Friday, May 27, 2011

In Love with the Desert Southwest

Turquoise Heishi Unisex Necklace
For as long as I can remember,  I've been in love with the desert Southwestern part of the United States.  Growing up in Pennsylvania, it was a stark contrast.  I loved the Native American history, too.   Each month I would excitedly await the delivery of the Arizona Highways magazine my uncle, who lives in Arizona, would send my parents.  I was in absolute awe of the photography,  just the whole magazine itself. I read that magazine cover to cover for as long as I can remember!   I sincerely believed this, in part, has shaped who I am today. My thoughts, my dreams, my inspirations.... I dabble in photography,  nature photography being my favorite, and have always loved the natural world around me and  native american jewelry!  I can remember receiving my first  piece of jewelry containing turquoise, given to me by my father when I was about 10.  It's a turquoise, coral, mother of pearl inlay ring;  the motif a Thunderbird...I still own that ring, and it's one of my most treasured pieces.

Some of my favorite pieces of jewelry to design are inspired by the Southwest.  I can almost feel the dry heat on my skin, and inhale the clean air when I'm working on a piece.  I'm always reminded of some of the great times I had when I actually got to visit, and eventually live in Arizona for a while.  (That was many moons ago, and I've been back in PA a long time now).

These are just a few favorites in my Southwest Inspired Treasure Collection.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I love creating them!

Blue Opal, Pearl, Rainbow Calsilica Earrings

Turquoise Button Earrings

I almost forgot to mention, if you really love any of these pieces they are on sale in my Etsy shop!  Use coupon code MEMDAY at checkout, and enjoy 25% off your purchase!  The Memorial Day Sale is in effect until May 31, 2011.

I wish you all happy, and safe holiday weekend!  And don't forget to take a moment to remember why we really celebrate this day!


1 comment:

jcsvisuals said...

What s beautiful collection. I love the history and love behind the designs.