The countdown begins!!
New addition to the lot! And I’m in love!!
Make a little Brooch, get down tonight and check out the shop! Remember 30% of all sales from my shop in the month of October is being donated to GiGi’s Playhouse - Houston!!
October is Down Syndrome Acceptance Month! In honor of this month and my beautiful, funny, curious, strong and giggly niece - Elliott, and her amazing parents - 30% of all sales during the month of October will be donated to GiGi’s Playhouse- Houston.
In addition to this month’s donation, I have some select Down syndrome community designs featured on necklaces and earrings for sale. 30% of the sale of these designs will always be donated to GiGi’s Playhouse-Houston. (Cufflinks and Tiebars available on request)
A little about GiGi’s Playhouse:
GiGi's Playhouses are Down syndrome achievement centers that offer 100% FREE programs and therapies to people of all ages with Down syndrome. They provide purposeful programs for each stage of life helping everyone with an extra 21st chromosome to be their very best self. GiGi's Playhouses offer community, camaraderie and support to families touched by Down syndrome. At GiGi’s Playhouse families are never alone. From a prenatal diagnosis to career skills, they make a lifetime commitment to remain by their side. Families are empowered with all the tools their child needs to succeed! GiGi'sPlayhouse was created to change the way the world views a Down syndrome diagnosis and to send a global message of acceptance for all.
October is Down syndrome awareness month, but really, we like to call it Down syndrome acceptance month 🙂 To have Down syndrome means a person was born with a 3rd copy of the 21st chromosome. The medical term is Trisomy 21. Therefore the meaning of 21 and 3 is very strong in this community. In fact, March 21st (3/21) is World Down syndrome Day!
The extra chromosome brings lots of other extras. A person with Down syndrome can learn and do most everything someone without Ds can, but it may take them longer and more practice. It's places like GiGi's Playhouses that encourage and fuel that development fire with purposeful programs and the right tools to teach a person with Ds so that they can be their very best self! Everyone deserves to learn and be independent whether you have an extra chromosome or you don't.
Now with over 38 GiGi’s Playhouse locations nationwide (one in Mexico!) Houston is next on the list with a grand opening later this year. With your support they can open their doors and serve the Down syndrome community of Houston with FREE programs - and even more importantly, ensure no one limits a person with Down syndrome but rather is accepting of all the magic that extra 21st chromosome brings!
For more information and ways to help/donate check out their website!
This summer was filled with seemingly endless teaching, some much needed adventure and a studio move. But after a wild last few month I am finally (almost) all moved into my new space and I am really excited to be back at the bench again!!
This is WAY late but I am super honored to have been asked to make a necklace for my Mom from my Dad for the 35th wedding anniversary. Happy 35 years Chris and Debbie Tritico, you are be most wonderful parents we three kids could have asked for. @ Houston, Texas
Come check out this piece, “Moderne Necklace”, the work of Lisa Johnson, Mark Walnock and Many of our students during the connections opening this Friday August 10,2018 from 6-8pm at the @armoryartcenter
August 3rd – August 17th
Exhibition Reception: Friday, August 10, 2018
Connections features artwork by Armory Art Center instructors Mark Walnock in Ceramics, Lisa Johnson and Maria Tritico in Jewlery /Metalsmithing, and their students.
These active, inspiring, and dynamic teachers provide expertise and dialogues with their students to inspire and to help find their artistic voices. Likewise, students bring their experiences and visions of what they plan to create and hope to accomplish in class. This relationship creates Connections, a synergy between teachers and students.
Connections are also relevant between these two disciplines as both are three-dimensional. Although the technical approach to developing work in Ceramics and Jewelry/Metalsmithing is different, they connect with the same design language, tackle similar concepts, and share concerns regarding surface, scale, and functionality.
“To develop a complete mind: study the science of art; study the art of science. Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.”
Leonardo Da Vinci
EXHIBITIONS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC:
Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm | Saturday, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Opening receptions for this series are free to members and a $5 suggested donation for non-members for summer shows.
Visits during regular gallery hours are free.
811 Park Place, West Palm Beach, FL 33401 | armoryart.org @ Armory Art Center
DON’T MISS OUT!! Today is the last day of the July Sale!! 20% off everything ends today at midnight EST. Link below!!
Don’t miss out!! Only 3 days left to get 20% off anything in shop! Sale ends Tuesday at midnight. Link in below
Just added this 14K Gold Vermeil beauty to the shop! Make sure you get what you need during this July Sale!! 20% until the end of July, don’t miss out!!! Link below!
Dimensions: 2.5” x 2” pendant with a 28” chain
make sure you check out these new rings in the shop! And don’t forget... 20% OFF EVERYTHING FOR THE MONTH OF JULY!!! Get it while it’s hot!
24K Gold Vermeil Necklace
Dimensions: 2” x 1” pendant with a 19” chain - $225
Don’t forget 20% off EVERYTHING in my Etsy shop for the month of July! Click the link below!
To clean gold vermeil jewelry, buff VERY gently with a soft and dry 100% cotton cloth or a microfiber cloth. NEVER use chemical cleaners vermeil jewelry--it can strip the gold finish.
20% off EVERYTHING for the month of July!
Rose Gold Vermeil Triangle Necklace
Dimensions: 1.5” x 2” pendant with 18” chain
Gold vermeil is an overlay of gold over a base of sterling silver. Gold vermeil jewelry requires special care. Remember to store your gold vermeil jewelry in an airtight container when not in use—and to remove before applying perfumes, lotions, or before bathing. Chlorine, especially at high temperatures, can permanently damage or discolor your gold vermeil jewelry. Avoid wearing gold vermeil jewelry while using chlorine bleach or while in a pool or hot tub.
^^ Good advice for all fine jewelry^^
20% OFF SALE FOR THE MONTH OF JULY!
I repeat everything in my shop is 20% off for the month of July. Get it while it’s there!
These earrings are Rose Gold Vermeil post earrings. They are 1” x .75”. They are light and easy to wear all day or night.
24K Gold Vermeil Triangle Necklace- $180
Dimensions: 1.5” x 1” pendant with a 19” chain
With vermeil objects and jewelry, the gilding process limits oxidation of the underlying metals (Sterling Silver), greatly reducing the need for cleaning and polishing, and so reduces the risk of damage to them. To further reduce the risk of tarnish store your jewelry (vermeil and silver alike) in an airtight bag or box when not in use.
Diamond Earrings in 24K Gold vermeil (image 1) and Rose Gold vermeil (image 2) - $225
Dimensions for both: 1” x 2”
Most large objects made in goldsmithing that appear to be gold are actually silver-gilt; for example most sporting trophies (including medals such as the gold medals awarded in all Olympic Games after 1912) and many crown jewels are silver-gilt objects. Apart from the raw materials being much less expensive to acquire than solid gold of any karat, large silver-gilt objects are also noticeably lighter if lifted, as well as more durable (gold is about as heavy as lead and is highly malleable and easily scratched).
This diamond necklace is 24k gold vermeil. The pendant is 3” x 1.5” with an 18” chain - $240
Did you know there is a “Vermeil Room” at the White House?
The Vermeil Room is located on the ground floor of the White House, the official residence of the President of the United States. The room houses a collection of silver-gilt or vermeil tableware, a 1956 bequest to the White House by Margaret Thompson Biddle. Portraits of American First Ladies hang in the room.
Margaret Thompson Biddle's collection was significant and ranges from Renaissance to 19th-century French and English pieces. The collection includes work by English Regency silversmith Paul Storr (1771–1844) and French Empire silversmiths Pierre-Philippe Thomire (1751–1843), and Jean-Baptiste-Claude Odiot (1763–1850). First Lady Mamie Eisenhower had the collection displayed in the room's glass-enclosed vitrines.
Vermeil a Day! (Day 1)
Vermeil is gold plated sterling silver. The plating must be a heavy plating equaling 2.5 microns thick and can be any color and karat over 10k (according to the US Federal Regulations).
This piece is Rose Gold Vermeil
The pendant is 2.5” x 1.5” with a 20” chain. - $275
Keep checking back for a Vermeil a Day!!
Love the way it is turning out!!