Wednesday, June 29, 2011

JENÉ DESPAIN

14-Karat Gold-Filled Bryant Park
Pendant Necklace with Green Onyx Briolette
Located on the southern end of Brooklyn, New York smack dab along the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean is Coney Island. 

The name Coney is believed to be a derivative of the Dutch word “Conyne” which means rabbit. 

The settlement was originally inhabited by a large variety of rabbits but industrialization claimed their habitats.  New York is also home to featured jewelry designer Jené DeSpain.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

TEMEL BAHADIR | TEMEL'S METALWORK

Mixed Metal Ring with Copper, Bronze, Brass
Alpaca and Titanium
You can take your pick of exploring either mountain ranges or exotic beaches within Antalya, Turkey. 

Walking along the beaches of Antalya provides a precursor to water activities including wind surfing, sailing and water skiing.  Turkey is also home to featured jewelry designer Temel Bahadir.

Monday, June 27, 2011

HANS MEEVIS

Housing nearly fifty thousand pieces of rare paintings and sculptures the Netherlands’ Rijksmuseum is a haven for historical information on the country but it is also a place to find exquisite artifacts collected from the Far East and Southeast Asia.  The Netherlands is also the ancestral home of featured jewelry designer Hans Meevis.

14-Karat Gold and Titanium Amethyst Bangle Bracelet
So far the Netherlands has been the premier location to find the unexpected in jewelry design.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

MELINA WOLRD JEWELLERY

18-Karat Gold Concho Shell Charm
Meteora, Greece is the location of some of the country’s incredible landmarks: numerous monasteries poised atop rock formations. 

Many of these religious establishments house treasures and relics and the Megalo Meteoro monastery sits on top of the tallest rock formation in Meteora.  Greece is also the home base of featured jewelry brand Melina WorldJewellery.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

NARAYANI


Lapis Lazuli Natural Sophistication Torsade Bracelet
Pilgrimages to India’s Girnar Temples occur annually.  Considered as an “anthology of mountains,” eight thousand steps lead to stunning architecture amidst the backup of spectacular mountain ranges.  India is also home to featured jewelry designer Narayani.

Monday, June 20, 2011

STEPHEN EINHORN

Sterling Silver and 9 Karat Gold
Ourmite Jar Pendant Necklace
For ninety-one years England’s Imperial War Museum has provided visitors with historical information and memorabilia of WWI and WWII. 

Letters, full-size military vehciles, and ammunition are a portion of the attractions within its walls.  England is also home to featured jewelry designer Stephen Einhorn.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

ALEXANDRA BETH DESIGNS

14-Karat Gold Plated Fan Ring
Just over 100 years old New York’s Flatiron Building, located in Manhattan, is a unique structure designed by Daniel Burnham. 

The building is patterned after Greek columns as it sits on a “triangular block with Beaux-Arts styling.”  New York is also home to featured jewelry designer Alexandra Beth Samit.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

ANUSARA KONKAM

Pearl and Rose Quartz
Sweet Spirit Choker Necklace
There is plenty of gorgeous scenery to take in when visiting Thailand’s Phi Phi Islands including picturesque beaches, stunning coral reefs, and “limestone lookouts”.  Thailand is also home to featured jewelry designer Anusara Konkam.

Monday, June 13, 2011

KIRSTI DOUKAS

Sterling Silver and Porcelain
Blooming Earrings
The town of Ivalo, located in Finland, harbors a wealth of activities to take part in including a canoe ride down Ivalojoki River, fishing, mountain hiking and even panning for gold.  Finland is also home to featured jewelry designer Kirsti Doukas.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

VIV & INGRID JEWELRY

14-Karat Gold-Filled Amazonite
Skinny Wrap Hoop Earrings
Tourists frequently opt to take cable cars or hiking trails to see the incredible scenery of China’s Huangshan Mountain Range. 

China is also the ancestral home of the design team for featured jewelry brand Viv & Ingrid Jewelry.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

GILDA VEGA

.950 Silver Angel Glow Pendant Necklace
Formed by the powerful Urubamba River, Peru’s Urubamba Valley was highly revered by the Incas for its wealth of precious minerals and fertile soil.  Peru is also home to featured jewelry designer Gilda Vega.

Monday, June 6, 2011

ESTYN HULBERT

White Pearl Constellation Necklace
The 13th century Eilean Donan Castle, located in Scotland, has served as a stunning backdrop in many feature films including Highlander

The fortress also makes the perfect setting for a wedding.  Scotland is the ancestral home of featured jewelry designer Estyn Hulbert.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

SARAH ELLIOTT JEWELRY

Aquamarine Bracelet with Sterling Silver
Known to some as the Grand Canyon’s smaller cousin, Arizona’s Oak Creek Canyon is just as well known. 

With its unusual and colorful rock formations, clear swimming holes, and Native American handicrafts it is a location that satisfies the craving for an assortment of beauty. 

Arizona is also home to featured jewelry designer Sarah Elliott.

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