Monday, June 22, 2009


Today we're walking along the beaches of the Spanish Banks in Vancouver, Canada.

This strip of beaches, named for explorers José Maria Narvaez and Juan Carrasco, houses sandy volleyball courts while grassy fields separate the sands for picnics.

Steely lifeguards keep somber watch as skimboarders ride the low tides. Canada is also home to featured jewelry designer Benée Rubin.

Rubin's love of art, architecture, and nature is present in her broad scope of custom-made designs.

A certified Master Goldsmith for over 20 years she embraces the unencumbered beauty of the precious and semi-precious gemstones she uses, as well as precious metals.

Highly knowledgeable about the longstanding healing qualities of gemstones and precious alloys, Rubin makes certain that final pieces provide physical and mental benefits to the wearer.

One such item from her stylish, understated Eternal Amulet collection is a bracelet wherein she combines the rejuvenating energy of quartz, and the mental enhancing power of iolite.

From the same collection, Rubin combines the relaxing properties of the pearl with the mood enhancer peridot fashioned into an eye-popping bracelet. Of course, Rubin never loses sight that the grouping of breathtaking stones must also be pleasing to the eye.

Rubin also works with 18-karat gold, platinum, diamonds, and artisan glass handcrafting alternately minimalist pieces such as her Grecian Deco Collection that highlights the timeless, imagery from the Art Deco period; and the spectacular form and detail of her Sunburst Pendant from the Specialty Designs Collection.

Rubin captures the lyricism and romance of cameo engraving in many of her brooches while enhancing the beauty of colored, artisan glass by bordering it with warm yellow gold or platinum.

Her creations are an eclectic, powerful, and playful extension of her impressive education and years in the field.

Be sure to check out Rubin's latest creations the Two-as-One Necklace, Mandala Necklace, Yin-Yang Necklace, and Cufflink Collections.
These pieces are made with the love bond between men and women in mind. Items can be worn as one piece or split apart allowing two people to wear it, signifying their connection.
Photo 1 (top right): Sunburst Pendant with Baguette Cut Diamonds in 18-Karat White Gold
Photo 2 (center): 18-Karat Gold over Beneium Mandala Necklaces
Photo 3 (bottom left): Initial Brooch in 18-Karat Yellow Gold with Diamonds and Rubies
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