Susan has been designing jewelry for over 30 years and her pieces can be found in thousands of beautiful boutiques in some of the most charming cities and towns across the country. She designs the latest fashions with handcast 24-kt. gold and sterling silver plated metals, along with cotton pearls and carefully selected freshwater pearls and semi-precious stones. Susan creates each design, which is then handmade by experienced artists in her boutique factory in San Antonio. For more than two decades, Susan has taken pride in the quality of her jewelry and its popularity among discerning customers.
Summer days are gone and the cool breeze of Fall is moving in. With it it will bring new beginnings, like the start of school, football season, pumpkin spice lattes (or pumpkin spice everything), and the beautiful colors of the leaves as they change and fall. And fashion can have a new beginning, too. Color trends shift with the season and we are ready! So what are the colors of note this Fall? According to Pantone, the swatches below represent the nuetrals of Fall 2018.
But if you aren’t a fan of all the neutrals you are in luck this season. Colors are rich and bold this Fall. Pantone especially pointed out the 10 shades below as the trendy colors for the Fall.
Pantone’s “Nebulas Blue” and “Quetzal Green” are well represented below with our new peacock blue agate and teal agate stones. We have teal tassels too!
More Pantone shade like “Meerkat,” “Tofu,” “Russet Orange” and “Quetzal Green” are represented in this new collection of pieces below. These fossil stones (as they are called) are so beautiful and unique and mix beautifully with the geometric gold components.
Our Tassels and Tortoise pieces below show off the neutrals like “Buff” and “Meerkat.” Tortoise is huge this Fall! It’s so fun and goes with everything!
We love the bright colors in the mix this Fall. Bright red or “Valiant Poppy” mix so well with the “Quiet Grey” neutral. You can check out both these color combos below with our Labradorite stone jewelry and our beautiful red genuine coral pieces.
Our travel spotlight is shining on a unique event occurring this year at the Tryon Resort in Mill Spring, North Carolina. The FEI World Equestrian Games is basically the olympics for equestrians. This international competition has been happening in a different city every 4 years since 1990, but this is only the 2nd time the games have been held in the United States, making this year even more special. The games will begin September 11 and continue through September 23.The World Equestrian Games (or WEG) includes all the major equestrian disciplines like show jumping, dressage and para-equestrian dressage, eventing, driving, endurance, vaulting and reining. Each country puts together a team of their top competitors in each discipline and, much like the Olympics, it is an honor to compete.Whether you are an equestrian fan, competitor, or have another relationship to horses, having a special piece of jewelry from our equestrian collection is the perfect way to celebrate that.Each of our pieces are made by hand with the kind of attention to detail that is expected from equestrian competitors in the ring.For those attending this year’s games, we recommend traveling a mere 30 miles west of the Tryon International Equestrian Center to find the charming city of Flat Rock, North Carolina. One of the cornerstones of this historic town is a corner store, The Wrinkled Egg. Named after a rare find in a hen house, The Wrinkled Egg is a rare find for local and visiting shoppers alike. You can find art, antiques, gifts, beautiful women’s clothing and (of course) Susan Shaw Jewelry.With the games just around the corner, you can bet The Wrinkled Egg is stocked with our chic equestrian pieces.But no matter what time of year you visit, The Wrinkled Egg has something special and beautiful for you to bring home from your trip.And here is a fun twist! The courtyard behind their shop has a couple of delicious restaurants so you can shop and grab a bite in the same charming spot!We want to wish all the competitors in the FEI World Equestrian Games good luck from all of us at Susan Shaw Jewelry! We will be wearing our equestrian jewelry in honor of these incredible athletes and horses!
There are so many bold and beautiful colors trending this year. Aqua and Red make up a fun combination of contrasting hues that we are really enjoying right now. Found in nature in the most gorgeous underwater reefs, bright red coral and the cool blue of the water make a stunning combo.The fashion world is picking up on this combo for sure. This look below is from the Escada Pre-Fall Collection. The aqua pops so beautifully against these bright red pants.We can play this game too! Our bright red tassels would add the perfect pop to an aqua outfit and our sea glass beads would be a cool way to accessorize your red ensemble.Our aqua Venetian Glass intaglios are a dressier take on this coastal look and our genuine coral pieces are a fabulous shade of red!
This coastal color combo is making waves in interior design as well. Check out the chic red and aqua decor in the living room below. Gold makes a great accent with these colors as well. The bedrooms below use aqua and red so successfully with shades of white incorporated to make a calm and sophisticated setting.
Summer may be coming to a close, but this color combo has us dreaming of the ocean year round!
We always love hearing about and visiting the charming towns where our jewelry is sold. Newport, Rhode Island is no exception! This New England town is an upscale summer destination, and full of amazing things to see and do year round! We are going to list some of our favorite attractions in Newport as well as where to find our jewelry!
Touring the incredible historic Mansions is one of the most popular things to do in Newport. The Breakers, once a summer home to the Vanderbilt family, is one of the most popular of these mansions. You can tour the grounds as well as inside. These homes are now just for tours and events. Marble House, Rosecliff, The Elms as well as Belcourt of Newport are also some of the more popular ones to tour. Below is a link to a great resource to read more about each property and see which you might be most interested in.
Susan and her husband Eric posed for a beach view picture outside The Breakers property.
There are a few great beaches to visit in Newport as well. Easton’s Beach (aka 1st Beach) is one of the most popular for its central location and many attractions like an aquarium and a playground. If you don’t need all the attractions, try one of the beaches set back in a cove, like Gooseberry Beach, where the waves are calmer and the vibe is more relaxing.
Itching to take a sail around the harbor? There are many boats you can rent and even private tours with a captain to do all the sailing for you – as well as be your tour guide. Just pack some champagne and watch the sun set over the harbor.
The Cliff Walk is a major attraction for any visitors to Newport. It starts at Easton’s beach and continues south about 3.5 miles. Most of the walk is easy terrain, like you see in the photo below. You can view the ocean on one side and some of the most popular of the preserved mansions on the other side. As you get to the south end of the trail (it continues all the way to Bellevue Ave) the terrain gets more tricky. You can choose to exit at that point or continue on if you are looking for (and dressed for) more of a hike.
Tennis Anyone? Newport is home to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, a wonderful museum of tennis history that can be enjoyed by everyone, whether you are a big tennis fan or not! On the property is also one of the largest collections of grass courts in the United States. For the experienced tennis player, playing on a grass court is a thrill, and you can reserve a court through the tennis shop here!
As you walk up to the Tennis Hall of Fame you will see a number of shops, including Gingy’s, where you can find our jewelry! Stop in to see the wonderful fashions, gifts and accessories Gingy’s has to offer!
And don’t forget to check out their beautifully selected pieces of Susan Shaw Jewelry!
With all the wonderful things to do in Newport, you will have surely worked up and appetite. And you are in the right place! Newport is known for their wonderful selection of restaurants, of which we will name only a few. Wondering where to find the perfect lobster roll? Well this quintessential New England dish is probably on every menu in Newport, but our favorite was at Belle’s Café in the Newport Shipyard. You can sit outside and watch the yachts as you enjoy wonderful food they have to offer.
Looking for a romantic date night? Bouchard Inn and Restaurant is the perfect spot. This premier French restaurant is known for it’s artful gourmet dishes and fine-dining atmosphere in a charming building just blocks from the harbor.
Fluke is a wonderful seafood restaurant where the ingredients are fresh, seasonal and local. They also offer a bar on the 3rd floor with Harbor views and handcrafted cocktails, a perfect place to watch the sunset.
Castle Hill Inn is the most high-end dining you can get in Newport. This will be a dining experience you won’t soon forget. They offer tasting menus, local fare, exquisite views and top notch service. For a more casual al fresco meal, try The Lawn at Castle Hill. It also has beautiful view and fabulous food and not quite as high of a price tag.
Now if you are wondering when to visit Newport, we have some advice on that too. Summer is the busy season, so planning a summer trip is perfect for the warm weather and having the most to do and see, but also the most people. Late Spring and early Fall can are great times to still enjoy great weather with fewer crowds. This is totally up to personal preference as there is no “bad season” here. Many people rave about coming during Christmastime and seeing all the mansions decorated for the season.
There are a few annual festivals in Newport worth mentioning. The Newport Flower Show takes place in late June at Rosecliff and is a unique time to see that mansion decked out in floral arrangements and displays. The Newport International Boat Show takes place in mid-September and is full of events and opportunities to see some of the world’s most incredible boats and some new models debuting for the first time. Last, but not least, the Food and Wine Festival, occurring late September, takes place at The Elms, Rosecliff and Marble House and has tents upon tents of food and wine tasting, seminars, dinners and other events.
Planning your trip already? Don’t forget some of our nautical and beach-ready pieces for your chic vacation outfits!
Grey has been one of the most successful neutral colors in the past few years. We have seen it in elegant interiors as well as fashion. Today we want to highlight some beautiful light grey interiors as well as the one of our newest stones, Silver Lace Agate. Its light grey tone mixes beautifully with so many of our pieces. Below you can see it with our Handcast Gold as well as Freshwater Pearls in the longer layering necklace.It also compliments our sterling silver coin pieces below beautifully.While we are on the subject of grey, our grey Baroque Pearls are naturally formed and each uniquely shaped. The silver tone is bold and elegant at the same time.The bold and the elegant mix works perfectly in interior design as well. The soft grey tones in the room below are juxtaposed with the bold circle mirror above the fireplace and the mirrored coffee table to create a perfectly styled living area.Here is another successful use of mirrors with multiple grey tones as seen in Architectural Digest. Grey is also the perfect way to bring the calming tone we all need to a bedroom. The wonderful natural light doesn’t hurt either!One of the more popular places to use grey has always been in the kitchen. The examples below show how soft grey can help you achieve a number of beautiful aesthetics. The barely-grey wall color in the kitchen below adds dimension to this crisp white kitchen.Grey paint on the cabinetry in the kitchen below pairs beautiful with the white subway tile. A perfect mix of industrial and traditional styles.Grey and white is a fabulous color combo, but the addition of the natural wood color below really makes it pop!The white kitchen below relies on stainless appliances and finishes on the island as well as the crystal light fixtures above the island to bring in the grey. Very creative and beautiful!No matter the season, soft grey is always in style. Our Silver Lace Agate is paired with our classic Bee Intaglios below. We hope you love this new addition as much as we do!
One of the hottest trends we’ve seen lately happens to be one of the most natural. Indoor plants and leaf prints have been springing up in interior design and we can’t get enough of it. One of the newest parts of our line is also a big part of nature: the bee. Bees have been represented in our line for years but we have recently added new bee pieces, including our first 3-dimensional bee, in order to refresh the look even more. We want to share with you our latest nature-inspired designs as well as some beautiful nature-inspired interiors. The newest bee designs are surely creating some buzz!
In addition to bees and flowers, our line has added some new tropical leaf pieces as well!The tropical leaves are a huge part of this nature-inspired trend. Whether it’s the banana leaf, palm leaf, or fig leaf, you can find these prints on wallpapers and fabrics alike. Checkout this gorgeous headboard! It would make you feel like you were on a tropical vacation year round!Leaf prints can add another texture dimension to a room and freshen the look almost immediately.
You can even partake in the tropical trend with your dinnerware! What more fabulous setting could there be for a summer dinner party?!
No matter your sense of style, the endless variations of leaf prints can fit right in. These next two prints mix pink in with the greens for a more playful and feminine touch.
On the other hand, this slate blue variation is a more subdued and artistic version of the trend. If you aren’t into the prints, the real deal may be more up your alley. Indoor plants and succulents are a great way to bring the nature look to your space.
Our nature-inspired jewelry is a great way to try out this trend without any redecorating!
Is your love for nature growing? We hope you enjoy some time outside this summer, but if not, you can bring the nature right into your home or your wardrobe with this trend!
Our travel spotlight shines on the capital of Texas, the hip city of Austin, which should be on every traveler’s list of go-tos.Susan and her husband Eric know Austin as the home of their alma mater, the University of Texas, and the place where they met!In addition to being home of the UT Longhorns (hook ‘em horns!) Austin is known for its music scene, hipster culture, and some big Texas history. Check out some of our best ideas on where to stay and what to do in Austin- and don’t worry we won’t forget to mention where you can find our jewelry too!First things first, where to stay? Austin has some incredible options no matter what you are looking for. For the unique and charming, try the Hotel San Jose, a 1930s motel turned upscale and hip hotel. The South Congress area where it is located is a fun and walkable area full of shops and restaurants.
For an upscale Texas vibe, the Driskill Hotel in the heart of downtown is a wonderful option. Longhorn heads, brass and leather accents make this hotel unique while their amenities dazzle. Now for the luxury escape, the Four Seasons on Ladybird Lake is the place to be. The restaurant serves a brunch worth the stay alone and the quiet spot on the lake provides a restful retreat for guests.
The best part of a trip to Austin is the endless activities you can enjoy. Austin is a very active city so much of these involve being outdoors. You can join these active Austinites for a walk, bike ride, or even kayak on Lady Bird Lake. The city of Austin created this reservoir of the Colorado river in 1960. It is located right in the center of town and is used mainly for recreation and flood control. The 10 mile trail around the lake is perfect way to start your day.
At dusk, this same area becomes an attraction for an entirely different reason. 1.5 million bats live under and around the Congress street bridge (part of the trail), making it the largest bat colony in the world. If you come in late summer you’ll have the best chance of seeing the bats fly. At dusk they go to collect their food all at once, making it a spectacle worth seeing.The only way to combat the heat of Texas is to take a plunge in the cold water at Barton Springs. Austin’s hip version of a public pool, these natural springs feed a 3 acre pool and keep it at about 68 degrees. The pool is surrounded by lots of grassy areas so bring your picnic blanket and enjoy the people watching as much as you enjoy the-cool off.
Now you can’t forget about the music scene in Austin. There are many places to see live music, including the oldest continuously running club in the city, the Continental Club. They have been open since 1955 and have housed bands over the year like Stevie Ray Vaughn & Double Trouble, Robert Plant, and so many more.
With all this Austin fun, you are sure to work up an appetite and the food options here will not disappoint. Austin is known for some of the best barbecue in the country and Franklin’s is definitely the most popular spot. You’ll have to wait in the line that almost always extends down the block, but if you find yourself without that kind of patience, ditch the line for a food truck barbecue option that is equally tasty. Micklethwait Craft Meats is just a few blocks away near downtown Austin and serves up delicious BBQ on picnic tables at their cozy outdoor spot.
Very few will argue that Uchi is among the best restaurants in Austin. When you need a break from barbecue, come try the upscale and inventive Japanese cuisine. The combination of flavors in every dish is surprising and balanced and worth the high price tag. Want something beyond sushi? Uchiko is their sister restaurant with a few more options and just as delightful.
Launderette is another place that is constantly making the top lists. Offering more casual café dining, this former laundromat serves up Mediterranean fare that will make you clean your plate!
Now we promised to tell you where to find our jewelry in Austin so we’ve listed a couple spots below you won’t want to miss.
Embellish nail salon was opened in 2008 by two University of Texas graduates who decided Austin was in need of an upscale nail salon without the spa price tag and with a fun twist- a boutique inside as well. We love having our jewelry in this wonderful establishment so if you need a refresher on your mani/pedi or just want to peak at all the fun accessories and clothing they have to offer- pop in to one of their 3 locations around Austin!
3010 W. Anderson Ln, Austin, TX, 78757 • 512-452-7465
After your mani/pedi stop by Back Home for some beautiful French-inspired home furnishings. They house endless fabric choices and can help you create something perfect for your home. Stop in and see what wonderful things they have to offer including gifts and -of course- Susan Shaw jewelry! And if you end up with something bigger than your luggage- don’t fret- they ship!
4477 South Lamar Blvd • Suite 730 • Austin, Texas 78745
It doesn’t get any closer to home than this post, featuring the wonderful city where we live and where all Susan Shaw jewelry is made: San Antonio, Texas. This time of year, the city of San Antonio is gearing up for our biggest city-wide celebration, Fiesta! For those who don’t know what this is, many equate it to Mardi Gras in New Orleans. It is a 2-week celebration starting the 3rd weekend in April, centered around the memory of the Battle of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto, where Texas won it’s independence from Mexico. In 1891, a group of San Antonio citizens threw the first Battle of Flowers Parade, where they decorated carriages and threw flowers in front of the Alamo to honor the soldiers who fought there 25 years before. Over 125 years later, the Battle of Flowers parade is the signature event of Fiesta San Antonio, but there are now over 100 official events that occur all over the city throughout the 2 week celebration. We will highlight some of our favorites as well as showcase some bright and festive jewelry that is perfect for this time of year.
The first weekend of Fiesta kicks of with a grand party in Hemisfair Park in downtown. “Fiesta Fiesta” kicks off with a Fireworks display, Cascarones (a.k.a. confetti eggs), and a crowd-wide chant of “Viva Fiesta!” Its a great way to set the mood of the city.What would a festival be without it’s kings and queens? Fiesta San Antonio has royalty representing many different city organizations. “King Antonio” is crowned each year from the Texas Cavaliers Association- a nonprofit organization that raises money for children’s charities around the city. Their fundraising effort, mainly from the Fiesta River Parade they put on, raises over $300,000 per year for these charities. El Rey Feo (Spanish for the “ugly king”) is also a major fundraiser for the city. Each year, two prominent businessmen are chosen to compete for this title. The candidate who raises the most money during the months of May – October is declared next year’s Rey Feo. Each candidate must raise a minimum of $200,000 to qualify with more then 85% of the money raised is spent directly on scholarship awards benefiting San Antonio area youth.
As is tradition in many southern cities, debutantes are presented each year, and Fiesta is the perfect time for this in San Antonio. The Order of the Alamo is an organization which provides opportunity for these 22-year-old girls to represent themselves in the spotlight of the community. The Order of the Alamo elects the Queen and Princess of Fiesta each year along with 15-25 Duchesses. It is very well known for the intricate dresses and trains the girls wear. It take over a year to design and sew on all the crystals-and they weigh up to 90 pounds!
Each year the court has a different theme, with each dress representing something under that theme. In 2015, it was the Court of the Captivating Islands and the dress below represented the “Pearl of the Orient” with this Ming Dynasty blue and white porcelain jar motif. Isn’t it to die for?? We always look forward to seeing the artistry and creativity in the dresses each year.
All the royalty of Fiesta carry their special medals each year to hand out as they make their way around the city in parades and school visits. Businesses also each have their own medals, typically for sale and benefitting a local charity of their choice.
Many people love to collect all these special medals each year, to the point where many need special sashes or vests to accommodate all their medals.There is no shortage of parades during Fiesta. The main ones are the Battle of Flowers Parade (original Fiesta event), The River Parade and the Fiesta Flambeau Parade. The Battle of Flowers Parade has come a long way from the original decorated carriages in front of the Alamo. The extravagant floats have multiplied and are more beautiful every year. The Battle of Flowers Parade is now the 2nd largest day parade in the U.S., second only to the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA. It is also the only parade in the country to be put on by a committee of all women volunteers. People have been known to start camping out along the coveted spots of Broadway Street over a week in advance of the Battle of Flowers parade just to secure their seats!
All the Fiesta Royalty rides in the parade, including the Order of the Alamo duchesses pictured below. Years ago a rumor started that the girls in these extravagant gowns were wearing sneakers or flip flops under their dresses for comfort since no one could see. It became a thing and parade spectators would call out, “Show me your Shoes!” Now the girls put lots of thought into what they wear on their feet, sometimes decorating their comfy shoes to match their dress. You can see one of the duchesses below showing off her cowboy boots!Early in the week the Texas Cavaliers put on the River Parade, where barges are turned into floats for organizations, bands, and (you guessed it) more royalty! Below you can see King Antonio’s float going down the San Antonio River and shooting streamers into the air!
Another fan favorite is the Fiesta Flambeau Parade. It takes place after dark toward the end of Fiesta and all the floats and costumes light up or glow in the dark, making for a beautiful night scene.
In addition to parades, Fiesta brings festivals of many types as well. The largest one, which goes on almost every evening during Fiesta is called NIOSA (standing for Night in Old San Antonio). It takes place in the heart of downtown in La Villita, which was the first neighborhood in the city and is full of preserved buildings and old homes, now mostly all converted into businesses. La Villita transforms during NIOSA to a worldly festival, with booths representing different countries and selling foods of different cultures. Here in La Villita you can find one of our retailers, Bird & Pear boutique. Bird & Pear is known for cultivating a collection of handmade goods, many made by the owner herself. With Susan’s jewelry being handmade not 5 miles from here, it was a great fit for us to be sold alongside her beautiful wares. If you’re visiting for Fiesta, stop by to pick up a hand sewn medal sash to show off the medals you accumulate or a coozie for your drink made from an embroidered Mexican dress! And don’t forget to check out our jewelry while you’re there!!
Bird & Pear
418 Villita Street • Building 10 • San Antonio, TX 78205 • 210.263.9969
During Fiesta the whole city is in bright colors! From the wreaths and decorations to the clothing and jewelry worn by the people, it is truly a beautiful sight! No matter what your Fiesta look is, we have the perfect jewelry to accent it! These new cluster earrings below come in many bright colors and are lightweight despite being a bigger statement earring.Back in the 80’s Susan designed clothing for local shops to sell during Fiesta. She did the artwork in the photo below and it was hand sewn into skirts by local artisans.Tassels are such a fun was to show your festive side- whether you are heading to Fiesta or any party this spring! We have some new styles and some new colors for 2018 below! Our genuine turquoise pieces are sought after in the southwest and all over the country for their upscale look. Pair them with gold to dress it up or our teal tassels for a more casual and fun look. They are a perfect addition to your Fiesta style!We hope you get a chance to come visit our fabulous city someday and even better to get to enjoy this festive time of year!! For more information about all the Fiesta events you can visit Fiesta-SA.org.
As we say this time of year here in San Antonio,
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Our travel spotlight shines on a jewel of a shopping center in the heart of Dallas, Texas. Highland Park Village is a gorgeous, high-end shopping center with original Spanish-Mediterainean architecture that has been around since the 1930s and truly is special spot. We are thrilled to have our jewelry carried at St. Michaels Woman’s Exchange, an elegant gift shop that is also a non profit organization. Alongside St. Michael’s Woman’s Exchange are wonderful restaurants, designer flagship stores and a beautiful boutique movie theater. The brick pathways and beautiful architecture are eye-catching by day, and at Christmas time, the twinkle lights will really blow you away. Below is photo of Susan on one of her many visits to Highland Park Village over the years.
The history of the shopping center is really incredible. It is known as the first shopping center of its kind in the United States. Before 1930, all business was known to be done downtown, with very little shops in neighborhoods. Also, before this no one was building centers with shops facing in towards the parking lot, rather than facing the street. The look of the Mediterranean architecture has been maintained since the opening of the center, thanks to meticulous remodeling and preservation. “The Village” as locals refer to it, has been compared to Beverly Hills Rodeo Drive, no doubt due to the high-end designer stores you can find here. Among them are Chanel, Fendi, Dior, Hermés, St. John, Valentino and Alexander McQueen (just to name a few)! The restaurants are also a big highlight to the center. Cafe Pacific is known for their gourmet seafood and fine dining, Bird Bakery is known for their fabulous cupcakes, coffee and lunch menu, and the list goes on. The boutique movie theater has also been around as long as the center and preserved through all of their updates and renovations. They even have small rooms that can be booked for private screenings and parties.
St. Michael’s Woman’s Exchange has also been at Highland Park Village nearly since the center’s opening. It opened as a consignment shop in 1939, but was sold a time later to the St. Michael’s church. The shop is run 100% off volunteers, some from the church and some from the community, and donates all of their proceeds to charities local and nationwide. If you didn’t know this, you’d think it was just a beautifully curated gift shop, with gift-wrapping services to boot!
Our coin pieces have always been a highlight of the jewelry line, so we are very pleased to share our newest coin designs! Whether you are a coin enthusiast or just appreciate unique jewelry, you will love this new additions! These new ancient Greek coins below featuring the honey bee dates back to 400 BC. These coins are complimented by the corded handcast gold setting and hangs on our genuine freshwater pearls as well as the simple handcast gold chain.
Some of the coins below have been in the line, but the designs are all new. We love the look of this pearl and antique coin statement necklace!
A couple of our new coin settings are featured below. They’re hanging on some of our new stones as well! The silver lace agate (left) and sea foam agate (right) are great new additions to the line.
We even have the new coins done in our venetian glass! This freshwater pearl setting compliments the sleek glass and creates a unique and elegant look. Each pearl on the pendants are set by hand into the gold setting giving it the hand made look we have become known for.Don’t worry if you have had your eye on a coin piece that’s been in our line- those are not retiring we are just adding new styles! For example, these antique Lira have been in our line for a couple of years, and are not going anywhere!