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Chunky Leather Bracelets

Come check out the nice selection of leather bracelets in the store. These thick leather bracelets are decorated with etched sterling silver or copper with brass bolts and screws.  The magnetic clasps are easy to connect and are really comfortable.

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Harvest Moon ~ Supermoon ~ September 8-9, 2014

It's an early Harvest Moon this year for the Northern Hemisphere. Look for this Supermoon / Harvest Moon to shine on the night of September 8-9, 2014. Photo by Frederic LarsonSeptember 12, 2014 is the 2nd Friday Artwalk in San Rafael and MJG is featuring Meeshka's new Time & Tides jewelry collection inspired by this [...]

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The word Sapphire was derived from the Latin Sapphirus, and the Greek Sappheiros, both meaning dear to the planet Saturn. Long considered the symbol for truth and constancy, Sapphire protected Kings and Potentates against harm and envy. The ancient Persians believed the Earth rested on a great Sapphire - the reflection of which [...]

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Palm Springs Retro Fever!

My first trip to Palm Springs recently got me revved up about "retro" shapes and mid-century modern design.  These enameled earrings are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to great atomic age style.  More to come!

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Dust Off Your Peace Signs*

Peace On Earth NecklaceI just Googled "how many wars are going on in the world 2014?" Hard to find a definitive answer as the criteria for how you judge that depends on how many people have died (+/-1000). I counted a total of 44, there being 12 with over 1000 deaths. These are sad facts. [...]

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Peridot - the August Birthstone

August – PeridotThe vivid green of Peridot, with just a slight hint of gold, is the ideal gemstone to go with that light summer wardrobe.Peridot comes from the mineral Peridotite, and is closely related to Olivine and Serpentine. It’s name comes from the Greek word “Peridona” which - loosely translated means “to give richness”.Peridot [...]

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How to keep the sparkle in your jewelry

Use a small bowl or dish with warm water some dishwashing liquid (not the lemon scented, it can leave streaks) and a dash of ammonia if you have it. A brand new baby's toothbrush is best,and push the bristles from the inside of the ring,around the stones.finish off with a gentle rinse and dry with [...]

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Red Sofa

In addition to making jewelry, Meeshka also creates mosaics. The large mural pictured below is titled Red Sofa.Meeshka designed and created this mural to be installed either indoors or outside. Including the shutters attached on both sides of the “window”, the piece is approximately 5’ x 8’. Meeshka created many of the tiles herself.Other mosaic works [...]

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July birthstone: RUBY - Lord Of The Gems

The birthstone for July is ruby.Ruby is the red variety of corundum, of which Sapphire is also a variety. The Latin word for Ruby is Ruber, meaning lord of the gems. Corundum is #9 on the mohs scale, the second hardest mineral, next to Diamond (#10 on the Mohs scale).In ancient times, the [...]

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June Birthstones: Pearl, Moonstone, and Alexandrite

June - Pearl, Moonstone, Alexandrite PEARLS are found in varieties of the Pinctada Oyster - a non-edible mollusk. A natural pearl is formed when an irritant such as sand, or a parasite enters the mollusk. The creature secretes conchioloin to protect itself from the irritant, thus forming the nacre which gives a pearl [...]

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