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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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Opal Meanings & Uses

Opal Meanings & Uses

Opal is the birthstone for October, but it is also an alternative birthstone for April.  It is known as the “eye stone”.   So pleasing to the eye; it inspires love, hope, luck and happiness.  In the ancient world, it was considered the most mysterious stone and...

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Jade Meaning & Uses

Jade Meaning & Uses

Jade Meanings & Uses Jade is not a traditional birthstone, but it is an alternative birthstone for people born in March.  When you think of jade, a deep green may come to mind.  But jade also comes in many other colors and in several different shades of green. ...

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Bloodstone Meaning & Uses

Bloodstone Meaning & Uses

Bloodstone Meanings & Uses Whoever bears this stone, … will find all doors open, while bonds and stone walls will be rent asunder. — Leyden papyrus Bloodstone was once known as the “Stone of Freedom”.  Viewed as a rare gemstone in the ancient world, it was thought...

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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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Anniversary Jewelry Giving Guide

Anniversary Jewelry Giving Guide

Anniversaries are milestones.  They are a chance to look back at how far you’ve come together and to look forward to the journey ahead. The gift of jewelry is a natural choice for an anniversary.  After all, marriage starts with the exchange of rings.  You’ve probably...

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What is Bridge Jewelry?

What is Bridge Jewelry?

What is Bridge Jewelry & Why Should You Care? Sure, you know the difference between costume and fine jewelry, but have you ever heard of bridge jewelry?  Do you know how to recognize it? And better yet, why should you care? What if you could afford elegance,...

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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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