Locale of Inspiration – Rio

My eyes grew wide as I pulled the drapes open in the ‘Ciudad Maravillosa’ for the first time.  The ‘wonderful city’, also known as Rio de Janeiro, took my breath away.  The joy from the trip and from celebrating my parents’ 35th wedding anniversary added to the spirit I felt.  I’ve seen some beautiful places, […]

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The Hair of Venus – Rutilated Quartz

A gemstone that has also been called the “Hair of Venus” can’t help but capture the imagination.  I am captivated by the needles within rutilated quartz that look like a goddess’s hair captured within a gemstone.  Just like hair, rutile needles can be golden, black, or red in color.   When I look at rutilated […]

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A New Year Filled with Sumptuous Gowns and Sparkling Gems

The moment before each model walked the stage I double checked the list I had carefully made of the model, the dress, and of course the jewelry.  Watching as each woman was gently nudged out when it was her time. To help celebrate the Chinese New Year at a gala in Seattle, the incredibly talented […]

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