Susan Shaw Signature Style

All artists and designers need a signature look. Monet’s water lilies, Chanel’s pearls, or Jackie O’s large sunglasses. After designing jewelry for over 35 years, Susan has cultivated her own signature look as well.  Many of our customers recognize our jewelry in shops they’ve never shopped at, in cities they’ve never been to, without tags or logo recognition given to Susan Shaw. So what is it? We will let the photos do the talking.One feature that distinguishes our jewelry is the handmade molds Susan creates. The unique look of each piece is what sets our jewelry apart from other machine-made jewelry components.Pearls have always been a part of the line, though in many different shapes and styles. From the freshwater pearls that Susan works into this cross pendant below, to the mother-of-pearl teardrop earrings and to the newer pearl tassels she has created, the look has a way of staying with the trends and remaining classic at the same time.
Cotton pearls are another thing Susan Shaw is known for. These lightweight paper maché spun pieces are a signature medium to the line, and sought out by many.For years we have been working with Genuine Turquoise and working it in with our handcast gold and silver components. This combination elevates turquoise to a dressier look.  Susan is also known for her use of coins. She finds interesting coins with historical value- coins that haven’t been in circulation since the Euro- and works them into her molds to create pieces that are as interesting as they are beautiful. French influences have always played a part in Susan’s life and tastes, and her designs show this as well. She’s always been able to put her own spin on the chic looks you see in Paris.  Even once you have found your look, every designer needs to keep updating, creating, and adding new things that fit in with their style. These labradorite stones, baroque pearls, and threader earrings  have been great updates to the line.
Another great update? Taking the coins and intaglio pieces we are known for in handcast gold and making them in Venetian glass. This is sure to be a look that we will come to be known for.

Out of all the classics and new adaptations, what’s your favorite Susan Shaw look? We love bringing our customers pieces they love!

xoxo

Susan Shaw Jewelry

Spotlight on Fort Worth, Texas

Our travel spotlight shines on the beautiful city of Fort Worth, which is known for its close proximity to Dallas, but is full of culture all its own.  We have a list of highlights for those traveling to Fort Worth, including sights, things to do, places to eat, and, of course, places to shop Susan Shaw Jewelry. For anyone looking to experience traditional Texas culture while still having access to a vibrant and charming city, look no further than Fort Worth, Texas.If you are lucky enough to know a member of the Fort Worth Club, ask them to make you a reservation to stay there- you wont regret it! Susan and her husband, Eric, stayed there recently and were able to take advantage of their wonderful food and attend some events on site. The club was established in 1885 for the businessmen of the city to come together and socialize as well as build relationships in order to advance the commerce of the city. 130 years later, it is known as the premier social, athletic and business club in the city. Located in the heart of downtown, they have 21 guest rooms, a state-of-the-art athletic center, event space, and a top tier restaurant as well.

The Fort Worth Club, Downtown Fort Worth

Looking for things to do on your visit? The cultural district of Fort Worth (just west of downtown) is a great place to start. This beautiful park-like collection of museums is easily walkable and a great place to spend your day. There are many places to see in the area, including many wonderful museums.

 The Amon Carter Museum of American Art is one of the top museums of American Art in the country. It began with the personal collection of Amon Carter, a newspaper publisher and oilman, who had collected many works from two of the top artists of the American West, Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell. Amon Carter began work to open this museum before his death in 1955, but his daughter brought his dream to reality when the museum opened in 1961. Since then the museum has expanded, acquired art from all genres and now holds upwards of 250,000 objects of paintings, photographs, rare books, sculpture and more. When visiting this wonderful museum, don’t forget to check out their wonderful shop which sells Susan Shaw Jewelry among other beautiful gifts.

Amon Carter Museum Gift Shop

3501 Camp Bowie Blvd • Fort Worth, TX 76107

http://www.cartermuseum.org/shop

Another museum in the area, the Kimbell, focus on quality over quantity, with a selection of 350 pieces of art from the third millennium BC to mid 20th century. European painters such as Picasso, Matisse, Cézanne, Monet and more are represented in the museum. They also have a wonderful restaurant on site that is worth a visit- and if you enjoy it they also have a cookbook with the chef’s recipes for sale!

The Kimbell Restaurant

Modern art buffs won’t want to miss the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, also within walking distance of the Amon Carter and Kimbell museums. The collection of is comprised of nearly 3,000 objects, including paintings, sculptures, videos, photographs, and prints from post WWII era to present.  They also have a wonderful restaurant on their reflective pond that serves quality food made from scratch with locally sourced ingredients. A perfect place for lunch during your day of museums!

Of course museums are not the only thing Fort Worth has to offer. The city’s most well-known attraction has got to be the Stockyards. Between 1866 and 1890, drovers trailed more than four million head of cattle through Fort Worth. The city soon became known as “Cowtown.” In 1902 construction started on the pens, the barns, and a new Livestock Exchange Building, which housed the many livestock commission companies, telegraph offices, railroad offices and other support businesses to the cattle industry. It became known as “The Wall Street of the West.” Today the Exchange building still sells hundreds of cattle daily via satellite video, but the Stockyards are more for historical value. There is a Stockyards museum, original brick paths and wooden buildings which now house many dining and entertainment venues. The amount of history in the stockyards is astonishing, and a great way to see the culture of Texas cattle-ranchers throughout history.

Don’t miss the Fort Worth Herd on your visit! It is the world’s only twice daily cattle drive, held every day in the Stockyards.

This is an exciting time of year for Fort Worth! Their own university, TCU, is #2 in the Big 12 football conference rankings. If you have a chance to see a football game, join the sea of purple to cheer on the Horned Frogs at the state-of-the-art Amon G. Carter stadium.

Not going during football season? Check out the many other things to do in Fort Worth including the a day at the Fort Worth Zoo,  walking or biking on the Trinity River Trails, or catching a race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Of course we can’t forget the shopping in the city! Our jewelry is also sold in the upscale home gift shop, Lawrence’s. Stop by and find something special to remember your trip!

Lawrence’s

4601 West Freeway •  Suite 224 • Fort Worth, Texas

A wonderful high-end gift shop with everything from fine china and hostess gifts to Jon Hart luggage and, of course, a large selection of Susan Shaw jewelry. They proudly claim to carry “fabulous gifts for fabulous people.”

After a day of sight-seeing and shopping, you’ll surely have worked up a Texas-sized appetite. Below is a list of restaurants you won’t want to miss.

Lonesome Dove

An upscale restaurant in the Stockyards district that focuses on food of the American West. Chef Tim Love takes this fare to another level and has received countless awards for his culinary innovations.

2406 N Main St, Fort Worth, TX 76164

Joe T. Garcias

2201 N Commerce St.Fort Worth, TX 76164

Established in 1935, Joe T Garcias has grown over the years from seating for 16 to now being able to seat over 1000 people! The famous Tex-Mex fare is something you won’t want to miss. The sheer size of this restaurant is something to see.

Reata

310 Houston Street, Sundance Square, Fort Worth, Texas 76102

The original Reata is in Alpine Texas, but their Fort Worth location has been bringing great food to customers since 1995. This four-level restaurant is all beautiful but don’t miss the views from the popular rooftop patio.

Looking for some unique nightlife after dinner? Check out Scat Lounge, set in the basement of the historic Woolworth building, Scat is a jazz venue with cocktail tables and a swanky atmosphere reminiscent of something you’d see in the movies. 

So pack your boots and get to Fort Worth, Texas to check out this fabulous city full of art, history, shopping and dining that will surely give you a trip to remember!
Safe travels y’all!

xoxo

Susan Shaw Jewelry

Circle of Style

As part of our geometric trend series, we are highlighting one of the shapes we are loving right now- the circle! This perfectly symmetrical shape could not be more pleasing to the eye. Like many  trends, we are seeing circles and circle patterns in fashion as well as interior design. Susan Shaw Jewelry has some beautiful new and also classic pieces that feature the circle that you are sure to love!These new delicate earrings below are a gorgeous use of the circle. Its amazing how a shape with no sides can be so edgy!
And we can’t forget hoops! They have been a staple in jewelry forever for a reason!In addition to jewelry, we are seeing circle patterns in clothing as well. Below are some beautiful dresses we found using the circle in the most stylish of ways.

Interior Designers are also using circular patterns all over the place. The tile work in the kitchens below showcase how circular designs can bring interest to a nook or backsplash very successfully.

How beautiful is this circle-cut marble tile below?!Natural fiber rugs are all the rage and this particular pattern by Fibreworks is one of our favorites!

Furniture and home accesoories are also in on the circle trend! This credenza below by John-Richard would be work of art in any home.
The overlapping circles on this fireplace screen are so beautiful and interesting!

And these Johnathon Adler vases showcase the circle in a modern way.

So how much are you into this trend? Circle back and let us know…

xoxo

Susan Shaw Jewelry

Spotlight on the McNay Art Museum- San Antonio, Texas

Our spotlight shines pretty close to home today on the fabulous McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas. This 23-acre property and home full of art was dedicated in 1950 to eventually become the first modern art museum in Texas. Not only are Shaws patrons of this museum, but it is within 2 miles of our office and their fabulous gift shop sells Susan Shaw Jewelry. Clearly the McNay is near and dear to us, but the story behind the museum as well as the impressive collection is something that would interest any art and culture buff.Marion McNay was and heiress who moved to San Antonio in 1926 after her husband Don McNay died.  She then met and married prominent ophthalmologist Donald T. Atkinson and they commissioned San Antonio architects Atlee and Robert Ayres to design a 24-room Spanish Colonial-Revival house. During that time she starting collecting art, mainly paintings from the 19th and 20th century. She went back to her first husbands name when her 2nd marriage ended. In 1950 Marion McNay died, leaving her home, collection of over 700 works of art, and an endowment to start the McNay museum, which opened its doors in 1954.

In 2008, the Stieren Center for Exhibitions added 45,000 square feet to the museum and created gallery space for major exhibitions, a sculpture gallery and garden, a lecture hall, and classrooms for the museum’s many educational programs. The addition has a very modern look, juxtaposing the original home and main building of the museum and adding even more interest to the property.

The museum focuses primarily on 19th- and 20th-century European and American art by such artists as Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse, Georgia O’Keeffe, Diego Rivera, Mary Cassatt, and Edward Hopper. The collection today consists of over 20,000 objects and is one of the finest collections of Contemporary Art and Sculpture in the Southwestern United States. The museum is always doing fun events to get people involved in art and culture in the community. They host parties on the grounds like their upcoming Halloween costume dance party with food and live music. And each Thursday night admission is free, allowing for people and families to try out the museum they are sure to love!The grounds of the museum are some of the most beautiful property in the city, making it a destination for photo shoots, picnics and even weddings. The fountains, Japanese-style koi pond, and inner courtyard are among the highlights outside the museum walls.

Museum goers can also enjoy the beautiful gift shop upon visiting the McNay. Gifts, books and accessories in the shop reflect many of the current exhibits in the museum, allowing for new and different items each time you go. They also carry jewelry from artists of interest- including Susan Shaw. And you don’t even need to pay entrance to the museum to visit the store!
Below are some of the many pieces of our jewelry you may find at the McNay.

Susan draws inspiration from many areas, but art is one of her passions and her recent geometric collection was greatly inspired by the works of artists like Matisse, Picasso and Calder.

These pieces can be found in the McNay gift shop and at our other retailers as well.

If you find yourself in San Antonio, give the McNay a visit!

xoxo

Susan Shaw Jewelry

Red Alert

We are loving all the color this year! You may have noticed- its pretty hard not to- that bright red is popping up everywhere! From fashion to the home, red is making a bold statement and we are loving it. Susan has been having lots of fun with red this season, mixing genuine coral stones of varying sizes with golds and grey to make unique pieces like the ones below.

Our silk and beaded tassel designs are now in red too! You’ll love what a statement this bright color can make when paired with neutrals or other rich tones.

But jewelry isn’t the only place for red of course. The runways this year were red hot!Red coats and tops are big as well as head-to-toe red outfits. Talk about a head turning look!

If fashion is our way of testing out styles for our home, its no wonder we are seeing red popping up in interior design as well. No matter what style your home decor is, red can accent it in a bold way. We love the red couch in this traditional room below.

This fabulous red antique piece mixed with leather chairs and light blue walls gives this room just the right amount of edge.

And the red walls in this sitting area bring a warmth that balances out the modern look.
So are you ready to call a code red? You can always just try a little here and there- we think jewelry is a great place to start- and have fun with it!

xoxo

Susan Shaw Jewelry

Grey Areas

Grey has come a long way from the color of stormy skies, to the elegant neutral it is today. While grey can be the perfect background color to let others shine, it can also shine all on its own. It’s a color we are seeing more and more in interior design so we wanted to highlight some lovely uses of the color grey in the home. And with some new grey silks and gray stones, we have some jewelry that you are going to love this fall! One of the headliners is Labradorite, a beautiful streaky grey stone with an elegant look. You can see some beautiful labradorite pieces below.

We know grey stones look beautiful around your neck and with your wardrobe, but what about grey stone in your home? Some say the growth of popularity of Carrara and Calcatta marbles and other grey-veined natural stones may have began our love affair with grey in interior design. Below are some gorgeous examples of marble tile and countertops that showcase the beauty of the grey veining of this natural stone.


The other way to enjoy a grey and white kitchen that has become so popular is with grey paint. Below are a few different examples of grey paint on kitchen cabinets. It is so versatile that you can really make any grey and white kitchen your own with different hardware, accents, and of course varying shades of grey.

We just love the grey and gold combo. So elegant!

Grey paint, of course, is not just for kitchens. A light grey color is perfect to take a backseat to the other colors in a room while still having depth and interest you may not get with a white wall.

Grey is even a good choice when putting together a very feminine girls room like the one below. Pink and grey are a great combo!

And don’t the grey walls bring a serene look to these beautiful bedrooms?!

The dark grey curtains below help anchor the room and bring a rich and polished look to the living area.

So grey was an obvious addition to our silk tassel line. These pieces are available for fall and we are loving the rich tone in this grey silk.

And for a fancier look, grey pearls, grey crystals and even labradorite can layer together quite nicely.

So don’t be afraid to go grey! Its always a good look!

xoxo

Susan Shaw Jewelry

Spotlight on Nashville, Tennessee

Our travel spotlight shines on the beautiful and dynamic southern town of Nashville, Tennessee. Whether its beautiful landscape, a vibrant music scene, historic landmarks,  delicious southern fare or great walking and shopping areas that you are looking for, Nashville is the place for you! We are highlighting some of the hotspots below as well as the places you can find Susan Shaw Jewelry in the city. 

One of the quintessential Nashville spots has to be Centennial Park. Located just west of downtown in what is known as the West End, this public park has been around since The Tennessee Centennial in 1897. At the time, the full-size Parthenon replica (a nod to Nashville’s status as “The Athens of the South”) was erected mostly of plaster, but when that began to fall into disrepair in the 1920s, it was replaced with the concrete and steel structure we see today. Want more historical sites in Nashville? Don’t miss the state capital, The Hermitage (home of President Andrew Jackson), or the Belle Meade Plantation.

Of course we all know Nashville as the center of Country music, earning it the title of Music City, USA. Because of that, the city is overflowing with places any music lover would want to see. Music Row is a section of 16th & 17th Avenue just southwest of downtown that serves as the headquarters of the country music industry. In this one spot you can see tons of recording studios and office buildings that house the singers, songwriters and record label executives of country music. The oldest recording studio, RCA Studio B, is one of the top attractions in the area. Many of the buildings are converted old homes, which adds to the charm of walking down the street. Of course country star sightings are always a welcome bonus!

The hotel that was originally built to service the many patrons of the Grand Ole Opry was a fabulous place, but only a fraction of what the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center is today. The original building was built like an old fashion plantation home, but each new area has added more amenities and attractions. The hotel’s indoor and outdoor pools and 9 acres of lush, indoor gardens and cascading waterfalls will keep you in awe as you explore this expansive property.

Gaylord Opryland Resort

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is one of the largest museums of it’s kind, earning it the title of “the Smithsonian of Country Music.”  They recently unveiled a $100 million expansion, doubling its size to 350,000 square feet of dynamic state-of-the-art galleries, archival storage, education classrooms, retail stores, and 2 theaters. Looking for more music history? Try the Johnny Cash Museum and Patsy Cline Museum as well.

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

The Bluebird Cafe is one of the best places to hear up and coming talent play and, thanks in part to ABC’s hit show “Nashville,” now one of the most popular tourist attractions in town. This little cafe should not be judged by its unassuming exterior.

Sightseeing wearing you down? How about some retail therapy? Below are the wonderful spots in the city that you can find our jewelry.

Color

2104 Crestmoor Road • Nashville, Tennessee 37215 • 615.269.3071

http://www.colorathome.com/Index.shtml

Located in the upscale area of Green Hills, Color is a beautiful collection of home accessories, entertaining pieces, and stylish gifts.

The French Shoppe

2817 West End Ave. #120 • Nashville, TN 37203

and The French Shoppe at Belle Meade

6049 Highway 100 • Nashville, TN 37205

http://www.frenchshoppe.com/

The French Shoppe is a local boutique with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. With two locations in the Nashville area (Park Place and Belle Meade), The French Shoppe offers clothing and accessories from many top designers.

The Friends Shop @ Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital

2200 Children’s Way • Nashville, TN 37232 • (615) 936-1000

https://www.childrenshospital.vanderbilt.org/services.php?mid=1531

Buy a toy for a child, jewelry for yourself, or gifts for family at the Friends Shop on the second floor of Children’s Hospital. Proceeds from the sales of The Friends Shop are used by the Friends organization to support the programs and services at Children’s Hospital.

After all the shopping, you are bound to work up an appetite! Thankfully, Nashville cuisine will not let you down. In this hip and vibrant city, New restuarants are always popping up- and they are definitely worth a look- but there are also some long-standing staples we want to mention.

For more than 50 years, locals and tourists alike have been driving just out of town to Loveless Cafe. This cozy restaurant is known for some of the best scratch biscuits and crispiest fried chicken in Tennessee. They serve hearty, country-ham-adorned breakfasts, as well as classic meat ’n’ three lunches and dinners daily.

Founded in 1934, Jimmy Kelly’s is a classic southern steakhouse that is  known for it’s attentive service, delicious fare and Tennessee whisky. Housed in an old southern mansion in the heart of the city, the restaurant has a speakeasy quality about it that will take you back to a simpler time.

Jimmy Kelly’s steakhouse

For a classic meat-and-three lunch, Arnold’s Country Kitchen will not disappoint. They have been serving southern staples like catfish, chicken & dumplings, fried green tomatoes, and cornbread – for over 3 decades. Dessert at lunch? Why not? They are known for their banana pudding and scratch-made chess & chocolate pies.

Housed in the historic Hermitage Hotel, Capitol Grille has been a tried and true Nashville restaurant since 1910. It’s a special occasion kind of place with fancy food and impeccable service. We highly recommend a drink at their elegant Oak Bar.

OK time to pack your boots and get to Nashville! Susan actually purchased the boots below on her last trip to Nashville, and they look fabulous with her genuine turquoise pieces!

Safe travels!

Xoxo

Susan Shaw Jewelry

Traveling in Style

We all love to look our best on vacation, but we may not want to bring our finest jewelry. Many people feel uncomfortable bringing fine jewelry like diamonds, pearls or other gems set in solid gold or platinum when they venture beyond the comforts of home. We’ve had many of our customers tell us that our jewelry is the perfect blend of high-end quality without the extraordinary price tag that comes with fine jewelry, making it great jewelry to travel with!

Our genuine Freshwater pearls and mother of pearl stones are a great way to look chic without spending a fortune or risk losing irreplaceable jewelry on vacation.

Travel safety aside, solid gold and silver jewelry can cost thousands and that isn’t always in the budget. Our process of hand dipping our jewelry in 24kt gold and sterling silver assures you won’t be sacrificing quality while leaving room in the budget for other things- like more jewelry!?

Do you leave your fine jewelry at home when you travel? If so don’t sacrifice style for safety when you can pack some of your fabulous Susan Shaw jewelry instead!

Safe travels to all!

xoxo

Susan Shaw Jewelry

Color Trend: Teal

We love talking about color! “Whats your favorite color palette right now?” and “Whats the next big color coming up?” are the questions on our minds. After years of neutral colors and whites (which we still love) color is back in a big way. Rich tones are popping up everywhere so we thought we’d highlight one of our favorites: Teal. The bold peacock tones that mix so well with gold, also happen to mix well with many color schemes, making it a great color for jewelry accents and even home decor.See how the color pops against this black and white marble below? Maybe thats why we are seeing teal in kitchens lately. I love how different the blue-green is working in these two kitchen examples, both using the gold accents in a very successful way.Mixing different shades of teal is a great way to use this color. The darker green of the cabinets and the lighter tone of the stools blend so well together in the kitchen below.Teal paint is certainly not just successful in kitchens- check out this fabulous sitting room below. The high-gloss color is fantastic with the carmel tones in the room. And matching the wall paint with the paint on the bamboo étagères gives a look similar to built-ins, but so much more unique.

Teal not only makes a fabulous paint color, but it’s popping up in beautiful wallpapers as well. Below is a teal grasscloth- so elegant and vibrant.And for something a bit more playful, this teal and gold palm tree pattern is divine.Susan’s silk tassels come in the teal color (left) as well and this new dark teal color (right). Both would pair perfectly with your summer wardrobe and transition right into fall.Still in neutral when it comes to color? Time to go bold! Try some rich color in your home and in your wardrobe today!

xoxo

Susan Shaw Jewelry

Geometric Style

Have you been noticing the geometric shapes trending lately? Circles, Squares and Triangles, oh my! At first this may have been partly due to the retro look making a comeback, but now, the shape trend is evolving into a new modern look for this decade. From fashion to interiors, geometric shapes and patterns are catching everyone’s eye. Susan Shaw Jewelry’s newest collection is “shaping up” to fit right in to this bold look. 

The geometric look is all over the fashion world. This Fendi handbag from Neiman Marcus shows how playful and chic this trend can be.The geometric pattern in this dress is beautiful! We love the complimentary colors to really catch the eye.
But we also love this look in black and white. The high contrast gives this dress below an edge without sacrificing elegance.The 60’s and 70’s, when the geometric trend was in full swing, are decades that provide loads of inspiration. You can imagine Susan’s current jewelry pieces worn with this vintage Pucci ensemble of the 60’s- fabulous!And this look from the 70’s below shows that good style will truly stand the test of time. How chic!
Now fashion isn’t the only place for this look. You can have fun with your interior design by bringing in shapes and geometric patterns mixed in with your favorite pieces to create a look all your own. The 3 tables below demonstrate this trend in 3 very different ways- but all of them being bold, edgy and creating points of interest that will benefit any decor.


Don’t want to go as far as to incorporate this look into your furniture? Home accessories are a great way to play with a new look on a smaller scale.

Lighting is another great place to find this trend. This circle pendant below could be perfection over a traditional breakfast table, while the glass bulb figure below that would be a striking addition to any room.

Thinking of doing something really bold? A geometric patterned wallpaper on an accent wall is one of those bold moves that can pay off in a major way. This trianglular wallpaper uses contrasting neutrals to really take this look to a new level.
This entry hall is all about the shapes, from the wallpaper, to the cube lantern, and even to the little circle stool in the corner.Of course a powder bathroom is another place to go wild with wallpaper. These geometric patterns are a little more tamed down- and we love it just the same!!

Whether you like it in your home, your clothes or your accessories, this geometric look may be just the trend to experiment with next. And Susan Shaw’s newest collection of jewelry celebrates the bold shapes that make this modern look classic.

So how will this trend shape your style?

xoxo

Susan Shaw Jewelry

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