Autumn Inspiration: Gray Moonstone

Autumn Inspiration: Gray Moonstone

Fall has arrived and though it hasn’t quite come with the chill in the air that I’ve been longing for, I do trust it’s on its way. And while I wait, I figure at the very least the time has come to assemble fall ensembles.    And assemble, I have.   Yes, I may live in the...

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Practicing Presence with Eckhart Tolle

Practicing Presence with Eckhart Tolle

Do you ever feel as if you’re going nonstop, with each demand on your time as urgent as the next one? Maybe you feel like your day is spent putting out fires with little time left for planning, perspective, and much less, presence? I have certainly been living in this...

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The Meaning of Pink Amethyst

The Meaning of Pink Amethyst

I’ve loved gemstones for as long as I can remember. My fascination began when I was young, looking at jewelry and gemstones at art fairs, and grew when a metaphysical store opened in a neighboring town. How I loved pouring over the raw stones, and the tumbled ones set into...

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video: luna collection - moon-inspired jewelry

video: luna collection - moon-inspired jewelry

Here is my second Lila Clare Jewelry video!  This video features the Luna Collection. Inspired by the moon in our night's sky with each of her lunar cycles, the jewelry also has themes of interconnection of all sentient beings and the all-encompassing love of a mother for her children. See the heart on the...

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Custom Bridal Jewelry by Lila Clare Jewelry

Custom Bridal Jewelry by Lila Clare Jewelry

As a bride-to-be, you put so much time and energy into the process of planning a wedding. From booking a venue to drafting invitations, deciding on a photographer, flowers, catering, music, seating charts, finalizing bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen tuxedos, and of course, choosing the perfect Dress, the task can feel...

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Simple Everyday Style: Long & Layered Jewelry

Simple Everyday Style: Long & Layered Jewelry

Summer’s in full swing with a heat index that makes me hot just thinking about! I don’t know about you, but I’ve been experimenting with different ways to punch up my look without having to add layers of actual clothing. With a temperature of 108˚ here in Tucson today, I...

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handmade jewelry video

Video: My Pure Joy (Collection) - Nature Inspired Jewelry

I'm so thrilled to release my first Lila Clare Jewelry video!  This video features the Joy Collection. I named it Joy because of the sheer joy I felt (and feel!) designing and hand making jewelry. It's only fitting that the video is shot at the Tucson Botanical Gardens, as the leaf...

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Meet Polymer Clay Artist & Sculptor, Angela Schwer

Meet Polymer Clay Artist & Sculptor, Angela Schwer

When I first came across the artwork of Angela Schwer, I fell in love with the natural, organic and feminine forms she creates. I've long been fascinated with the inspiration behind other artists' work, especially when their artistic creations so clearly mimic natural surroundings. It's why I created the Nature & Art series. ...

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How To Protect Your Jewelry From Harsh Summer Elements

How To Protect Your Jewelry From Harsh Summer Elements

Well folks, it’s finally here! We’re officially entering my favorite time of year - summer! There is so much that I love about this season, even in the blistering Tucson heat. While that tenacious heat fills the air here (bring on the monsoon season, Arizona!), I know that summer is...

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8 Gemstone-Inspired Ensembles for Summer

8 Gemstone-Inspired Ensembles for Summer

When I was growing up, I had a sketchbook that I filled with fashion designs. Page after page of dresses, tops, skirts - all in red. Let me say that again - red!! If you’ve met me, you know I’m decidedly not a red person. While my taste in colors has...

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Nature's Awakening

Nature's Awakening

I find such comfort and resounding truth in this poetic simplicity.  Perhaps the only amendment I’d make would be to add a corresponding line which mirrors the first, so as to say:  “When you awaken, nature awakens too.  And when nature awakens, so naturally, do you.”  ...because I believe the relationship between...

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Meet Nature Artist & Photographer, Eirini Pajak

Meet Nature Artist & Photographer, Eirini Pajak

*The above photo is a focus stack of 52 images of Brownplume Wirelettuce [also called Desert Straw]    I first discovered Eirini and her photography through a friend on Instagram and was so taken with what she was able to capture. Though I wasn’t quite familiar with formal photography to know...

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What Is Lost Wax Casting?

What Is Lost Wax Casting?

One of the questions I'm frequently asked is: "How do you make jewelry out of prickly pear cactus?" The process I use is lost wax casting. It’s a time-honored jewelry-making technique that I have known about and felt connected to my entire life. My father made several pieces of jewelry...

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Amethyst: Its History & Significance

Amethyst: Its History & Significance

The history that belongs to one of today’s most sought-after semi-precious stones, amethyst, is rich with both fact and folklore. As one might expect from a stone that has been given its own calendar month (amethyst is February’s birthstone), this crystal has a curious and fascinating pedigree.  Thanks to its gorgeous color and durability, amethyst was highly...

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Reframing Resolutions In 2018

Reframing Resolutions In 2018

As we approach the two-week mark of 2018, many of us are assessing those resolutions we committed to, or at least considered committing to. Yet finding balance takes time, which is challenging for an overachieving female small business owner who is short on time (oh, I could go on and on about...

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What Does Gifting Mean To You?

What Does Gifting Mean To You?

  This time of year I usually start to feel busy, overwhelmed and worried about gift giving. I’m wrapping up a busy show season, and trying to find space to prepare for the holiday, and buy gifts. The compulsory aspect of gift giving this time of year can feel stressful...

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Labradorite & Navy Blue Quartz: Autumn-Inspired Ensembles

Labradorite & Navy Blue Quartz: Autumn-Inspired Ensembles

Autumn is the natural bridge between summer and winter. It acts as an organic intermediary, gently transitioning the emboldened spirit of summer - full of high heat and early blooms - into something softer, quieter - complete with cooler temperatures and a mature harvest. And once Autumn has taken its...

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Claude Monet: A Master Of Nature-Inspired Art

Claude Monet: A Master Of Nature-Inspired Art

“The richness I achieve comes from Nature, the source of my inspiration.” - Claude Monet Is there anything more poignant, honest, and effortless than nature? Anything more simple yet enchanting? I was raised to believe that nature is both the constant and the catalyst for all creative expression. That belief...

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