Wednesday, July 27, 2011

MICHELLE GUEST | MIJA JEWELRY

18-Karat Gold Vermeil Constellation
Cocktail Ring with White Sapphires
Located in Washington, D.C.’s National Mall stands the grand structure known as the Lincoln Memorial. 

The structure was designed by architect Henry Bacon and sculptor Daniel Chester French created the stunning marble statue of Abraham Lincoln that is flanked by 36 majestic columns.  

Washington, D.C. is also home to featured jewelry designer Michelle Guest.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

ERICA PACEY and ALESSANDRA FEIO | NUGAARD DESIGNS

Coil Ring with Smoky Quartz
One of Brazil’s top attractions, located in Rio de Janeiro, is the quartz and granite monolith called Sugarloaf Mountain. 

Standing nearly 1300 feet the mountain obtained its name due to its resemblance to a pile of sugar.  Brazil is also the ancestral home to design team Erica Pacey and Alessandra Feio.

Monday, July 25, 2011

LINDA UHLEMANN JEWELLERY

Sterling Silver Medium
Fuchsia Pendant Necklace
An island located in Ireland’s County Kerry holds a towering rock formation known as Skellig Michael (or Michael’s Rock).  

 A centuries-old Celtic monastery sits near the rock’s summit and serves as a home to puffins, razorbills and petrels.  Ireland is also home to featured jewelry designer Linda Uhlemann.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

CYNTHIA CHUANG and ERH-PING TSAI | JEWELRY 10

Porcelain Horse Brooch Pin
with  Crystal and Art Glass Beads
First colonized by Dutch settlers in the 17th century, the city of Taipei, located in Taiwan, has a rich history. 

Over the course of many years Spain, China and Japan have each played a role in the city’s storied existence.  Taiwan is also the birthplace of husband-wife design duo Cynthia Chuang and Erh-Ping Tsai.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

JANINA DIZON HOSCHKA

Multi-Colored Stingray Cuff Bracelets
The Philippines’ Chocolate Hills, located in the Central Visayas region, is an area consisting of nearly 2,000, naturally occurring hills and is one of the country’s most popular destinations. 

The mounds are widely believed to be a combination of marine limestone overlaid with clay and depending on the season they transform from green to brown.  The Philippines is also home to featured jewelry designer Janina Dizon Hoschka.

Monday, July 18, 2011

LORNA HENDERSON

Mini Cluster Flower Swirl Earrings
For nearly 1,000 years England’s Gothic church the Westminster Abbey has been the location for royal coronations. 

The church is also known for its stately organ created by British organ building company Harrison & Harrison.  England is also home to featured jewelry designer Lorna Henderson.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

MARGERY HIRSCHEY FINE JEWELRY

18-Karat Gold Pendant Necklace
with Moonstone, Sapphires and Diamond
The Rocky Mountain National Park is the most renowned park in the state of Colorado. 

With an expanse of over 200,000 acres the park offers over 300 miles of hiking trails and the Trail Ridge Road; a road that allows visitors to view the state’s incredible mountain ranges. 

Colorado is also the current home of featured jewelry designer Margery Hirschey.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

NATHALIE SEVIKIAN

18-Karat Yellow Gold Rose Pendant Necklace
A popular site of France’s Le Puy-en Velay, an archdiocese that has existed since the Middle Ages, is the Cathedrale Notre Dame. 

This revered cathedral is not only known for its striking Gothic architecture but the ominous structure is the setting for the fictional story of the Hunchback of Notre Dame. 

France is also the birthplace of featured jewelry designer Nathalie Sevikian.

Monday, July 11, 2011

LISA NIKFARJAM | LISA NIK JEWELRY

18-Karat Gold Twisted Wire Pendant
Necklace with Black Leather Cord
The Central Bank of Iran holds the most spectacular display of ancient Iranian jewelry from the Safavid and Pahlavin dynasties.  Iran is also the ancestral home of featured jewelry designer Lisa Nikfarjam.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

PLANETTREASURES

Bright Green Lampwork Bead Bracelet
The Australian Outback is perhaps one of the more intimidating areas of the rugged continent Australia. 

One of the most arid regions in the world, the Outback is surprisingly the habitat of such creatures as the dingo, wild camels and kangaroos.  

Australia is also the home base of featured jewelry brand Planettreasures.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

LANDON GUNN

14-Karat Gold Eagle Cuff Bracelet
Canada’s Old Quebec City is one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites as it contains numerous attractions that are literal portals through time. 

Surrounded by a centuries-old stone wall, Old Quebec City offers to visitors the Plains of Abraham Battlefield Park, the Chateau Frontenac, and The Citadel.  Canada is also home to featured jewelry designer Landon Gunn.

Monday, July 4, 2011

TESSA GRAZZINI | ASSYA JEWELLERY

18-Karat Gold Vermeil Short Necklace
with Circle Flower Motifs
The 16th century Academia Gallery, located in Florence, Italy, houses Michelangelo’s famed Statue of David. 

The academy is considered one of the world’s oldest museums.  Italy is also the birthplace of featured jewelry designer Tessa Grazzini.

QUOTABLE GEMS | BRAD PITT

I believe you make your day. You make your life. So much of it is all perception, and this is the form that I built for myself. I have to accept it and work within those compounds, and it's up to me.

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