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What’s so great about London Blue Topaz over Sapphire?

I’m going to tell you what I love about London Blue Topaz, but I have to reveal my secret first.

I have this perverse goal of refusing to dress like everyone else. If I see 20 of the same item on the rack, even if it’s what I came in to buy, I don’t want it anymore. Why not? Well obviously, because 20 other people will have it too. 20 on a rack means there are 20 on racks in other stores everywhere. That adds up!

The same thing goes for jewelry. I started making jewelry in my teens. I started buying unique jewelry then too. I still have an amethyst ring I got from a silversmith with babysitting money burning a hole in my pocket. I think I was 15 or so.

You know and I know that the “top” stones are diamond, followed by ruby, emerald and sapphire. Well, that may be true, but you know what else that means? Everyone, and I mean everyone has them, or at least one, in their jewelry box. Booooring.

So, this being September, with sapphire as the birthstone, I want to offer an alternative to my like-minded pals – namely – you! And what do I offer now? London Blue Topaz! But not just any London Blue Topaz, oh no. It’s gotta be special, right? And unique, of course.

The Master Faceter

Enter Bill Booze. For over thirty years, Bill has been honing an unusual skill: faceting. It’s so unusual that when I tell you about it in the store, you have to think for a minute. Everyone knows what facets are on a stone. Well, someone had to put them there, right? Nature sure didn’t. That’s what Bill does. He puts all the facets on the gemstones – top, sides, bottom.

But it actually starts a little before that, when he selects the rough stones to facet. His practiced eye can spot a stone of excellent quality even in the rough! His faceting technique is recognized immediately by gemologists, who are very familiar with the same old faceting styles most commonly used. They are always impressed with the quality.

And you, when you look at his gems at MaJe Gallery, you are always dazzled because of how sparkly and beautiful his work is. Bill’s jewelry is so very special because of his years of mastery as well as his love of colored gemstones (i.e. NOT the usual suspects).

What’s So Cool About London Blue Topaz Anyway?

For me, the answer to that question is because it is such a gorgeous teal blue color. Teal happens to be one of the most popular colors among you, my dear customers, in terms of both clothing and jewelry. Why do you suppose that is? Because it looks good on nearly all skin types, that’s why. I think it is a prettier shade of blue that sapphires.

Another reason it’s so cool is that it is easier on your wallet than sapphires. Sure, you can get cheap sapphires just like you can get cheap diamonds. That doesn’t make them of good quality. Top quality London Blue Topaz is more affordable than even mid-quality sapphire.

It’s a nice, hard stone too, with a Mohs hardness rating of 8. That’s important because it means it will stand the test of time.

Finally, London Blue Topaz is a magical mix of nature and nurture. Natural topaz is white, or clear. To get the lovely shades of blue, it is irradiated to achieve a permanent color enhancement. Now you can enjoy this intense color in AA and AAA grade stones, faceted by the master Bill Booze, and set in simple, elegant settings of sterling silver of 14k yellow gold.

I want to show you three rings and three pendants from our current collection. Obviously, they are all one of a kind, so supply is limited to what’s on hand.

Let’s look at some new rings first. Keep in mind that we can re-size any of these rings to fit YOUR finger.

Mesmerizing London Blue Topaz Rings

Mesmerizing London Blue Topaz faceted by Bill Booze is the best.
7.3 carat LBT in a sterling split band

Set in sterling silver, this large 7.3 carat stone is stunning because of its size and sparkle. Bill Booze learned long ago how to include additional facets on the underside of each gem in order to let you dazzle yourself with the sparkle.  Let us size it to fit you! $425.

Mesmerizing London Blue Topaz faceted by Bill Booze is the best.
For you wide band gals

I know some of you like a wide ring band because it makes a bigger statement. This 5.1 carat London Blue Topaz is for you. The rich teal hue of this new stone is very lovely. There’s only one like it. Let us make it your size! $500.

Mesmerizing London Blue Topaz faceted by Bill Booze is the best.
AAA grade stone in 14k gold

Let’s end with the ring section with the most spectacular stone. It’s a AAA grade stone because of the clarity and depth of color. Set in 14k yellow gold because it’s so precious, you’ll mesmerize yourself as you gaze at it throughout the day. Let us make it your size! Next time you visit, just take a look at it to enjoy the beauty of this unique gem. $875.

Mesmerizing London Blue Pendants

Since some of you prefer a pendant over a ring, we now have three beauties to show you.

Mesmerizing London Blue Topaz faceted by Bill Booze is the best.
Faceted oval London Blue Topaz pendant

The vast majority of faceted stones are round, but this one is oval, hence keeping elegant simplicity a key design element while capturing a unique distinction. Weighing in at 4 carats, the size is small but not too small to avoid notice. $400. 18″ sterling snake chain included.

Mesmerizing London Blue Topaz faceted by Bill Booze is the best.
Faceted London Blue Topaz pendant on curved setting

This unique yet simple setting features a smaller London Blue Topaz that weighs in at 3.2 carats. While it has a round faceted stone, the setting is rather unusual because it is on a curved sterling arc. It’s very sweet. $400. 18″ sterling snake chain included.

Mesmerizing London Blue Topaz faceted by Bill Booze is the best.
Another unusual setting for a London Blue Topaz pendant

Need a bit more punch? Check out this 5 carat faceted London Blue Topaz set at the bottom of a sterling teardrop frame. This is the largest stone of the three pendants shown. While still an elegant in size, it stands out more dramatically because of both the larger stone and setting. $460. 18″ sterling snake chain included.

Next week, I’ll introduce you to two cool new jackets from California’s Color Me Cotton. One is the first of three styles of their super popular tapestry jackets. The other is a very cool cotton zip jacket! Stay tuned!

Get a sneak peek at those jackets by following us on facebook!

Thanks everyone, and hope to see you soon!

Manya

How To Take Over a Room

Ever wonder how to take over a room?

Wear red!

Think about it.

  • The red carpet treatment.
  • A red tie on all political candidates.
  • The “lady in red” song.

It captures feelings of prestige, confidence, and even sexiness.

Studies have shown how red influences both the wearer as well as the viewer.  It’s an emotionally intense color. It symbolizes action and courage. It makes the wearer herself feel confident. People stop and take notice.

On the other side of the spectrum, red signifies danger, anger and oppression (think fire trucks and Communism).

So, finding the best balance for the situation is called for. Is a touch of red enough? Or do you need the whole hog – a gorgeous red evening gown? Even choosing the best shade of red makes a difference (think pink vs crimson).

Let’s take a look at some examples, all from MaJe Gallery’s current collection of recent arrivals.

How To Take Over a Room

how to take over a room - wear this wine red jacket from Testimony Los Angeles
Power jacket in wine red

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Testimony’s popular Reba jacket now comes in this gorgeous shade of red: wine. This results in a softer reaction from others (as opposed to the vibrant crimson), yet still commands attention. No one will say this is too manly because of the feminine styling and rich color. This jacket exudes confidence without feeling overbearing. Perfect!

how to take over a room - wear this striking red, black and tan wrap from Inside Out Everyday.
A softer red mixed with black and tan

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This wrap has splashes of red along with black and tan which soften the intensity of this brighter Venetian Red. Wear this over all black in order to cut a stunning figure in any room you care to enter. It’s subtle, yet cannot be avoided.

how to take over a room - wear this cranberry top over a multi-color Marcia Bloom skirt.
Cranberry top over mixed reds and blacks skirt

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Add pizzazz to this mixed-color Marcia Bloom skirt by choosing to bring out the cranberry tones. Sure, you could wear a black top with it too, but wearing the cranberry casts the outfit in a whole new light. Picture it with tall black boots this fall! This is an excellent outfit for weddings, class reunions, or holiday parties. Not only will you be extremely comfortable, you’ll feel generously powerful as the entire room takes notice.

And just for fun…

how to take over a room - wear these awesome SolMate socks called Mars
Newest from SolMate Socks: Mars

Named after the red planet Mars, this newest color palette from our favorite sock company, SolMate, is also called Mars. Paired with turquoise from the opposite side of the color wheel, and accented with black, this fun new color combo is quickly selling out. But never fear! More will come before it’s time to get them for stocking stuffers. Still just $19.95.

We have even more red clothing items to choose from, but you’ll have to stop by to see them in person. I look forward to the visit, and helping you put together the best red outfit for the next situation in which you need to instill confidence in yourself as well as the audience.

Cheers!

Manya

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Four Tops, Three Skirts, Ready for Fall

New this week at MaJe Gallery are four tops and three great skirts. Actually, there are twelve new skirts – each one of a kind. But only three have pictures here. You have to come in to see the rest!

Let’s start with four tops

These are all made in California by Necessitees – a popular brand that’s been around for quite a while. 94% cotton, 6% spandex ensures a long-lasting shirt. Machine washable.

four tops like this cotton crew in ruby from Necessitees
Cotton Crew Neck T in ruby

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We’ll start with the love fall color of ruby. This T-shirt features a crew neck, 3/4 sleeves, and a relaxed fit – perfect to hide any extras in the torso. $48.

four tops like this cotton U-neck in wine from Necessitees
Long sleeve U-neck T-shirt

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Here we have a long-sleeve T-shirt in the beautiful wine color. It features a U-neck that’s not too deep. It’s just right.  This one is more form-fitting. If you like it, but don’t like too form-fitting, choose one size larger than your usual and all will be well.  $39.

four tops like this cotton Morocco neckline in beryl from Necessitees
A beautiful shade of blue

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This neckline is called the “Morocco” – it’s a soft V, a little rounded as it hits the neck. It is particularly flattering. The V is not very deep, perfect to show off you pendant. This is one of the more form-fitting styles, which makes it particularly good for layering. It has 3/4 sleeves in a color called “Beryl” – a lovely blue with a hint of green. $37.

four tops like this cotton Morocco neckline in black from Necessitees
Your favorite black T-shirt

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This is another with the Morocco softened V-neckline, but this time in black. This is one of the more form-fitting styles, which makes it particularly good for layering. It has 3/4 sleeves. It’s sure to become your favorite black T-shirt! $37.

And now for Three Skirts

Marcia Bloom creates funky one-of-a-kind skirts that are extremely comfortable to wear, and a whole lot of fun. Dress them up, or dress them down. Pair your skirt with a solid color top and you are set to go. I’ve seen them paired with a T-shirt and jean jacket for a casual look. Or go for a dressier solid top and a drapey jacket to get more dressy. Pair it with boots in the winter!

four tops might go with one of these one-of-a-kind skirts from Marcia Bloom
Three new skirts for fall

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All of these fall just below the knee. The magic waistband works on sizes 4 – 16. Seriously. People sometimes struggle to figure out how to style themselves with these awesome skirts. Here’s a suggestion.

Four tops could be worn with your Marcia Bloom skirt
One idea on how to wear your Marcia Bloom skirt

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This pretty skirt in shades of blue is another one from the latest collection. I paired it here with a simple black T-shirt (like the one above) and a short Testimony jacket in mineral wash blue. If you’re in Edmonds, you’ll see this on the mannequin in the window for a few more days.

Come on in and try on one of the skirts. I’ll show you several ways to wear it – from casual to dressy. Add a bit of fun to your wardrobe!

Four Tops need a great hat! Check out our newest selection from Nicole Flood, floodclothing.com
New hats! From Portland’s Nicole Flood

We are so pleased to announce a new artist – Nicole Flood from Portland, Oregon. Nicole makes awesome, one-of-a-kind hats from recycled fabrics. We’ve got everything from brights to neutrals, so come on in and choose your favorite. Just $44 each.

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Fall Transition: Two Tops, Two Jackets

It’s time for a fall transition, ready or not. Evenings will be getting cooler soon. Are you ready? Check out these two tops and two jackets to help you get there.

FALL TRANSITION – TOPS

fall transition means great tops over leggings like this from Zen Knits
Black, white, tan print tunic

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The soft rayon jersey from Zen Knits feels great yet isn’t too heavy. This fun print in white, tan and black also features pockets in front. Loose in the torso, this top is perfect for hiding those pesky love handles that just won’t go away. Pair with black leggings. Add your favorite black boots when the weather cools down more.

fall transition with a richly hued teal top from Color Me Cotton
Rich teal top with subtle print

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Add some color to your fall wardrobe with this stunning teal top. A shorter length for a non-tunic look, with a subtle abstract print. 3/4 sleeves. 100% cotton. Machine washable. Great over black pants or jeans.

FALL TRANSITION – JACKETS

Fall transition requires a great jacket like this rich gray from Color Me Cotton.
Textured deep gray jacket

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We Northwest women know how a great jacket can complete an outfit. This rich gray textured cotton fabric is not only interesting, but it looks great on. Paired here over a burgundy tank with a black onyx necklace to accent. Simple, elegant, stylish, and oh yes, easy. Machine washable, great for travel. It also has very nice pockets!

Fall transition can be funky with this tie dye jacket from Zen Knits
Funk it up with tie dye

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This fabric is actual tie dye, not a print. Funky black, white and cream tie dye jacket features a sassy peplum back. Light-weight rayon jersey looks great over white, cream or your favorite solid color. Pair it with black leggings or pants for a funky, put-together look. Machine washable, great for travel.

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Peridot Jewelry Plus Party Time

Peridot jewelry is what everyone is looking for these days. Not only is it the birthstone for all you August birthdays, but it is also a beautiful shade of green.

Peridot jewelry starts with the raw uncut gemstones
Raw, uncut peridot stones

Background of Peridot

Called “the extreme gem” by the Gemological Institute of America, Peridot is born of fire and brought to light, one of only two gems (Diamond is the other) formed not in the Earth’s crust, but in molten rock of the upper mantle and brought to the surface by the tremendous forces of earthquakes and volcanoes. While these Peridots are born of Earth, other crystals of Peridot have extraterrestrial origins, found in rare pallasite meteorites (only 61 known to date) formed some 4.5 billion years ago, remnants of our solar system’s birth. Peridot in its basic form, Olivine, was also found in comet dust brought back from the Stardust robotic space probe in 2006, has been discovered on the moon, and detected by instrument on Mars by NASA’s Global Surveyor. Ancients believed, quite accurately, that Peridot was ejected to Earth by a sun’s explosion and carries its healing power.

Artists Make Beautiful Peridot Jewelry

Peridot jewelry takes form by artisan Bill Booze
Stunning peridot set by Bill Booze

Many of you are aware of Bill Booze, our master faceter. Bill takes the raw stones, as in the photo at the top. He carves off each and every ledge, or facet, to bring out the maximum beauty of the stones. And did I mention how much they sparkle? Bill carves extra facets underneath to get crazy amounts of sparkle. No two alike, and this necklace and earring set here, in its unusual setting, is a perfect example. $700 for pendant, chain and earrings. (It goes up to $900 in September.)

Peridot Jewelry – Rings!

Peridot jewelry ring in sterling silver by Bill Booze
Two views of a peridot ring



Here are two views of the same ring. This is another incredible peridot featuring the masterful faceting of Bill Booze. It is a large stone weighing in at 5.3 carats. It’s very clear and a yummy shade of green. Currently sized at 7, we can make it your size within 2 weeks. $600.

Peridot jewelry in 14k yellow gold
AAA grade Peridot in 14k yellow gold



Go for the gusto with this AAA grade peridot set in 14k yellow gold. This one is the most amazing peridot I’ve ever seen. The color, clarity, size and beauty are a “must see”. This ring is currently size 6 1/4, but we can make it any size you need within 2 weeks.  $900.

More Artisan Peridot Jewelry

Peridot jewelry by Shari Both Jewelry Design
Unique Peridot jewelry by Shari Both

Long-time MaJe artist, and occasional shop girl Shari Both has been making powerful feminine jewelry for many years now. This peridot set is part of her current collection, which can be found on her very own page right here on this website.  This necklace is currently in stock. $110. Shari will make the earrings when you order, to be ready in 10 days. Click here to purchase.

IT’S PARTY TIME!

party time at MaJe Gallery this week

Mark your calendars! Our End-of-Summer Trunk Show is coming!

  • Date: Wednesday, August 23
  • Time: 5 – 8 pm
  • Where: MaJe Gallery, 409 Main St, Edmonds
  • What: Our sales rep will be here with winter and holiday samples from both Testimony Los Angeles and Zen Knits.

How it works:

  1. Look through the samples.
  2. Find what you want.
  3. Manya will order it in your size.
  4. Pay at 25% deposit.
  5. Most items will arrive the first week of November.

Until then, stay in the know by following us on Facebook!

Hot Stripes At MaJe Gallery

Hot Stripes Are Fun and Bold

Hot stripes are featured in this Megan Wrap from Florida's Inside Out Everyday.
Hot stripes in multi-colored splendor

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The Megan Wrap from Florida’s Inside Out Everyday is now available in this colorful striped fabric. Yes, it’s great in summer, but it might also be just the thing for the dreariness of February. Circular hem is shorter in front and longer in back, reducing the appearance of hips. Manya’s modeling it in these photos above showing the variety you can get when pairing it with different colored tops and black leggings.

Hot stripes from Inside Out Everyday's Megan Wrap.
Instead of leggings, how about a blue skirt?

Pair it with a long, blue skirt and white top for a refreshing look that will be perfect for your next outing. All three items now available at MaJe Gallery.

Hot stripes on the diagonal are slimming in this Jude tunic from Inside Out Everyday.
Diagonal stripes!

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Also from Inside Out Everyday is this blue tunic with diagonal stripes and two front pockets. The perfect length to wear with your favorite leggings.

Hot stripes are subtle in the Lynette top from Inside Out Everyday.
Soft and Sassy Lynette Top

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The ultra-light weight of this fabric is perfect for your next hot weather event. The slightly rounded hem is flattering to view. Pair it over black or white as shown here.

Introducing Our Newest Jeweler

When Christine Busch Lyons was still in college she found some old circus animal stamps in her grandparents’ basement one summer afternoon. As an art major with a specialty in metal work she found the stamps inspiring and used them in her work. These charming shapes can now be found at MaJe Gallery in Edmonds.

Hot stripes need accessories like these zirkus shapes
Octopus and Wild Stars Earrings

Light-weight and shiny silver, these are sure to attract admiring comments from complete strangers.

Hot stripes need accessories like the Puss She earrings from Zirkus
The Puss She earrings!



According to Christine, “I had the idea for the PussShe Cat design early one morning when I was half asleep. I got up and did a drawing and told my husband Glenn “we’ve got to make this!” I was so inspired by the Women’s March and the whole “Pussy Hat” phenomena. Also I love the design and quite frankly thought it might sell. Because of what we believe in, a portion of our sales of PussShe Cat jewelry will be going to Planned Parenthood and the ACLU.

Pendants also available.

A new box of the awesome basic T-shirts from Halo is arriving any day now, so stay tuned! Find out first by following us on Facebook!

Sky Blue Summer Jackets and Pants

Sky blue is an excellent color to include in your summer wardrobe. It’s fresh and clean, and looks great with at least half your closet.

Sky Blue Summer Jackets

 

Sky blue is a great summer color like in the popular Reba jacket from Testimony Los Angeles
The top-selling Reba jacket in sky blue

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The Reba jacket quickly rose to become Testimony’s most popular jacket. Why? Because it’s gorgeous, that’s why! And now, for a limited time, it’s available in this lovely shade of blue called “sky.”

By the way, I also have several pairs of Testimony’s narrow leg “Betty” pant in sky as well…. Don’t wait long if you want some!

Introducing New Artist Kathy Walker

It might not be sky blue, but this purple art box by Kathy Walker is just gorgeous
Art inside AND out!



Edmonds watercolor artist Kathy Walker launches a new line of art boxes using her exquisite watercolor paintings. Available only at MaJe Gallery, these meticulously finished boxes feature Kathy’s art both inside and out, as you can see in this box with a drawer and mirror. Each box is signed by Kathy, making it a collectible piece.

The above box in purple and gold measures, when closed, 5 3/4″ long x 4″ wide and 3″ tall.

It's not sky blue, but it's as gorgeous as a summer day - two art boxes by Kathy Walker.
Two boxes featuring a floral bouquet

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Here are two more boxes from our collection. These feature a vibrant floral bouquet ready to cheer up any room. Stop by the gallery to see the entire collection! No two alike!

The box on the left is 6″ x 4″ x 1.25″ tall. On the right, it’s 2.5″ x 3.5″ x 2″ high.

A Good Card is a Beautiful Thing

Email is great. Facebook is nice. But receiving a card in the mail is just about the best thing there is! We just opened a box of new cards from our ever-popular line: Slap Happy. Here’s a sample.

It's not sky blue, but these are the best cards around.
Three examples from our latest delivery

And at just $3.95 each, they are a great price too. I’m constantly on the lookout for cards with optimism and humor. There’s enough negativity out there! You won’t find it in our cards.

A new box from InsideOut is expected any day now, so stay in touch. Be the first to see what comes out of that box by following us on Facebook!

Not All White Tops Are The Same. MaJe’s Are Great!

Not all white tops are the same. We just got three new ones that are outstanding! They fit our motto of Easy Elegance For Life to a T.

Not All White Tops Are The Same

Not all white tops are the same. Take this fun top from Inside Out Everyday, the Mackenzie!
Simple. Elegant. Fun.

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Three cut-outs at the neck transform a simple, half-sleeve white T-shirt into an elegant yet fun summer top. The Mackenzie Top is made of rayon jersey, it’s machine washable, great for traveling, and a perfect weight for summer. Just $84, and for a while, available in sizes XS all the way through to XL. Stop in to try one on, or go for the gusto and get it right here and now. I’ll ship it to you right away!

Not all white tops are the same, like this super fun tequila top from Inside Out Everyday.
White tunic with cami included

A sheer, textured white tunic over a simple cami makes an elegant statement with a dash of sass. Better yet, it’s aptly called the Tequila Tunic! Pair it with jeans for casual, a skirt for a party, or something in between for a day out with your girlfriends. Machine washable and great for travel, this summer top will get a lot of wear and enjoyment. Just $84 and nearly all sold out. Only size large remaining.

Not all white tops are the same. This mostly black top features white trim with tiny black stripes. By Inside Out Everyday.
Black with white-stripe trim in the Ivy Top

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Sometimes, black is the way to go. The Easy Elegance of an all black profile will never steer you wrong. Interesting details in the Ivy Top like precision cutouts at the neck and in the sleeves make this stand out from the crowd. As with all Inside Out Everyday tops, this also comes with plenty of room in the torso to disguise extra things we shan’t mention aloud. Available in one each size from Small to Extra Large. Like it? Get your size while you can for just $84.

Fun Jewelry For Your New Top

Wear a great bracelet with the "not all white tops are the same." These are by Christophe Poly.
Funky new bracelets from Christophe Poly

Our top-selling jewelry artist, Christophe Poly, just sent these super fun stainless steel cuff bracelets for our enjoyment. There’s just one each in stock, so don’t wait! Just $58 each. (Update 7/13: the second from left bracelet has sold. Three more still available)

Not all white tops are the same, nor is jewelry. New pieces from Christophe Poly.
Or how about a signature bracelet and necklace!

New and wonderful necklaces with coordinating bracelets by Christophe Poly. Just one each, so don’t hesitate if you like one. Necklaces have a magnetic clasp and are 17″ long. Necklaces $58, Bracelets $48. More styles in stock! (Update 7/13: the black with aqua bracelet has sold.)

Wishing everyone a happy fourth of July! Need some fun socks to wear? Check these out:

Living Royal Stars and Stripes socks
Stars on one side, Stripes on the other

Such fun, and just in time to celebrate the Fourth of July! These crew socks are just $12. Only 1 pairs left, so don’t wait!

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Cheerful Colors Cheers Us Up In Dreary January

Cheerful colors are good medicine for these dark, dreary days of January. We got some colorful deliveries last week I want to share with you.

Cheerful Colors On Your Table

Cheerful colors like turquoise fused glass trays are a perfect antidote to winter blues
Cheerful turquoise fused glass trays cheer up your table

Renton’s Linda Covey-Campbell just delivered these colorful, contemporary dishes – the perfect antidote to an otherwise dreary tabletop. Fill each one up with cheese, crackers, veggie sticks or whatever you can think of. At top left we have a 10″ square dish in two shades of turquoise with a custom-made glass “pebble” inset and three black dots in the corner, resulting in a sleek design with clean lines. Just $63. At top right we have a pair of 5″ square dishes at $16 each that coordinate beautifully with the big square which can be used for small tasty treats that compliment what’s on the big dish.

Go for the gusto and add the 7″ x 15″ tray ($58) which is perfect for all kinds of yummy treats. Watch the turquoise appear as the treats disappear. Get all four dishes for $160.

Cheerful Colors on You

Cheerful colors like this periwinkle top cheer you up when you wear it.
Everybody loves periwinkle!

Cheerful colors like periwinkle are a favorite of many because it’s so pleasing to the eye and looks good on so many skin tones. This flattering tunic has long sleeves and a cowl neck with a delicate flair at the torso making it not overly flowy. It has a straight edge hem all the way around. I paired it here with our popular bamboo leggings with the attached skirt which is super comfortable. Better not wait too long because I think these will sell out fast!(Update 1/16 – yep, they all sold out. Hope to get more soon. Stay tuned!)

Cheerful colors like seafoam in this coordinating jacket and top
Cheerful seafoam jacket and coordinating top

Cheerful colors like seafoam are popular too. The solid jacket is hip length with a zip closure, excellent pockets and even a hood. The print top coordinates perfectly because they were dyed in the same dye lot. The top has 3/4 sleeves and an assymetrical hem and V-neck. Both are cotton with spandex which means they’ll be easy to wash and care for in addition to feeling great on your body.

Cheerful Colors like Garnet

It’s January which means our birthstone this month is garnet, and we have some gorgeous selections from which you may choose your favorite.

Cheerful colors like garnet is also January's birthstone
Garnet is January’s birthstone

Check out this one-of-a-kind hammered sterling ring by Lynnwood’s Bonnie AuBuchon. It features a faceted garnet in a deep red hue that catches the light beautifully. Currently sized at a 10, it can be re-sized just for you. $90.

Cheerful colors like garnet make great jewelry for January birthday girls.
Faceted garnet in a sterling teardrop pendant

The depth of color in this beautiful garnet is enhanced by the additional facets carved on the underside of the stone by our master faceter – Bill Booze. Bill has been honing his faceting skills for over 30 years now, and can capture the most beautiful aspects of his A-grade stones so masterfully. Since he’s also a metalsmith, he sets the stones, too, usually in simple settings to best show off the stone. Here we have a sterling teardrop setting with the garnet nestled at the base for an interesting, contemporary look.

Style Tip – Choose The Right Jewelry

Here’s another tip in our ongoing series about choosing the right jewelry for your outfit. We’re looking at our periwinkle top with its interesting texture of undulating lines and puckers.

When choosing jewelry consider the texture and neckline
Shape and line mimic the texture of the top

There’s room for a 16″ – 19″ necklace in this top which features a shallow scoop neckline. First, mimic the shallow scoop by choosing a necklace that is also a scoop shape as opposed to a pendant that would change the shape to a “V”. Second, find something with undulating lines such as this interesting piece by Lizzy James, which also has interspersed shapes that are very similar to the shapes in the top itself. What could be more perfect?

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Shop Early! Shop Smart! Shop America!

Shop Early – Shop Smart – Shop America!

Avoid holiday stress by getting an early start to your shopping! Better yet, choose Made in America products sold in small shops like MaJe Gallery. Santa gives bonus points to such shoppers for supporting not one, but TWO local businesses!

You can even avoid traffic by shopping online here, and give Amazon a run for its money! Check out these great ideas…

shop early shop smart shop america faux fur accessories
Luxurious faux fur accessories are affordable and lovely

Made in Seattle, super soft and luxurious faux fur accessories make wonderful, affordable gifts and stocking stuffers. A very large selection is currently available at MaJe Gallery, and a small selection right here online.

shop early shop smart shop America buy faux fur fingerless gloves made in Seattle
A trio of faux fur fingerless gloves

See how these look when worn by checking out the photo at the top of this page. Simple, and reversible, these feel so wonderful to wear! Made in Seattle by Pandemonium Hats, a gift of fingerless gloves is perfect for your texting pals. Plus, it means you shop small, shop smart, shop American! Even better, you shop Seattle and Edmonds at the same time!  Woohoo! At just $29, who can say no?

shop early shop smart shop America with faux fur neckwarmers made in Seattle
Looking beautiful was never so easy!

Complete your outfit with coordinating neckwarmer and hat for a full faux fur look this winter. The neckwarmer simply goes over your head and automatically looks gorgeous without having to figure out how to fold it, or tie it, or make it lie down. It’s a brilliant design, and only $35. In store, we have many of the cuffed pillbox style, as shown on the left and right in this photo. Stop by to get the perfect one for you! Hats are $49.

Affordable Art Glass

Shop early shop smart shop america with Colorful blown glass candy canes
Colorful blown glass candy canes

I’m always on the lookout for affordable blown glass, so when I saw these delightful candy canes by Robert Kahl of California, I knew I’d hit the jackpot. At $19.95 each, no two are alike. Each comes in it’s own gift box like you see here. Many color combos available, so when you order, give me some suggestions and I’ll do my best.

shop early shop smart shop America with stacked glass trees made in California
A trio of stacked glass trees

Made in California, these charming stacked glass trees come in FIVE sizes, so you can create the perfect grouping for your holiday decor. These were very popular gifts last year, and we expect that to be true this year as well.  Priced $18 – $68, it fits all budgets too.  What better way to shop small, shop smart, shop American!

Tree sizes are as follows: Tiny Tree is 2.5″ tall. Small Tree is 3.5″ tall. Tall Small Tree is 5.5″ tall.  Wide Large Tree is 6″ tall. Skinny Large Tree is 7.5″ tall.

shop small, shop smart, shop America - it's just around the corner

Small Business Saturday is just around the corner! The Saturday after next, November 26, from 10am – 5pm, avoid the mall and shop in charming downtown Edmonds. We add our own encouragement by offering everything in the shop for 10% off that day! Escape the mall – SHOP SMALL!

And of course – SHOP MAJE GALLERY!

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