Spotlight on Round Top, Texas

Our travel spotlight shines on a charming Texas city in the wide open spaces between Houston and Austin with a population of less than 100 people. Round Top, Texas is quaint spot known for delicious pies, barbecue and B&B hospitality. But during the twice-a-year Round Top Antique Show, tens of thousands of people arrive to witness what many call the best antique show in the nation.


Susan Shaw and her husband recently visited the Fall show and took many of the photos we have below. They never miss the Marburger Farm portion of the show each Fall and Spring.




Marburger Farm is known for having a high end and exquisite collection of antiques brought by some of the top dealers at the show for the last 20 years.





One of the things the Shaw’s look forward to finding at the show, are the wonderful vintage champagne buckets. They are lightweight, chic and will add a level of character to your next cocktail party. This tent’s collection of champagne buckets is quite impressive!

image1Our Dom Perignon medallion necklaces (shown in the photos below in silver and gold) as well as our vintage European coins pair well with these champagne buckets. What a perfect his & her gift idea??



This antique acrylic box was Susan’s most recent purchase in Round Top-  a perfect marriage of vintage and modern!img_2342How beautiful is this copper-topped table below? With all the merchandise in each tent, visiting the show can feel a little like luxury treasure hunting, and if you happen to find something large you weren’t prepared for, they have shippers onsite to get your purchases home for you!img_2337Celebrity spottings are not uncommon in Round Top. Matthew Mcconaughey has been seen shopping Marburger Farms and Joanna and Chip Gaines have been known to score some gorgeous finds there for their popular TV show Fixer Upper- or perhaps some shopping for themselves?! Checkout this video they made of their Round Top visit for HGTV.


Ready to pack your bags? The next Marburger Farm show isn’t until March 28th, 2017, but that will give you plenty of time to plan your trip! Lodging options in Round Top and nearby towns are hard to come by so booking in advance is highly recommended! If you’re on top of your game you might find a room at the creator of Shabby Chic, Rachel Ashwell’s B&B The Prairie, pictured below.

photo courtesy of Texas Monthly Magazine

Susan ran into Rachel Ashwell at the opening of The Prairie B&B in 2011 and they posed for the photo below.


There are many more charming options for lodging linked on the Marburger website.

More of a last minute traveler? Try commuting from Austin, Houston or even San Antonio. The drive on Highway 237 will be a highlight for those who love the open road and countryside views.

photo courtesy of Texas Monthly Magazine

If there is one thing that we can guarantee about the show it is that you will work up an appetite! The food options right there on the grounds of the show include award-winning barbecue among other delicious cafe options, beer & wine sales, and world-famous pies that will not disappoint!

With Susan’s Texas roots and the European influences we see in her jewelry design, you can understand why this show might be right up her alley. And a great travel suggestion for her wonderful customers! img_2331

So put on something chic (and comfortable!) for a marathon shopping experience you are sure to enjoy! Oh, and cowboy boots are welcomed.


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The Buzz on Bees

Of all the symbols Susan Shaw has used on intaglios, the bee was one of the first and remains one of the most popular. Why? There are many symbolic reasons that people like wearing bees, and we’ve heard them all. Some say the bee just makes them happy, which makes us happy too! Others cite historical significance to the bee, and we have found the history to be quite extensive! Many cultures have different interpretations and uses for the symbol, so we’re highlighting some of them below, and showcasing some our most popular bee designs. So you can enjoy the photos, the history, and perhaps we can help you answer the question: why do you wear the bee intaglio?


The bee can signify royalty and power. The Ancient Egyptians believed that the bee was created out of the Tears of the sun god Ra and they adopted the bee as a symbol of their rulers. Honey bees, signifying immortality and resurrection, were emblems of early French kings, the Merovingians, that were later revived by Napoleon.  With all it’s royal significance, perhaps you like to wear the bee because you’re a Queen Bee.

The flag of the Second French Empire, the reign of Napoleon

The bee was a hugely important icon of Napoleon’s reign and his obsession with its symbolism gave rise to his nickname, the Bee. Before that, bees were a vital symbol of French industry and one of the most prominent emblems of the French Revolution. Some call it the precursor to the Fleur-de-Lis (the current national emblem of France). To this day, the bee can be found in French design, decor, and even business logos. Perhaps you like to wear the bee because you have an eye for French culture and design. 


Historically, communities of honeybees have been cited as similar to communities of humans. Some famous defenders of this theory include Aristotle, Plato, Shakespeare and even Tolstoy makes this connection in his novel War and Peace. Bees work together harmoniously, each having their place in the betterment of the hive. Perhaps you like to wear the bee because you like to live in peace & harmony with others.IMG_3946For some, the bee is a symbol of nature, as they can be found buzzing about and helping pollinate many flowers and fruit bearing trees.  Perhaps you like to wear the bee because you love and appreciate nature and all its beauty.

In Greek mythology, as well as other historical cultures, the bee is a symbol of fertility. A Queen bee is typically the mother of all the bees in her hive. Perhaps you like to wear the bee because you have a mothering nature.img_5644

The bee is known for its hard work. Worker bees are constantly building, cleaning, and taking care of the hive as well as collecting and depositing pollen. Hence, the term “busy as a bee” is very fitting. Perhaps you like to wear the bee because you’re a hard worker and a busy bee! 

Tell us why you wear (or decorate with) the bee. We’d love to know!


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P.S. Find many of our bee styles online here!


Spotlight on the Anatole Dallas

Our travel spotlight shines on Dallas, Texas, a city very familiar to Susan Shaw, not only because it is in her home state of Texas, but also because it houses one of the larger wholesale trade markets where her jewelry is shown to retail buyers. Dallas has so much to offer a cultured traveler, but the focus of our blog today is the Hilton Anatole hotel, a standout property of the Dallas Design District as well as a place to find our jewelry. When it comes to the old saying “Everything’s bigger in Texas,” the Anatole, one of the largest hotels in the southern United States, is no exception.
specialoffersimage_1440x768The hotel was developed by Trammel Crow, one of America’s largest real estate developers, in the late 1970s as part of his major development, the Dallas Market Center (where we show our jewelry!) He named the hotel Anatole after his favorite restaurant in Copenhagen.

The Lobby of the Anatole

One of the things that sets this hotel apart is the extensive art collection. It houses over 1,000 pieces including wall tapestries, sculptures and jade from the Crow family’s Asian art collection. It is one of the largest private collections of art and antiques ever assembled for an American hotel.




Margaret and Trammel Crow became avid collectors of Asian art starting in the 1960s. They traveled the world, but were always fascinated with Asian culture. Over the years, the collection grew to include 4,000 pieces from China, Japan, India, Korea, and Southeastern Asia. In 1998, they opened the Trammell and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art as a free museum in the Dallas Arts District. This museum is one of only a few museums in the country dedicated to only Asian art and is considered “a jewel” of the Dallas Arts District.

28852vIn addition to the extensive collection of Asian art, the Anatole is also home to some interesting historical pieces. A couple of highlights include 2 pieces of the Berlin Wall as well as a giant propeller from a British Ocean liner which sank off the coast of Ireland during World War I. This 45 acre property hosts art tours around the ground for those interested. It is as much a museum as it is a hotel!


14095986_10157432718850374_2888694725794634414_nIn 2010, Artist Rueben Margolin was commissioned to create a kinetic sculpture for one of the hotel’s atriums. The result, Nebula, is a 100 ft. moving sculpture made from over 14,000 bicycle reflectors. The movement of the Nebula is the result of one electric motor fanning out to 10 miles of aircraft cable and 1780 pulleys. We highly recommend seeing this shimmering wonder in person.


New to the hotel is the 3-acre JadeWaters water park, a $20 million addition complete with lazy river, splash pad, private cabanas and a swim-up bar. Both the water park and green spaces were designed with Asian influences, like Japanese and Chinese-style bridges and event lawns shaped like Japanese tea gardens.hh_jaderiver01_2_675x359_fittoboxsmalldimension_center
14206029_10157463111745374_2913508853436151609_oOK so where does our jewelry fit in? It can be found inside the Anatole’s upscale boutique, the Mshop, named for the late Margaret Crow, who first opened this store to share her exquisite taste and discerning eye with hotel guests. Below are some of our pieces that can be found in their shop.



Of course it seemed fitting to photograph these pieces with some of Susan’s personal Asian art.



We recommend visiting Dallas for so many reasons, but the restaurants, the people, and the art are among the top draws to the city. It is a city which celebrates culture in a BIG way- and the Anatole is no exception.


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Shades of White

The use of white and natural color palettes has been on the top of the trend list for years now. Interior design, one of our favorite places to look for inspiration, is a perfect example of how neutrals can really shine. Susan Shaw uses white and natural tones frequently in our gold jewelry. Be it pearls, white turquoise, or white druzy quartz, the light tones are chic in their simplicity. This jewelry can bring a subtle elegance to your monochromatic look or pair well with the bold color or pattern you are wearing.whites4We get so many questions about our White Turquoise stones (pictured in the jewelry below). Genuine Turquoise gets its color from iron or copper with varying degrees of vibrancy. In the outer edges of the Turquoise mine, the stone is found with almost no color. In the past, this Turquoise without color was thrown out or dyed to match. Recently, however, there has been a demand on this “White Turquoise” in it’s natural form- a beautiful white stone with brown veins running through it. We find it to be a truly unique look.img_4440The mix of whites and natural tones is not only prevalent in jewelry, but is increasingly popular in interior design. This color palette can be successful for many different reasons. White tones can be as bold as rich colors! See how the stark white chairs catch your eye against the natural fiber rugs in the seating area below?all-white-living-room-with-seagrass-rug-beautiful-coastal-all-white-living-room-with-seagrass-rug-allwhitelivingroom-seagrassrug-j-k-kling-associates-interior-designMany designers love to use white in the kitchen for a crisp clean look. These glass cabinets set on windows are fabulous! They allow in more natural light to play off the white tones in the kitchen, giving the space an energizing feel.101507083-jpg-rendition-largestLayering multiple neutral colors with white creates a look that is soft and elegant. But what makes white really shine? Light. There is really no better way to showcase the true beauty of natural light than the use of whites. And when the sun goes down, indoor lighting will have its own chance to shine, keeping the tones in an all white room changing throughout the day so you’ll never be bored.
gallery-1448310622-white-benjamin-moore-color-of-the-yearWhen employing a monochromatic color scheme, texture plays a big part in keeping things interesting. Our tribal jewelry mixes many different textures in neutral tones to make one cohesive design. whites2Geodes like our druzy quartz provide texture where needed as well. Lack of color does not have to mean lack of depth or lack of interest.whiteshelfTake this room below as an example of how a neutral color scheme can be bold and extremely chic. The many textures at play in this room are what make the design work so well. The white fur stools pop in contrast with the natural fiber rug and luxe gray velvet white fur also happens to contrast nicely against our 24kt gold and white turquoise pieces.whites3There are many ways to use whites and natural colors to create successful design. So don’t think of white as boring vanilla, but instead see the different shades and natural tones as your rainbow!whites1Would you try this white look in your home? Or does keeping it clean make you nervous? If the white couch isn’t for you, stick to the white jewelry! At least you know it won’t hold a stain.


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Designer Spotlight: Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel is widely known as one of the most influential fashion designers of all time. Coming from humble beginnings and building a brand that stands the test of time, she was known for being bold and elegant. There is no way to know how many designers she has inspired, but one for sure is Susan Shaw. Her iconic fashion house pioneered the idea that jewelry shouldn’t necessarily be meant to flaunt wealth (as it was in that time period), but instead to complement clothing. She was the first to mix fine gems with fabricated glass beads and gilt gold chains, changing the age old concept that jewelry had to be either “fine” or “costume” and creating a category all her own. Susan Shaw jewelry is in that category now, with our handcast metals, semi-precious stones, and a mix of glass and genuine freshwater pearls.  chanel3

We can’t mention Chanel without talking about the Chanel suit. She took the basics of a man’s suit, the tweed fabrics and clean lines and designed something for women to wear and move about freely in.  Her vision of fashion changed the fundamental way women dressed by freeing them from binding corsets and heavy layers of skirts in exchange for comfortable fabrics and simple structure. All Chanel clothing was designed to allow women to be comfortable doing their everyday activities without sacrificing an ounce of style.



When Chanel first added jewelry to her clothing line in the 1920’s, she designed colorful pieces as were popular at the time, but none more popular than the maltese cross cuffs in the photo below. Coco Chanel would wear one on each wrist in symmetry. These cuffs would come to be the most iconic piece of jewelry she would make and inspire the maltese cross to grow in popularity.


27a3f6e85c9ee941a5ee6fd12da26fabBelow you can see our Susan Shaw maltese cross designs inspired by the classic Chanel look.

Chanel wore her jewelry extravagantly, with many chains and strands of pearls. She would be very familiar with the style of an elegant woman today.



While Coco Chanel definitely had a signature look, her legacy encourages women to embrace their own style. An ideal that is shared by Susan Shaw Jewelry. We delight in contributing to a customer’s individual style. After all, “a girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” -Coco Chanel

And we couldn’t agree more.


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The Elephant in the Room

The Elephant is a majestic creature. As the largest mammal on land, these beautiful animals bring to mind thoughts of power, strength and even wisdom. They are thought to experience some of the same emotions as humans do, including empathy, self-awareness, compassion, and grief. The fascination with these animals is well deserved. So it is no wonder why elephants keep popping up throughout the fashion world. A symbol of style.

Susan uses elephants in many of her pieces, with various intaglios and even an elephant coin. The all gold and the two-tone elephant intaglios are featured below atop a Tracy Negoshian tunic from Susan’s wardrobe.

Elephants can be found in our jewelry and in the world of fashion, but lets not forget their presence in the home, which can be symbolic as well as elegant. With their trunks up (as pictured below) an elephant symbolizes prosperity, good luck, and victory.



With their trunks down, elephants symbolize longevity and conception. Although many superstitious people do not want to stray from the good luck of an upward-facing trunk. Personally, I would for the gorgeous custom wallpaper in the dining room below!


When an elephant is placed in the entry of a home and facing in, it is thought to bring good fortune to the family. In Feng Shui they call this the “Elephant of Many Blessings.” Susan has had this antique elephant statue from the Ming Dynasty in her home since the 70’s, a classic piece that is a beautiful as it (could be!) lucky.


With two of their three species being from Africa, elephants also represent the tribal look. These resin “good luck elephants” were Susan’s grandmothers from the 20’s. They pair so well with the African bone beads on our tribal bracelets. Trunks up!


This pearl necklace features an elephant on an old British shilling. Elegant and historical.IMG_4274

Susan purchased this elephant print top from one of our retailers in Houston, À bientôt. Its always fun to see our jewelry pair so beautifully with the clothing found in the same fabulous boutiques.


So why are we so drawn to these creatures? It could be the symbolism, superstition… or simply because they’re so darn cute!

And just like that, the elephant in the room becomes the thing you are talking about.


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Impressive Intaglios

Our collection of intaglios are a core part of the Susan Shaw Jewelry line. An intaglio is defined as a small etching (in any surface or material) that creates a raised picture. Intaglios are typically created to be used to stamp with ink or wax, but the beauty of these little etchings made them something to collect and display in your home (or around your neck as jewelry in this case!) Some of our two-tone intaglio necklaces are shown below, including the ever-popular Bee and Fleur de Lis symbols.

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When Susan first designed these she was inspired by the old wax seals we used to use on envelopes. In fact, the first of her intaglios were molded from actual antique wax seals similar to the one pictured below.


As time went on, she started to create her own molds in order to involve some more modern symbols, like the ones below from our Equestrian collection.

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The newest addition to our intaglio collection are the Venetian glass intaglios. You can see below the molds are the same as our metal intaglios, but the glass gives a whole new looks to these etchings.



This new venetian glass collection will also include some of our European coins as you can see below on the freshwater pearls.


Italian glass seemed fitting to the origin of Intaglios. In 18th century Italy and Greece, these intaglios were souvenirs, gathered throughout one’s travels. Perfect  for those that couldn’t afford to buy large statues or artwork, they would instead pick one of these miniature engraved plaster stamps, depicting a scene from their journey, and keep it in a journal with notes about what they had seen.  Now these little treasures have made their way into antique shops and it has become a growing trend to frame them in a collection on your wall.  You can see some beautiful examples below.



These intaglios may be small, but the history behind them is not.

Whether in your home or in your jewelry, Susan Shaw gives Intaglios our stamp of approval.


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Spotlight on Waldorf Astoria New York

Our travel spotlights shines on one of the most prestigious and well known hotels in existence, the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. A hotel as rich in history as it is in luxury, making us so proud to be included in their gift shop. This Park Avenue iconic hotel is known for its high end accommodations as well as its perfect location for those wanting to see all New York has to offer. From Central Park to Times Square to Park Avenue shopping, this hotel is a perfect destination for your next fabulous New York vacation.


Susan Shaw pieces that can be found in the Waldorf Astoria gift shop

When you walk into the lavish hotel lobby you get a feel for the overall art deco look of the hotel.

Lobby View

The ornately carved bronze Waldorf Astoria Clock is the focal point of the grand hotel lobby.


Originally, The Waldorf and The Astoria were two hotels, built by fueding relatives in 1893. They were later connected and the hallway between the two was known and Peacock Alley. The site of these original buildings was sold to the developer of the Empire State Building, which now stands at the very site of the original hotels. The current building was built in 1931 on Park Avenue as the tallest and largest hotel in the world at that time. The photo below is the updated Peacock Alley, which connects the two current hotel buildings and is now home to one of the hotel’s many restaurants.


The Royal Suite, pictured below, earned it’s name when it was the New York home to the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.


Towers Suite

The tower suites are located on the top 15 floors of the hotel. They have their own private hotel entrance and the most exclusive accommodations and residences. Jackie and John F. Kennedy spent their wedding night in one of these luxury suites.


Known from early in its history for hosting grand galas and balls, The 4-story ballroom, is legendary for being the ultimate setting for celebrity, business and political events alike.Banquets---GrandBallroom

The hotel gift shop carries Susan Shaw jewelry, including these classic pieces pictured below. So by all means check it out if you find yourself in this gorgeous destination. waldorf1



In the words of Frank Sinatra (a frequent patron of the Waldorf-Astoria),  “Start Spreading the news…. I’m leaving today…” (I wish!)

Sometimes dreaming of vacations is just as fun as taking them… right?!


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Tribal Chic

The Susan Shaw Tribal Collection is here! The African tribal look continues to be a trend we are seeing in the world of fashion and interior design. The attention to detail and eye-catching patterns are what make this handmade look so unique and desirable. Susan Shaw has always valued the handmade look, making many of her own molds, so the tribal beads we have included in this collection seemed like a perfect fit for our line.tribal4

The Tabular brass beads (as seen mixed in to the top left and middle necklace above) are all one-of-a-kind. The lost wax process used to make these require a mold be made for each individual bead, which is then destroyed in order to extract the finished bead. So, while some beads look similar, none are the exact same. Once we receive these brass beads, we have them plated in our 24kt gold and hand-strung into our necklace designs.


The string of recycled glass beads seen in aqua in the photo above are made of powdered glass from broken bottles and other scrap glass that has been ground down and then melted into shape. The string of vertical painted beads in the photo below are also made of the recycled glass, but in this case the glass is painted with designs such as the circular shapes and patterns you see here. These beads are all made by hand in West Africa and the sale of these beads to companies in the US helps to support emerging economies while sustaining the livelihood of the native artisans who work so hard to make them.


Susan uses these colored glass beads, brass beads, and painted beads along with natural agate, wood, painted bone, and some of our signature gold pieces to create something truly unique while still staying true to the chic look our line has always had.


Of course we aren’t the only ones keen to this look. The fashion world has also embraced the unique tribal look. Valentino dedicated their Spring/Summer 2016 runway show to the African tribal theme, displaying craftsmanship that was well appreciated.

Valentino Spring 2016

Valentino Spring 2016
The mix of tribal prints and conservative structure make this dress below a beautiful interpretation of the look.

Talbot Runhof Tribal Print Dress courtesy of Neiman Marcus
Tribal motifs are also wildly popular in interior design. Whether the look is an all-over theme in a room, or just used as an accent piece, it adds interest wherever it goes.

The natural light on the stark white furniture and walls mixes so well with the African textiles like this bright woven rug.

And the tribal print pillows, throws, and hides in the room below create so much interest along with the ornate moldings and other vintage characteristics of the space.

This staircase runner, inspired by the centuries-old traditional African mud cloth, mixes so well next to the modern artwork.

So no matter what the style in your home, tribal accents can enhance it. We just love the fabrics below, which come in custom color ways to suit your needs and create the one-of-a-kind look that is so true to the African artisan.

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We hope you enjoy this collection as much as we have enjoyed crafting it.


And when it comes to trying out the tribal look, we suggest you go wild!


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The Shape of Design

Shapes like the Gothic Quatrefoil, Moroccan Arabesque, and the Scallop have been around for centuries we know, but they came back into the modern design world years ago and their popularity has certainly not been waning. Susan Shaw has been using variations of these shapes for years in her jewelry design and also around her home. These quatrefoil pendant necklaces below lay atop a Moroccan-inspired fabric Susan has, showcasing the beautiful lines of these shapes.IMG_1481

The fabric, which she used on these pillows, are an eye-catching addition to her poolside lounge area.IMG_1480

The definition of quatrefoil is a symmetrical shape which forms the overall outline of four partially overlapping circles. So, just like the arabesque and scallop, it is a geometric shape based on the curves of a circle (as opposed to containing only straight lines). Perhaps one of the reasons these shapes continue to be so popular in design is that they marry the best of two worlds; the eye-catching contrast of a geometric shape and the softness and subtly of the curve.FullSizeRender_2

These quatrefoil chairs by Hickory Chair are a beautiful example of using a classic shape to make something modern.



This mirror below showcases the quatrefoil in this glamorous combination of black and gold.


Susan had used many variations of these shapes in the jewelry line using handcast metal as well as tortoise pieces.


This intricate quatrefoil Susan has paired with freshwater pearls and cotton pearls in this photo below stands out wonderfully against the wallpaper which Susan has in her home. We love the french blue with striking gold!


The french blue and gold combination is stunning in this wallpaper as well, which features the overlapping quatrefoil shapes to create a scalloped pattern. Notice how the Moroccan patterned pillow mixes so nicely in this bedroom!


The scallop wallpaper and chair below remind us that scallop pattern originated with the shell. What a divine place to take a seat!


Another major trend right now is a scallop-like pattern that resembles fish scales. Some call this repeated shape an Ogee (which is basically any shape with a convex and concave curve).  We are seeing this pattern in furniture like this gorgeous media piece below by Bernhardt, and this fabulously modern chair by Selemat.


This shape is also quite popular in tile as you can see in this bathroom below. The mixture of the curves in the tile and the mirror with the straight lines in the modern hardware makes this bathroom so dynamic and beautiful.



You may now find yourself noticing these shapes and patterns everywhere! Do you have a favorite? We couldn’t possibly chose!



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