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Skirt + Top + Jacket = Super Summer Outfit – only at MaJe Gallery

Easy elegance is our goal here at MaJe Gallery. Easy sometimes means versatile pieces that look great together and can also be worn with other things in your closet. A great example is this week’s outfit which is a skirt + top + jacket for a wonderful summer outfit you can take anywhere.

Skirt + Top + Jacket

skirt + top + jacket these items from Zen Knits make a great summer outfit
Print skirt, plus coordinating top and jacket

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All fabrics are luscious rayon jersey for soft comfort. The periwinkle, mint green and black print in the skirt is full of lively movement. Calm that down with solid coordinating pieces like this periwinkle tank top and a black shrug. Bring some of the green up with a green chalcedony pendant to pull it all together. Get the jacket here, and the skirt and top below.

skirt + top + jacket without the jacket this Zen Knits skirt and tank are a perfect summer outfit
The skirt and tank alone

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Here it is without the jacket so you can see everything clearly. This outfit is so comfortably, you might just wear it all summer long! Pair the skirt with a black top, or even mint green. Wear the tank with jeans, or how about your favorite white pants? The versatility is perfect because I know how much you like to be practical.

A Great New Top

skirt + top + jacket is great, but so is this magenta cowl top from Color Me Cotton, AKA CMC.
Magenta!

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This particular top looks great on so many different body shapes, and it just arrived in this enticing new magenta shade – just in time for summer! The CMC (Color Me Cotton) cowl top features 3/4 sleeves in a tunic length, making it particularly excellent to wear over black leggings or skinny jeans. It doesn’t wrinkle, making it an excellent choice for travel. Just $89. These never last long, so if you like it, don’t hesitate!

What Else Is New?

In addition to the lovely skirt + top + jacket, I have a new line of purses I think you’ll really enjoy.

skirt + top + jacket needs a great purse to accompany it like these great choices from Vaan & Co
Upcycled leather handbags

Yep, you read that caption correctly: upcycled leather purses exude artistic flare and excellent craftsmanship. This is such an awesome way to make good use of things other throw away, don’t you think? New leather prices consistently rise, making even a simple bag rather expensive. These creative folks found a great way to piece together leather remnants to make durable, stylish handbags that suit your needs well. With a variety of sizes, shapes and number of pockets, you’ll surely find a perfect one for yourself. Priced $38 – $98.

skirt + top + jacket needs a cute bag like this one, the Brisk, from Vaan and Co
The “Brisk Madison” upcycled leather purse



This little cutie is a front and back image of one of the new purses in our upcycled leather collection. It is 8″ high x 6″ wide with an adjustable leather strap that’s also removable so you can use it as a clutch or throw it into a larger bag. Zipper top opens to a spacious inner body that has another pocket. A second outside zipper pocket helps keep everything organized. This is the perfect purse for those who like a small bag. $38.

skirt + top + jacket needs a great upcycled purse like the Harley from Vaan and Co
Upcycled Leather Crossbody



This is another little bag, but a bit larger than the one above. It’s called the Harley. This one measures 8″ high x 6.5″ wide, but it is also 1″ deep offering more room in the interior. In fact, the buckle reveals a small front pocket and an outside zipper pocket. There are two deep pockets inside with a zippered small pocket in the middle. Use the strap for a shoulder or cross-body hands-free situation, or streamline it as a clutch. $58.

skirt + top + jacket looks great with this mid-size bag from Vaan and Co
Mid-size upcycled leather bag



This beautiful mid-size handbag, the Vivo, features the upcycled leather collage on a durable frame. A wide shoulder strap makes for a comfortable, hands-free solution – or remove it to use the bag as a clutch. The front panel opens to reveal a spacious interior with one zipper pocket and one open pocket.  $98.

Thanks for enjoying our newest arrivals this week at MaJe Gallery. Stay tuned for next week!

Wear White Now! Tops, Jackets, Jewelry Brighten Up Life

Wear white now! That’s our mantra as our warmer weather and sunny days cheer us all up and make us think of summer. Forget the old rules! Don’t wait until after Memorial Day. Wear White Now!

Wear White Now: Tops

Four white tops are now available at MaJe Gallery. One is sure to be the right one for you!

Wear white now like this cotton dolman tank by Necessitees
White “dolman tank” by Necessitees

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The “Dolman Tank” by Necessitees is a constant best seller because it is such a perfect wardrobe basic. The jewel neckline makes it an excellent layering piece, as well as the slightly longer length. Now available in white, black, royal blue, lavender, pink and charcoal, the soft, lightweight 100% cotton fabric won’t pill even after many washings. Great for travel as well as life. At just $32, it’s perfect over jeans, under a jacket or sweater, and every day living. NOTE: This is a body conscious top. If you want a looser fit, order one or two sizes larger than you usually buy.

Wear white now like this 3/4 sleeve raw edge crew neck tee from Necessitees
3/4 sleeve white crew

Do you want to make sure your arms are covered? Then this lightweight 100% cotton tee is for you. 3/4 sleeves and a crew neck look attractive as well as modest. The length is that of a regular tee shirt, ending at the hips. Super soft, washable, great for travel and perfect for every day. Just $37. (Update: Sold out for now.)

Wear white now like this lightweight french terry tunic from Testimony, the Namas T
Testimony’s white french terry tunic

3/4 sleeves? Check. Tunic length? Check. High neckline? Check. Medium-weight fabric? Check. Testimony has done it again, introducing a medium-weight French terry fabric for the summer. The body is smooth knit while the sleeves and hem feature white-on-white stripes to add the perfect amount of visual texture. 100% cotton, machine washable, great for travel and every day. Wear it over leggings, skinny jeans, regular jeans, or even trousers. $98.

Wear white now like the charming Mackenzie top from Inside Out Everyday
The “Mackenzie” top

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A trio of cutouts frame the neckline in this delightful top from Florida’s Inside Out. Sleeves reach the elbow while the length falls to the hips, allowing for breathing room in the torso. Dress up your jeans just a tad, or wear it over leggings or a skirt.

Wear White Now: Jacket

This jacket is only available in spring. Last year I only had four to offer, and they disappeared in a few days. This year I ordered a few more. Let’s see how long they last…

Wear white now like this charming zip jacket from Color Me Cotton
White zip jacket from Color Me Cotton

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This roomy jacket is made of super soft cotton knit. As you can see from the back view, pleats on the reverse side allow for a lot of forgiveness in our torso region (what love handles?). Strong, industrial zipper won’t get stuck, and two big pockets can carry your keys, phone and ID. These run fairly large, so keep that in mind when ordering. Just $98.

Wear White Now: Jewelry

Wear white now like this mother of pearl and pearl necklace by Poppy Design
Mother-of-Pearl and Pearl necklace

Two views of a one-of-a-kind necklace by Poulsbo favorite jeweler, Poppy. Teardrop mother-of-pearl beads are drilled at the top, creating a lovely cascade when strung side by side. Poppy never does anything routine, so she added a row of white pearls asymmetrically for visual interest. Wear it long or double it up because at 36″, it doubles to 18″. This versatile necklace can be worn with white, black or any color you wish. Just $190. (Update: Sold) Check out the matching earrings below…

Wear white now like these mother-of-pearl earrings by Poppy Design
Mother-of-Pearl and sterling earrings

Also one-of-a-kind, these mother-of-pearl earrings feature a single top-drilled Mother-of-pearl beads topped with a textured circle that dangles from sterling shepherd hook ear wires. Beautiful alone, they also make an excellent set with the necklace above. (Update: Sold)

Mother’s Day Preparation Thoughts

Does your mother love to wear jewelry? Is it getting more difficult for her to clasp her necklaces as she gets older?

If you answered “yes” to both of those questions, then the perfect Mother’s Day gift is right here: give her the gift of magnetic clasps on her favorite necklaces. There are two ways to do it:

  1. “Borrow” her favorite necklaces. Bring them to Manya. Have her replace the current clasp with a magnetic one at just $10 a pop. Give them back to your mom on Mother’s Day.
  2. Get a gift certificate from MaJe Gallery indicating the number of necklaces your mother may bring in to have Manya replace the difficult clasp with a simple magnetic one. Give it to her on Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day is a mere three weeks away, so don’t waste any time getting these necklaces to Manya so she has time to make the change in time.

Stay tuned for more Mother’s Day gift ideas next week!

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Periwinkle Dress and Jacket, Plus New Art

A lovely new periwinkle dress and jacket just arrived and is now available at MaJe Gallery. A luscious blending of purple and blue, periwinkle is a favorite among discerning MaJe customers…probably because it looks good on nearly everyone!

Periwinkle Dress

Periwinkle dress by "Click" a division of Color Me Cotton
Periwinkle dress in linen

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Careful pleats in the lower part of the dress create a fascinating shape that in turn moves beautifully as you stroll about. Inspired by a dress purchased in Barcelona, capture the European vibe right here in Edmonds when you wear this dress. And the best part? It is just $98.

Periwinkle Jacket

Periwinkle dress and jacket, jacket this time, from Color Me Cotton
Periwinkle Jacket in cotton knit

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Introducing the ultra-soft cotton knit jacket in periwinkle by Color Me Cotton. This lovely jacket is a perfect weight for the Northwest, to keep you warm on the cooler days of spring and fall. Details include a heavy-duty zipper, big pockets and a high, ruched neck. Pleats in the back create a swing effect as well as offer plenty of room in the torso. Machine washable and great for travel. Just $110.

Heart Art

Periwinkle dress loves heart art like the Blooming Heart painting by Julie Terrell
Blooming Hearts painting by Julie Terrell



Favorite MaJe artist Julie Terrell just dropped off a new collection of her vibrant art. Keep spring in your heart year round with this one, entitled “Blooming Hearts,” which expresses how I feel about spring exactly. My heart always blooms when I see the flowers pop up here and there even while the rain continues to pour down and the temperatures remain chilly. This original acrylic on canvas painting measures 12″ x 9″, and can be yours for $78.

Periwinkle dress looks great with this original painting by Julie Terrell
“Heart Beat” painting by Julie Terrell



Here’s another original acrylic painting by Julie Terrell. This one measures 10″ x 8″ and offers some sage advice and encouragement to us all. Just $64.

Periwinkle dress needs an optimistic painting like this one by Julie Terrell
“Sunshine Journey” painting by Julie Terrell



“Follow your heart on you unique path…The universe knows the way!” so exclaims this vibrant original painting by Julie Terrell. This one measures 14″ x 11″ and is a perfect gift for a graduate or someone retiring or entering a new, perhaps unknown phase of life. Just $88.

Periwinkle dress needs a Happy Place like this painting by Julie Terrell
“Happy Place” painting by Julie Terrell



This larger painting by Julie Terrell measures 18″ x 18″ and is chock full of good wishes and all the things you might want in a Happy Place to call your own. $198.

Thanks for enjoying our periwinkle clothing and colorful art this week!

Imagine Spring! A Splash of Color For You

I see green sprouts coming up and crocuses blooming here and there. The early camellias are in blossom. We spring forward in time this Sunday. All the signs are here that spring is imminent! And we’re none too impatient for it here at MaJe Gallery because we’re getting new deliveries with a splash of color for you.

A Splash of Color For You

Splash of color for you like this spring green cowl top from Color Me Cotton
Spring Green in Soft Fabric

California’s Color Me Cotton made their ultra-popular cowl top in a spring green for 2018. This tunic-length top feels super soft against your skin because the fabric is a rayon blend. Wide 3/4 sleeves leave room for movement in the arms. The flattering design hides everything you want to hide in the torso. Just in a few days ago and already flying out the door! Also coming in a pretty blue shade in a few weeks. If you’re interested in that one, let me know so I can set it aside before anyone else snags it. Just $89. Machine Washable and great for travel. (Update: JUST ONE LEFT!)

Splash of color for you might be this Melody top from Testimony Los Angeles
Navy heather “Melody” top from Testimony

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If you prefer a shorter top rather than a tunic, look no further than this new piece from California’s Testimony called the “Melody” top. The neckline is close to a crew neck, which will please those of you who don’t like a deep plunge. The best part is that the ruffles around the torso actually offer a slimmer profile by disguising what’s beneath! 3/4 sleeves are a great year-round length, too. Machine washable rayon jersey fabric is nice and soft. Great for travel. Just $98.

It’s a Top, It’s a Jacket!

Splash of color for spring might be a bright top beneath this black linen top jacket by Color Me Cotton
Black Linen Top-Jacket

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One way to think about packing for a trip is to collect black basics, then add a splash of color to change it up. This black linen top can be worn alone as a top, or left open with a tank or shell beneath to add variety to your closet or suitcase. Paired here with a HaZe tank in geranium and a Susie Howell lined black pencil skirt in medium. It’s comfortable, classy and easy to pack. The linen top-jacket is $98, the tank is $28, and the skirt is $89.

Two Great Jackets

Testimony Los Angeles is our go-to choice for jackets from spring to fall due to the perfect weight of the cotton french terry fabric. Here are two excellent new choices for you.

Splash of color for you might include Testimony's new Coco jacket in Poppy
Testimony’s Coco jacket in “Poppy”

“Poppy” is the vibrant new orange/red shade from Testimony Los Angeles. What better way to add a happy color to your wardrobe? The Coco jacket is a short, boxy jacket similar in look to a jean jacket, but much softer and stretchy – which means it is super comfortable to wear. It has pockets too! It has all the wonderful details that Testimony is famous for. Shown here over the “Melody” top I showed you above.  Just $159. Machine washable. (Update: Sold out! I ordered more for first week of June. Call me to reserve your size.)

Splash of color might be this lovely blue Leona Jacket from Testimony Los Angeles
Testimony’s “Leona” jacket in azure

Calling all lovers of BLUE! Another color Testimony is offering now is this lovely blue called “azure.” It’s even prettier in person, so stop by to check it out and see for yourself. This longer jacket falls above the knee and has a lovely drape along with nice pockets. An asymmetrical hem overlay in the back keeps you looking great both coming and going. Made of their delicious cotton french terry fabric, it is soft, stretchy, great for travel and machine washable. Shown here over the “Melody” top I showed you above. Just $189. (Update: Sold out!)

Splash of color like the Leona jacket from Testimony Los Angeles in azure
The “Leona” jacket, buttoned

Here’s that same jacket buttoned up with the button on the side and beneath the collar. It’s a great jacket! I have it in black right now too, if you’d rather have that.

More spring items are arriving weekly, so stay tuned and you’ll get a new update next week!

2018 Resolution: Be Elegant

2018 is here, a time when we at least toss around a few ideas about how to improve things in our lives. How about this for a 2018 Resolution: Be Elegant!

What does that mean? Every day, you choose something to put on your lower half, and something else to put on your upper half. Every day, your choices reflect your inner self. Choosing to be elegant shows self-respect as well as intention both toward yourself and the world around you.

At MaJe Gallery, Easy Elegance is our goal. We are constantly on the lookout for elegant styles that are easy to wear so you can look your best with confidence. Here are some of the first things we found for 2018.

Be Elegant – Jackets

Our weather patterns tend toward chilly, so our closets reflect that since they are at least half full of various weights of jackets, sweaters and wraps. This is the most crucial piece of clothing because you wear it most often, so it plays the largest role in defining your personality to the world. Which, if any, of these two best suits you?

be elegant in this red chenille jacket from Color Me Cotton
Red Chenille button-up jacket from Color Me Cotton

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This vivid red chenille jacket features 6 buttons and nice pockets. The pleats in the back (see below) mean there’s a lot of room for flare in the torso. It falls to the hips being 24″ long. Pair it with jeans to spruce them up a bit, or wear it with nice black trousers when heading out to a casual party. Made in California by Color Me Cotton, it is machine washable, 100% cotton fabric. Just $98. Here it is all buttoned up, plus a view of the back.

Be elegant in this red chenille jacket from Color Me Cotton
Front and back views

This next jacket is a Color Me Cotton perennial best seller – this time in a yummy, rich gray they call “iron.”

Be elegant yet casual in this rich gray hoody from Color Me Cotton
Long and simply elegant

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This jacket features a closer fit, yet is still kind to our middle section. It’s quite long at 33″ in length. A full-length zipper, lovely deep pockets, and a pretty hood make this one of those jackets you’ll wear more often than most. It’s 94% cotton and 6% spandex, which means it is easily machine washable. Excellent for travel! It goes with everything, doesn’t weigh much, and barely wrinkles. Just $125.

Be Elegant – Tops

Be elegant in this rich gray cowl neck tunic from Color Me Cotton
Flattering rich gray top

This feminine flattering top is from the same dye lot as the hood jacket above. The color came even richer because of the different type of fabric. The style features a cowl neck, 3/4 sleeves, and tunic length of 33.5″. Perfect over black leggings with the hood jacket over it all (see below). Machine washable, great for travel, and cozy soft fabric to make being elegant as easy as possible. Just $89. SOLD OUT!

Be elegant by pairing the top and jacket together - all from Color Me Cotton
Put the jacket over the top, and voila!

Be Elegant – Jewelry

Let your personality be reflected in your jewelry too. If you prefer elegant jewelry with a unique quality, you’ll be happy to hear that we’re bringing Ed Levin jewelry back this year.

Be elegant with elegant jewelry like this Fiddlehead pendant by Ed Levin
The “Fiddlehead” pendant with garnet



For over sixty years, Ed Levin has been creating modern heirloom jewelry that is distinctly alluring. Each one is meticulously hand-crafted from silver or gold wire and sheet. This new design is called the “Fiddlehead”. Can you guess the inspiration source? Nature is often a source of inspiration for artists, and Ed Levin is no exception. Be elegant in this exquisite pendant with a faceted garnet. 18″ chain included.

Be elegant in these Moon Dance earrings with garnet by Ed Levin
“Moon Dance” earrings with garnet by Ed Levin



Pair your Fiddlehead pendant with these charming Moon Dance earrings, also by Ed Levin. Hammered sterling silver with a faceted garnet, and hand-crafted sterling ear wires especially made to enhance the shape.

This is just the beginning of all the ways you can resolve to be elegant in 2018! Let us help you keep your resolution this year.

2 Fall Jackets, 2 Fall Tops, and Fall Jewelry

It’s chilly out these days! We’re all grabbing our light jackets from the back of the closet to stay warm.  Seize the day and toss those worn out and boring jackets! Embrace easy elegance with a new jacket from MaJe Gallery! We’ve got 2 fall jackets to show you.

2 Fall Jackets

2 fall jackets, two tops like this tapestry jacket from Color Me Cotton
Easy elegance tapestry jacket from Color Me Cotton

This mid-weight jacket from Color Me Cotton features a multi-colored tapestry fabric, six buttons, and lovely big pockets. It falls a few inches above the knee. A pleat in the back means plenty of room for the torso. Easy elegance means easy care, so naturally you can wash this in the washing machine. This one is selling fast: only medium and large are left now. It runs big, so the medium can work on sizes 8 – 12 while the large can work on sizes 12-14.

2 fall jackets, two tops like the ever-popular hoodie from Color Me Cotton in terra cotta.
The CMC hoodie in terra cotta

Need a more casual elegance? The ever-popular hoodie jacket from Color Me Cotton is now available in this pretty terra cotta color. This jacket falls just above the knees. You’ll love this jacket especially if you the spring or fall color palette is yours. It’s 100% cotton, machine washable, great for travel, and very attractive on. And look below for a top to match…

Two Tops

2 fall jackets, two tops like this terra cotta top from Color Me Cotton
Fun, flattering top in terra cotta

This flattering top was dyed at the same time as the hoodie above, resulting in an awesome duo (see photo below). But you can purchase them separately too, because not all of you want both. The shape of this top is very flattering on many because of the generous torso and drape. 100% cotton, machine washable and great for travel. Get both the jacket and this top now for an instant wardrobe boost!

2 fall jackets, two tops like this new periwinkle top from InsideOutEveryday
Fun periwinkle top from Inside Out.

Here’s easy elegance for those of you who look best in cool tones like this periwinkle. It’s got black accents, thus will look great with black leggings or jeans. Funky accents set it apart from your typical T-shirt. Higher crew neck suits many of you too. 97% rayon, 3% spandex for a super soft feel and drapey texture. This top falls right at the hips, with a feminine flair at the hem. Yet another top that’s generous in the torso, it hides a lot of those little things we want to hide!

Fun Fall Jewelry

2 fall jackets, two tops need jewelry like these botanical beauties featuring actual flowers
Beautiful jewelry for your fall outfits

These fascinating pendants feature actual flowers and leaves. On the left, you’ll see a piece from a tiger lily petal. In the center, you may recognize fern tips. They lay atop a beautiful deep plum peony petal. On the right is a collage of flowers and leaves in lovely fall colors. These are made by Kathryn who grows all this in her back yard. She then dries them and mounts them on glass. Each pendant is 1 1/2″ in diameter, and includes a 18″ sterling silver chain.

In Other News

We are a mere TWO WEEKS away from our 17th anniversary celebration! I hope you can join us for some fun celebrating!

Sunday, November 12

    • 1 – 4 pm
    • Treats!
    • Manya’s famous mulled wine!
    • Prizes!
    • 15% off store-wide!

What better way to start of your holiday shopping? We’ll have lots of new items by then, just in time to save money on your first gift-buying extravaganza. Sign up to win prizes like chocolate, holiday decor, and an awesome piece of Manya’s jewelry!

I hope you can stop by!

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2 Jackets Plus New Jewelry

This week, we have 2 jackets plus new jewelry to share with you!

The weather is cooling down and we’re digging into the back of our closets for sweaters, wraps and light jackets. As queens of layering (that’s what all savvy Northwest women are you know), at least half our closet is taken up with a sweater, jacket or wrap of one sort or another.

To me, that makes it one of the most important elements of our personal style because it is the piece that defines our look on any given day.

Your closet may have a lot of these, but how many are worthy of your current personality?

You may need an update!

The two jackets this week are very different in look. One will appear to the more bohemian among us. The other will appeal to those of us with a more hip, contemporary style.

2 Jackets

2 new jackets like this long tapestry jacket from Color Me Cotton
The Elegant Bohemian

I fell in love with this one immediately. So, as you can guess, one went home with me. What did my beloved spouse say when I walked in with it on? “Well, that’s a Manya jacket if I ever saw one. I guess you’re keeping it.” He loves it too! And now you know: I’m part bohemian.

This is the first of three tapestry jackets from Color Me Cotton that we’ll be getting this year. This is the longest one. It dips longer in the back and has pointed tips in front. Big pockets! Machine washable. $158.

2 new jackets like this zip jacket in dark gray from Color Me Cotton
The Elegant Contemporary

A bit funky, but very cool, this cotton jacket zips up, has lovely big pockets, and a pleated reverse side adding a whole lot of style. Machine washable. $128.

New Jewelry

Shari Both has been hard at work making some lovely new pieces of jewelry. This fall, she’s inspired by the lovely deep blue of lapis lazuli and sapphires. You can see her newest pieces along with her permanent collection on her page on this website.

2 new jackets need new jewelry like these pieces from Shari Both Jewelry
Four new necklaces by Shari Both

See these four pieces individually and purchase your favorite on Shari’s page. You can also enjoy a number of additional pieces from her current collection there.

New things are arriving almost daily, so stop by to check out all the new items in person!

 

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!

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Manya

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

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

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

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

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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The Perfect Summer Dress Is Here! Limited Selection

The perfect summer dress is here! Great choices from Zen Knits, Color Me Cotton, and Marcia Bloom’s one-of-a-kind skirts with matching tops. These will sell fast, so don’t wait!

The Perfect Summer Dress

The perfect dress can be found among these four choices from Zen Knits
Four great dresses from Zen Knits

Zen Knits offers easy elegance in these four great dresses. Check out the details here.

The perfect summer dress from Zen Knits in blue and green tie dye
Tie Dye summer dress with pockets!

The perfect summer dress in shades of blue and green tie dye is brought to you by Zen Knits. Made of comfortable rayon jersey, it’s machine washable, easy to pack, and easy to wear.

The perfect summer dress from Zen Knits in teal
A lovely teal dress from Zen Knits

An easy elegance dress in teal! A favorite color of many of you. Also from Zen Knits, this dress is great to be casual, or pair it with jewelry or a scarf to take it upscale. Made of comfortable rayon jersey, it’s machine washable, easy to pack, and easy to wear.

The perfect summer dress is this pink sleeveless dress from Zen Knits
A great dress for a summer party

Another perfect summer dress that’s great for all your summer parties. The pink and white pattern is sweet while the design is sexy.  Made of comfortable rayon jersey, it’s machine washable, easy to pack, and easy to wear. (Update July: Sold Out!)

The perfect summer dress from Zen Knits in color block black and white
Long and elegant color block dress

If you’re 5’4″ or above, you’ll love this easy elegance dress in color blocks of black, white and gray. Made of comfortable rayon jersey, it’s machine washable, easy to pack, and easy to wear. SOLD OUT!

The Perfect Summer Dress for HOT Weather

The perfect summer dress for high temperatures
Perfect for especially hot events

The extra light weight cotton fabric in this skirt and top combo make it the perfect outfit for all your summer events that anticipate soaring temperatures. Two layers mean you don’t have to add a slip! 100% cotton, machine washable, in a lovely white and black fabric.

The Perfect Summer Dress – a Skirt!

The perfect summer dress might be a skirt by Marcia Bloom
Funky skirts, solid tanks, and great jewelry

The one-of-a-kind skirts by Marcia Bloom are a constant best seller at MaJe Gallery. Featuring a full circle of fabric in drapey fabrics, these look good on everyone, and fit size 6 – 16 with ease. Yes, they are “one size fits most”. Shown here with coordinating tank tops from Luxe Junkie, which are also “one size fits most.” They stretch out to fit anyone! This is just a small selection of a new collection, so stop by to see them all. (Update: The floral skirt on the right, paired with the watermelon tank, has sold)

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