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Day of the Dead Jewelry

In indie jewelry, jewelry, Jewelry Trends on October 8, 2009 at 1:35 pm

The designs above can be found on the websites and Etsy stores of the talented artists: Kathy Cano-Murillo the Crafty ChicaMystic Bohemian, Grigio DesignIllustrated Ink and Ilaments Jewelry.

The Day of the Dead, or el Dia de los Muertos, is a traditional holiday celebrated by Mexicans and Mexican Americans living throughout North America. Day of the Dead is celebrated on two days, November 1st and 2nd, to remember friends and family members who have passed away. Celebrants honor departed loved ones by creating a decorative altar to commemorate their lives, enjoying a feast with their favorite foods and visiting the family cemetery to pay respects.

The rich cultural traditions surrounding Day of the Dead have yielded a vast array of  handicrafts and jewelry. The skulls, or calaveras, and skeletons, or calacas, can seem a bit macabre to the uninitiated. But, after learning about the vibrant traditions and heartfelt communion with ancestors that define the Day of the Dead it is easy to see the humor and unique aesthetic of el Dia de los Muertos. Far from a somber affair, Day of the Dead is indeed a celebration of life, love and family. Gatherings are full of laughter and fond nostalgia for people who are truly missed.

I adore Latino arts and handicrafts such as vibrantly painted talavera tiles, the small milagro prayer ornaments or the beautiful perforated tin work housewares. Feed your soul by learning about a beautiful cultural celebration and remember your dearly departed fondly with a funny story or a raised glass when you wear these colorful creations.

Halstead Bead Inc. has a special selection of pewter charms & findings for making muertos jewelry as well as other wholesale beads & findings.



RockLove: Breaking All the Rules

In indie jewelry, Jewelry Business Grant, silver jewelry, Uncategorized on October 5, 2009 at 2:17 pm

Everything about RockLove designer Allison Hourcade screams “ENERGY!” with a capital “E.” Her line is a frenetic compilation of original works and collaborations with edgy appeal. RockLove designer jewelry is casual and accessible with an emphasis on layered looks and iconic symbols. RockLove Siouxsie5

I’ll admit it, when I first read about RockLove and her extensive product placement I had to go to the internet a dozen times to look things up. I never thought I would feel so old already! Skinny Puppy, Repo The Genetic Opera, Keana Teixera….who are these people? …Kat Von D, September Mourning, The Creep Show…Miley Cyrus, Fran Drescher, whew, at least I know a couple….the list goes on and on and on. Plus, she throws around words like “steampunk” and “emo.” Huh? This girl moves and shakes in circles I have never even heard of and she is so overrun with orders that she sells out of limited editions as fast as she releases them. RockLove Posy_1

After I came to grips with the fact that I am not nearly so hip and trendy as I once believed, I learned that all these minor and major celebrities are part of underground music and counter culture scenes that have huge followings around the country. Not every jewelry designer dreams of being in Vogue after all. RockLove is rockin’ all over glossies like Bust, VenusZine, Fangoria, Gothic Beauty and Rebel Rodz. Instead of traditional trade shows like JCK and New York Gift she made a killing at Ink-N-Iron and the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly weekend.RockLove Palimpsest1

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