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.

Jewelry is fashion and fashion is fun!  All the glitz and gleam of jewelry makes you feel good.  And in the case of Rutherfurd’s brand, Red Haute Jewelry, the glitz is paired with affordable price points for a strong one-two punch.

Rutherfurd’s fashion jewelry of 14-karat gold, gold vermeil, sterling silver and lovely accents of crystals and gemstones has something for every style mood.

Beautiful chalcedony and speckled pink druzy gemstone pendants look like encased, rough slices of crushed ice.  They easily provide an Earth goddess vibe to complement a casual or straitlaced dress code. 

Multi-strand sterling silver necklaces provide statement making flair; and gunmetal or gold chains suspending gorgeous vintage brooches gives you an eco-friendly edge with incredible style.

Blue Chalcedony Bib Necklace
with Light Purple Ribbon
The San Francisco-based jewelry maker, and mother of twin sons, loves creative mediums.  She studied architecture; worked at the West Coast branch of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA); and owned a design coaching company.  In fact while handcrafting jewelry in her home studio, she surrounds herself with the lilting melodies of Italian violinist Antonio Vivaldi.

Her differentiated range of jewelry styles from her nerve-like branch earrings to feather, tassel and hoop earrings reflects the jeweler’s love of exciting visuals.  Her proclivity for selecting the right level of harmonizing components like vintage brooches and gunmetal chains is sublime.

“I have a great love of texture and color and I infuse my work with that.  I create designs that have both organic flair and rich color combinations,” explains the yoga enthusiast. 

“I am also developing a line of “eco-conscious” jewelry where I re-purpose materials like gold and sterling silver wires and chains, vintage glass, and vintage brooches.  My grandmother’s vintage brooches have been the inspiration behind hunting around high-end vintage stores to re-purpose these stellar vintage brooches.

When I’m not making jewelry I enjoy my time with my two, 8-year-old boys.  They guide me to be grounded in the true importance of life.

I also love collaborating with local San Francisco fashion and artist colleagues and friends to create events that are developed to support the local designers and economy.  I think community, mutual support and collaboration is what it is all about.”

2013 Jewelry Trend Alert:   Rutherfurd’s eclectic jewelry style has lots of colored gemstones including green stones like green chalcedony and druses (two of the year’s top gemstones).  

Last but not least there are layered silver and gold chains, vintage-inspired designs, and tassels. 
Vintage Butterfly Brooch Pin
Suspended from 14K Gold-Filled & Copper Chain

Make sure to view more of Rutherfurd’s diverse collection on her Flickr Photostream.
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