Thursday, February 21, 2013

Heidi Brueggeman Spring Gemstones

Happy (almost) Spring!  I have been working on bright pieces here and there for Spring and Summer.  As always, I will ship anywhere free of charge!  Please inquire via email at or call 843-644-1864 if you're interested in any of my work.
Or buy online at our Etsy shop for The Boxwood Cottage located here.
Please inquire to our email or phone for Wholesale information. Thank you!
Slice Earrings in faceted Lavender Chalcedony with accents of coral and blue Chalcedony, $130
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Faceted Blue Chalcedony set in gold vermeil. Both approximately size 7.  Left "square" shape, $280; Right larger "square" shape, $300.

Left: Lavender Chalcedony cabochon set in gold vermeil, $260. Right: Moss Quartz (crystal clear Quartz with moss-like matrix embedded in the stone) in beveled square shape set in gold vermeil, $240. Both rings approx. size 7.

Mod shaped Labradorite cabochon with iridescent blue tones set in gold vermeil, approx. size 7, $280.
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Gorgeous Arizona Sleeping Beauty Turquoise pyramid set in gold vermeil, approx. size 7, $330.
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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Larry Vrba, Genius

My new favorite, Larry Vrba. He was the head designer at Miriam Haskell in the 1960s-70s.  I am not sure when he went out on his own, but you can find VRBA pieces and also Castlecliff pieces that he has designed.  I am obsessed (as usual) and inspired. 
All pieces below are either Vrba or Castlecliff, to the best of my knowledge. Enjoy!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Alex Raskin Antiques, Savannah

Yesterday I was lucky enough to spend some time in Savannah with my very good friend, HBM.
It's so fun to show a visitor different aspects of a city that one is still learning. The fact is, there are so many aspects to Savannah I don't think I would learn all of it in a lifetime. It's always changing, and some new character or shop is poking out of the carved and gilded woodwork.
The finale of our lovely day was spent at Alex Raskin Antiques. Alex has collected a truly awe inspiring collection of pieces. And he's willing to bargain. Like all antique dealers he probably wants to be sure the piece goes to an appreciative owner. Alex's store is an education. I highly recommend a visit.
Alex Raskin Antiques, 441 Bull Street located one block from the famous fountain at Forsythe Park. The store is four floors of a Grey Gardens-esque mansion in all of its glory, filled with exquisite pieces from all over the glove. Check out some of my favorites below.

Gorgeous chandelier on the Salon level - note the incredible flaking paint on the ceiling.  I love this kind of wear and patina as it only comes with age and use and love. 

more detail of the paint

True Victorian Peacock wicker.  This is even a step down from some of the pieces Alex has in his arsenal of antiques.

Incredible carved chair. See next photo for detail.

This is just the end of the's truly inspiring the pieces that are for sale.  It's like a museum with price tags.

More excellent Peacock Wicker.

The facade of the gorgeous location at 441 Bull Street, entry on the side, ground floor.  You will see it' it's like a beehive of visitors.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Literary Friday

I have never read any of these books.  Nope, not even Lolita.  The other ones, I have to admit, I am not familiar with at all.  I just saw their book covers online and I was intrigued.  I have a penchant for all things design - fonts, color, packaging, jewels, bags, shoes, etc, you-name-it... Naturally this kind of well thought out font and design development, especially vintage!, deserves my attention.  Not just attention, but time and writing and sharing with my readers.  Hopefully there are a few of you out there.  Maybe you read my more established blog, The Sugarbuzz. If you do, I thank you for stumbling on both.  Happy Friday.  The best part about these books is that you don't need to read them to appreciate some aspect of their existence.