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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…

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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.

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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…

Celebrate the Winter Solstice

Celebrate the Winter Solstice

December 21, 2021

Celebrate the Winter Solstice – the days grow longer from now on. Only 89 days until Spring! The Winter Solstice occurs on December 21.  This means that December 21 will have the fewest daylight hours of 2021.  The solstice marks the official start of winter.  From ancient times the Winter Solstice has played an important…

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To Do and See in November

October 30, 2021

There’s lots to do and see in New Mexico this month. Here are a few suggestions – Albuquerque and Santa Fe have wonderful museums and galleries that are exciting to explore any time of year. November 2 in the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) – this is a Mexican and NM holiday…

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Opals are for October

October 4, 2021

Opals are for October – opal is the October birthstone.  The Ancient Greeks believed in the supernatural properties of this precious stone – not just for those born under this sign, but to anyone wearing it. It is no surprise as this stone has amazing internal fire. Opals create an iridescent display of colors as they…

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Jewelry Sale in October

October 3, 2021

I’m having a jewelry sale in October. The dates are October 5 – 15. All jewelry, beads, and vintage items are included in the sale (everything except items that are already on sale). The coupon code for this SALE IS october (all lower case). If you have any questions about any of my jewelry, feel…

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Tools & Display Items-September 2022 Update

September 24, 2021

Here’s the next update. This page is a work in progress.  All items are in good condition and some are in the original boxes. Photos are available on request. Contact me with questions about items of interest. Pay with Paypal.  If you are a New Mexico resident, any applicable tax will be added. DISPLAY ITEMS…