Designer Spotlight: An Interview with Jewelry Designer Herndon Heald

Ok, so technically Herndon Heald isn’t just one jewelry designer. Herndon Heald is actually three talented individuals and their dedicated staff: Mark Herndon, Naomi Herndon, and Jeri Lynn Heald Ingram…

Designer Spotlight: An Interview with Jewelry Designer Wendy Brandes

I have been stalking, I mean, following jewelry designer Wendy Brandes for over 2 years now, ever since I typed “Jewelry Blog” into a search engine in 2008 and she came up as number 1 or 2…

Great Gift Ideas for Men: Cufflinks

I’ve done a few gift guides lately, but I can’t forget the guys! I know, every gift list for men has cufflinks, but what else besides a watch and maybe a wedding ring are guys going to wear…

Handmade Gemstone Bead Jewelry from

I enjoy finding handmade jewelry made by artisans. I regularly mine for fresh designers to include in my posts. It’s important to support the artists out there…

Great Estate: Vintage Jewels in Seattle

I love estate and vintage jewelry. Not in a crazy, pile-it-on, Rhinestone-Rosie sort of way. More like the occasional platinum-deco sort of way…

Pin Up: A Few Fantastic Brooches

I had a conversation with a friend recently about brooches, otherwise known as pins. With all the cardigans lately, and Michelle Obama putting them back on the radar recently…

Come on Spring: Fun, Fabulous Necklaces Under $500

I don’t know what the weather is like where you are, but Spring seems to be taking its sweet time getting to us.  I thought it was time for a little pick-me-up without breaking the bank.  If you’re in the mood for something luminous, check out these necklaces that are meant to make a statement and lift your mood: [...]

Make Your Mark with Personalized Jewelry: Charm Necklaces

People have always loved to declare their devotion with jewelry.  Engraved lockets have been around forever, and people have figured out ways to include initials on rings since Renaissance times.  I’ve noticed some interesting personalized jewelry lately, and thought it would be fun to show a few designers (thanks, Lauren, for suggesting this topic!).  Any of [...]

I Heart Valentine’s Day Heart Pendants

Heart pendants are one of those polarizing jewelry items: people either love them or they don’t.  I think they can be wonderful–good heart design does not have to be an oxymoron.  If they are done well, hearts can be beautiful and very romantic.   You are wearing a tangible symbol: someone loves you! There are a lot of [...]

Online Review: Cuff Links

It was my husband’s birthday this past week, and I needed gift ideas.  For men, there just aren’t a lot of options for jewelry gifts.  I just did a blog on Women’s Jewelry Essentials, but Men’s Essentials make a much shorter list: Wedding Band, Watch, Cuff links, maybe a nice Pen.   Where to begin… Luckily, he [...]