Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A SWEET TREAT FOR THE JEWELRY INDUSTRY

Are you in the jewelry industry?  If so, I encourage you to save the date for the Women's Jewelry Association annual Jewelry Night Out on September 18th at Modern Pastry in the historic North End of Boston, Massachusetts. If you live outside of the Boston area there are 15 chapters sprinkled throughout the United States for you to join and become a member!



15 Chapters in 15 Cities will celebrate and unite on the same evening.  
That's a pretty big deal.

This is not only exciting to me since I was invited to sit on the board of the newly formed Boston Chapter (an Affiliate of the New England Chapter) but this is where the Women's Jewelry Association originated!  Over thirty years ago, a few ambitious women got together in a basement and formed an amazing association to network, collaborate and support each other within the male dominated jewelry industry.  How fabulous.  Now it's back - in Boston!  

You can be apart of this too!  On this one evening only, and only by attending a Jewelry Night Out in person (otherwise known in the industry as JNO) you will save generously on your new or renewing membership PLUS get to mingle with other industry professionals at exclusive WJA events.  So, I'll see you there?

I know, I did mention we will be partying it up at Modern Underground which is located downstairs from the Boston's sweet North End landmark that is Modern Pasty, but unfortunately this event is not open to the general public.  You can, at any time, visit Modern pastry for an exquisite array of deliciousness on your own, and be sure to tell me what your favorite sweet treat was, because I have such a sweet tooth!


Photo courtesy of Sia from Quadrum Gallery


Stay in the know about Boston JNO and other WJA chapters by visiting 
the Women's Jewelry Association website.

If you have friends in the jewelry industry spread the word, the much anticipated 
Women's Jewelry Association Boston Chapter has arrived!



Thursday, August 14, 2014

TALES FROM MY JEWELRY BOX

My last installment of Tales From My Jewelry Box was so well received by you, I have decided to make it an occasional feature. 

Recently, I have been thinking a lot about mourning jewelry and the significance of jewelry that has been passed from one to another.  It is so special to own and wear a personal item from someone you love, something they wore close to their own heartbeat.  As we all age, the losses of loved ones mount.  There have been many losses in my life, but I am happy and honored to own one special piece of my husband's family history. 



What you probably don't know about me, is that I love watches.  Big watches.  A great investment timepiece is also a functional piece of jewelry.  I'd rather look at the bold face dial my father-in-law looked at throughout his busy day, and meaningful life than check my iPhone for the time.  

Years ago when this inspirational man passed away, I wore his watch constantly. As time passed, I have stored it.  But now, with autumn around the corner, I am looking forward to it resuming its familiar and beloved spot on my wrist, and with it memories of him in my thoughts and heart.  

When searching through images of him, we found this interesting shot, (note the sandals and cigarette while driving this go-cart!) and I don't know for sure if this is the watch he is wearing, but I'd like to think so. I had this picture framed in our house because he is admired, cherished, and still missed.



When someone you love passes away, you immediately want something of theirs to hold close to you.  A piece of them to remain with you.  I happen to be fortunate to be on the receiving end of this classic and sentimentally irreplaceable and now vintage Baume & Mercier watch.

When the time comes, will this watch become my son's - or my daughter’s?  Perhaps my daughter-in-law’s?  If you are buying an investment pre-owned timepiece, you may never know it's journey, and what is in the heart of the person whose precious minutes and hours it will mark during their time on earth. I am glad that I knew and loved not only the man who owned this watch, but that I get to choose it's next journey.

UPDATE : After looking closely at a photo we have in our vacation home, our favorite photo to remember him by, he is wearing this watch!  When I pointed it out, my husband then told me, it was his most worn watch for ten years. I have chosen not to show this photo, since it is such a personal favorite for us, but I am thrilled I made that discovery!

Do you have a special timepiece that was passed down to you?  

I'd love to hear your story.



Monday, August 11, 2014

DAY-TRIPPING : SARATOGA

Horses in pursuit at Saratoga Race Track

I love when I get invited to an event that not only coincides with a project I am working on (an equestrian charm bracelet) but also includes big hats, brunch, and gambling with fabulous friends old and new.  On Saturday, twenty of Boston's most fashionable ladies boarded a luxury bus in high style, generously provided by America's Best Racing and headed to the Saratoga Springs Race Track!

Defeated jockey at the end of a race.  Photograph by Alexis Kletjian


Wicked Strong, our hometown horse.

Noelle of Rue Le Chat, our trip organizer, did double duty as interviewer of her guests for The Jockey Club who produced a televised piece for the event which aired on Fox Sports News on Sunday, and is now on you tubeIf you ask me, 
this is her true calling!  I love to be on the other side of the camera for candid when given the chance, 
so naturally I captured a picture of her in action. 

Noelle of Rue Le Chat Photograph by Alexis Kletjian

When planning your attire for Saratoga, a fascinator is a must!  I sat next to the hilarious Heather of Glamorous Baggage, (watch out Amy Schumer) who chose this fantastic creation by Galvinized Headwear.  Taking best hat at the track, she was also our most-photographed beacon while walking in the sea of Saratoga fans.

Heather Foley of Glamorous Baggage

Upon our Saratoga arrival, we were met with a delicious buffet brunch alongside the much anticipated 
bloody mary and mimosa bar (it was a long ride).  We indulged.  

Heather at the Mimosa Bar provided by Fasig Tipton

During brunch, we learned about a special horse from Centennial Farms, Wicked Strong, who was named in the honor of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.  I was thrilled to learn that Centennial farms also donates a percent of Wicked Strong's earnings to the One Fund Boston, which supports the marathon bombing victims and their families.

Wicked Strong at the Kentucky Derby

During our lecture on how to bet, we learned : 
"The essence of the game is when you are holding a ticket you also own a horse, for a minute."

A hometown racing fan rooting for Wicked Strong

Before the betting began, we were able to meet a lovely horse named Black Jack.
I captured a few beautiful moments of the ladies and their mutual affections.  


Black Jack and Georgina of Notes on Lifestyle  Photograph by Alexis Kletjian


Black Jack and Khatu of I am Khatu Photograph by Alexis Kletjian

I definitely have more inspiration now for my equestrian charm bracelet project after being up close and personal with these beauties.  I enjoyed getting all dolled up in hats and heels, practicing a little photography, and being 
the Saratoga show stoppers of the day! 

Christine of Rules for the Modern Girl

But, most of all, it was fun spending the day with a great group of ladies in varying interests. Although, we did 
end up all have one thing in common after we rested our feet, the Saratoga souvenir : flip flops!

Vanessa of Without A Measuring Cup

Thank you to America's Best Racing for providing us with the opportunity to come and win!

Noelle and Holly of Holly Dolly


To see more images of our day-trip to Saratoga visit my Instagram page

Black Jack and Vanessa of Without A Measuring Cup  Photograph by Alexis Kletjian

Search the following instagram and twitter hashtags for more coverage from our trip!
#Bosatoga #AmericasBest Racing #BetOnIt 

View the Jockey Club's Video footage from our trip.

To read more of my Day-Tripping adventures and jewelry trip inspirations click here!

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

AUGUST BIRTHSTONE : PERIDOT

Peridot in crystal form alongside a faceted Peridot

Happy Birthday to all who share this month.  Peridot is your birthstone.

Peridot has long been associated with light; the Egyptians named peridot the “gem of the sun.”  The word peridot originates from the Arabic word “faridat,” meaning “gem.” Peridot forms deep inside the Earth and is brought to the surface by volcanoes.  Although extremely rare, extraterrestrial peridots can also be discovered in meteorites.


From the earliest times, people confused peridots with other gems.  Peridot was mistakenly labeled as emerald, topaz and green sapphire.  Some historians even believe that Cleopatra's famous emerald collection may have been peridot.  For centuries people believed that the 200 carat gems that adorn the shrine of the Three Holy Kings in Germany's Cologne Cathedral were emeralds.  They aren't!  They are, in fat, peridots.

The color range for peridot is narrow, from a brown-green color to yellowish green to pure green. However, the yellowish green is the most common peridot color seen in jewelry today, and available at all price points.


Peridot was once believed to protect its bearer from depression, and "terrors of the night" when enhanced in gold. This gemstone of light is said to counter and balance the effects of negative emotions, and provide security and inner peace. The beautiful yellow-green color of peridot not only stimulates ones energy level, but the lover of this gemstone will undoubtedly collect many peridots, as it is believed to promote vitality and joy.


Enjoy your birthstone.  May it bring you all of these qualities and more.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

INCOMING : JEWELRY SAMPLE SALE


Our jewelry sample sale (via e-mail) is already hitting inboxes, is it in yours?

Some very happy ladies have been snapping up our jewelry.  You should be happy too!

One-of-a-kinds, custom orders, and estate finds are just some of the items in our sale.  

It's our first one.  Don't miss out!  

Get on our list, sign up to the left  ----->

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Easy Peasy.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

JULY BIRTHSTONE : RUBY

Harry Winston ruby and diamond slippers created for the 50th anniversary of The Wizard Of Oz
Photograph courtesy of GIA

Happy Birthday to all who share this month!  Ruby is your birthstone.

As a July baby, one would think I would be attracted to the passion and lore that comes with the bold, intense color of my birthstone.  Red represents the color of intense emotions, famously associated with objects of desire, power, success and wealth.  These attributes make ruby the "King of Precious Stones."   I appreciate how deep the love is for this historically important gem that holds the title as the most important gemstone in the colored stone market, but when it comes to jewelry, you probably already know ruby is not my top choice.  Even though this fiery, passionate red happens to be the color of my studio floors, and the bottom of my new boots, the diamond is forever my love, even if this is our month.  Let’s get to it, shall we?

Ruby is a sapphire, and a sapphire is a ruby. Well, almost. They are both the mineral corundum.  Corundum is found growing in marble deposits, and the trace element found in ruby is what makes it a ruby, not a sapphire.  The mineral corundum in its purest form is colorless; chromium is the trace element that causes ruby's beautiful red color, and the strength of color saturation depends on how much chromium is present during growth.

Since this post is dedicated to the color of the ruby, let’s be specific, because color is the most significant factor that affects ruby's value!  The finest rubies are a pure vibrant red, yet a slight purplish color; not too dark, not too light.  If ruby's color is too dark and has a negative effect on the stone's brightness, it will lose value on the quality scale.  Just as if the color is too light, it may be considered to be a pink sapphire, not a ruby.  Not only does everyone's eye see different shades of colors (as mentioned previously) there are also cultural differences in the interpretation of the ruby versus the pink sapphire.  However, both gems being beautiful - their value is different. 

Ruby has enjoyed a most regal position in myth, legend, and lore for thousands of years: the favored talisman amongst royalty worldwide.  Rubies are said to bring courage, happiness, healing, passion, and prosperity to those who wear this fine gemstone. Now, to attract more rubies into your jewelry box, click your slippers together three times and say : "There's no place like home!"

Enjoy your birthstone.  May it bring you all these qualities and more.


Monday, July 14, 2014

MIRACLE MONDAY : SUPERWOMAN

I am perplexed my daughter doesn't even know who Superwoman is; can you imagine?  Even though her superpowers were brief, she once reigned supreme as the ultimate superhero for girls back in the day.  If Kristen Wells, introduced as Superwoman by DC comic writer Elliot S. Maggin in his novel Miracle Monday, had in fact worn bright flashes of spectral colors from her neck maybe she would have endured the lasting admiration such as our diamond necklace will, which is created in her honor.
Kristen Wells as Superwoman 

If I were to create superpowers for the new owner of this out-of-this-world necklace, 
it would be to attract eternal sunshine, love and lots of luck! 

Alexis Kletjian 18K Superwoman Yellow Diamond Necklace
Photograph By Stephanie Olsen

Our Superwoman Diamond Necklace is currently on hold, 
but fear not, I 'd like to introduce you to Superwoman's cousin from down under.  
Look at her sparkle in action on our instagram page.



Our stunning brown fancy diamond from the Argyle Mine in Australia was also cut in Superwoman's honor, and can be customized before she transforms into her own super powered creation!  What Superwoman will you be? A bronzed goddess set in gold, or a sleek and modern white gold super hero battling against evil?  

Calling all superheroes . . . 

Contact us for your custom Superwoman!