Sunday, January 30, 2011

Silvana Segulja

Momo is severing up silver platter earrings from Silvana Segulja
Meet Silvana Segulja, our newest designer of self-adornments. Her passion for jewelry making was ignited when her sister, returning from many years of living in exotic climes, presented her with a shoebox brimming with stones and findings she collected throughout her
Silvana shares a favorite piece
travels. That was over ten years ago, and today, in Silvana’s diverse array of necklaces and earrings, you can see influences from around the globe, including that of her Croation origin. In her north Seattle studio, she envisions her creations in semi-precious stones and pearls, sterling silver or gold vermeil, and sets about to make those daydreams a reality until she’s happy with the end result. Lately, the concurrent caterer’s been experimenting with silver platters — not for serving but for wearing, shaping them into amazingly lightweight earrings, accented with a dangling stone or pearl. 

[Silvana Segulja jewelry, $72 - $189]

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Hoppy Year of the Rabbit!

The Lunar New Year begins Thursday, February 3, 2011
The gentle Bunny is most welcome after the torrid year of the Tiger. Now we may rest our souls and prop up our pretty feet, taking time out to enjoy a wave of peace and calm. 
'Maneki Bunny' by Toni Yuly
Tact and diplomacy will be practiced at home and in political arenas, with happy compromise reached easily and without animosity. Instead of striving for what isn’t, the Rabbit’s contemplative mood will have us appreciating what is, whether that is good health, a loving family, or devoted friends. In this hour of contentment, we must refrain from self-indulgence and procrastination. 

A reality check will have us hop to it, ensuring that we continue to take care of our self and the business at hand. In the year of the lucky Bunny it may seem that money’s not as tight, parking is plentiful, and everyone is a wee more relaxed. Intimacy is our carrot as human relationships take the spotlight, from one-to-one romances (Rabbits crave companionship) to issues of global heath and poverty. Culture, arts and entertainment will flourish as the refined Rabbit always enjoys an evening out. Paradoxically, we will continue to be concerned with living green while not skimping on life’s true luxuries.

All in all, 2011 is a year of hope and happiness. Let your hare down and dabble in some old-fashioned fun!

Monday, January 24, 2011

International Online

A photo borrowed from Elle Brazil.
The other day I received an email enquiry from across the world — an enterprising Swiss-Vietnamese jewelery designer found Momo on the the blog of one of our vendors, Trois Petits Points Paris, purveyor of  beautiful French enamel lockets ($88). Right now we are clean out of them, awaiting a shipment just in time for Valentine’s Day. We love the sleek and simple oval that opens up to reveal secrets inside. And the colors, trĂ©s fabuleux! We are the only shop in Seattle and one of few in the U.S. to offer them. As for the other jeweler, well, who knows, we may soon be showing a collection fresh from Switzerland.