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Valentines Day Gifts You Can Enjoy

Yep, it’s a mere week away. Have you dropped your hints yet about what you want? Here are some ideas of Valentines Day gifts you can enjoy.

Valentines Day Gifts For Fun

Valentines day gifts to enjoy like these colorful cluster earrings from Seattle's Mary Freiberger - Jem's Jewelry
New cluster earrings from Mary Freiberger (Seattle)


Colorful, sassy and fun, these earrings will pick up anyone’s spirits on these wet, dreary winter days. Here are three from the new collection featuring Swarovski crystals on top, and sometimes below too. Center pair is amethyst – also February’s birthstone! Prices are, from left to right, $60, $54 and $54. Sterling leverback ear wires for security.

Valentines day gifts to enjoy like these colorful cluster earrings from Seattle's Mary Freiberger - Jem's Jewelry
Even brighter cluster earrings!

This trio features even brighter colors of orange, yellow and pink, and magenta with purple. Prices are, from left to right, $65, $48 and $48. Sterling leverback ear wires mean you’ll never lose one! Made in Seattle by Mary Freiberger (Jem’s Jewelry).

Valentines Day Gifts With Hearts

Not all hearts are the same – especially in the hands of artists! Check out these three options that widen the spectrum of expectations.

Valentines Day Gifts to enjoy might be this vintage style heart pendant with a message on the reverse side - by Spirit Lala
Vintage heart pendant with message on reverse

Original artwork by Spirit Lala (yes, that’s really her name) is mounted on a stainless steel base. A special message appears on the reverse side, just for the wearer. Includes an 18″ stainless chain. $28. Just one in stock.

Valentines Day Gifts to enjoy might be this vintage style heart pendant with a message on the reverse side - by Spirit Lala
Long, colorful circle pendant with multiple hearts

Also by Spirit Lala, this shows both sides of another reversible pendant, larger this time, and complete with a 28″ chain. A close inspection reveals a multitude of tiny hearts in a colorful setting, while the reverse is black and white hearts with the word “love” at the top. Wear it either way for double usage! Just $68. Only one in stock!

Valentines Day Gifts to enjoy might be this copper heart and earrings.
The “Guarded Heart” pendant and coordinating earrings

This oxidized copper heart comes on a 28″ ball chain (which can be shortened to any length you wish very easily) is perfect for the edgier woman – you know who you are! Coordinated earrings let you coordinate without being “matchy-matchy.” Pendant is $65, Earrings are $48. Get both for $100 (online deal only). SOLD OUT!

Valentines day gifts to enjoy for the traditional woman - Swarovski crystal heart pendants and earrings
Swarovski crystal hearts – pendants and earrings


Swarovski has been making beautiful crystal jewelry since 1895. This heart crystal set at a jaunty angle is called the “Devoted To U” heart. It is now available in these three colors shown above. From left to right: Red Magma, Crystal AB, Astral Pink (which has a warm, pinkish glow). Get them on 18″ sterling silver chains for $48. Coordinating earrings also available.

It’s Also Amethyst Month For February Birthdays

Combine a special birthday in February with Valentine’s Day love in the form of one of the highest quality amethysts in the world – those from the Four Peaks mine in Arizona. We have pendants, earrings and rings available in many shapes and styles. Check out this lovely ring with an oval faceted amethyst.

Valentines day gifts to enjoy might include an amethyst ring, especially if you have a February birthday
Hand faceted oval amethyst from the Four Peaks mine

Master faceter Bill Booze has been honing his faceting skills for over 30 years, which means he gets the most clarity and beauty out of the gems he cuts. We have a large collection of amethysts, hand faceted by Mr. Booze, that come from the Four Peaks mine in Arizona – producer of the highest quality amethysts in the world. The rich, deep hues of Four Peaks amethysts are alive with dancing tones of magenta and red that mesmerize the eyes. Stop by to see the full collection and treat yourself to a rare and beautiful gem. This ring is set in sterling silver for $450.

Stay tuned for next week to see the beginnings of our spring clothing collection!


Manya Vee

Exquisite Jewelry Selections For Holiday Gift Giving

Jewelry is our top-selling item every holiday season. Everyone loves a new pair of earrings, or a particularly special necklace. This week, we’d like to show you exquisite jewelry selections for holiday gift giving…or receiving!

Exquisite Jewelry Selections – Fine Jewelry

exquisite jewelry selections like this swiss blue topaz set from Bill Booze
Swiss Blue Topaz set from Bill Booze

This stunningly vivid turquoise blue known as “Swiss Blue” topaz comes from our favorite faceter, Bill Booze. The necklace features a 10 carat AAA-grade gem mounted in sterling silver. The earrings are about 8 carats total weight, also mounted in sterling silver with leverback ear wires. Bill’s 30+ years of faceting expertise bring out the maximum color and sparkle in these stones. You will share moments of beauty with complete strangers due to the brilliant beauty of these stones. The necklace is $600, and earrings are $400. One of a kind, of course. This is a gift you’ll treasure the rest of your life.

exquisite jewelry selections like this monarch opal necklace and earring set by Elyse Clark
Monarch opal pendant and earrings

A photo can’t capture the amazing fire in these monarch opals. You’ll have to stop by to see them in person to see for yourself. I only saw them in photos, but saw the many comments customers made about the opals, so I decided to go for it to see for myself. When I opened the package Monday afternoon, I was blown away. These are simply stunningly gorgeous, and set in a wonderful artistic style by New York’s Elyse Clark. Necklace is $198, earrings are $89. Set in sterling silver.

Exquisite Jewelry Selections – by Manya Vee

exquisite jewelry selections like this one-of-a-kind labradorite set by Manya Vee
Labradorite and Apatite set by Manya Vee

Somehow, I squeezed in some time to create this lovely two-strand necklace and earring set in time for December. I’ve been dreaming about it for about six months, and now it comes to life just for you. I was inspired by the smooth teardrop labradorite pendant that shimmers in shades of blue-green-gray to tease your eyes. I paired it with teal apatite, pyrite and more labradorite along with some sterling silver beads and chain. The short piece is 20″ long while the longer length is about 23″ making it the perfect length to wear with just about everything. I had to make coordinating earrings too, of course. $198 for the set. (SOLD!)

Exquisite Jewelry Selections – Sweet Bows

exquisite jewelry selections like these sweet bows by Shari Both Jewelry
Sweet hand-wrought bows in gold-fill and sterling


For those of you who like things simple and sweet, take your pick between a gold-fill or sterling hand-wrought bow by Shari Both Jewelry Design. Starting with round wire, Shari forms the shape of the bow, then hammers it to provide strength and resilience. Life’s blows make us sweet and strong – that’s how I think of it. For some reason, that rings particularly true these days. Be feminine. Be strong. Be you. $88 for gold-fill. $82 for sterling. Visit Shari’s special page for more of her wonderful jewelry.

Exquisite Jewelry Selections – Architectural Style

exquisite jewelry selections like this architecturally inspired set by Christophe Poly
Architecturally inspired jewelry

You just never know where your path in life will lead you. For Christophe Poly, his studies in architecture led to small scale sculpture in jewelry! Christophe is our top-selling jewelry artist at MaJe Gallery for his simple, sophisticated, affordable jewelry. This set shown here is among the latest arrivals. In brushed bronze with a cat’s eye stone, it is sure to garner compliments for whomever wears it! Lots more necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings price $34 – $58.


Wondering when you’ll find us open these next few weeks? Well wonder no more! Here’s the skinny…

Open SEVEN days a week!

Monday – Saturday: 11 – 5
Sunday: noon – 4
Thursday and Friday, 12/21 and 12/22: open late until 7pm
Saturday 12/23: 11 – 5
Sunday, Christmas Eve: 11 – 3

CLOSED Christmas Day and Boxing Day (12/26)

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Thanks very much!

Manya Vee

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.


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!

What’s New This Week at MaJe

New this week at MaJe is the Leona jacket from Testimony Los Angeles
The Leona Jacket, front and back view

New this week at MaJe Gallery is another awesome jacket from Testimony Los Angeles – the Leona. Made with their high quality French terry (94% cotton, 6% spandex), it looks like suede, but is soft and flowy – and machine washable. This jacket buttons at the collar and features two big pockets. Notice the detailing on the back too.

Update as of 9/30: These are now sold out! Sorry! If you still want one, let me know and I’ll do my best to get it.

New this week at MaJe is the Leona jacket, shown here unbuttoned.
The Leona jacket – unbuttoned

Here’s another shot of it unbuttoned, revealing sassy flowing lines in front.

ColorMeCotton top with wavy stripes of black and white
Here’s a great transition top from summer to fall

Also new this week is this super soft, flowy and flattering top from California’s Color Me Cotton. The unusual fabric feels amazing on the skin. The cut hides all those imperfections in our middle region. It’s long enough to cover the butt in the back. Pairs well with jeans, black pants or tights, or even a long black skirt as shown here.

New This Week at MaJe: Some Fabulous Jewelry!

New this week is this silver beaded necklace
A silver necklace with similar texture makes a perfect finishing piece

Having trouble figuring out what piece of jewelry to wear? In this case, we found a beaded silver necklace that’s perfect. The beads have a wavy texture, just like the top. The silver color continues the neutral theme of the top. The different shapes add interest without overpowering anything. The length is also good, meeting halfway between the chin and the bottom of the neckline. (Update 11/7: Sorry, but this necklace has found a home.)

Stay tuned for more tips on how to build your very own versatile jewelry collection! I’ll be offering more tips in future posts here.

In the meantime, here is more new jewelry!

New this week are these faceted gem earrings by Bill Booze
Two new pairs of striking earrings by Bill Booze

Rich hues are also new this week at MaJe, found in these lovely new earrings by Bill Booze. As you may recall, Bill is a master faceter. That means he buys stones rough, and carefully carves off each little ledge to create every facet. His more than thirty years of experience means 1) his stones are very high quality and 2) his skill brings out maximum sparkle.

On the left we have rhodolite garnets set in sterling silver. On the right is a pair of amethysts from the Four Peaks mine in Arizona with their characteristic deep hue filled with lively red and magenta flashes as the light hits them. These are also set in sterling silver.

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Amazing Amethyst – Feb’s Birthstone

February’s birthstone is amethyst.  Amethysts come in varying shades of purple from a very pale hue to deep, rich purple.  Did you know that some of the most beautiful examples are mined right here in the US?  In Arizona in fact.

Four Peaks Amethyst in stunning setting
Four Peaks Amethyst in stunning setting

This stunning 15-carat amethyst was mined in the Four Peaks Mine of Arizona. Amethysts from this mine have flashes of red when viewed under natural light, making them dance with a special fire. They are very rare indeed.

The exquisite examples found at MaJe Gallery have been faceted by the master faceter, Bill Booze, also of Arizona.  Bill’s expertise in faceting brings out the most sparkle and visual beauty within each stone.

Four Peaks Amethyst Ring
Four Peaks Amethyst Ring

Here we have a 12-carat Four Peaks amethyst set in a lovely and unique sterling silver setting. Also faceted by Bill Booze, the depth of color, and flashes of red in this stone are simply mesmerizing.  This is now size 7, but never fear! It can be resized at no extra charge.

A number of other examples can be seen at MaJe Gallery.  Stop by to view the entire collection and select the perfect size and setting for that special February birthday girl!