Wednesday, June 3, 2009

SIMPLY SUBLIME

Today we're in Vancouver, Canada taking in the natural splendor of Queen Elizabeth Park. I am partial to all things floral, so I'd take a peek inside Bloedel Floral Conservatory with all of its birds, and exotic plants, including bromeliads.

I'd particularly like to have a meet-and-greet with the conservatory's lively Cockatoo named Charlie. Canada is also home to featured jewelry designer Constantina James.

James' company, Simply Sublime, is perfectly named.  Her exquisite 14-karat gold-filled, and 24-karat gold vermeil designer jewelry, particularly the hammered gold, chain-link necklaces bring to mind Italian-made jewelry.

Drawing from her managerial experience in fashion retail, as well as assistance from her husband Stuart, James was poised to spearhead a jewelry line.

Within three years, her fabulous fashion jewelry has been featured in magazines including Flare, People, and Lucky; and television shows CSI: Miami, Men in Trees, Battlestar Galactica, and Smallville.

This past February, The Academy Gift Bag Committee included pieces from Simply Sublime in its enviable Oscar® gift bags, given to Oscar® nominees.

"They saw my line in a New York online boutique and asked me to include 40 pieces," James said while preparing for the Oscar® event. The Country Music Awards quickly followed suit by requesting Simply Sublime jewels for its gift bags.

All of Simply Sublime's pieces are handmade; James and her superlative staff use Italian sterling silver, tourmaline, citrine, turquoise, pearls, garnets, and Crystallized Swarovski Elements to create the incredibly feminine jewelry. For her nature-inspired Chablis Bracelet, and Shamrock pendants James incorporates real leaves dipped in 24-karat gold.

The elegant collection of jewelry is not without famous clientele including Anne Heche, Jennifer Aniston, Britney Spears, and Taylor Swift.


James donates a portion of all sale proceeds to the Canadian Down Syndrome Society in commemoration of the life of her brother, who was born with Down's Syndrome and died at age 16.
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Photo 1 (top right): 14-Karat Gold-filled Chablis Bracelet with Venetian Glass and Gold-dipped Leaf
Photo 2 (bottom left): 14-Karat Gold-filled Dangling Hoop Earrings with Turquoise
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