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An Angel’s Heart

An Angel’s Heart

What do you design for two little girls who have lost their dad?  I knew that whatever I created had to be sturdy to survive two young girls who might not know how to care for it properly yet.  It also had to be small enough so that it looked proportionate on them. ...

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New Family Traditions

New Family Traditions

Last year, as my niece's daughter neared graduation, I asked her to stop by the studio and help me design something that she would like.  Knowing that she was heading to Auburn, she wanted me to design something with blue and orange.  I had just had the great luck of...

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To the Moon to Infinity – A Mother’s Love

To the Moon to Infinity – A Mother’s Love

Your relationship with each person in your life is as individual as they are.  Memories from time spent with them may hit at any time.  A song, a smell, a saying can pull you back to a time you spent with them, laughing, enjoying life.  That's good.  It's the way it...

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Key of Life – Turquoise Scarabs & Ankh

Key of Life – Turquoise Scarabs & Ankh

What do you do when your mother loves travel and brings you along on many of her trips?  You could grow up to become a travel agent like Marianne Windham of Windham Travel & Leisure. Marianne's mother's passion definitely influenced her.  She says her mother was...

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Labradorite Meaning & Uses

Labradorite Meaning & Uses

Labradorite, named after the Labrador Peninsula, was believed by natives of Canada to be the result of the northern lights, created by frozen fire, and that some of those lights are still trapped in the stone.  Because of the parallel formation of minerals in this...

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Moonstone Meaning & Uses

Moonstone Meaning & Uses

Simple, but elegant, the moonlike silvery-white reflection that moves across the surface of a moonstone gives the stone its name.  Thought to protect travelers, it has been used for thousands of years.  It is a traditional wedding gift in India and is considered a...

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Lapis Lazuli Meaning & Uses

Lapis Lazuli Meaning & Uses

Back in the late 70’s, a sensational tour drew huge crowds across the US.  At its New Orleans stop alone, over 870,000 attended the “show”.  No, it wasn’t the Stones, although I’m sure they were touring at the same time.  This tour was more unique and rare than that. ...

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Amethyst Meaning and Use

Amethyst Meaning and Use

Amethyst Meaning and Use February’s birthstone is a form of quartz.  Taking its colors from the iron and manganese, the higher the manganese content, the deeper the color.  Power, wealth and royalty have long been associated with the color purple. Throughout history,...

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Turquoise Stone Meaning

Turquoise Stone Meaning

Turquoise Stone Meaning When we think of turquoise, southwestern style is usually what comes to mind, but turquoise has been prized for centuries by the ancient Egyptians, Persians and Native Americans among others.  In fact, turquoise was mentioned in the bible as...

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The Loneliest Journey

The Loneliest Journey

I grew hearing stories of my great-aunt, Hazel. She died long before I was born, three weeks after giving birth at only 21. I was told my great-grandmother never got over it. I couldn’t understand. She had another daughter and eight grandkids. Why wasn’t that enough?...

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The Perfect Match

The Perfect Match

Match Your Necklace to Your Neckline If you’re like I used to be, you have a favorite necklace that you wear with almost everything.  The favorite might change from time to time, but for now, it’s your go-to piece.  But, I bet if you look through your closet, you will...

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