Some Favourites

We love turquoise! Handmade wearable art by Native American artists of All Tribes.
Checking out a few of my favorite jewelry sites, such as John Hardy, The Hollywood Collection, Laurie Stetzler, All Tribes and Rapt in Maille.

History of Animal Motif Jewelry and the Jewelry of Laurie Stetzler

The_Reef_Views_PhotoFor the discriminating collector of unique, handmade contemporary art jewelry, award-winning jewelry designer, Laurie Stetzler, meticulously crafts animal art jewelry that reflects her love of animals, and her compassion and reverence for all life and the natural world. Her extraordinary body of work incorporates exquisite animal motifs, dragons, mermaids, feminist/goddess themes, mythology, masks, unicorns and more. Her fabulous "Leopard Pin" is reminiscent of the Art Deco era. Others, such as the dramatic "Roebuck Earrings and Necklace" are from mythology

Millefiori, Murano Glass

Venetian glass is primarily made on the island of Murano, Italy. The distinctive hand-crafted Millefiori glassmaking technique was developed in Murano in the 13th Century. Highly regarded for their expert craftsmanship, Murano’s glassmakers gained prominence for their colorful, elaborate glassmaking skills and bestowed privileges by the Venetian state previously not enjoyed. They were allowed to wear swords, given immunity from prosecution and married their daughters into Venice’s most affluent families. In return, the glassmakers were not allowed to leave the Republic. However, many did leave, and set up their glass furnaces in surrounding cities; as far away as England and the Netherlands. 

Cubic Zirconia ~ The Brilliant Synthetic Diamond

The Hollywood CollectionCubic zirconia is the centerpiece of a fascinating story about ingenuity and resourcefulness. In the quest to simulate the almighty diamond, a new jewel of stunning beauty was discovered. Inexpensive and loaded with attitude, the cubic zirconia is a brilliant synthetic gemstone exhibiting incomparable fire. The marvelous "cz", as it's most commonly known, has revolutionized the costume jewelry industry, making it possible for anyone to own dramatically beautiful jewelry.
December 28, 2017 by Susan Dorling

One of Our Favorite Gemstones ~ Lapis Lazuli


Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli is a vibrant blue gemstone treasured for its deep, rich color. It is not a pure mineral, but rather a rock composed of varying proportions of minerals; lazurite, sodalite, hauyne, calcite and pyrite. It is primarily the result of contact metamorphism of certain limestones, and found in large deposits at few locations in the world. The main historical mining site has always been in Northern Afghanistan. Secondary deposits may be found in Siberia, Canada and Chile, where the the material is generally lower grade.

December 28, 2017 by Susan Dorling

The Magic of Daniel Espinosa, Jewelry Designer

283834Taxco, Mexico is renowned for its magnificent colonial architecture, narrow cobbled streets and for being the hometown of jewelry designer, Daniel Espinosa. Since launching his company in 1989, Espinosa has attained star status in Latin America and become the most celebrated Latino jewelry designer in the world. 
December 28, 2017 by Susan Dorling

Wearable Art Show

John HardyHere's a few of our favorites including pieces from John Hardy.

Guide to Buying Native American Jewelry

Native American jewelry handcrafted by All Tribes
It is an unfortunate fact of life that unscrupulous people make money by cheating others. They are everywhere, not just lurking in the shadows as you might think, but right out in the open, brazen as can be. These dishonest retailers lay in wait for those of us, who innocent and wide-eyed with delight, gaze star-struck upon the object of our fancy. Nestled amidst a dazzling array of bracelets, earrings, necklaces and rings--masquerading as genuine Native American jewelry--the piece we have our eye on may be a fake.

The Hollywood Collection

We immediately recognize the distinctive signature style of designers and jewelry companies whose jewelry designs reveal their appreciation of women. Their savvy sense of what kind of jewelry fashionable women want to wear is the key to their success. The subtle curve of an earring, intriguing drape of a necklace and knockout sparkle on a ring all tell a story, one that strikes a chord in women around the world who love jewelry.
December 28, 2017 by Susan Dorling
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Canadian Jewelry Designer, Danny Pollak

With the One-of-a-Kind Christmas Craft Show in Toronto recently, it brought to mind my career as a jewelry collecting editor for the second largest women's website in the mid-2000s. During my tenure, I wrote about fabulous jewelry and its makers -- including the Canadian jewelry designer Danny Pollak -- interviewed famous designers, learned about gemology and immersed myself into the world of gems.

Inevitably, I began designing jewelry myself and learning how to string beads, then fabricate metal, and finally make chainmaille , paper and birch bark jewelry. I did the craft show circuit for a few years, but put my jewelry on the back burner for a few years to devote my time to The Phoenix Collection and selling art. The following article written in 2014, continues to get lots of visitors so I decided to include it here in our SHINE ON blog.


If, like a moth to a flame, you are drawn to unusual and dramatic jewelry that has more than its fair share of pizzazz, then you’ll love Canadian jeweler, Danny Pollak. Pollak has been designing and making high quality jewelry for more than 35 years. Every handcrafted piece made by this master metalsmith is guaranteed for life; repaired and returned by mail, free of charge. He crafts his pieces in brass; then coats them with rhodium, 24 karat gold, sterling or copper. Swarovski crystals or rhinestones in dynamic colors such as red, orange, purple and lime green are then hand-set into each piece. Most are finished with vintage objets d’art accents.