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The Gap

Five years later and it all still applies. Volume of work is an understatement, but still pushing through!

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Do Pearls Make You Feel Like Your Sister-in-Law Who Still Wears Weejuns?

I think pearls get a bad rap these days. People either hate them or can't live without them. There's very little middle ground with pearls. In these modern aesthetic times, they feel a bit dated. Unless they're completely mutated, over- sized baroque pearls that look like they've been on an all-nighter with Joan Rivers. I'll admit it; I'm a sucker for those unconventional, "dirty stay out" pearls.  But here's the thing: pearls bring something to the party that no other beads bring and that's luster, my friend. They have a translucence that captures magical colors from the spectrum and bounces them around to create depth and shine. I think white pearls are indisputably pretty, and they mix well and wear well with...

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The Goddess of Bad-Assery

A spiritual mentor we'd like to celebrate in honor of Earth Day and Mother's Day is the Indian Goddess Durga is a force for our time! In Sanskrit (the oldest known language), Durga means "a fort" or "a place that is difficult to overrun," an apt metaphor for this deity's protective superpowers that eliminate suffering.  Durga is considered the protective mother of the universe by the Hindu. She is one of the faith's most revered deities, a protector of all that is good and harmonious in the world. Sitting astride a lion or tiger, the multi-limbed Durga battles the forces of evil in the world. We commemorate her here in our delicate sterling or bronze necklace that features a lovely primitive Durga relic from India. Durga's Appearance...

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Art Can Carry Us in Hard Times

It’s hard for me to admit, but I am a news junkie, always have been. But within the current state of affairs, consuming the news takes on a whole new connotation, like being in the grip of high drama. There is so much devastation in the world – so much consternation and animus. I am overwhelmed by the scenes of destruction, loss and grief that flash across my screens every day. It imbues a sense of hopelessness. When I see this kind of sad ruination I have to ask myself is what I do for a living is worthwhile. Is jewelry, and its expression as an art form, really making a contribution to the betterment of our planet, our humanity,...

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