Monday, December 28, 2009

Which Designers Do You Love?

Which Jewelry Designers Do You Love?


I have a top ten list & you will no doubt hear about all of them...

But...today I am wearing a beautiful bracelet by Alex Sepkus (www.gemcollection.com/Category/17-alex-sepkus.aspx). It is 18k yellow gold with diamonds and purple saphires, so I am thinking lovely (& colorful) thoughts about this amazingly talented eccentric designer, who definitely marches to the beat of a different drum.

Born in Lithuania in 1954, Alex began working in jewelry and designing unique pieces while in his twenties. In the 1980's he applied for and received political asylum and moved to New York, where he opened a studio and designed his first collection of 18k gold and platinum jewelry. Alex's detailed work is often accomplished by using a microscope in order to finely texture the designs. Indeed, many of his most detailed pieces come with a miniature magnifying glass, so the purchaser can examine each curve and texture.

Sepkus' jewelry is often compared to the artwork of Gustav Klimt (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gustav_Klimt) in the use of high color 18k yellow gold, combined with cascading colored stones and diamonds, both white and cognac in intricate geometrical designs, his patterns evoke the colors and designs used in "The Kiss" by Klimt. While this comparison has much merit, Sepkus is also inspired by nature and the running water, ponds, and stone structures surrounding his farm along the Hudson River.

Art, nature, with a little Art Nouveau and Deco thrown in, all my favorite theme. No wonder Alex Sepkus has made my top 10 list.

Which Jewelry Designers do you love? Why do they make your top 10 list?

:) Dory

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Why Spiritual Beings Acquire "Things"


I've always thought of myself as a Spiritual Being, someone who values people, nature, and experiences way more than wealth or material things. So, I have often felt conflicted when I want some "thing" and very conflicted that my life's work has been to help others acquire "things", albeit beautiful things.

Lately I've come to terms with it, though. I've begun to realize that our craving to own a certain piece of art, jewelry, or other material thing isn't usually about greed or status, but for most of us, relates more to an emotion the material thing evokes in us. As I sit here writing this, I am wearing an antique diamond ring my Grandfather gave my Mother when she turned 16, and which she passed onto me when I turned 21. I only vaguely remember what my Grandfather looked like, but sometimes when I look at this ring, I can remember his smile, which was warm and lopsided. My Mother died last year, but I think of her whenever I put on this ring, which was a true gift of love to her, as her parents never had much money, and a great gift of love to me, as she passed on to me the memory of my Grandfather's smile and of course, her own.

Often the "things" we love most are not really "things" at all, but talisman which when seen or touched restore an emotion of love, security, or faith. Sometimes they bring back a dear memory that might otherwise drift away.

Another piece I am wearing today was a gift from my husband. It is an amazing enamel work of art by Designer Ricky Frank. I love Ricky's work, he is the finest enamellist I've ever seen, and his jewelry designs are always beautiful. But I wanted this particular piece because sometimes it looks like a dragon and makes me think of my Scandinavian family history and the great ships of the Norse, other times it just looks like a road running through a beautiful land, and up toward a sun and a starry night beyond. My usual vision when I wear this piece is that I think of my journey through life and on up to heaven. When I see it, when I touch it... I just feel happy and centered, now is that material or is it spiritual?

My wish for you, this Thanksgiving Day, is that through out your life you will find wonderful "things" that create memories for you and those dear to you. I hope you find "things" that remind you to be happy and remind you how much you are loved now and always.

From one Spiritual Being to Another - :) Dorothy

Thursday, October 8, 2009

A Beautiful Jewel - Our First Blog!

Welcome to our Blog – A Beautiful Jewel!

Normally in this blog, I will be talking about beautiful jewelry, jewelry trends, jewelry designs and designers, and a little about the jewelry industry in general. I hope you will join me often.

Although I will mainly be talking about jewelry, I want to start out by talking about a book – a wonderful book - Called Hug Your Customers by Jack Mitchell.

If you are a business Owner or Manager, this book is a “Must Read”. If you are a regular customer of any business you will also enjoy this book. It is a book about building relationships between a business and its customers. It seems that every business states it has “great customer service”, but has anyone actually called you by name, met you at the door with joy, and gone above and beyond expectations to help you fulfill a need? It is soooo rare that these things happen. Hug Your Customers will really make you think about this, and with some dedication it will help businesses change their customer service from Good to Great (ok… that’s a plug for another of my favorite books!)

I hope during any interaction with our business, The Gem Collection, whether in store, online, or by phone, you are greeted with joy, and that we create a Joyous experience for you, which is our mission in life. Come here for Beauty, come here for Joy, come here for a Hug! We want your life and shopping experience to be easier & better.

Please let me know how we can make your life easier, send comments to me at abeautifulblog@aol.com.

And now… I just must go hug somebody! J Dorothy