Wednesday, January 28, 2015

ROBYNE ROBINSON | ROX MINNEAPOLIS

Gold Plated Hoop Earrings with Carnelian, Mother of Pearl
and Pearls
Located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Summit Terrace consists of a series of houses connected by sidewalls. 

Declared a National Historic Landmark forty-three years ago, in the early 1900s author F. Scott Fitzgerald resided in one of the homes.  

Known for its New York style and Victorian flair, Summit Terrace continues to enthrall visitors. 

Minnesota is also home to featured jewelry designer Robyne Robinson.

Gemstone jewelry can be statement making, classic or somewhere in between. Gemstone colors can set a mood that can be tranquil or festive. 

Robinson’s jewelry brand, Rox Minneapolis, is a gorgeous assortment of bead bracelets, gemstone necklaces and chandelier earrings that highlights cosmopolitan style where hints of Asian and East Indian influences are displayed with intense, splashy colors.

The former news anchor, who is presently the Arts and Culture Director of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport Foundation, implements Greek ceramic beads, Swarovski Crystals, cherry quartz, carnelian, fire agate, DZI and glass beads in her stylish creations.

As a teenager Robinson’s mother would take her to the local bead store where she indulged in collecting all the beautiful shapes and colors.  She surveyed her beautiful inventory and produced pretty trinkets for her friends.
Glass Pearl and Bali Silver Bracelet
In 2003 she reconnected with her creative side by launching her brand; but it was not until she met Macy’s North former president, Frank Guzzetta, in 2006, that the brand got a needed boost.

“Frank was able to get my line into Macy’s in Minneapolis and Chicago.  My line is also sold in Athens, Greece; Sante Fe, New Mexico; Tampa, Florida; and the Caribbean,” enthuses the 52-year-old. 
Since its inception, Robinson has reached several milestones with her brand including its display at New York’s Studio Museum in Harlem; its inclusion in New York Fashion Week for 2008 and 2011; and the brand’s debut at JCK Las Vegas’s trade show in June 2011.

“I’m usually up at dawn making jewelry and working on my laptop.

I love using semi-precious stones in my jewelry—amber or carnelian, jade; there are so many different types of rocks and stones that have been used for health, beauty, spirituality and trade, from the Pharaohs until today. 
Gold-Filled Cherry Quartz Necklace and Earrings
with Swarovski Crystals

We just have a natural attraction to the rocks under our feet.”
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