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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 and deflating. Lately, however, I’ve been playing with the idea of gift giving and questions have been sparked in my mind: Why do I really give gifts? What does the word gift really mean? And I keep returning to the sentiment: When I give a gift, I’m really saying, “You are...

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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 turn, it gracefully ushers in winter - the quietest and sleepiest of all the seasons. Because of the central role that autumn plays for these two differing seasons, it’s only appropriate that it embody some combination of the two! For me, that embodiment is best identified through color and, subsequently,...

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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 has been my life’s guiding principle as it has been for many before me. This truth is never more evident than in the case of Claude Monet and his landscape masterpieces. Regarded as one of the early architects of the Impressionist movement, Monet focused his artistic efforts on his unique...

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A Quick & Easy Guide to Gold-Plated, Gold-Filled, & Vermeil Jewelry

A Quick & Easy Guide to Gold-Plated, Gold-Filled, & Vermeil Jewelry

  What is the difference between gold-plated, gold-filled, and vermeil jewelry?                         When it comes to jewelry, there are a number of techniques for creating that shiny gold finish we all adore. From gold plating, to gold filling, and vermeil, each approach can yield beautifully gilded pieces but - be informed - they aren’t all created equally. Gold-Plated Jewelry Simply put, “gold-plated” describes the process of applying a thin layer of gold to a piece of jewelry with a base metal such as brass or copper. To achieve gold...

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A Fall Affair: Introducing Lila Clare’s Newest Pieces

A Fall Affair: Introducing Lila Clare’s Newest Pieces

Fall is officially upon us! Call it my North Georgia upbringing - filled with days spent wandering through the forest, leaf kicking and collecting, and coming home to warm hugs and a blanket - but I simply adore this season. To me, fall is a beautiful metaphor for the cycle of life, serving as an opportunity to reminisce about the vitality of summer while anticipating Mother Earth’s deserved time for rest. And although temperatures won’t be dipping too far below 70° here in Tucson (at least not until December) I’m still eager as ever to pull out my autumn attire....

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The Women Who Inspired Me To Follow My Dreams

The Women Who Inspired Me To Follow My Dreams

Being a small business owner and a woman is a time-consuming, limits-pushing, mentally complex undertaking. It’s also one of the best decisions I ever made.  Each day offers a new challenge (or opportunity!) to tap into my creativity, expand my craft, meet new people, and grow. When I first decided to shift from a career in social work and take up jewelry making full time, I had my concerns... I knew that stepping away from a steady income was a gamble. I knew that putting myself out there, creatively, could be a wildly vulnerable, and potentially thankless, pursuit. What if people...

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10 Reasons Why Handmade is Hands Down the Best

10 Reasons Why Handmade is Hands Down the Best

When I created Lila Clare Jewelry, I was embracing a calling to get back in touch with nature, to work with my hands, to create, and to inspire. Over the past 6 years, I’ve learned so much of what it means to trust my creative pursuits and fall in love over and over again with jewelry making. Moreover, I’ve become increasingly encouraged by the countless individuals and small business owners I’ve met who are creating unique and remarkable handmade product. So, here are my Top 10 reasons why purchasing handmade product – be it jewelry, art, furniture, clothing, etc. –...

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Oh, marvelous nature!

Oh, marvelous nature!

Is there anything more profound, more awe-inspiring, or more humbling than nature? We each have a well of inspiration that we drink from to quench our curiosities and fuel our passions. When Aristotle asserted that there is something not only special but marvelous in all things of nature, he gave voice to the notion that I hold so dearly. And each time I hear it my well is filled again.In all of its stunning grandeur yet remarkable simplicity, nature reminds me that beauty is all around us. From the oscillating line of a wave washed along the shore and the...

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Chalcedony - A Luminous Gemstone

Chalcedony - A Luminous Gemstone

I use chalcedony in many of Lila Clare Jewelry's handmade jewelry designs, and it’s my most popular gemstone. It’s a luminous stone, and universally appealing. Chalcedony (pronounced “Cal-Said-Knee”) is a rock form of microcrystalline quartz, which means it’s made of super tiny quartz particles. This stone is partly transparent and naturally occurs in a variety of colors, such as blue, white, brown, gray, pink or orange. The aqua color that I use is achieved by heating treating or dying white or blue chalcedony. Chalcedony can be found all over the world, including the United States. You may recognize the name of...

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New Necklaces for Mom

New Necklaces for Mom

I have been blessed with a wonderful mother, spunky godmother and close relationships with both of my grandmothers before they passed on. These women have influenced me in so many ways, and I am thankful for their unconditional love and support.  I've been making custom silver and gold handmade circle necklaces for moms over the past few years. This mother's day, I'm releasing a set of necklaces that integrate the essence of previous custom mom necklaces into one cohesive set. The outer gold circle represents the mother and interior sterling silver circles represent her children. I love the symbolism of the mother encircling,...

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