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Next Small Batch Jewelry Release 6/15/2021

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Vintage Trading Post

Remember, back in the day, those amazing roadside trading posts? My family was obsessed with turquoise jewelry, back then, and we always made it a point to stop when on family vacations.

The pieces in this collection are reminiscent of the types of pieces you might have seen, in the way back; a little bit of boho style, a little bit of vintage flare, but with a fresh, original perspective. Each stone was carefully chosen to compliment the others and each piece was meticulously designed with attention to every detail.

The turquiose I've used in this collection is high grade; some from the American Southwest, some from Hubei province, in China. Much of it is getting harder to come by, including that from the Tyrone mine. The white stones that you see are ivory creek variscite...a rare type of variscite, cousin of turquoise, that comes from Kazakhstan. The gemstones in this collection have also been deliberately chosen to accent the turquoise.

I hope you enjoy this collection. These pieces are all handcrafted from the bottom up, from the heart of the wild west. From me, to you.

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When I say we...
Most of you know I'm a one woman show. There's so much to do and a limited amount of time and energy to devote. I've started doing stone sales for my students and this has expanded into the general public, but it's really time consuming. So...I'm very pleased to announce that my son, Jaron, has joined me. This is our second family business as Jaron is also a CIA (Culinary Institute of America) trained chef and owner of specialty wood fired oven, Stoked. In his slow season, he'll be managing stone sales for me. While I'm still getting to do the part that's the most fun...choosing and buying...he's in charge of most everything else. This is a great addition to my little biz and will allow me more time to create, but still give you all the opportunity to grab some lovely stones. If you hear me talking about Jaron on my facebook page, or elsewhere, please give him a little handclap and a welcome!

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what my customers are saying...
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Marriane

Just had to let you know that I received the earrings today (that I purchased from your etsy shop )and  I was totally, completely blown away by the beauty of these pieces!. Such exquisite craftsmanship and perfect choice of stones and metal in each piece. They are both unique and lovely in their own delicate way. I was so pleased by these pieces that I went back to your shop and purchased 2 more! Can't wait to see the next pairs of earrings I ordered..I'm sure I won't be disappointed!

Ronna

These pieces have souls.  I'm not Christian, but in your jewelry I'm able to see the beauty, joy, connection, comfort and grounding your faith brings to you, and it's a beautiful thing to behold.

Sharon

Just wanted to let you know that I received my beautiful earrings, and am happier than ever now that I see them in real life. They are truly beautiful! Thank you for taking the time, a long time ago, to talk to me about your creative process using religious items. You made me think and open my mind in a way that helped me to allow myself to be comfortable with my religion and who I am.  Your kind words and your blog are always inspiring. 
 

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