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Texas Style: Clara Kasavina

It’s no secret that Texas style is bold.  We like you to notice our jewelry.  This bracelet is definitely loaded with Texas style:  Large leaf pattern studded with crystals has hinge opening and faux turquoise centerpiece.

Clara Kasavina gold cuff leaf bracelet

Cuff bracelet has hinge opening, loads of style. $255

More Clara Kasavina jewelry at Ann’s, here.

Simon Sebbag Silver Earrings

Textured silver in earrings are classics that will never go out of style!   We love Simon Sebbag earrings because they’re hollow, so don’t weight your lobes down:

Simon Sebbag round earrings have textured gold and silver, $195

More Simon Sebbag jewelry, click here.

 

Aurora Glass Jewelry

Artist Patti Quinn’s Aurora Fused Glass designs are original and hand-made.  She combines a variety of glass elements to create art-quality pendants by fusing them and firing at high temperatures before hand setting them in sterling silver bezels.  “Aurora” refers to the spectacular Northern Lights, a natural display of breathtaking and ever changing colors.  In Roman mythology, the goddess Aurora heralds the dawn, flying across the sky in anticipation of the sun, filling the heavens with color.   Aurora Glass Jewelry is truly inspirational:

"Starlight" necklace from Aurora Fused Glass by Patti Quinn, see description below.  $549

“Starlight” necklace from Aurora Fused Glass by Patti Quinn, see description below. $549

Starlight Necklace Patti weaves her magic by combining strands of bright purple freshwater large pearls, Swarovski crystal seed beads, navy blue vintage glass beads in 3 shapes and a hand-made silver toggle & ring closure.  The Pendant is midnight blue square hand-made fused glass set in sterling, hand-cut blue drusy quartz crystal, two large oval and tri-cut amethyst-navy blue coin pearls, and peacock BIWA (from mussels grown in Lake BIWA in Japan) freshwater pearl.  $549 More Patti Quinn Jewelry at Ann’s, click here.

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Anniversary Gifts: 3 years means Pearls

Thinking of giving her jewelry for your 3 year anniversary?  Pearls are the traditional gift.   (See the chart, here.)  Pearl jewelry always makes a thoughtful gift because pearls are timeless.  (That’s why pearls are listed early on the chart…what you give her in year 3 can be enjoyed for many years to come.)   She can wear a strand the traditional way or mixed with other materials for a more modern look.  We love Majorica pearl jewelry for its quality and beauty.  Pearls should be a special gift.  Why not make it Majorica pearls from Ann’s?

See more Majorica at Ann’s:  click here.

Name that umbrella

Ann’s new umbrellas are decorated with images from famous paintings.  You know these…can you name the artist, too?

Ann's folding umbrella in the style of Monet's "Water Lilies," $32.50

“Water Lilies” folding umbrella, $32.50

 "Starry Night" folding umbrella, $32.50

“Starry Night” folding umbrella, $32.50

"Mona Lisa" folding umbrella, $32.50

“Mona Lisa” folding umbrella, $32.50

ANSWERS:

Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, and Leonardo da Vinci, artists whose influence reaches far beyond their lifetimes.

Leonardo da Vinci defined the term “Renaissance Man,” and not just because he painted in the Renaissance.  He was a multi-talented painter as well as sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer.  Born in Italy (1452), he died in France (1519) and left behind a huge body of work.  His Mona Lisa is a well-known painting that hangs in the Louvre in Paris; it’s a portrait of the wife of a wealthy merchant whose name was Lisa del Giocondo.

"The Mona Lisa" by Leonardo de Vinci

“The Mona Lisa” by Leonardo de Vinci

Vincent Van Gogh was a post-Impressionist painter ridiculed in his lifetime but venerated today.  His paintings sell for multi-millions and hang in prestigious museums.  He was Dutch born (1853), died in France (1890) and has a far-reaching influence on 20th-century art.  He painted Starry Night in 1889, a view of the night sky from his window in a sanitarium.

"The Starry Night" by Vincent Van Gogh

“The Starry Night” by Vincent Van Gogh

Claude Monet is the best-known Impressionist painter, born and died in France (1840-1926).  He is famous for his paintings of nature and is considered the father of French Impressionism.   You’ll recognize the soft colors and blended strokes of his Water Lilies  (he painted 250 versions of this scene), created in Giverny, France.

Claude Monet's "Water Lilies"

Claude Monet’s “Water Lilies”

HOW DID YOU DO?

You don’t have to be an art-historian.  Just come to Ann’s and pick up an umbrella!  Ann’s umbrellas are a pretty, practical gift.

See more umbrellas at Ann’s, click here and scroll.

They’re watching you

Cute little pouches have big eyes, watching you.  Small enough to fit in your purse or tote, these could also be quirky clutches that add an edge to your LBD.  7″ x 5″ x 2″ with zippered top, $19.95 each.  Pug, Yorkie, Tabby or Leopard….which one do you like best?

See more cute animal pictures on Ann’s Pinterest, here.

Pink Wallet

We love the colorful wallets from Mywalit!  Wouldn’t this wallet in all kinds of pinks be a perfect Valentines Gift?

Colorful pink wallet has ample pockets, ID window and zip coin pocket.

Colorful pink wallet has ample pockets, ID window and zip coin pocket.

Mywalit are beautifully made with lots of pockets and quality top stitching.  Come see all the colorful wallets at Ann’s…we have LOTS of styles and colors.  More styles, here.

Market Meets: Patti Quinn

Going to market to look for new gifts is always fun, especially when you get to meet and talk with the artists who create beautiful jewelry.  Here is Patti Quinn who makes our one-of-a-kind glass jewelry:

Jewelry designer and glass artist Patti Quinn with Ann at market in January.

Jewelry designer and glass artist Patti Quinn with Ann at market in January.

See some of her newest designs on Ann’s Pinterest page:  click here to see.

See more Patti Quinn jewelry at Ann’s, here. 

Red Beauty

New Simon Sebbag necklace is a triple strand with sterling silver clasp and hammered sterling silver bead.  Made of red agate, dyed jade and dyed seed pearls, $319.50.

Triple strand necklace of red agate, dyed jade and red dyed seed pearls from Simon Sebbag, $319.50

Triple strand necklace of red agate, dyed jade and red dyed seed pearls from Simon Sebbag, $319.50

Do drop by

The holidays are over and many of you are coming back to Houston this week.  Hope everyone had a great holiday!

We heard so many nice comments during the business Christmas season, but the most-repeated one was, “This store is SO nice….we just LOVE to come here!”

So after you get the kids back to school, why not drop by Ann’s for a leisurely browse?  Have a look at all the things you wanted BEFORE Christmas but didn’t get.  Someone you know has a birthday this month, or maybe you have an anniversary to celebrate.   We’re stocked with lots of thoughtful gifts.

Are you out of Lampe Berger fragrance?  Stop by and pick up a bottle or two.

Lampe Berger Lavender fragrance, $19.95 for half-liter bottle.

Lampe Berger Lavender fragrance relaxes you; $19.95 for half-liter bottle.

Would you like to try on that Fantasia ring you saw recently at Ann’s?  Come by and see how it looks on your hand:

Fantasia yellow diamond ring is flanked by two round clear diamonds.

Fantasia yellow diamond ring is flanked by two round clear diamonds.

We’re looking forward seeing you at Ann’s!