Kevin + Lauren

It doesn’t get more chic than pink opals and this beautiful couple at the Parker!

It was a pleasure working with such a considerate groom, Kevin, on surprise earrings for his gorgeous bride, Lauren. We worked together and pulled off the perfect creation that makes a statement but also reflects Lauren’s easy-going charm. The dangle portion of the earrings is convertible – it can be removed so the top can be worn alone as studs. Lauren brilliantly wore them asymmetrically, which complemented her swooping glamorous locks.

I strive to make each of my pieces versatile, able to adapt to various personalities, ensembles and occasions and it’s special to see this come to fruition. Kevin, thanks again for working with me, Lauren is a stunning model and bride!

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Southwest Sojourn

 “As soon as I saw it, that was my country. I’d never seen anything like it before, but it fitted to me exactly. There’s something in the air, it’s just different. The sky is different, the stars are different, the wind is different.” – Georgia O’Keefe

After experiencing Santa Fe and the surrounding area with friends, it’s no wonder why the iconic painter and brilliant colorist was captivated and transformed by New Mexico’s landscape.  We felt the true high dessert’s boldness with a dramatic temperature swing – a snowstorm one day followed by mid-seventies sun! This accentuated the land’s many virtues and I enjoyed perusing the culture of Canyon Road’s gallery art walk, Bandelier National Monument’s majesty and the quaint town with my dearest gals.

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VINO THREE-OH

I welcomed my thirties in wine country with my love reminiscing over the last decade and dreaming about the next over Carneros chardonnay and complex cabernets. The celebration culminated with a bucket list evening at Thomas Keller’s French Laundry. Each meal we devoured, every wine pour we savored, and time with friends (old and new!) cherished.

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Engaged in Waco

My sweet sister-in-law, Karli got engaged to her perfect match with a big Texas proposal and I can hardly handle my excitement! Sean and I covertly schemed to create a gorgeous engagement ring worthy of our special girl. With our very tight knit family, our secrecy precautions were of utmost importance (including Sean’s use of a fake email account to discuss details!) and Sean was successful with the surprise of a lifetime. Ever so thoughtful, he also pulled off hiring photographers to capture the big moment on the historic Waco Suspension Bridge. She said yes to a feminine and sparkly oval diamond on a delicate, hand engraved, micro pave diamond and yellow gold band. It is timeless and graceful, just like the gorgeous bride-to-be. Helping Sean was everything I could want as a jeweler, but now the real fun begins as I celebrate a favorite couple and officially gaining another great brother-in-law!

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Engagement photography By The Mayfields

Beautiful Banff

Our first weekend escapade away from the little man was the best mix of adventure and rejuvenation. We indulged in the quaint town of Banff, treked to the Johnston Canyon frozen waterfalls, skied Sunshine slopes, dog sledded to Spray Lake and relaxed at Lake Louise. Mostly, we marveled how majestic the white blankets of entirely frozen arctic lakes were in the midst of the Rockies. Feeling like dreamy winter wonderlands themselves, my icy aquamarine ring and chrysocaolla, malachite and diamond necklace were fitting travel companions.

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Teil + Tanzanite

I initially became entranced with Teil Duncan’s work through her “Beaches” series – for obvious reasons. The escapism that I love in her tropical portrayals is also found in her more recent “Figure Studies” due to her electric yet pastel color palette. Her girls, chic and vivid, are a perfect jeweler’s muse. Considering Teil draws upon “light, movement and surprising color combinations”, it’s no wonder I’m attracted to her work as I have paralleling inspiration with a different medium. As seen in “Cranberry Twist”, her palette proves how gorgeous unexpected color pairings can be, like violet tanzanite and cherry red. I would wear tanzanite, diamond and 18k yellow gold beauties with anything, anytime, anywhere. How dreamy would they be on a vacation soaking Sorbet Sands views?!

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Festive Firsts

Two clichés have become very apparent over the last eight months: 1) it’s magical to see the world through the eyes of a child and 2) time flies with kids – which is why I compiled October-December holiday highlights in a lump sum. Carter has brought the most special joy to our lives, and the slew of holiday festivities were even sweeter as we established new family traditions with our first born. Pumpkin patch visits, a first night away with girlfriends, Santa pics and our white Christmas in Spokane was a flurry of fun. I’m amused now by the minor challenges, like Carter’s disregard for daylight savings the morning after Friendsgiving crept into the wee hours; and sharing a bedroom with him during his first cold at Grammy and Gramps’ Christmas. With our first Holiday season in the books, we look forward to the year ahead continuing traditions (I vow to dress up with him every Halloween until I become embarrassing) and creating new memories. Cheers to a colorful new year!

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Maui Babe

Carter (and mama!) loved quality time in the Hawaiian breeze with our favorite people, overlapping both sets of grandparents and my brother in Maui. We’re grateful for such a special vacation kicking off Thanksgiving and the holiday season.

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Kiri + Paul

We loved being included in our dear friends Paul and Kiri’s tasteful urban affair at Seattle’s Sodo Park. Curran was a groomsman and college friend to Paul, so it was extra special to witness Kiri stun in my rainbow moonstone and diamond earrings as she walked down the aisle. Kiri exudes beauty and warmth with her wholehearted smile, pairing elegantly with rainbow moonstone’s glow. Adularescence, the phenomenon of a blue flash as light hits the gem, is reminiscent of the sheen of the moon. Thus, rainbow moonstone is said to bring reflection and harmony. We wish Kiri and Paul a harmonious union, we love you guys to the moon!

Photography by Captus Photography

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