What a fabulous trip. My family and I toured Southern Spain, taking in Alhambra Palace, Barcelona markets, The Miro art museum, and all fabulous things Spanish. We then moved on to Rome and the Amalfi Coast. Capri was a dream, with its bougainvillea dripping from every building, lemon trees, olive trees, and gorgeous water. We also stayed in Praiano where we had a terrace over-looking the Mediterranean Sea. I never wanted to leave. One of the most beautiful places in the world that I had ever seen. My inspiration? People take time for life in Italy and Spain. They enjoy their slow-cooked food. They take walks. They eat ice-cream on a regular basis. I constantly try to smell the roses. One of the main reasons I started my jewelry line is because I appreciate handmade, handcrafted jewelry. So many brands produce in China or India by an unknown factory. My pieces are made by me, in my Chicago studio. When I finish a piece, it won't look as if made by a machine. My jewelry is made by a human being! You will see where my hands touched the gold or silver. Where my hammer did it's work. I love what I do. I hope you do too.
I’ve been very moved by the anti-plastic movement. Do you know that there is probably up to 230,000 metric tons of plastic in the ocean? Horrifying. Americans use around 500 millions straws DAILY. You use one straw and throw it away. Terrible. Those straws may end up in the oceans. My family and I were in Key West for Spring Break and saw several signs in restaurants discouraging customers from using plastic drinking straws.
I've created a reusable drinking straw made of fine silver, which is 99.9% pure silver. Since it does not have the added alloys as sterling silver, it will not tarnish as quickly. It will be slightly softer for that reason, so no biting your straws! Hand wash in warm, soapy water using the tiny brush that is included with each straw.
I will donate $20 from each order to "5 Gyres". They are a fabulous charity out of Los Angeles whose mission is to "stop the flow of plastic from source to sea by 2028." Hooray for 5 Gyres! www.5Gyres.org
I think these are fabulous gifts. What do you think?
One of my favorite things to do is create a custom commission for a client. Gold beads are so simple, elegant and modern. I've made enormous beads to be mounted as a statement ring, grouped together for a unique necklace, and strung in a row as a fabulous bracelet. They layer so nicely, without the risk of "matchy-matchy". Mix gold and silver! Contact me to create something just for you. Make it your "signature" piece.
So excited for my next trunk show at Tabula Tua! February 10th from 1-5 PM. 1015 West Armitage in Chicago. The Spice Collection will be featured, but I've created some fabulous earrings to bring along. A perfect opportunity to pick up something fabulous for yourself, or you favorite Valentine! I'll also have a fun martini to share. Hope to see you then!
This Saturday, December 9th from 1-5 is a Mia Beckman Jewelry trunk show! Please join me at Tabula Tua at 1015 West Armitage in Chicago.
Browse my Spice Collection line and sip on some lovely Domaine Chandon "Rebecca Minkoff" sparkling wine.
As always, it will be FABULOUS!
What a thrill to have my star anise bronze cuff featured in this year's Chicago Magazine Gift Giving Guide! I have already begun to ship the gold and silver versions as well! it will be exciting for someone to open a fabulous sparking piece of spice-inspired jewelry this holiday season.
Is she a home cook that has great taste? Is she an Eastern European woman that is not afraid to wear her spice on her sleeve (or around her neck!)? Whatever. I don't want to sound like a used car salesman, but I'm just so excited!
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