014 by Mary Hood | 0 Comments

    What if you could have your golden cake and eat it, too? As it turns out, you can!  Gold is edible (yes, real gold!).  In the form of gold leaf, it may adorn gourmet drink and desserts.  Gold leaf is basically gold that's been hammered into very thin sheets.

    Because gold is biologically inert, it simply travels through the body leaving nary a trace (talk about calorie-free luxury!).  Unless you are allergic to gold (a rare misfortune), it’s perfectly safe to eat as long as you’re dining on gold leaf designed for consumption.  This simply means

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    Posted in baking, beverage, cocktails, cooking, creative, dessert, edible gold, food, fun, gold, gold leaf, gourment, luxury