Thursday, December 30, 2010

TOUS JEWELRY

Located in Burgos, Spain is a 16th century structure, the Burgos Cathedral, which boasts Gothic architecture of double-arched windows and stonework traceries. Spain is also the home base for featured jewelry brand TOUS.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

KARYN CHOPIK STUDIO

You have the choice of either hiking or driving along the 185-mile stretch known as Cabot Trail in Cape Breton Island, Canada.

An area filled with picturesque scenery of incredible parks and beaches it is the go to place for anyone that enjoys the best nature has to offer. Canada is also home to featured jewelry designer Karyn Chopik.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

CATHERINE MANNHEIM

Kruger National Park, located north of Johannesburg in South Africa, is a great place to see indigenous wildlife up close.

Established over a century ago, the park has the distinction of being the oldest park of its kind in Africa. South Africa is also the birthplace of featured jewelry designer Catherine Mannheim.

Monday, December 27, 2010

EMI FUKUSHIMA

The four sub-gardens of Japan’s Heian Shrine Garden display exquisite Japanese architecture, as well as tranquil amenities like ponds that are offset by beautiful arrangements of cherry blossoms, irises, and azaleas. Japan is also the birthplace of featured jewelry designer Emi Fukushima.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

LUCY SARNEEL

Located between the towns Hillegom and Lisse in the Netherlands is one of the world’s largest flower gardens, Keukenhof Garden. With an expanse of over 70 acres, the garden is home to an array of flowers including daffodils, narcissi, and hyacinths. The Netherlands is also home to featured jewelry designer Lucy Sarneel.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

TULA ZIMIC LEO and GRETA de HUNGER

We explore two countries today traveling first to the archaeological haven Peru known for such historic locations as Machu Picchu and the Inca Ruins of Qenko.

We leave Peru’s tropical locale to the frigid beauty of Switzerland making sure to hit the slopes in Parsenn, and Jakobshorn.

Featured jewelry design duo Tula Zimic Leo (Peru) and Greta de Hunger (Switzerland) base their jewelry brand in Peru.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

DANAI LEOSAWATHIPHONG

Koh Samui, located on the far end of the Thai Gulf in Thailand, is a stunning location of natural beauty with limestone formations, waterfalls, as well as an aquarium. Thailand is also home to featured jewelry designer Danai Leosawthiphong.

Monday, December 20, 2010

CHOO YILIN ARTISAN JEWELLERY

A premier location renowned for its superior acoustics and lovely architecture is Singapore’s Esplanade building; a 2,000 seat arena designed to observe stellar singing or musical performances. Singapore is also the birthplace of featured jewelry designer Choo Yilin.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

EMILY ARMENTA DESIGNS

In the heart of La Porte, Texas stands the 567 foot octagonal obelisk known as the San Jacinto Monument; a structure built over seven decades ago to commemorate the men who died during the Battle of San Jacinto. Texas is also home to featured jewelry designer Emily Armenta.

Friday, December 17, 2010

HANNAH LOUISE LAMB

The stretch of islands along Scotland’s west coast, known as the Outer Herbides, is a location filled with stunning natural scenery and fauna that include golden eagles, and basking sharks. Scotland is also home to featured jewelry designer Hannah Louise Lamb.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

NORITAMY JEWELRY

Israel’s ancient city of Caesarea, once the location for gladiator games and the home of Herod the Great, is now a cosmopolitan location of industrial parks, museums, universities, and hotels. Israel is also the home base for brand Noritamy Jewelry.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

ERICK GOMEZ

Many colonial towns still exist in Mexico, and the 16th century town of San Miguel de Allende is among them.

With a newly restored mural by American artist Eleanor Coen, as well as the town’s prestigious film festival, it has become a popular location for Mexican, Canadian, and American tourists. Mexico is also the home of featured jewelry designer Erick Gomez.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

SABINE LENZ

Magnificent stone carvings, gorgeous beaches, and bicycle paths leading to other scenic wonders is just a sampling of what you will find at the Ring of Kerry in Ireland. Ireland is also home to featured jewelry designer Sabine Lenz.

Monday, December 13, 2010

AGUNG PRIBADI

Located in the highlands of Sulawesi, Indonesia is the Toraja Land, an area and culture virtually untouched by modern technology.

The local people tell personal stories through intricate woodcarvings and Arabica coffee has its origins here. Indonesia is also the home of featured jewelry designer Agung Pribadi.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

CLARITY COLLINS - SCROLLWORK DESIGNS

Detailed, full-scale models of the Wright Brothers’ “powered” flyer and their glider are on display at the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. North Carolina is also home to featured jewelry designer Clarity Orion Collins.

Friday, December 10, 2010

DIANE de NAVACELLE

Located on the French peninsula of Corsica, the beautiful city of Bonifacio contains Mediterranean and 9th century architecture as well as limestone cliffs and gorgeous beaches. France is also home to jewelry designer Diane de Navacelle.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

ELENA ADAMS DESIGNS

Aboriginal rock paintings, beautiful waterfalls, and sprawling landscapes are just a few of the sights you will find at Kakadu National Park in Australia’s Northern Territory. Australia is also the birthplace of featured jewelry designer Elena Adams.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

AMIREH PARSTABAR

Once buried beneath the sands of Shiraz, Iran is the magnificent ancient city of Persepolis. A former center of art and culture, remnants of great columns and staircases still remain within this beautiful city. Iran is also the birthplace of featured jewelry designer Amireh Parstabar.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

KALYANI GUPTA

At over two hundred years old, Jaipur, India’s Hawa Mahal Palace is still a stunning architectural triumph with its exterior of pink and crimson sandstone, and white lime. India is also to featured jewelry designer Kalyani Gupta.

Monday, December 6, 2010

TOOSIS JEWELRY DESIGN

A remarkable structure located atop a mountain in Turkey is the Nemrut Dagi shrine. Flanked by enormous statues of Armenian and Greek gods, eagles, and lions, the centuries-old structure is a popular tourist attraction. Turkey is also the homebase of featured jewelry brand Toosis Jewelry Design.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

KARA ROSS

At over one hundred years old, New York City’s Central Park Zoo is the city’s first official zoo, and is also linked to a “system of four zoos” managed by the Wildlife Conservation Society. New York is also home to featured jewelry designer Kara Ross.

Friday, December 3, 2010

CARLOS and CYNTHIA RENDON

The ancient Mayan site known as Calakmul is surrounded by a dense jungle region in the Mexican state of Campeche. It holds over one hundred obelisks that represent ancient rulers and their spouses. Mexico is also home to brother-sister design team Carlos and Cynthia Rendon.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

TZURI GUETA

Also known as The Noble Sanctuary, Israel’s Dome of the Rock is one of the world’s oldest shrines. It is located near the rock believed to be the place in which Biblical partriarch Abraham prepared his son, Isaac, for sacrifice . Israel is also the birthplace of featured jewelry designer Tzuri Gueta.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

SIMON ALCANTARA

One of the oldest streets in Colonial City, located in the Santo Domingo region of the Dominican Republic, is Calle Das Lamas.

Walking along this street takes you into an array of historical buildings including forts, museums, and palaces. The Dominican Republic is also the ancestral home of featured jewelry designer Simon Alcantara.

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