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Battle of the Rings/Ring Smackdown 2021. VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITES MAY 3- 28!

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Battle of the Rings/Ring Smackdown 2021. VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITES MAY 3- 28!

  Dear friends,  I recently read a blog post by Betsy Brown: Update from an Epidemic, about the new buzzword “languishing.” Betsy wrote, “It can mean the blah, unmotivated feeling we are all having. Not quite depression but definitely not feeling joy. Languishing can also mean being stuck in an unpleasant place or situation.” I am definitely experiencing a little bit of that. How about you? Who would’ve thought, one year later, we would need a pick me up?  Languish no longer! Join us next month for an exciting event, Battle of the Rings, otherwise known as the Ring Smackdown, a head-to-head, tournament style, single-elimination juried competition and virtual event. First conceived and produced in the spring of 2020, this event...

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One Year Ago and Approaching Normalcy, with Caution!

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One Year Ago and Approaching Normalcy, with Caution!

Dear Friends,  One year ago, I was expecting a visitor from Beijing. A day before her scheduled departure, ALL flights were canceled from China. Shortly thereafter, she was in TOTAL lockdown. It was then I began to think, maybe this virus thing is more serious than we know…  None-the-less, we took our annual trip to Arizona, via Joshua Tree, for the Yuma Arts Symposium. As a joke (I think) someone passed out surgical masks during the annual pin exchange. It was funny, ironic and of course, later I regretted not keeping it!  Well, the rest is history, one with which we are all too familiar.  For the first time in a year, I am beginning to see the light at...

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STATE│meant 2020  Significant and Powerful Jewelry

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STATE│meant 2020  Significant and Powerful Jewelry

Dear friends, I am inspired. We offered jewelry artists an opportunity to speak out on challenging subjects to raise money for organizations significant to them. And speak out they did. The subjects range from immunization and global climate change to human rights and the post office. The thoughtfulness and diversity of the work demonstrates a complex range of concerns with a common thread: a sincere concern for the wellbeing of our planet and most especially those living on it. STATE│meant is a show of Significant and Powerful Jewelry. The statements come in the form of necklaces, brooches, bracelets…there is even...

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Fight For the Things You Care About

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Fight For the Things You Care About

Powerful words from a woman who cared deeply about justice. What is dear to your heart? Are you doing everything you can to fight for it? If you’re a jeweler, I challenge you to do one more thing. I challenge you to Speak up! with a powerful piece of statement jewelry. And because I think this is so important, I have extended deadline! Call to Artists Juried Exhibition, Competition and Fundraiser NEW Deadline 10/5/20   STATE│meant is an opportunity for you to speak out on challenging subjects and raise money for an organization significant to you. Make something new or...

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June Surprises, July Dreams.

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June Surprises, July Dreams.

Dear Friends, June was full of surprises and the biggest for me was anticipating who would be crowned Champion of the Ring Smackdown 2020! After a grueling month of competition, Karen Keller of Pyrus Designs took the big win with her lovely ring, “Secrets Safe with Me” made from sterling silver and bolder opal. Karen says, “This hand fabricated flip ring is full of surprises! One side has a galactic boulder opal simply set in a shadow box frame. The second side features a hand sawn beetle. Beetles are symbols of resilience and hard work while boulder opals are believed...

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