A scene from New York City's Chinatown

The Chinese New Year

January 13, 2023

  The Chinese New Year is also known as the the Lunar New Year.  The Lunar New Year celebration is an ancient traditional festival known as “Guo Nian.”  It marks  the start of a new year and the beginning of spring according to the Lunar calendar.   The lunar calendar is based on moon cycles.…

The first birds I saw - January 1, 2023 - a titmouse, a dark eyed junco, and a mountain chickadee

Welcome to a New Year

January 5, 2023

  Welcome to a New Year   Here’s wishing everyone a healthy and and happy year ahead in 2023.    The new year is always about new beginnings and a a fresh start.   We don’t really start from zero, but the new year provides a great opportunity to shift course a bit.  If you are making changes,…

Earrings Sale

January Earrings Sale Event

January 5, 2023

  January Earrings Sale Event January 9 – 19.  Take 40% off all in stock earrings  (vintage jewelry not included).  Sale ends the end of the day on 1/19.  Message me if you experience any ordering issues

Silver tone screen brooch elements

Vintage Screen Brooch Elements

December 22, 2022

I have a bag of silver tone metal screen brooch elements for sale.   These are round brooch parts – domed top and a pronged back with a pin attached.  There are 18 tops and backs here. These are intended for beading or attaching small decorative elements.  Great for Holiday jewelry.  These are vintage items…

Coco perfume from Chanel

Women Jewelry Designers – Coco Chanel

October 24, 2022

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.…

Fashion design - dress form in studio

Women Jewelry Designers – Elsa Schiaparelli

July 21, 2022

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…

Women in Science

Women in Science – Marie Rossiter

April 14, 2022

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…

My mother's Haskell like jewelry set

Women in Jewelry Design

March 18, 2022

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.

Choose some color for Spring collage

Getting Ready for Spring

February 21, 2022

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;…


Garnets Are Not All Red

January 7, 2022

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…