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The Modern Heirloom

May 13, 2018

The Modern Heirloom

My mother didn't pass down any jewelry to me ​and I​ ​never ​saw the ring ​she received when ​my father proposed. I guess it’s not important​, since​ they divorced when I was a toddler​. However, since repurposing inherited ​pieces ​is one of my favorite design challenges, I am occasionally reminded of what little (in terms of jewelry) I have to remember those that have passed on. My mother didn’t seem to care ​about jewelry and I remember her saying diamonds left her feeling cold, so I often wonder where my passion for the scintillating stone ​comes from.
I had the opportunity to redesign a local collector’s inherited ring and​, ​since it’s Mother’s Day, I’d like to share this story with you.  Thank you, Erin, for the opportunity to give this heirloom new life!  Happy Mother's Day ;) 

Here is Erin, in her own words ... 

I forget the year and I’ve long forgotten the occasion​, ​but when my mother passed her engagement ring on to me, I was beyond thrilled to have it. ​​Sure, as the oldest of three daughters, I was tickled that she had chosen me ... I didn’t have any romantic notions about the marriage it represented, because that marriage wasn’t to endure. I was filled with a sense of many seasons and events that had passed over the twelve years that the ring had graced my mother’s long fingers.​ ​She wore it bringing her girls into the world, braiding our hair, walking us into art classes and tucking us in at night.​ ​I stashed it away in a box in a drawer in a room ... it was too big for my finger and too dated to compete with the more current and stylish pieces of jewelry in my cache.

This past ​winter, I knew it was time to figure out a way to update, wear, and enjoy it. Mom is living far away and it would feel good to have a piece of her with me every day.
I’d been following Alexis since she moved into the cute shop with the orange door and went to see if she had any ideas for my ring project. She asked me questions and listened and designed. I loved her vision for a simple, yet substantial setting. Classic but nowhere close to boring. The brushed gold perfectly off-setting the less-than-perfect diamond. And, Mom loves the redesign too.





May 17, 2019

Finally, the greater Philadelphia area has its own home & decor magazine, and I am featured in the premier issue! THREAD is a magazine about great local design by Studio 882. It just so happens that when we relocated to the Brandywine Valley, Studio 882 was the first furniture store I wandered into, where I purchased a rug and became instant friends with owners Chad and Katie Groves. 

Congratulations on the premier issue : THREAD

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May 16, 2019

Birthstone Scents, an eco-luxury candle line handcrafted in Los Angeles and proudly featured in my gallery, captures the gem of the month in their propriety wax and sublime fragrance. Every month I am offering a promotion on the corresponding scent of the month as a birthday gift to you, or for the ones you love.

Use online code : Scent-10 to save 10% on the scent of the month, every month.


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Lotus Seed Necklace by Alexis Kletjian Fine Jewelry

May 11, 2019

From a seed, there is life...
Introducing the newest necklace to join the Lotus Collection: The Lotus Seed. 
I created this style last fall but decided to wait for a spring launch, during the season of rebirth. The seed, representing the fragility of life, is a gentle reminder to take care, refocus and grow. 

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