PATTERNS & POPS FASHION TRUCK EVENT

Posted on August 23, 2016 by Bridget Walsh | 0 comments

Join us for another visit from the Patterns & Pops fashion truck! They'll be in front of the Metalmark boutique in LoHi this Saturday, the 27th from 10 AM - 1 PM. Shop all kinds of on-trend styles for under $100 then pop in to check out some beautiful jewels! 

Patterns & Pops Fashion TruckPatterns & Pops Fashion Truck 

Patterns & Pops Fashion TruckPatterns & Pops Fashion Truck

 

 

AUGUST BIRTHSTONE: PERIDOT

Posted on August 19, 2016 by Bridget Walsh | 0 comments

Our August birthstone feature is all about Peridot. Ranging from a light yellowish green to a dark olive depending on the amount of iron in the crystal structure, peridot is said to have healing powers that bring the wearer power and protection.
A few fun facts about our August gem...

* Some peridot is ancient: it's found in pallasite meteorites, remnants of our solar system's birth.
In 2005, peridot was found in comet dust brought back from the Stardust robotic space probe
* Peridot is a gem variety of the mineral Olivine
* The largest cut peridot is 310 carats and is housed at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. 
* Peridot is not only an August birthstone but also a 15th Anniversary gemstone

Shop these Kavant & Sharart PERIDOT CLAW EARRINGS at Metalmark before they're gone!

A GLITTERY CAUSE {Amour Absolu For Ronald McDonald House Denver}

Posted on February 09, 2016 by Samantha Louise | 0 comments

February Cause Feature: The Ronald McDonald House of Denver

Ronald McDonald House

This month's Glitter for Good feature is near and dear to Amour Absolu designer Kathryn Giarratano. Having a loved one in the hospital can be incredibly draining on both emotions and finances for families. It is doubly difficult when it is your child who is unwell. For 36 years, the Ronald McDonald House of Denver has supported families of sick and injured children giving them a home away from home to stay close by while their child is in the hospital. 

"My entire line grew from my role as a mother to my two daughters - caring for them, loving them, protecting them.  My Shield Collection is perhaps the most literal representation of that mission. Shields offer strength. They provide protection.  They define bravery and heroism. These are the exact reasons I've chosen this beautiful pair of earrings to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Denver. Having volunteered at The Ronald McDonald house myself, I’ve seen first-hand the strength it takes to care for a sick child. A portion of every purchase of these earrings through The Metalmark House will be helping a child, a family and a mother in need – which is, after all, the meaning behind the line itself."

With a main focus to provide comfortable, low-cost housing to out-of-town mothers and fathers needing to be near their hospitalized children, the Ronald McDonald House of Denver also provides family facilities within local hospitals, awards college scholarships to high school seniors, community grants, and hosts a summer camp for kids with cancer and their siblings. 

For more information about how to get involved please visit The Ronald McDonald House of Denver

DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT {Amour Absolu}

Posted on February 08, 2016 by Samantha Louise | 0 comments

I am so excited to feature my good friend and Amour Absolu designer, Kathryn Giarratano, on The Metalmark House this month.  Each piece in her collection tells a story. I am particularly inspired by her most recent XO Collection and we are lucky to have a few pieces available now... just in time for Valentines Day! 

We asked her to "Finish this thought…" 
I MAKE JEWELRY BECAUSE... I love creating fine jewelry that has subtle symbolism. The hidden meanings behind each piece carry such weight for who/what they represent. My dream would be for all Amour Absolu customized pieces to become some of the most treasured items in a woman's jewelry box throughout her lifetime. 

THE MOST FABULOUS PIECE I HAVE MADE RECENTLY IS... my "A Year to Remember" Necklace. The 4 shields combine to represent 2-0-1-6 and it is the ideal piece to commemorate a most memorable year whether you had a baby, got married, celebrated a big anniversary or simply had a life-changing 2016. 

I AM INSPIRED BY... the moments in life that give me pause... that make me feel like my heart will burst... the ones I want to bottle up and keep with me forever.

xoxo
WHEN I AM NOT MAKING JEWELRY I... am probably playing "school", "house", or "restaurant" with my girls. 

A CAUSE THAT I CARE DEEPLY ABOUT IS…The Ronald McDonald House.
Having volunteered at The Ronald McDonald House myself, I’ve seen first-hand the strength it takes to care for a sick child. None of us should take the good health of our children for granted.

In February a portion of all Amour Absolu sales through The Metalmark House will be helping a child, a family and a mother in need – which is, after all, the meaning behind the line itself."

SHOP AMOUR ABSOLU TO BENEFIT THE RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE!

DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT {BELLE & BONE}

Posted on December 11, 2015 by Samantha Louise | 0 comments

This month we feature up and coming designer Bridget Walsh of Belle & Bone. We love her classically cool pieces and cannot wait to see her collection grow. We are sure you will love her line as well.

I MAKE JEWELRY BECAUSE… I love fashion, styling and design…and I like a creative challenge.  Jewelry happens to be a really fun blend of all those things.

THE MOST FABULOUS PIECE I HAVE MADE RECENTLY IS…  I really love the rose cut champagne diamond pear studs.  But I’m sure I’ll have a new favorite if you ask me again next week.

I AM INSPIRED BY… Everything!  Mostly fashion, travel, art, my friends…I think inspiration comes when you least expect it.  I carry a little notebook with me just in case something strikes me.

WHEN I AM NOT MAKING JEWELRY I… enjoy spending time with my husband and our dog, Georgie, traveling, cooking, exploring Colorado skiing & hiking, seeing live music with friends.

A CAUSE THAT I CARE DEEPLY ABOUT IS… Cancer research, treatment, support and assistance for families.  I lost my dad to cancer at a young age and know that it’s something that affects so many families.  

There’s a great organization in Denver called First Descents that gives young adult cancer fighters and survivors a free outdoor adventure experience designed to empower them to climb, paddle and surf beyond their diagnosis. 

Shop Belle & Bone Now!

A GLITTERY CAUSE {SLJ For Holliday Park}

Posted on November 16, 2015 by Samantha Louise | 0 comments

This month's Glitter For Good feature is the Friends of Holiday Park.  We are happy to support the Friends of Holliday Park because its a great cause, but also because it speaks to one of our very own designers, Samantha Louise.

The park was an important park of her childhood and continues to be a venue for kids to learn about nature. 

"Giving back is an important part of my identity and my business.  The park is a place that I hope to watch my great grand children play at.  They have some amazing things in store for the future and I am happy that my jewelry can make a small difference in their efforts to improve, educate, and impact the lives of the families who come to enjoy it."

-Samantha Louise Larkins

 

 

 Friends of Holliday Park (FHP) is an independent 501(c)3 charitable organization that works in partnership with Indy Parks and Recreation to improve Holliday Park in Indianapolis, Indiana.


Holliday Park is a free public park that encompasses 94 wooded acres containing 3.5 miles of hiking trails, natural springs, wetlands and an approachable stretch of the White River. 

It boasts an exceptional Nature Center, a large popular playground, an arboretum, picnic area and is home to the iconic Ruins which is currently being revitalized by FHP and is scheduled to open in the spring of 2016.


  Visit our SLJ for Holliday Park page to learn more.

DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT {Samantha Louise}

Posted on November 11, 2015 by Samantha Louise | 0 comments

We are kicking this month's designer spotlight off with Samantha Louise.  You can shop her collection here. Her line will benefit the Friends of Holliday Park during the entire month of November.

We asked Samantha to "Finish this thought".

I MAKE JEWELRY BECAUSE…
I love the process of making something from nothing. Creating the design, sourcing the stones, and all the steps that go into building a piece of jewelry is fascinating and challenging.  Hopefully the end product is something that brings happiness, inspires individuality, and becomes intertwined in a person's story.

THE MOST FABULOUS PIECE I HAVE MADE RECENTLY IS…. 
Okay, I didn't make it recently, but one of my all time favorite designs is this large moonstone and diamond enhancer. The way the moonstone catches your eye from behind the diamonds is amazing.  Shop for it here. Purchasing this piece would make a giant contribution to the Friends of Holliday Park this month. 

I AM INSPIRED BY…
Women.  As women we juggle a million balls, businesses, jobs, kids, families, etc.  I am inspired and driven to make jewelry that not only reflects who they are but makes them feel like a rock star while they are conquering life.

WHEN I AM NOT MAKING JEWELRY I AM…
I am chasing kids.  Three of them and it's a work out.

A CAUSE THAT I CARE DEEPLY ABOUT IS…
The Friends of Holliday Park.  I grew up in Indianapolis and spent lots of time during my childhood at a park near my home.  Holliday Park was an important part of my childhood and continues to be a place where kids and families in Indianapolis can go to play, and to learn about nature. You can read more about the Friends of Holliday Park here.


It is amazing to be able to support the park through the sale of my jewelry.  The whole collection will benefit the Friends of Holliday Park during the month of November. In addition my SLJ Petal Studs will remain a part of the permanent G for G Collection benefiting this awesome cause with every purchase.