January's early flowers in my garden start my year off right. They shine through the rainy days and remind me that every day is a day to bloom. I don't make resolutions but I still like the idea of a fresh start.
I have lots of great things planned for 2018! Like revamping my website, in the direction of "out with the old, in with the new" for this year. I'll be having an inventory sale to move those items I am no longer making and a few special editions too. This just might be a live event on my Facebook page so stay tuned!
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What's coming up?
Valentine's Day is almost here and I will be in a special show at the KOBO Gallery, Seattle. I will be there for the opening on February 3rd, the show continues through February 18th.
KOBO Gallery is located int the International District:
602-608 South Jackson
Seattle, WA 98104
Open Mon - Sat 11-6pm, Sun 12 - 6pm
Come see me! I can help you pick out the perfect gift whether it's for your love or for self love, I've got you covered.
This is my Double Diamond link bracelet with a garnet heart. You can customer order this one with your choice of gems and cuts. For example an Amethyst or Peridot square cut or heart. Amethyst is the birthstone for February and would add to the special meaning of your gift.
A small flock of my Foliate Heart studs and others will be available at the KOBO show and through my website. Click on the photo ordering info.
Thank you for being here with me! I appreciate you taking time to catch up on what's happening in my world. If there are things you would like to know about me and my jewelry please leave a comment below so I can answer your questions directly or in the next blog post!
You Are one-of-a-kind, your jewelry should be too!
Busy in my studio, I've been creating a whimsical new series of unique earrings. You may have seen some of them if you follow me on Instagram @gina.pankowski.jewelry where I've been sharing them over the past few weeks.
Coming up this week is your chance to check them out in person with new pendants and rings too! Whether you are gift shopping or just want a little something to liven up your party mood this is my last show of the season!
What - Trunk Show with Gina Pankowski Jewelry
When - Sunday December 17th 11am-3pm
Where - West Elm Seattle, 2201 Westlake Avenue #100, Seattle, Washington 98121
This new jewelry will only be available during my Sunday trunk show. Don't miss out as they are one-of-a-kind!
Made by hand in my Seattle studio in sterling silver. Gems pictured here are left to right, Kyanite, Rose Quartz and Turquoise.
What's your favorite tinsel color? Candle light gold or icy silver? I love dressing and decorating for the holidays!
Now that November has arrived we are officially into party and gifting season! Time to order now for holiday delivery. All made to order designs will ship in time for the holiday when your order is received by December 1st.
Pictured here is my Double Diamond link bracelet in 18k gold and darkened sterling silver ready for an overseas trip to the UK! I love that I can reach my customers virtually anywhere.
For immediate gratification (two for them and one for me is ok in my book!) there are many stylish treasures ready to ship here on my website! I can help you add some gorgeous to your party outfit!
When you buy a gift from my online store you will be able to exchange it through January 31st 2018! Now that's worry free giving!
Beyond Beautiful round strands pearls come in many shapes, colors and sizes. They are also one of a few renewable gems.
Pearls are an organic gem in every sense of the word. They grow within a living creature, their quality, color and shape are determined by the environment they live in. A healthy natural growing environment produces the most beautiful pearls.
With so many options how do you choose?
For me pearls invoke an emotional response, their luster, colors and shapes are what I notice first. I buy what I like! But when you know a little more about them you can better choose based on the qualities that determine value and their origin.
These characteristics go into determining value and quality of pearls:
The rarest pearls are those collected in the wild and they are even rarer today because many of the pearl bearing mollusks have been harvested to near extinction. The passion for pearls has never waned and with it the science of growing and caring for them has given us all a chance to experience their beauty. Pearls are a true renewable gem.
I hope sharing these tips with you will help you enjoy wearing and collecting pearl jewelry even more!
For more in-depth information on pearls check out these links and books:
I'm excited to share this cool new place to adorn your attitude! Vent in Portland Oregon. Envisioned, designed, and decked out by owner Karlea Cole to be a jewelry and accessories destination for men and women. Her choices are modern and a bit rock'n'roll. Think substantial silver cuffs, rings, earrings, and the occasional heavy skull ring. Vent now has a great range of sterling silver pieces from my Metropolis Collection!
Located at 3320 SE Division St, a Portland neighborhood long known for its restaurants. Karlea and Vent welcome you with a light minimal space, all the better to show off the custom designed industrial steel and glass display cases. You can also make yourself comfortable and stay awhile, sink into the long leather couch, sip a cup of coffee and meet Khloee the shop canine. Just the kind of place I love to shop!
Come visit me and discover some beautiful jewelry to celebrate you!
This Sunday September 3rd from 12pm - 3pm
West Elm South Lake Union, 2201 Westlake Avenue
It's been an amazing summer in Seattle this year. I know many of you have been swept up in the transition to fall, getting the kids ready and off to school. I have been too! Now it's your turn to take a breath and treat yourself!
Hold on to your summer glow into fall. For the first time I will Have a selection of phenomenal gemstone pendants in silver and gold for you to choose from. Wear one or a variety of your design. There will be lots of my sterling silver designs, earrings, bracelets and rings too. Special pricing for the show!
My Mother loves adventure. I love that she spontaneously took this trip to India on her own with a small group of people she barely knew. She is over 70 and still excited about each new possibility. The treasure she brought home is this gorgeous 3ct Emerald cabochon gem. I am so excited to transform her emerald into an heirloom she can wear and be reminded of her special trip. Follow the journey of my mother's emerald from gem to treasured jewel here on my blog.
The big reveal will be on Mother's Day May 14th of course!
My first round of sketches for the ring show on the left one design with the gem oriented in two different ways and a side view to show more detail of the setting. The idea on the right is similar though paired down with the prongs oriented like an X as you can see from the detail I've drawn of the underside of the setting. The top right shows the prongs folded up to capture the gem.
If you were to choose, which one is your favorite design?