Saturday, January 13, 2018

Pantone's Color Of The Year

Well, it's finally out....Pantone, the industry leader when it comes to matching your favorite color, has announced their 'Color Of The Year'.....Ultra Violet!
With it's fresh bold look.....and let's face it...this year we NEED something Fresh and New..
Ultra Violet is sure to bring us to new and exciting places in the world of design! 

Created in honor of international icon, Prince, their custom color, “Love Symbol #2” is a distinctive blue based purple hue inspired by Prince’s custom-made Yamaha purple piano which was originally scheduled to go on tour with the performer before his untimely passing at the age of 57. Prince’s association with the color purple was galvanized in 1984 with the release of the film Purple Rain, along with its Academy Award-winning soundtrack featuring the eponymous song. While the spectrum of the color purple will still be used in respect to the “Purple One,” Love Symbol #2, will be the official color across the brand he left behind. When we think about Prince, we see a uniquely brilliant artist who continually throughout his illustrious career broke new ground as he perpetually challenged the norms in whatever space he played, leaving behind an indelible mark on music, art, fashion and culture. Paying tribute by developing a special purple color for this globally renowned talent known worldwide as “The Purple One” seemed only right and a way for his artistic legacy to live on forever.

Why this particular purple? As you can imagine, many are asking, especially now. Was it because purple is one of the shades worn by the Minnesota Vikings, the football team who played in Prince’s home state where he continued to live and work until his last day? It could be. After all in 2010 Prince recorded a three-minute, 41 second anthem titled “Purple and Gold” specifically for the Vikings at his Paisley Park Studios in the Minneapolis suburb of Chanhassen shortly after the Vikings' 34-3 win against the Dallas Cowboys in the 2010 NFC divisional playoffs.

Or should we attribute Prince’s fascination with this particular blue based purple shade to its enigmatic status, its mystical associations and its complexity as a color that is a combination of the excitement of red and the tranquility of blue making it in essence the marriage of two diametrically opposed emotions?

We are not sure of the exact reason, however what we do know is that the language of this unique new purple, “Love Symbol #2” conveys an aura of mystery, intrigue and unconventionality, a color that stands apart from all others, something Prince, a performer of distinctive style certainly did.

Come and get in on the 'Purple Craze' with a beautiful bold Sand Dollar Rope Bracelet in Violet at Handmade Jewelry Haven!  

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Wordless Wednesday

Even though this is supposed to be a 'wordless' post...I wanted to give you a little teaser for my next Blog Post....so stay tuned..................

Purple Sea Glass
This beautiful piece of Sea Glass came from the Scottish Coast and was more than likely an ornate glass lid or base. You can see some other great seaglass specimens for sale at Scottish Beach Finds.

To see some gorgeous Sea Glass jewelry, be sure to visit Handmade Jewelry Haven!

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Monday, January 8, 2018

January's Birth Stone - Garnet

January/Birthstone
Garnet
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Garnet, the birthstone of January, is mined in a rainbow of colors. From the fiery orange of Mandarin Garnet to the rich green of Tsavorite Garnet and to the most widely recognized color of Pyrope Garnet, it is considered a great gift to symbolize friendship and trust.
Dragon Wrap Jewelry
This beautiful garnet inspired piece can be found on our site at Handmade Jewelry Haven!

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Wall Flower



So just imagine, just for a second, what it would be like to be drifting, alone, in the middle of the ocean. Just floating there. What do you feel? Scared? Peaceful? Now I know my boating friends are all mumbling..'we KNOW what THAT feels like! - Get on with it!' Ok ok...just bare with me here!
Now imagine, entering your middle school cafeteria for the first time. Or the Auditorium, or your first class dance hall. All those people that you didn't know. A 'sea' of people. How did you feel then? Not so 'peaceful' anymore I bet. You might have walked in, looking for the most inconspicuous chair to sit in, away from anyone that might notice you. You sit, by yourself, wishing on everything that you had not come in, in the first place and just wanting it to be over with? All you wanted to do was blend into the wall and fade away.
You would just sit there, watching the popular girls, beautiful and flirting with all of the popular guys and you would just wish you could be like them. Just have enough courage to stand up, walk over and join in with the rest of them. 
Did you ever have a time in your life that you felt that way? Do you still feel that way at times? Perhaps at a party or a company function? Where you suddenly look down and wish you had worn something lighter, brighter and prettier. Or did you spend half the day primping, so excited to wear that new dress only to find that someone at the party was wearing the same thing? In a ready to wear society full of bargain basement prices, that is not so hard to do. These days everyone has access to the finest stores. They are not for just the 'well off' any more. What is it about fashion that drives us crazy? We all... men and women alike, want to look our best...no, better than the one next to them. The need for social connection is just human nature says University of Chicago's social neuroscientist John T. Cacioppo. He goes on to explain that a sense of isolation or social rejection disrupts not only our thinking abilities and will power but also our immune systems, and can be as damaging as obesity or smoking! We innately want to be different, to show off our individuality. But sometimes we don't know how. Well, I say.. 'go and buy that simple black dress' and then dress it up with a beautiful one of a kind jewelry piece from Handmade Jewelry Haven. No two pieces are the same and you can bet that you will never feel like a wall flower again. You will feel like a million bucks, floating in the middle of the ocean. But this time, you are on your very own YACHT! 



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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Wordless Wednesday

Not all beaches are created equal.....

Come find a piece of your beach at Handmade Jewelry Haven.


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Saturday, October 14, 2017

What Role Jewelry Plays In Our Lives - In A Nutshell



So I was listening to a Podcast the other day (I've all but given up radio for podcasts - wonder if that is an 'old person' thing) and Donald Miller the creator of Story Brand was talking about a study that was done on Human Basic Needs. The reason this study was done was to relay information to businesses on why their products matter to clients. It was based on the Maslow Hierarchy Of Needs Pyramid which you were probably taught if you've ever set a foot in school and I am certainly not going to bore you with here, but, in a nutshell, this is why Jewelry is important in your life.
One of our basic needs, that stems back to when humans were cavemen (and women), was to increase our social standing. To increase our social standing allowed us to attract friends, which frequently would locate themselves close to you. As we all know there is 'safety in numbers' and we would want to increase our 'tribe' in order to fend of marauders. Becoming attractive to others was one way to achieve this and one way to do this was through 'fashion'. Fashion was born out of a necessity to attract others to bond with for safety.

Jewelry was one such item that was made to increase that attractiveness. Frequently it was also used as 'currency' in a bartering system. Hunters and explorers would come across new tribes, who's women might be adorned with different, sometimes exotic, jewelry and trades would be made in exchange for food and supplies. As time passed and tribes grew into towns and eventually cities, these Jewelry makers would settle and people would travel from far and wide to obtain the beautiful and unique wares that each maker would produce.
So...now that we have talked about what role fashion played in the history of man, you are probably wondering how this relates today...and the answer is simple. Psychologically, people buy jewelry to attract friends, or possible mates, to increase their 'tribe' in the possible event of marauders coming over the hill of their cul de sac. Seriously. That is it in a nutshell! 

So come and increase your 'tribe' by getting a stunning, one of a kind, jewelry piece at Handmade Jewelry Haven here!


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