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Warding off Evil Spirits: Earrings with an Edge

We are all quietly, furtively slowing our movements, holding our breath. Many of us have had frightening experiences in life - loss, disease, or as Jack Nicholson said in A Few Good Men, things you don’t talk about at parties. There are private conversations on how to handle the international state of fear. Some are urging others to see the “positive side of Covid”. Some are saying there have been economic gains during these Trump years. (Fortunately, no one is saying this directly to me.)  I don’t like to talk about fear, though I’ve seen it. And now it seems,...

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Notes on the Rosette Collection

Notes on the Rosette Collection

The Rosette Collection is designed to be beautiful, versatile, and universal.  The Rosette Studs are suitable for all ages. They're small enough for girls and teens. They are practical for work or errands (they don't get tangled in a face mask). Stylistically, the studs allow a statement necklace to shine. On older or more delicate earlobes they cover stretched piercings and don't pull. The Rosette Necklace can be worn delicately alone or layered with heavier chains. The Rosette Cuff can be worn as a single piece or stacked like bangles (my favorite). It's adjustable to fit every size. Shop Rosette...

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Ancient Greek Inspiration and the Rosette Collection

Ancient Greek Inspiration and the Rosette Collection

We used to live at the mercy of nature. To enhance our survival, we worked together. We created architecture by carving out caves, building wooden structures and stone temples. As society grew more complex, we longed to go beyond survival. We mastered nature and organized society to promote peace, fulfillment, sustained joy. We created order out of chaos. The ancient Greeks gave these ideas physical form through symmetry and balance. The Rosette Collection is inspired by leafy ornament in ancient architecture and jewelry. It honors our relationship with nature and is a delicate homage to democracy. It's a modern update of...

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RBG and the need for Women's Empowerment

RBG and the need for Women's Empowerment

Women. The demise of Ruth Bader Ginsberg throws the state of women’s rights in the US into question. The obvious, understandable response of sadness and fear which can easily teeter into despair and panic. Seriously, what now? We have a choice. We can wait and see what happens, see what the men decide. Or we can focus on the power we have right now, and find ways for women to help each other. We have all had enough condescension, dismissal, injustice, and sexual violence. I applaud women like RBG, who go to work and deal with sexism all day, fighting...

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The Ancient History of Hoop Earrings

The Ancient History of Hoop Earrings

Hoop earrings are ancient, universal, and modern. They seem to have existed for as long as human civilization.  Throughout art history, hoops earrings are shown on the bodies of dancers and Gods alike. The Hindu temple below is in the Chittorgarh Fort, Rajastan, 8th century BC. Intricate, abundant carvings show women wearing thick, round hoop earrings. Hoops were worn in Ancient Egypt, as depicted on this ostrica of a dancer from 1200 BC, and fresco from the Tomb of Nakht, 1400 BC. A Minoan woman picks saffron flowers in a fresco from Akrotiri, Santorini, Greece, 17th century BC. Art Nouveau...

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The Eternal Value of Handmade

The Eternal Value of Handmade

We currently have time to reflect on our interests, our relationships, our society, and ourselves.  With hardship, fear, and upheaval all around us, I am not alone in pondering history, plague, the balance of power, and the relationship of cultures. When I roam a ruin or museum, I think about how we have so beautifully captured our entire human experience in art and architecture. Trapped in time it waits for us to admire it and ponder our relationship to it. What about our lives is greater than ourselves? What binds us to each other?  If we look beyond our lifetime...

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