Monthly Archives: January 2016

Tahitian Pearl Event at Manika in SF

If you’re into pearls and will be in the San Francisco Bay Area on Thursday, February 4th, or Friday, February 5th, then you must visit Manika Jewelry for a very unique event. They are setting up a “Pearl Bar” in the store for their One Love, One Pearl event, where you can peruse thousands of Grade A Tahitian pearls from Black Market Pearls. And THEN…the talented Paul Bartnik will help you design a custom piece! How cool is that? (Click here … Continue reading

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What Gems Does Your Body Crave?

Call me crazy, but not a day goes without me wearing either labradorite, moonstone, quartz (rock crystal) or raw, organic colored diamonds (grey, cognac, black, etc.). Some days, I’m wearing all of them at once! But you currently can’t pay me to wear a ruby, lapis or emerald. Why is this? I’ve been thinking about it a lot. Here’s what I’ve concluded — if you really listen to your body, it will tell you what you need. These needs include … Continue reading

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Lesh Handwoven Jewelry

I admit I’m going through a weaving phase right now. Not that I’m weaving myself, mind you, but I’m drawn to all things woven, from wall hangings to rugs and jewelry. I’m a magpie to the crafty, and I couldn’t help but immerse myself in the website of Lesh Handwoven Jewelry. The necklace I’m obsessed with is the Yaz necklace. So unique, right? I thought so too! And the fiber artist, Summer Moore, can create this in a wide variety of … Continue reading

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Golden Globes 2016 Jewelry Report

The Red Carpet is my favorite part of awards season. Typically, I haven’t watched most of the shows or movies nominated for awards, but boy do I like seeing what the stars are wearing as they arrive! Tonight’s Red Carpet at the Golden Globes did not disappoint, though I was a biiiit worried the first 15 minutes or so. There were so many naked necks! But things quickly heated up, and there were 8 looks that really stood out for … Continue reading

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January Birthstone: Garnet

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always thought of a garnet as a red stone. Well who knew, but they come in a wide range of colors, from clear to (even) black. Green is apparently the rarest color, and red and orange hues are more common. The name garnet comes from the word “granatum” (seed), as it resembles pomegranate seeds. Garnets also have a stellar repertoire of benefits to the wearer, including: -strengthening the bloodstream -symbolizing friendship and trust … Continue reading

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Variance Objects

#RoughBeauty is the hashtag you’ll find on Variance Objects’ Instagram feed. (Click here to see their images.) It’s the perfect description of this line from Santa Cruz, California, with its semi-raw stones set in oxidized silver and various shades of gold. The juxtaposition of rough and beauty suddenly makes perfect sense when you see the jewelry in person; it’s raw, yet sophisticated. It’s wonderful. I had the pleasure of meeting Nicole Rimedio, the designer, and her partner, Scott Zankman, who … Continue reading

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