New Designs: Celebrate Your True Self!

Posted on December 11, 2017 by Gina Pankowski | 0 Comments

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 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.


Posted in Earrings, Trunk Show

Gold or Silver, Jewelry for Party Season!

Posted on November 07, 2017 by Gina Pankowski | 0 Comments

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.

Double Diamond link bracelet 18k gold darkened sterling silver gift boxed for you!

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!

Posted in Bracelet, Earrings, Gift Ideas, Gold Jewelry, Hand Made, Silver Jewelry

Pearls in Style - How to Choose the Best

Posted on October 12, 2017 by Gina Pankowski | 0 Comments

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.

.South Sea Pearl Farming

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:

  • Color – The classic favorite is a white body color, black, grey, pink and yellow are also popular. When buying pearls you should always ask if a pearls color is natural. There are treatments to change the color of pearls that use dye, bleach and radiation. These will often fade with time. Slight changes in color will happen with natural pearls too because they will absorb oils from your skin. 


  • Luster – This is what you see on the surface of a pearl. The best pearls should shine and will often glow with a rainbow array of undertones or “orient”. An example would be white pearls with a yellow or pink orient or South Sea pearls with a peacock orient that displays a rainbow of colors in natural light.


  • Size – A significant factor in a pearl's value, it takes time to grow large pearls! Pearls grow inside a mollusk when an irritant like a grain of sand or an injury occurs. With cultured pearls a “nucleus” usually made from oyster shell is surgically implanted. As the oyster heals it coats this irritant with layers of nacre, the substance that also forms the interior of the shell. Mud and plastic are also used in fresh water pearls. It can take up to four years to grow a 9mm pearl. A healthy South Sea mollusk may live 8 or more years and produce 3-4 pearls. Other clams and oysters can be implanted with multiple nuclei or seeds to grow more than one pearl at a time.

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.

Shop Pearl Jewelry Now!

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:

The Pearl Book: The Definitive Buying Guide by Antoinette Matlins

Pearl Buying Guide: How to Identify and Evaluate Pearls by Renee Newman


Posted in Earrings, Gold Jewelry, Pearl Jewelry, Pearls

Jewelry Creates Lasting Memories

Posted on December 07, 2016 by Gina Pankowski | 0 Comments

I want to help you with a gift of joyful surprise and ear to ear smiles!

This year you can't go wrong with hoop earrings. My collection includes designs in Silver, Gold, and these metals in combination. You can choose shiny and bright or my personal favorites in Black Silver and Gold. I even have a pair of hoops for the pearl lover!

Ibex hoop earrings silver gold black white black pearls

While the pressure is on to find the perfect gift - you can relax here because your gift of Gina Pankowski Jewelry can be exchanged for another item or online store credit through January 31st, 2017.

Kinetic hoop earrings 22k gold sterling silver white black gold

The final date for custom and made to order jewelry delivered free by Christmas Eve is December 10, 2016

 You have found something truly unique for your gift this year!

Posted in Earrings, gold, hoops, pearls, silver hoops, store news

Perfect Studs and LBD for Party Season!

Posted on November 03, 2014 by Gina Pankowski | 0 Comments

The November issue of Glamour Magazine is featuring design duo Jens Grede and Erik Torstensson's new line of LBD's and we have some great jewelry to accessorize with! My Quark earrings worn by Hilary Rhoda are the place to start. Earrings are an essential element for making a statement. These studs combine black, white pearls and gold with a bit of unexpected movement, the gold wires are floating inside the black circle stud. Adding a playful gesture to a classic combination. 

Carry the look onto your neckline with the Quark Necklace in that classic combination of black, white and gold with a modern twist. These pieces from my Orbit Collection are a great way to launch a conversation too. Did you know that Quarks are a fundamental element in all matter, protons and neutrons are made of Quarks. Get your Geek and your Glam on! 

Posted in Earrings, Gold Jewelry, Necklace, Pearls, Silver Jewelry

Dark Patina a Dramatic Graphic Contrast

Posted on April 08, 2014 by Gina Pankowski | 0 Comments

     I often refer to my designs as “three dimensional drawings”. My process begins with the sketch of hard lines and pattern then I create the idea in wire models to refine curves and movement. The image of the drawing is always with me, an architectural plan, a graphic. I love the contrast of a dark line on paper. To express this in my jewelry I color my silver with a dark patina.
    Sterling Silver is composed of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% copper. If you own Sterling Silver Jewelry or table ware you know that over time it tarnishes or oxidizes, the copper is the culprit. To achieve the graphite dark patina I like I artificially speed up oxidation by exposing the jewelry to the common chemical potassium sulfide, used in garden fertilizer to skin care treatments. Jewelers use it to create an “antique” finish. Mix a small amount in warm water then immerse the silver jewelry for a few minutes, rinse in cold water for a matte black finish like the Architectonic Bracelet pictured.


    I love to push contrasts in my designs. Using 22k gold and sterling silver together with the more highly polished dark patina pictured here on my earrings is one of my favorite combinations. For this finish the same potassium sulfide water bath is used then the jewelry is tumble polished with stainless steel shot. The steel planishes the metal like hundreds of tiny hammers. I love the hard shine and reflection with the high carat gold.

Posted in Bracelet, Earrings, Patina