July 2012

From glass to fine jewelry

Creative treasures in Seattle

What do you get when you tell a woman with 30 years of experience in glass work that she needs to stay off her feet for a while? Pouting? Nay! Tears of frustration? Of course not! Sometimes adversity leads to the greatest innovations. It certainly did in this case. Look what happens when idle hands are just itching to get creative. Behold: Glass Roots Treasures, a one-woman, Seattle-based jewelry company whose pieces are selling out faster than she can produce them. 


Glass Roots Treasures isn't your run-of-the-mill jewelry company. Each piece is hand-crafted from carefully selected beads and hard to find stones. That makes each item one of a kind and a work of art all its own. Look for opal, Labradorite, and Chinese painted jasper. Word has it that the owner has even got a stash of the increasingly rare Ellensburg Blue agate. 


Couture by Lolita: Cameo cool

A new twist on an old favorite

If you haven't been living under a rock all year use Facebook or Fab, then chances are you've seen Danielle Maree's work. Her jewelry line Couture by Lolita offers a new twist on a jewelry classic. Get ready to do a double-take. These aren't Queen Victoria's cameos.

Her necklaces feature more than skeletons and Day of the Dead themes. Other pieces in the cameo collection include peacocks, cats, unicorns and even Buddha. This modern take on a Victorian tradition translates to an edgy femininity. And it's not just cameos, either. Look for hearts, roses and skulls in Danielle's other pieces, like her lockets, rings and earrings. Is there a teenager or twenty-something out there that doesn't find this stuff just plain awesome? Not so much. Ladies are snatching up her items left and right, causing them to sell out on her website and on Fab.com's flash sales. 


But what about the boys? We don't want them to feel left out now, do we? Not to worry! Couture by Lolita's avant-garde style isn't just for the girls. These cufflinks will add a little life to the look of anyone who has to don a stuffy shirt and tie.