Monday, December 30, 2013


Wednesday, August 28, 2013


Tuareg Ingall Pendant Necklace
with Red Glass and Ethiopian Talisman Box
One of the most famous movie studios in Hollywood is Universal Studios, and its theme park is an exciting conduit into the world of film-making.  

The theme park offers rides based on popular films, and tours of the studio include the sets of such films as Psycho.  California is also home to featured jewelry designer Aklia Chinn.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013


Sterling Silver and Jade Maya Bracelet
The streets of Flores, an island in Guatemala, are paved with colorful cobblestones; and a crescent-shaped lake, Lago Peten Itza, is known as a gateway to the World Heritage Site Tikal National Park.  

The park is the location of “amazing ruins from an ancient metropolis.”  Guatemala is also home to featured jewelry design team the Jimenez Family.

Monday, August 26, 2013


Sterling Silver Zebra Necklace
Guadalajara, Mexico has something for everyone including mariachi bands, free concerts and exciting roller coaster rides at the local theme park.  

The Planetarium and Historic Center provide a more cerebral experience.  Mexico is also home to featured jewelry designer Emilia Castillo.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013


Oxidized Sterling Silver
The Spark of Passion
Brooch Pin
with Coral
Affectionately known as “Mother Volga,” the Volga River is not only Russia’s major water source, and the country’s national river, but it is also the largest river in Europe.  Russia is also the birthplace to featured jewelry designer Aleksandra Vali.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013


Gold and Black Sondra Cuff Bracelet
The Israeli city of Netanya is largely populated by English-speaking immigrants collectively from the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. 

However, the places to explore here are expressly Israeli.  The Beit Aharon Reservation highlights Byzantine era burial caves, and the Museum of Jewish Legions.

Israel is also home to featured jewelry designer Leetal Kalmanson.

Monday, August 19, 2013


Sterling Silver and Gold Fly Necklaces
Second in height to Paris’ Eiffel Tower, the Odin Tower, located in Denmark’s third largest city Odense, is one of many landmarks to see.  

In addition, Odense has been the launching ground for many renowned people including Hans Christian Andersen.  

Denmark is also home to featured jewelry designer Vibe Harslof.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013


One-of-a-kind Earrings II with Red Resin
and Rhinestones
Formerly known as the RCA Building, the GE Building is an Art Deco skyscraper that serves as the “centerpiece” of Rockefeller Center in Manhattan, New York.

Its observation deck, known as the “Top the Rock,” provides a stunning panoramic view of the city.

New York is also home to featured jewelry designer Lisa Salzer.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013


Sterling Silver Lily Pendant Necklace
with Flameworked Glass
The Abel Tasman National Park, located in the New Zealand city Nelson, provides spectacles of the country’s incredible natural wonders.

The luminous sand of the Golden Bay is one such wonder as well as the Waiokoropupu Springs with its remarkably clear, fresh water.  

New Zealand is also home to featured jewelry designer Lisa West.

Monday, August 12, 2013


14K Gold-filled Leaf Earrings
The city of Jonkoping, located in Sweden, is touted as one of the world’s cleanest cities.  

In addition to that Jonkoping is known for the stunning ruins of the 16th century Visingborg Castle.  

Sweden is also the birthplace of featured jewelry designer Annika Salome.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013


18K Gold Rings
The scenic town of Zermatt is a popular locale in Switzerland as it is the “starting point for hiking in the Swiss mountains.”  

A virtual winter wonderland, Zermatt has four skiing zones that can be accessed by cable cars.

The cable ride shows off the pollution-free backdrop of the famous Matterhorn peak.  Switzerland is also the birthplace of featured jewelry designer Tatjana Panyoczki.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013


Ring made with Sterling Silver, Hand-Cut and
Hand-Painted Rubber and Threads
Faliraki, Greece is abuzz with plenty of activities.

You can shop for locally made ceramics or leather bags, or enjoy the kinetic nightlife of popular clubs like Ziggy’s and Bed.

Greece is also home to featured jewelry designer Niki Stylianou.

Monday, August 5, 2013


Natasha Bracelet with Gold Plated
Findings, Quartz and Coral
Winnipeg is one of Canada’s most beautiful municipalities.  Boasting a population of various cultures, Winnipeg offers an eclectic range of activities to partake of including visiting museums, restaurants, or spas. Canada is also home to featured jewelry designer Kristen Laborde.

Saturday, August 3, 2013


Lilac Green Orchids Bracelets with Amethyst,
Peridot and Brass Beads
With a moniker that means “dawn of happiness” the city of Sukhothai, in Thailand, is a locale of remarkable historical sites.  

Thirteenth century ruins known as the Sukhothai Historical Park provides the city with an aura of antiquity.

Thailand is also home to featured jewelry designer Tiraphan Hasub.

Friday, August 2, 2013


18K Rose Gold Plated Bronze
Large Aquatic Dagger Necklace
Volda, Norway is an inviting locale with historic landmarks.  

The Volda Church, for instance, holds renowned Norwegian art; and the scenic natural wonders of Dalsfjorden, a picturesque county, offers a lucid view of crystal clear sea water.  

Norway is also home to featured jewelry designer Bjorg Nordli-Mathisen.

Thursday, August 1, 2013


18K Gold Vermeil Rings with
Sculpted Fauna in Agate, Carnelian,
Turquoise and Baltic Amber
Myanmar is renowned for its ancient architecture of temples and pagodas.  However, the city of Meiktila offers an awe-inspiring scene from nature known as Lake Meiktila or the Royal Lake.

Divided into two portions, Lake Meiktila provides water to the city’s crops as well as drinking water to all of the city’s residents.  

Myanmar is also the birthplace of featured jewelry designer Wynn Wynn Ong.


I want to look back on my career and be proud of the work, and be proud that I tried everything. Yes, I want to look back and know that I was terrible at a variety of things.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013


Large Peacock Feather Earrings
with Chrysoprase
Constructed ninety-eight years ago as part of the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition,.  California’s Palace of Fine Arts, located in San Francisco, is the only remaining exhibit from the Exposition. 

Initially built to last for a short time, the Roman and Grecian-inspired structure was rebuilt in 1965 with sturdier materials where it remains a top tourist attraction.  California is also home to featured jewelry designer Alison Rutherfurd.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013


18K Gold and Paraiba Splendid Earrings
with Spesertite Garnet and Diamonds
The city of Montreal is Canada’s second largest city and there is something here for everyone.  

Montreal provides a great view of the skyline while the Downtown Pointe-a-Calliere Museum offers exhibits and displays that “tell the story of Montreal’s past.”  Canada is also the birthplace of featured jewelry designer Gregoré Morin.

Monday, July 29, 2013


Sterling Silver Symbol Earrings (left); and
18K Gold Stud Earrings with Flat Button Pearls (right)
The city of Liverpool, England is known the world around as the “birthplace of the Beatles.”  In fact the museum Beatles Story holds the band’s top collection of memorabilia.

However, Liverpool is also known for the centuries-old Croxteth Hall and Country Park, a historic hall and estate with amenities still intact.  England is also home to featured jewelry designer Alan Vallis.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013


Gold and Polyester Pneuma
Brooch Pin
Contrary to popular belief the city of Leiden, located in the Netherlands, is not a sleepy university town.

Although the city is renowned for being the birthplace of Rembrandt as well as other influential thinkers, Leiden offers annual music and film festivals.

The Netherlands is also home to featured jewelry designer Ruudt Peters.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013


Tribal Necklace in Black Silk
Rope and Swarovski Crystals
Located in Iran, the city of Mashad is a location replete with cultural and architectural attractions.  Annually over 12 million Muslims make a pilgrimage to visit the Shrine of Imam Ali Reza.

Non-Muslims also travel to the city to see Tous Museum, a site known for “ancient Persian artifacts and modern Iranian art.”  

Iran is also the birthplace of featured jewelry designer Elvira Sazesh.

Monday, July 22, 2013


Glass Pacolab Ring with
Metal Inlay
Acclaimed for its art, fashion and architecture Paris, France is among the world’s top tourist destinations.

A city known for its bustling night life, and educational centers, such as the Louvre, Paris has something for

France is also home to featured jewelry designer Amelie Riech.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013


Goddess of Isis Gold Earrings
with Swarovski Crystals and Wood
At 83-years-old the Cleveland Botanical Garden in Cleveland, Ohio, is still a place of thriving biomes with plenty of flora and fauna.  

The beautiful acres hold the Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse; and Ohio’s first garden for children Hershey’s Children Garden.

Cleveland is also home to jewelry design team Chrissy LoConti and Sarah Piscazzi.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013


Stainless Steel and Lava
Ortigia Ring
Once covered in mud and sand the Italian city of Ostia Antica is now a thriving metropolis.

Plays can be viewed at the ancient Roman Theatre and a visit to bathhouses Cesaii or Neptune is not only a haven for relaxation but a remarkable showcase of mosaic floors.  Italy is also the birthplace of featured jewelry designer Rosario Merola.

Monday, July 15, 2013


18K Gold Cross Pendant Necklace
Built during the time of Muslim rule the Blue Mosque, located in Yerevan, Armenia, is characterized by its Iranian style exterior consisting of jeweled blue and yellow tiles.

Armenia is also the birthplace of featured jewelry designer Hratch Nargizian.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013


Sterling Silver Flower Drop Necklace
The capital city of Australia, Canberra, is the country’s largest inland city that rivals its more well-known neighbors Sydney and Melbourne.  

The Australian War Memorial and the National Museum of Australia are two sites to learn about the city’s origin.  Australia is also home to featured jewelry designer Pip Keane.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013


18K Gold Baby's Breath Bracelet
with Diamonds and Aquamarine
The 17th century structure known as Asakusa Shrine is one of Japan’s most famous attractions.

The Shinto temple is the best known of its kind and its construction lauded the three founders of Senso-ji.

Japan is also the birthplace of featured jewelry designer Akiyo Matsuoka.

Monday, July 8, 2013


23K Gold Plated Brass Hope and Fear Earrings
Bombed fourteen times during the Second World War, Germany’s Cologne Cathedral is presently a renowned World Heritage Site.

The storied structure stands 516 feet with high glass windows and showcases Gothic architecture.  Germany is also home to featured jewelry designer Sabrina Dehoff.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013


18K Gold Carved and Fire Opal on Carved
Black Jade Curl Pendant Necklace
Shrouded in a complex history involving Catholics and Muslims, Spain’s Mezquita of Cordoba (Mosque of Cordoba) is a 10th century cathedral known as the world’s second largest mosque.  Spain is also the birthplace of featured jewelry designer Paloma Sanchez.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013


This industry expects you to prove yourself over and over again. Do I stay doing this, or do I raise my daughter and live surrounded by people who love me? Wasn't even really a choice. 


Sterling Silver
Navy Shimmer Earrings with
Pearl and Chalcedony
Overlooking Moatha Lake is the majestic Amber Fort.  Located northeast of Rajasthan in Amber, India the centuries-old structure is well-known for its distinctive exterior made with red and white sandstones.  

Its interior boasts extraordinary fresco paintings and mosaics.  India is also home to featured jewelry designer Ritu Aggarwal.

Monday, July 1, 2013


Amethyst, Rose Quartz and Ruby
The breathtaking cliffs of Todra Gorge are among a number of remarkable locations to see in Morocco,

Restaurants and a hotel occupy a 2,000 foot long corridor that leads to a clearing complete with red mountains and a river.  

Morocco is also home to featured jewelry designer Hassan Bounkit.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013


14K Rose Gold & Oxidized Sterling Silver
Benevola II Earrings with Rubies
Kick back and relax while enjoying a cruise along California’s San Francisco Bay on one of the boats provided by the historic Red and White Fleet.  

Visitors can view popular landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, and Alcatraz Island.  California is also home to featured jewelry designer Alix Blüh.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013


Burnt Paper, Candle Wax, Iron
and Cotton Thread Ring
Turku--Finland’s oldest city--is not only the site for one of the city’s most beloved structures, the Turku Cathedral, it is also Finland’s official Christmas City.  

Turku holds numerous yuletide events celebrating the season.  Finland is also home to featured jewelry designer Inni Pärnänen.

Monday, June 24, 2013


22K Gold and Sterling Silver Double Helix
Pendant Necklace
A fixture of the Czech Republic’s Bohemian Region since the 14th century, the town of Cesky Krumlov is the country’s second largest town.  

Sharing the town’s moniker Cesky Krumlov Castle provides a powerful aura of the Old World and its storied history.  

The Czech Republic is also home to featured jewelry designer Daniela Dobesova.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013


Phuket is Thailand’s largest island that flaunts plenty of beautiful tropical scenery including the Orchid
Sterling Silver and Lapis Lazuli Majestic Blue
Dangle Earrings
; Rawai Beach; and the panoramic treat of viewing three beaches at one time from the  Phuket Viewpoint.  

Thailand is also home to featured jewelry designer Matta Nandrakwang.

Monday, June 17, 2013


18K Rose Gold Earrings with
Champagne Diamonds
Sixteenth century windmills and stunning villas “perched on rock formations” are a few of the scenic wonders of Mykonos, Greece.  Greece is also home to featured jewelry designer Ileana Makri.

Sunday, June 16, 2013


Sterling Silver Lace Pendant
Necklace with Garnets
In the Swedish city of Orebro scenic wonders abound the most famous of which is the beautiful Orebro Castle.  The centuries-old structure overlooks the River Swartan

Elsewhere is the magnificent Svampen water tower that holds a restaurant at its highest point to take in the surrounding metropolis.  Sweden is also home to featured jewelry designer Shani Shtaingart.

Saturday, June 15, 2013


18K Gold Coral Reef Earrings
with Mandarin and Pink Sapphires
Formulated in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the New York Public Library, located in New York City, continues to provide nearly 53 million educational items to its visitors.

New York is also home to featured jewelry designer  Kimberlin Brown.

Thursday, June 13, 2013


House Series Necklace with Cedar, Linen Paint
Brass & Found Steel
The heart stopping beauty of Queenstown, New Zealand is central to its appeal.  

It is no wonder that the area’s stunning mountain ranges, canyons and lakes have served as the magnificent backdrop of feature films that include The Lord of the Rings trilogy.  

New Zealand is also home to featured jewelry designer Kathryn Yeats.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013


Polymer Clay & Sterling Silver Button Earrings
Scenic woodland trails and rugged, mountain bicycle paths are a few sights to explore in one of Scotland’s Dumfries.  
largest cities,

A visit to the city would be incomplete without seeing a castle: the 17th century citadel known as Castle Douglas to be exact.  

Scotland is also the birthplace of featured jewelry designer Cari-Jane Hakes.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013


Gold Crochet Pendant Necklaces
with Gemstones Bridesmaids Jewelry Set
Zefat City, located in Israel, is not only a hub for rabbinical studies, but is also an artist’s colony where crafts of precious metals, precious gems, and ceramics can be viewed.  Israel is also home to featured jewelry designer Yael Falk.

Monday, June 10, 2013


Painted Wood B'atz Maya Calendar Pendant Necklace
Panajachel, Guatemala is a locale with plenty of sights to see.

Solola Market is the epicenter for the country’s traditional costumes and handicrafts; and the dramatic beauty of Lake Atitlan (a/k/a Lago de Atitlan) is intensified by three volcanoes that surround the body of water.

Guatemala is also home to featured jewelry designer Iliana Hernandez.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013


18K Gold & Sterling Silver  Nova Pendant Necklace
Ireland’s third largest city, Limerick, is renowned for its energetic nightlife but the tourist draw also boasts
more low-key go-to spots.  

The Irish Palatine Museum and King John’s Castle are collective, transports “back in time”; while Buttercup Farm is a fun, casual place to learn about farming.

Ireland is also home to featured jewelry designer Martina Hamilton.

Monday, June 3, 2013


Velcro & Thread Rounded,
Aligned and Twisted Cuff Bracelet
Busan is the second largest city of South Korea, and this subtropical metropolis has plenty to offer.

Taejongdae and Yongdusan are parks that provide scenic backdrops and local cuisine.  South Korea is also the birthplace of featured jewelry designer Yong Joo Kim.

Sunday, June 2, 2013


Located in the Philippines on the Island of Mindanao, the beautiful city of Davao is a favorite amongst
24K Gold Plated Shard Bone Teeth Cuff Bracelet
with Agate, Sodalite and Kyanite
tourists due largely to its exotic beaches and resorts.  

The stunning locale also offers The Pearl Farm where visitors can harvest raw pearls.  The Philippines is also home to featured jewelry designer Joyce Makitalo.

Saturday, June 1, 2013


Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people they don't like.


Sterling Silver Hummingbird Earrings
Not only has the Italian city of Milan been the quintessential center of fashion and finance for years, the city is
also known for its tram system, Renaissance art and architecture, and freshly baked breads.

Italy is also the birthplace of featured jewelry designer Gianluca Anzani.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013


14K Gold-Filled Wire & Faceted Gold Beads Libra Ring
At 114 years old Seattle, Washington’s Woodland Park Zoo has been a long-running fixture.

The award-winning zoological garden houses numerous exhibits including a Zoomazium (part zoo, part gymnasium) that serves as an “interactive play space” for children; the African Savanna exhibit with its model of an African village and live animals; and the hand-carved Woodland Park Zoo Carousel.

Seattle is also home to featured jewelry designer Rachel Ball.
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