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Does your jewelry spark a conversation?

Does your jewelry spark a conversation?

Many years ago while shopping in Nashville, I met a lovely 50+ woman dressed in a simple pair of jeans, shirt, and a jacket - all in subtle, neutral shades. Though tasteful, nothing about her outfit made this gal stand out. Except for one small detail. Pinned to the lapel of her jacket was a striking, sparkly and elegant brooch pin. As we struck up a conversation (a striking piece of jewelry can do that!) she shared a tip that has stuck with me ever since. When she plans an outfit, she always tries to include one - and only one -...

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What to read on an Alaskan Anniversary cruise

What to read on an Alaskan Anniversary cruise

A trip without a great read would be like a romantic dinner without great wine - unthinkable! Before my husband and I headed on our trip to Alaska to celebrate our anniversary, I had my checklist: gas station, bank, dog instructions, mandatory Covid test, and a trip to our local bookshop, Bespoke Books and Archives. I knew the owner, Beverly, would have some solid personal recommendations (a perk of an in-person local bookshop!)  I promise I won't bore you with a book review but here's a short comment of each book: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles - If you enjoy an atmosphere of elegant...

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Vintage sterling silver treble clef necklace for a concert pianist!

Vintage sterling silver treble clef necklace for a concert pianist!

I love a custom request - especially when it sends me on a treasure hunt for lovely things like this vintage sterling silver treble clef. But I also love working with a client to create an heirloom piece for someone they love - a gift the receiver will cherish for many years to come. This necklace was made for a daughter who is a concert pianist (see @Shanda Evans and her violinist daughter, Caitlyn in photo below). So of course, in my overactive imagination, a part of me will be traveling to each concert and venue with her, enjoying the...

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Handstitiched Pearl Bracelets with Antique Button Charms

Handstitiched Pearl Bracelets with Antique Button Charms

When I first found a cache of antique buttons in a small shop in rural Iowa I knew they were something special. Since then I've collected many more antique buttons - each a tiny work of art. The Victorians loved their flora and fauna so there are many birds, plants, flowers, deer, and even spiders! (more on those later!) After creating petite button necklaces and earrings it just made sense to add antique button bracelets to the collection, too. I always have more in the works so if you'd like a particular figure please contact me (suzanne@theelegantmuse.com) and I'll do my...

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Honoring a Hero with Vintage Military Button Necklaces

Honoring a Hero with Vintage Military Button Necklaces

I've made many custom military necklaces over the years, and am thrilled to finally be able to include a limited selection in my online shop. Each one is made with an actual vintage military uniform button - either Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marines - then handstitched onto a cream or silvery grey pearl chain. I've also done the U. S. Coast Guard (though not yet on my website) and perhaps Space Force may be next! These necklaces are some of the most rewarding to create - sometimes they're to honor someone who's currently serving, sometimes to someone who has served,...

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