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.

QUOTABLE GEMS - CARRIE FISHER

Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

YU LAN BURKMAR

Taiwan’s first and oldest national park, Kenting National Park, is a location of spectacular beauty sitting along the Hengchun Peninsula. Taiwan is also the birthplace of featured jewelry designer Yu Lan Burkmar.

Monday, November 29, 2010

STEFFI CIPUTRA

The Batak people of Samosir Island, located north of Sumatra, Indonesia, are widely known for their woodcarving expertise and greeting visitors with songs.

The island sits in the dead center of the world’s fifth largest lake, Lake Toba. Indonesia is also the ancestral home of featured jewelry designer Steffi Ciputra.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

JEAN DINH VAN

An astounding five million people visit the small town of Lourdes in France. Since the reported ghostly appearance of the Virgin Mary to a young teenage girl over 100 years ago, devout visitors descend on the town each year. France is also home to featured jewelry designer Jean Dinh Van.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

KAROLA TORKOS

Designed by Italian architect Agostino Barelli, the nearly four-centuries-old Nymphenburg Palace in Munich Germany is a marvel of neoclassic, ornamental style. Germany is also the birthplace of featured jewelry designer Karola Torkos.

Monday, November 22, 2010

ADELE BRERETON

The distinctive stone and granite towers of London, England’s Tower Bridge overlook the River Thames. It took eight years to build the century plus structure, with its hydraulic powered bridge, which is the only bridge of its kind in London. England is also home to featured jewelry designer Adele Brereton.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

VERNON HASKIE

Since the 19th century, Meteor Crater has been a location of high interest. Located in the Arizona desert, the 570 feet deep crater has drawn many to its spectacular inverted topography. Arizona is also the birthplace of featured jewelry designer Vernon Haskie.

Friday, November 19, 2010

ISAAC PRADO

With such magnificent interiors as the Hall of Kings, and Hall of the Throne it comes as no surprise that the 12th century fortress, Alcazar of Segovia, is one of Spain’s top tourist attractions. Spain is the birthplace of featured jewelry designer Isaac Prado.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

MINU JEWELS

A prominent location for high-spirited festivals, Egypt’s majestic Luxor Temple sits ominously along the banks of the Nile River.

Built over six centuries ago, the ancient temple is primarily used to celebrate the fertility festival known as Opet. Egypt is also the birthplace of featured jewelry designer Mina Hassan.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

STEPHEN BROW

The Inuit people still reside on the mysterious and beautiful Baffin Island located in Nunavut, Canada. A haven of natural wonders the island is a playground of sorts with such activities as skiing, kayaking, and viewing polar bears. Canada is also home to featured jewelry designer Stephen Brow.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

NEERU GOEL

The 16th century structure, Agra Fort, located in Agra, India is one of the country’s most important structures of the Mughal dynasty.

Built of red sandstone, it stands 70 feet tall and encompasses a “great courtyard”, and gorgeous mosques. India is also home to featured jewelry designer Neeru Goel.

Monday, November 15, 2010

GIOVANNI CORVAJA

You will literally step into another world when visiting the Italian town of Alberobello. The town’s quaint limestone houses, called trulli, with their cone-shaped roofs are like structures from a fairytale. Italy is also home to featured jewelry designer Giovanni Corvaja.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

CAMILLA DIETZ BERGERON, LTD

Though marred by recent accidents, New York City’s Staten Island Ferry remains a longstanding fixture as the city’s “most reliable source of mass transit” since 1905. New York is also the home base for featured estate jewelry brand Camilla Dietz Bergeron, Ltd. (CDB).

Friday, November 12, 2010

PEPA AMENÁBAR

One of the best ways to get a fantastic view of the surrounding areas within Chile’s Tierra del Fuego National Park is to go to the lookout points at Lapatia Bay or the Lengas Forest. Chile is also the birthplace of featured jewelry designer Pepa Amenábar.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

ALISHAN HALEBIAN

The Sasuntsi Davit statue, located in Yerevan, Armenia, is a 51-year-old copper sculpture depicting epic hero David of Sasoun astride his powerful steed and clasping a dazzling sword of lightning.

The statue serves as a perpetual symbol of the Armenian people’s love of freedom. Armenia is also the birthplace of featured jewelry designer Alishan Halebian.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

JOANA MIRANDA

Within the energetic ambiance of Lisbon, Portugal is an ancient village known as Alfama. The area is renowned for its well-preserved antiquities like its tiny squares, narrow streets, and the 18th century church Convent of the Grace. Portugal is also home to featured jewelry designer Joana Miranda.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

DARIUSZ ZARANSKI

Presently serving as a museum, Poland’s Wawel Royal Castle is a centuries-old remnant of complex political intrigue and stunning architecture. Poland is also home to featured jewelry designer Dariusz Zaranski.

Monday, November 8, 2010

FRITZ MAIERHOFER

Revered as one of Austria’s “most important Baroque buildings of the 18th century” the Belevedere Palace is a wonder of exquisite architecture noted for its spectacular painted ceilings and sculptures. Austria is also home to featured jewelry designer Fritz Maierhofer.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

RACHAEL MANN and MACKENZIE BURDICK | LITTER

Founded by Oliver and Isabel Stine in the early 1900s, the Hakone Japanese Tea Garden, located in San Francisco, California, has become a sanctuary from the hustle of urban life. California is also the home base for featured jewelry brand LITTER.

Friday, November 5, 2010

PORNPINOM PATTAMASUKHON

You have to get an early start if you want to see the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in Thailand. The best way to get there is on a long tail boat, and you are in for an array of merchandise that includes fresh fruits and vegetables, handicrafts and souvenirs. Thailand is also home to featured jewelry designer Pornpinom Pattamasukhon.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

ANNY ALMASIDOU

One of the many legends surrounding Greece’s Knossos Palace is that the half man-half bull Minotaur creature roamed the locale. The palace is an extraordinary remnant of ancient times painstakingly restored by archeologists. Greece is also home to featured jewelry designer Anny Almasidou.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

SOLEDAD LOWE

It is said that the city of Gamla Stan, located on the island of Stadsholmen in Sweden, is one of the “best preserved medieval” cities in Europe.

The ominous architecture of cathedrals, cobbled streets and alleyways date back to the 1600s. Sweden is also the ancestral home of featured jewelry designer Soledad Lowe.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

CAROL NORIEGA

North of Lima, Peru, near the Marañón River, stands the cultural remnants of the pre-Incan people known as the Chavín.

The archaeological site, called the Chavín de Huántar, holds the ruins and artifacts of this bygone civilization. Peru is also home to featured jewelry designer Carol Noriega.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Saturday, October 30, 2010

MARIA SAMORA

Located in New Mexico, United States a number of well-preserved 12th century Pueblo structures, known as the Aztec Ruins National Monument, were constructed by the ancient Puebloans, the Anasazi people. New Mexico is also home to featured jewelry designer Maria Samora.
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