This week, we unpacked some great new clothing and jewelry include four new tops (actually one top in four colors), one entire outfit, and new jewelry from two of your favorite artists.
You might recognize the top style as we’ve had it before. When I realized how pretty it looked on sizes 14 and 16, I decided to get more. It can be really tough, you’ve told me, to find pretty tops in that size that truly flatter your figure. Check it out:
Four New Tops
These four tops are now available for you to try. Please swing by to try one on in your favorite color so you can see for yourself. If you order it online and it doesn’t work, I’ll pay for return shipping! Go to the end of this post to order your favorite color.
One Cute Outfit
Testimony Los Angeles has this new color for fall: mocha. The ever-popular pocket pants and the Gilet vest shown here are both in mocha. It’s perfect for those of you who look great in warmer colors. I paired it here with the Angelrox ballet tunic in brick. To bring it all together, a one-of-a-kind jasper necklace in various shades of brown by Susanne deCillia. Get yours online or stop by to try it on!
New Jewelry By Favorite Artists
Our top-selling jewelry artist is Montreal’s Christophe Poly. We just got a new collectioon that includes this mixed metal beauty with aqua accents. Necklace is 17″ long with a magnetic clasp. The earrings are 2″ long. Made of aluminum, brass and cat’s eye, it is light-weight, contemporary, and affordable. $42 – $58.
Very cool earrings by Christophe Poly. On the left is another shot of the pair that coordinate with the above necklace. In mixed metals of aluminum and brass in a brushed finish, it has an aqua cat’s eye stone. On the right is a pair of brushed brass with olive cat’s eye stones. Both are 2″ long and $42 per pair.
Poulsbo’s Poppy makes one-of-a-kind jewelry that draws from both vintage and contemporary inspiration. On the left, vintage abalone buttons have become classy mis-matched earrings. In the center, red vintage plastic loops take on a very contemporary look attached to sterling chain links. On the right, all sterling silver hoops dangle freely for a classic ambience.
This long necklace by Poppy features large, gorgeous champagne pearls interspersed on a vintage-looking gunmetal chain. Wear it long or double it up (as shown). Even hook the clasp into a higher loop for a lariat. SOLD!
This unique necklace is adjustable at 18″ – 20″. Featuring red jade stones and a sterling centerpiece, it is simply classic. Pair it with black or red tops.
It’s cold outside! So yes, you could wear your puffy coat that you and a million other people got at Costco, or, your could wear this elegantfaux fur coat inspired by Audrey Hepburn, and hence named the “Hepburn.” It’s even reversible. Available in size small, which fits sizes 4 – 7, the coat length is 32″ from the center back neckline to the bottom edge. $325. Coordinating fingerless gloves also available for $29. This particular jacket sold, but we’re happy to order one for you! Just call!
The simple elegance of a bygone era can be invoked by wearing this faux fur ivory stole to your next event. It’s 82″ long and 14″ wide, hence it is the perfect length and width for multiple wearing options. Just $89. This is the second of our five beautiful looks!
Long and Elegant
One of the five beautiful looks for your holiday 2016 is the elegantlong Victorian jacket by Testimony Los Angeles. We currently have this color, “asphalt”, in stock, a mineral wash black which makes it much more interesting than a plain black coat. The cut minimizes hips and buttocks, which creates a slender profile for all. Made of French Terry, it is 94% cotton and 6% spandex and as a result, it washes up beautifully in the washing machine. What could be better?
Even though it is shown here with a sleeveless top, making us all feel chilled in our winter weather, the “Gilet” vest from Testimony Los Angeles is rather an excellent layering piece for our currently cooler temperatures. The top-selling “latte” color shown make it especially relevant as an excellent neutral for those who wear warm tones. XS and X still available as of 2/24/17. Call to order.
Outfit of the Week
Our “Outfit of the Week” for holiday 2016 is here! The two-layer skirt in black featuring a sheer outer layer over a black underskirt is one-of-a-kind by Marcia Bloom. The superior drape is a result of quality fabric cut in a full circle. Paired here with a maroon tank by Luxe Junkie and the ever-popular and versatile bolero jacket by Testimony Los Angeles. All you need are strappy sandals or tall black boots. Finally, notice the festive necklace I chose, which handily brings all three parts together as an outfit. Priced individually $65 – $175, get all four pieces for $366. Update 1/2/17: Skirt is now sold out.
Unique jewelry, made by talented craftsmen in small studios across America, has the ability to capture your distinctive style in a way mass produced items cannot even approach. Thus we offer you our fall jewelry extravaganza at MaJe Gallery, featuring our newest one-of-a-kind arrivals.
The Statement Necklace
Statement jewelry need not be loud or in the style of Carmen Miranda. It need not even be huge. Take this one-of-a-kind necklace by Poulsbo’s Poppy Design. It features a stunning pendant of druzy quartz. Poppy enhanced the pendant with a beautiful strand of petal pearls in rich chocolate with luster of copper and bronze. Wear this with a range of colors including black, brown, brick, charcoal, taupe, olive and more. The high quality pearls will reflect in the color you wear.
While our first statement necklace is very elegant, the next one edges into the fun category. Our jewelry extravaganza series comes out to playwith this unique piece by Edmonds’ own Cheryl Parrott. Using multiple strands of thin wire, Cheryl sculpts glass leaf beads and pearls into “branches”, from which dangles a hand-made raku clay bird in the center. It’s the kind of unusual piece that is sure to elicit admiration from complete strangers. You, too, could be party to sharing a moment of beauty with the world when you wear a piece like this. My favorite way to wear it would be over a white T-shirt with jeans!
The Subtle Necklace
Kenmore’s Shari Both has been making feminine power jewelry for many years now. Inspired by the beauty and simplicity of vintage jewelry, Shari channels that inspiration into her designs, resulting in simple yet powerful pieces for a woman who enjoys a subtle approach to her personal power.
This necklace features individually wire wrapped gray pearls on the sides with a row of sparkly faceted labradorite gems on a flat bar in the center. The gray tones let you wear it with anything. This type of necklace would work best with a scoop neckline in any color, as well as something with multiple colors that included a touch of gray or cream.
This simple, multi-colored woven beaded necklace measures 24″ making it the perfect go-to piece for every solid colored top in your closet. It’s a great length for scoop necks, V-necks, and even turtle necks. It’s multi-colored, yet the colors are subtle enough to work with any background color you’ve got. Made in Mt. Vernon, WA, by MaJe’s newest artist, Gail Thein.
Jewelry Extravaganza’s Bracelet Bravura
When it comes to jewelry extravaganza week at MaJe, bracelets are a big deal. A bracelet can be a more private piece of jewelry in the winter months, because our long sleeves typically cover it up. Yet there it is, making you feel like the strong, confident woman you are. We’ve got a style of bracelet for everyone. Check out these offerings.
Three bracelets – similar but for the colors – are also made by Gail Thein, whose woven necklace you saw above. These are such fun, and add some sass to your outfit of the day. Larger beads in two strands, leading into a single strand, and closed with a vintage button.
A carved jade ball takes center stage with the triple-strand pearl bracelet by Poppy Design. The neutral tones means you can wear it with many things. The elegant design suits those who enjoy elegance and a touch of class.
This silver hand-linked bracelet is one of those you can put on and just never take off. It goes with everything, is very comfortable, and stays polished if you wear it a lot.
Jewelry Extravaganza’s Earring Fiesta
Our jewelry collection at MaJe Gallery features an eclectic array of earrings. We’ve got something for everyone. Here’s a peak at just a few.
Elegant shapes are joined together in this compelling pair of simple sterling silver earrings, made by our very own Manya Vee. Not too long and not too short, these are perfect go-to earrings for everyday. Great for travel too – you only need this one pair for the whole trip!
Many enjoy the look of mixed metalsthese days. Check out these two earrings by two different artists. On the left, we have Portland’s Joseph Brinton and his silver, bronze and copper circles, held together by a pair of gold-fill rings. Light-weight and easy, there’s no wonder this artist does so well with his jewelry!
On the right, we have Christophe Poly’s work. Graduating with a degree in architecture, Christophe went on to fall in love with the small scale of jewelry sculpture. Using aluminum and bronze, his earrings are light-weight and feature nice movement. This pair has a dark gray cat’s eye stone.
Silver and mixed metal earrings are interesting and versatile, but sometimes you just want a splash of color, right? Never fear! We’ve got you covered there too. On the left is an olive stone encased in goldtone metal by Seattle’s Jem’s Jewelry. We have a large collection of these little gem drops in a wide assortment of colors. And they’re just $32 each, too!
Need color with a bit of funk? Then look no further than the mismatched sterling wire work of Passiko. Even the glass beads she uses are made on Washington’s peninsula. These range in price from $32 – $48.
With over 20 jewelry artisans from all over North America, enjoy our wide selection as well as our broad price range that starts at $10 and goes up to over $1,000. The largest selection is less than $100.
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Great news! In the “new jewelry” category, for all you Joseph Brinton Jewelry fans, even though he won’t be doing art shows anymore, you can still find his jewelry. Where? At MaJe Gallery of course! We are now the exclusive distributor of this artistic and affordable jewelry line from Portland, OR. We have a very large selection right now, so stop by as soon as you can.
More new jewelry comes in the form of the ever-popular sterling rings by Lynnwood’s Bonnie AuBuchon. Bonnie just delivered a large collection with stones like aquamarine, labradorite, turquoise and larimar. Here are three to whet your appetite.
On the left, in that unique and beloved blue, is the larimar in a simple sterling setting and single-row band. Currently sized at 6 1/2, we can re-size it to your needs. In the middle is a fascinating amethyst with lots of white matrix within. Set in a simple sterling bezel with a triple-row band. Currently sized at 7, again, we can re-size it for you if needed. A glowing carnelian is on the right, sized at 5 1/2. The bezel has a fancy edge. The band is a split double-wide, and I don’t need to mention that we can make it your size.
New Art at MaJe
Multiple-award winning artist Donna Jean Perry delivered a new collection of works including this ode to our changing seasons, “New Buds.” While the leaves will fall off soon, never fear! Spring is just months away and new buds will appear on those bare branches. This piece is beautifully framed with an ivory mat and matte black frame that measures 28″ x 22″, so it’s ready to hang immediately.
Outfits of the Week
As we move into fall, our clothing choices are turning autumnal! Check out this gorgeous one-of-a-kind skirt by Marcia Bloom. (Sorry to report that it has now sold. However, other similar skirts are still available.) It’s longer than usual, and sports TWO layers. The top layer is sheer, so she built in a slip. The scalloped hem zigs where the slip zags, while peaking out from beneath in an enticing way. Paired here with an aubergine top by Testimony Los Angeles, you could certainly also wear it with olive green, magenta, terra cotta, black or white. This skirt could easily transition from fall to winter and into spring, therefore adding a versatile skirt to your collection.
In keeping with the colors and mood, I paired it here with a one-of-a-kind necklace by Poulsbo’s Poppy Design. A jade pendant carved into a dragon is the main focus. Coppery-gold coin pearls are punctuated with wavy silver tubes and white glass beads. It’s doubled up here, but could also be worn long at 32″.
Terra Cotta and Eggplant colors unite in this lovely vest-like piece by Olympia’s Pam Wells. Made from vintage silk sari fabric, so it is easy to dress up or down. I paired it here with an ivory top by Testimony Los Angeles, as well as their pocket pants in “sand.” The simple carnelian pendant was made in Seattle by Mary Freiberger. Easy to wear. Easy care. Comfortable and stylish.
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“Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but artisan jewelry is soul food,” according to MaJe Gallery owner Manya Vee. “An artist puts many years of design expertise and craftsmanship into each piece she creates, as well as a bit of her own soul. Mass produced jewelry simply can’t come close,” she concludes.
Here is a selection of jewelry currently available at MaJe Gallery.
In this interesting necklace, Edmonds artist Cheryl Parrott sculpts glass leaves, pearls and gems using multiple strands of tiny wires. The raku bird in the center was made by another artist. Even though this necklace is quite simple, it is also a statement piece, sure to elicit compliments and conversation whenever it is worn. Share a moment of beauty with complete strangers! How cool is that? A great example of how jewelry is soul food. Coordinating earrings also available. Necklace is adjustable: 18″ – 21″.
Another stunning statement necklace, this one-of-a-kind piece was made in Poulsbo by Poppy Design. Using dyed coral and articulated silver pieces hand-crafted in Taxco, Mexico, Poppy has created the perfect finishing necklace for a simple outfit. Let the jewelry do all the talking! Adjustable 20″ – 22″.
Bracelets are particularly nice because it’s the jewelry YOU get to enjoy as well. A new collection of bracelets by local artist Celeste Stuhring featuring dichroic glass centerpieces and Swarovski crystals. On memory wire, they are super easy to put on, too. A fun way to experience that jewelry is soul food. Many more colors and styles in stock, and no two alike.
Another simpler necklace by the artist who made the first necklace on this page, Cheryl Parrott. In this case, she used hand-sculpted polymer clay flowers and paired them with her signature glass leaves, gems and pearls. Using antique bronze wire and chain, her work has a feminine, vintage vibe. This one is adjustable from 16″ – 19″ in length. Coordinating earrings are also available.
Long-time MaJe artisan Shari Both (and shop maven on Wednesdays!) makes exquisite yet simple jewelry such as this example here. A single, large white pearl on a sterling chain that features a tiny pearl on one side, about 2″ up. Coordinating earrings retain the simplicity. Classics!
And of course, we all love a gorgeous ring. Here we feature the incredible craftsmanship of our faceting guru, Bill Booze. This art isn’t found in America much anymore, but Bill has been honing his skill for over 30 years. That’s how he gets so much sparkle into each and every stone he facets. This lovely collection is all set in the same style band in 14-karat yellow gold. From top left, we have a deep, rich amethyst, a AAA-grade iolite, and an intense red garnet. Just let us know the size you need, and we’ll make it happen.
Is your mouth watering yet? See? I told you jewelry is soul food!
Stop by to see these and many more examples of exquisite artisan jewelry, made by artisans from all over America!
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Every week brings new arrivals of treasures to find at MaJe Gallery. This week’s treasures include a lovely new jewelry collection from the eclectic Poulsbo artist, Poppy. Poppy is constantly on the lookout for unusual components to include in her work, from vintage finds to Taxco silver to delectable pearls and gems. She never makes two pieces the same.
If you’re a fan of the Sundance catalog, then two of her current pieces might be of special interest to you. Unlike the Sundance catalog, no one else will ever have these!
On the left, variously shaped white pearls mix with a whole variety of sterling silver chains. It’s long enough to wear doubled, tripled, or quadrupled as shown here. The neutral tones go with just about anything. This is most definitely not your mother’s pearls.
On the right, a four-strand bracelet features one row of labradorite rondelles. A cable chain is adorned with a pair of amber beads, while another chain features a coin-shaped picture jasper bead. The fourth row has blue coral ovals captured between oval sterling chain links. The toggle clasp makes it adjustable for 7.25″ – 8.25″. Alas, this found a home on June 11, 2016.
Local artist Julie Gangler loves to incorporate color and texture into her paintings. Among our new arrivals is her latest one, After The Rain II, is oil on board. Julie used a small palette knife to add texture to different areas, making the visual impact quite compelling. It’s so yummy you can almost smell that unique smell that comes after a recent rainfall in a meadow.
Perhaps our favorite of the new arrivals is a new collection of delightful skirts by our favorite skirt-maker, Marcia Bloom, just arrived. These are all cotton, and each features a pocket! Most of the pockets have a bit of vintage handkerchief appliqued onto the surface.
The soft blues and whites in this skirt make it the perfect skirt for your summer explorations. I paired it with a Luxe Junkie tank top in “sea”, and the ivory bolero by Testimony. When ordering the bolero, be sure to note your size. At the moment, I only have XS, L and XL in stock. I can definitely order other sizes. Just let me know!
Five more cotton skirts await your fancy! Stop by to check them out. They are simply to die for.