Women Jewelry Designers – Coco Chanel

Coco perfume from Chanel

Introduction This edition of Women Jewelry Designers focuses on Coco Chanel.  Coco Chanel was a style icon who was known for her simple yet sophisticated outfits that could be paired with her outstanding accessories.  Her trademark suits and little black dresses are timeless designs. The nickname Coco came from a brief stint as a singer.…

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Women Jewelry Designers – Elsa Schiaparelli

Fashion design - dress form in studio

Elsa Schiaparelli was born in 1890. She was an Italian-born fashion designer who established an important couture house in Paris.  This couture house is still designing haute couture, jewelry, ready to wear, and fashion accessories.  Schaparelli was famous for her Surrealist fashions of the 1930s and for her witty accessories, such as a lucite collar…

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Women in Science – Marie Rossiter

Women in Science

Smithsonian Magazine profiled Marie Rossiter in a recent article about women in science.  This is a great article on many levels and it’s an enjoyable read.  Marie was a graduate student at Yale in 1969.  She enrolled in a program on the history of science and discovered her male professors downplayed the role of women in…

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Women in Jewelry Design

My mother's Haskell like jewelry set

Women in Jewelry Design is my new blog series profiling women who design jewelry.  Miriam Haskell is our first designer.  She was born in 1899 in Tell City, Indiana and attended Chicago University.  In the 1920s Haskell moved to New York and she opened a jewelry store in the McAlpin Hotel in 1926.

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Getting Ready for Spring

Choose some color for Spring collage

I’m very tired of Winter, so I’m getting ready for Spring!  Meteorological Spring begins March 1, and Spring officially starts on March 20, 2022!   A lot of things can be done before your garden begins  its Spring growth.  Getting ready for Spring with a Springtime refresh in the garden includes cleaning up and pruning;…

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Garnets Are Not All Red

Seven-Spiral-woven-silver-and-garnet-necklace

Garnets are one of my favorite stones. Garnets are not all red, although we may tend to think of them that way. There are several garnet varieties that are all related and several different colors. Garnets are rich in symbolism, too. A garnet symbolizes constancy, truth, and faith. Garnets form deep underground where the material has…

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