When you think of classic, elegant jewelry, its likely that pearls will come to mind. You may feel as we do, that you just can’t go wrong with a string of pearls. Beyond the classic necklace or stud earrings, the world is filled with a variety of interesting ways to wear pearls. Layering different strands and mixing in golds and pendants is a trend we are seeing quite often lately and our pieces with freshwater pearls below are perfect for it!We also work with Mother of Pearl to create this beautifully crafted look. These shells in the photo are the exact type we use to cut the pieces to be inlaid into the gold jewelry below.We know pearls come in all shapes an sizes. The coin shape you see below is a great mix of modern and traditional.Recently we have started working with Baroque pearls. These large and misshapen pearls create a unique look that our customers crave. Each pearl has been naturally formed and instead of casting out the imperfect, we are celebrating them in this new collection.We love pearls around our necks, but what about pearls around the home? Yes! We’re seeing it all the time now! Many decorative accessories are made up of mother of pearl. Mirrors, trays, boxes, etc. can add so much to your room.This wallpaper made from little sheets of mother of pearl is extremely special and unique.Whether it’s in your home or with your outfit, we agree with Jackie Kennedy who said, “Pearls are always appropriate.”
So whether it’s modern or traditional, there are so many ways to incorporate pearls in your style. Have fun with it!
Our travel spotlight shines on the oldest city in Georgia, dating back to the colonizing of our great country and still known for it’s southern traditions and hospitality. Savannah is a fabulous place for your next getaway. When we think of the south, we think of pearls, worn delicately by a stylish southern woman.Whether you are a southern woman or a fan of the southern hospitality, Savannah is a vacation that you’re sure to enjoy. We’ve highlighted below some of the sites you won’t want to miss on your trip.
The 22 squares of Savannah, scattered throughout downtown, are the heart of the city. Chippewa square, where the famous bench scene in Forest Gump was filmed, is a fun spot to stop and take a photo.
Forsyth Park is a 30 acre park in the heart of Savanna’s design district. It is free to the public and offers beautiful opportunities for picnics or relaxing conversation. There are walking trails and a couple of highlights of the park include the fragrant gardens for the blind, a 300yr old Candler Oak tree and last but not least the gorgeous white stone fountain, a sight Savannah is known for (pictured at the top of this article). You may recognize this fountain from the movie adaptation of the Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. In fact, touring the city based on this bestselling book can lead you to some of the neatest places in Savannah including Mercer Williams House Museum, Clary’s Café, Bonaventure Cemetery (pictured below), and City Market.Savannah offers a variety of walking and bus tours based on your interests. There are even ghost tours for those wanting to see the haunted side of this historic city.
River street is another spot to checkout. It runs along the Savannah river in the Waterfront district, which is known for its beautiful river views and people watching. While it may be a little touristy, River Street is a great place for an afternoon stroll on the cobblestone streets and a souvenir purchase.
Ready to hit the shops? Check out Savannah’s Downtown Design District for local boutiques, antique shops, and all the aforementioned park squares. Many shops even feature goods created by past and present students of Georgia’s Savannah College of Art and Design.
One Fish Two Fish • 401 Whitaker Street
Located on the corner of Whitaker and Jones in the historic district in Savannah, One Fish Two Fish has a chic mix of furniture, art, jewelry, gifts, and has an annex across the street for clothing. Stop by and see some of the Susan Shaw Jewelry pieces like the ones photographed below that they may have to offer.
After a day of site-seeing a shopping you will have surely worked up an appetite. Luckily, Savannah has so much to offer by way of fabulous southern cooking.
One of the most well-known restaurants in Savannah has to be Mrs Wilkes Dining Room. Alongside her quaint boarding house, this dining room attracts a line each day when they open. People love the daily changing menu, community tables and family style southern cooking.
In the mood for something new? a.Lure has a contemporary take on classic southern fare and fresh seafood. The historic architectural details mixed with modern decor elements creates a unique dining experience. Another great restaurant is B.Matthews. This deli and bakery turned full service eatery, is a great place to stop for southern brunch or classic American lunch fare.
Whether its the southern cooking and hospitality, historic homes and garden squares, or mossy trees and cobblestone streets, there are many reasons you may think of visiting Savannah, and on each trip we’ve found a new reason to come back.
What are your favorite Savannah spots? If you’ve never been, you must add Savannah to your list!
One of the most recognizable qualities about Susan Shaw jewelry is definitely our gold pieces. The handmade molds Susan creates provide the unique look we are known for. Once a mold is designed and made by Susan, it is then hand dipped in 24kt gold before being made into piece of jewelry by one of our talented jewelry makers. Her ideas literally turn to gold- how neat is that?!
Gold can be the perfect accent to your outfit, whether it’s an intricate statement piece or a simple and classic gold chain.
However, fashion is not the only area in which gold can shine. Gold accents in the home are popular as ever right now. The gold hardware in the kitchen below warms up and brightens the all white decor.
How beautiful is the oven below?! It is like artwork for the kitchen!
Another way to use gold in your home that is on trend right now is in metallic wallpapers. These examples below will having you wanting to dress up your walls- and even your ceilings!
Not all gold is shiny and new. Antique gold pieces can add so much to your home. This photo from Susan’s home shows some of her gorgeous antique gold accents.
These intricate Susan Shaw pieces photographed on another antique table in Susan’s home are designed in a style reminiscent of exquisite french antiques.
These quatrefoil and fleur de lis pieces shown on the same table demonstrate this French look beautifully.
Whether you like the intricate antique look or the modern clean lines, you’ll find gold accents may be the key to styling your home…or your outfit!
Our travel spotlight shines on a city close to home for us today. Houston, Texas may be driving distance for us, but we argue it’s worth the visit no matter how far you have to travel to get there. Known as one of the most diverse cities in the country, Houston has so much to offer any traveler. It has everything you’d expect from a big city from fabulous restaurants to museums and shopping, and as they say,”Everything’s bigger in Texas.”
There are many places to find our jewelry in Houston and we will highlight a few of those in addition to some other interesting attractions for your visit.
Be it the museum district, theater district, or quiet gallery, the culture of a city that loves art will grab your attention. We’ve listed some of the major highlights but the list certainly goes on…and on.
Located in the heart of Houston’s Museum District, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston is a must see. Comprised of two gallery buildings, a sculpture garden, library, movie theater, gift shop, café, two art schools, and two house museums—Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, and Rienzi. Established in 1900, it is among the 10 largest art museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 65,000 works.
Also not to be missed, The Houston Museum of Natural Science is one of the most heavily attended museums in the United States. In addition to the permanent exhibits, the Museum houses a planetarium, Wortham GIANT Screen Theatre, and even a Butterfly Center. There are tons of educational and entertaining activities for kids and families alike.
For the modern art lover, The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is sure to please. It is a non-collecting institution, meaning all new works each time you come visit. Also a perk- it is always free admission.
Houston is also known for it’s high end retail stores. We are lucky to have our line represented in these fabulous shops below, where you’ll find our jewelry alongside fabulous designer clothing and accessories.
à bientôt, 2501 River Oaks Blvd
This chic clothing and accessories boutique in the River Oaks area has been bringing a unique assortment of high end and affordable items to shoppers for over 18 years.
Christina Williams at the Savannah House, 5012 Nolda Street
The Savannah House offers interior design services as well as a retail and wholesale interiors store. Christina Williams represents many gift and jewelry lines at Savannah House, bringing a wider shopping experience to their clients.
The Accessory Place, 12850 Memorial Drive, Suite 1500
The Accessory Place offers a combination of unique merchandise, interior design services and custom floral design all in one place.
MD Anderson gift shop, 1515 Holcombe Blvd.
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is one of the world’s most respected centers so of course we are honored for our line to be carried in their gift shop located in the Marriott hotel on their hospital property.
Another unique opportunity Houston has to offer this time of year is the Houston Rodeo. Rodeo has been a tradition in Houston since 1932. The three-week extravaganza kicks off in early March with a Parade through the streets of downtown. More than 2 million people will go to enjoy the grounds, events and entertainers over the rodeo season. With petting zoos, games and rides, the grounds are a great place to spend time with family.
On top of the excitement of the rodeo events, like bull riding, bucking broncos and barrel racing, spectators will also get to enjoy a concert in the arena. Some of the performers this year include Alicia Keys, Fifth Harmony, Blink 182, and ZZ Top as well as country favorites like Chris Stapleton, Alan Jackson, and Willie Nelson. Also, our jewelry just happens to go great with a fabulous pair of cowboys boots.
If you’re looking for a great spot to eat, shop, and enjoy the culture, look no further than Houston, Texas.
There are so many versions of the cross as well as many reasons for wearing it- some religious of course, but many people enjoy cross jewelry without religious ties. Susan Shaw has always included many crosses in the jewelry line. We want to highlight some of the classic crosses and some of the newer modern versions. We would love to continue to see this trend grow and change in the years to come.One of the versions of the cross we use in the line is the Maltese cross. This shape, which you can see below, is an 8-point cross said to have originated in the 15th century by the Knights of the Order of St. John and the island of Malta. Fast forward to the 1920’s when Fulco di Verdura and Coco Chanel were traveling Europe in search of inspiration and were taken aback by the beauty of the Maltese Cross. When Chanel included it in her jewelry line, she most likely didn’t realize it would become a classic symbol in her company as well as a huge the influence in the fashion world as whole.
Since then we have seen many variations on this cross in the jewelry world and the Susan Shaw line is no exception. You can see some of the pieces below.
Another variation on the cross that Susan came up with is the shape you see on the necklace below which is made up of four crosses surrounding a middle stone. This interpretation of the cross has been very popular.Another version of this design included four Fluer de Lis (seen in the middle necklace below). Many of our pendants do feature the traditional cross, and we love bringing this symbol to our fellow Christian customers. We also have found over the years that many people who don’t have ties to the Christian faith enjoy wearing the cross perhaps because of it’s historical significance or for other individual reasons they find it appealing. On the freshwater necklace below you can see our newest medium, the glass coin, shown below with the cross symbol. The cross trend in jewelry doesn’t seem to be going anywhere and just seems to get more interesting as the years go by. So we will keep creating the new and honoring the traditional as long as our customers appreciate the art of the cross.
We’d love to hear the reason you may be drawn to the cross jewelry!
Tassels have been around forever and our gold-plated tassels have been in the jewelry line for years. I wouldn’t say they were ever out of style, but as they have grown in popularity recently, the colors and variations have grown to make this such fun trend. Tassels that were once only found in penny loafers, tapestries and curtain tie-backs are now taking on a more fun, flirty style. Our newest silk tassels (photographed below) add such a bold finishing touch to any outfit.Our crystal beaded tassels below are also a fun way to incorporate tassels into your look. The shimmer adds a little more polish for a dressier look.You can see many of our new colors below- it’s hard to pick just one favorite! Jewelry is not the only place you can find the tassel trend. It has taken over many areas of the fashion world including handbags and shoes as well.Even beyond fashion, we have seen tassels in home decor as well. They really take this sweet embroidered pillow to the next level.
We just love the pop of color the tassels add to this nightstand below. Whether you are dressing up a room in your home or dressing yourself for an event, tassels can make a fabulous finishing touch.
This trend is here to stay in 2017, so we can’t wait to see how you incorporate tassels into your world!
Susan Shaw Jewelry
P.S. All of these pieces can be found at one of our online retailers- click here to browse and buy.
Why will blue never go out of style? Because there are endless shades in the sky and in the varying depths of the oceans, and it’s in our nature to love these things that surround us. So what shade is your favorite? Ours currently is Indigo. Deep blues are trending and we are loving it! Our Sodalite stone below is so rich and bold you can’t help but love it.Blue Lapis is another stone you can find in our line to give that rich blue you crave.Deep blues are trending in the home just as they are in fashion. The richness of this color is highlighted exceptionally well in lacquered walls. The two rooms below have very different looks and yet both rely on the boldness of the deep blue.
Another great way to showcase the richness of a deep blue? A rich fabric like velvet. Check out the gorgeous blue velvets below.
Can we point out the beautiful combination that the gold and deep blue make? They compliment each other in the home as well as in our jewelry.
The blue and gold color combination made for a new look at our family’s holiday table this year.Another place we are seeing this fabulous deep blue trend? Kitchen cabinets. When it comes to stainless appliances, nickel or even brass hardware, it all works when you go bold in your cabinets.And can we talk about this marble hood in Brooklyn Decker’s kitchen below? It would not pop nearly as well against any old cabinet color. The blue is key.Blue and white is a classic we all know (just look at the bedroom below)!But there are so many more color combos that mix with blue to make a statement worthy of your fabulous home or your equally fabulous outfit.
So don’t sing the blues, unless it’s in a good way!
Christmas is upon us! A time for family, festivities, and fun! A perfect time to share some traditions and holiday cheer from our hometown of San Antonio, Texas.San Antonio has so much to offer visitors and residents year-round, but we wanted to highlight some of the unique opportunities that make the holiday season so special here.
The annual HEB tree lighting ceremony is now in it’s 32nd year. The 55-foot Christmas tree that marks the beginning of the holiday season in downtown San Antonio is erected on Alamo Plaza before it’s highly anticipated unveiling and lighting ceremony. More than 10,000 red, white, and green lights as well as handmade gold and silver ornaments will make Alamo Plaza sparkle throughout the holiday season. The San Antonio River continues to be the top tourist attraction in the city. The River Walk is home to many restaurants, bars and places to stroll and enjoy the holiday scenery.Thousands of holiday lights adorn the River Walk while cultural festivities promise an unforgettable getaway. Along the river, almost 200 trees are wrapped with twinkling lights and 20 stone bridges are colorfully illuminated with various patterns. The City of San Antonio holds a Light Up Downtown Holiday Contest that encourages downtown business owners to compete for the most decorative and creative use of LED lights. The result is a lit up river and street that combines for one magical holiday destination.
The Ford Holiday River Parade and Lighting Ceremony kicks off the holidays along the San Antonio Riverwalk. You can bring your whole family down to watch as 28 decorated floats go through the river in this unique nighttime parade. The trees along the Riverwalk, and the bridges, will be illuminated with thousands of lights. This special event highlights a San Antonio landmark and will help all ages get into the festive spirit.
Another special event you won’t want to miss on the River Walk during December is the Ford Holiday Boat Caroling. Watch as groups of boats travel down the river singing holiday songs and traditional carols. There are over 185 school, church, company and civic choral groups performing throughout the month. This event is free and allows you to take in the sounds of the season while strolling the twinkling banks of the Riverwalk.
On the weekend don’t miss the The Ford Fiesta De Las Luminarias. This features more than 6,000 luminarias, which are candles in sand-filled bags, along the San Antonio River. These are part of the Mexican Christmas tradition of “lighting the way” for the holy family. Teams of volunteers make this display possible for the citizens of San Antonio to enjoy every holiday season.
If you didn’t get enough lights downtown, you can hop in your car and drive through the neighborhood of Windcrest, where their light display contests never disappoint. Each year has a theme and the homes participate by illuminating their yards to the wonderment of all who drive by.Need a theater fix? San Antonio is home to some incredible theaters including the Majestic, where at Christmas you can find The Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, as well as holiday concerts and shows all season long.
If you miss out on the Nutcracker Ballet at the Majestic, you can still get your fill at the brand new Tobin Center. This classic tale comes to life with Ballet San Antonio and the San Antonio Symphony. It’s the perfect family traditional Christmas show.
You shouldn’t visit San Antonio without a visit to the Pearl. What once was a brewery is now a hot spot of shopping, eating and even lodging at the new Hotel Emma. The area is as rich in historic value as it is in unique local fare.
The Pearl hosts many events, but Tamales at Pearl, a holiday festival, has established itself as one of San Antonio’s top holiday events. Located along the River Walk extension, Tamales at Pearl offers delicious tamales from over 40 vendors, live music and plenty of fun for the whole family. This festive event is the perfect way to celebrate the holidays, as well as the rich culture of San Antonio.
Now that you’re in the Christmas spirit, here are some great example of our jewelry that will compliment your holiday party attire perfectly! They also make for some fabulous gifts!
And if you are looking for a unique place to spend the holidays with a flare for Mexican culture, look no further than San Antonio!
Merry Christmas to all of our wonderful customers! Or as we say here in San Antonio, Feliz Navidad!!
One of our most talked-about components in the line has got to be the Cotton Pearl. Not only because it is beautiful and fashionable, but also because of it’s light weight feel. Many people ask what they are made of or how they are made, so we’re answering all your questions today along with sharing some photos of our favorite cotton pearl pieces.
Paper Mache products, also known as Cotton Pearl, were first produced in the early 1900s in Germany. Cotton Pearls today are made of the base material called Cellulose, the same as used for paper towels and tissues. It arrives raw from the paper mill on a huge roll.
The paper is fitted into an mold with multiple cavities with some glue, which contains a special needle . The needle rotates in the soft paper and forms into a round bead, drop, or another shape.
When the bead fills the mold cavity to the correct size, the needle stops rotating and it falls out of the cavity when the mold is opened. Now you have the very soft raw beads with the needles inside.
The trays of beads are dipped in special chemicals to harden them, and then dyed in special baths. To get the beads to the color shade wanted requires multiple dips in the dye baths, with a dry time of 3- 5 hours each coat. The average amount of dips is about 5-9 times, in order to get the proper finish.
The bead coating is finished around 12 hours after the last bath, when it is 100% dry. Only now do you see the final color product and surface quality.
Next step is to cut off the needle and start drilling the hole using a sharp needle. A normal drill bit would catch the inside of the bead, and unwind the paper.
Now the beads are ready for sale! With every step of the production done by hand, you will find our cotton pearls to be very high quality. They are perfect for mixing with other types of pearls you may have too!
The best thing about the cotton pearl is you have the look of a large pearl without any of the weight!
So next time someone asks you about your cotton pearl jewelry, you’ll know exactly what to say.
Our travel spotlight shines on Blowing Rock, North Carolina, a peaceful town in the Blue Ridge mountains with so much to offer. Travelers looking for outdoor activities, breathtaking views, fabulous restaurants, resorts and shopping will find everything and more in this beautiful spot.
Sites to see in the area include the city’s namesake, the actual Blowing Rock (pictured above), which is named for it’s near-constant winds. In fact, the upward air currents from the rock inspired Ripley’s-Believe-It-Or-Not to call it “the only place in the world where snow falls upside down.” There is a loop trail on site that goes between the rock and the observation deck and the 360° view from the observation deck will not disappoint!
Another site you won’t want to miss is Grandfather mountain, the highest peak in the Blue Ridge chain. On your way there, visit the Parkway Craft Center (open March-November). The Craft Center is located inside the historic home of Moses H. Cone, who built the mansion at the turn of the 20th century. The house (pictured below) holds crafts and fine arts created by members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, offering a look at traditional arts and processes. The manor house overlooks the Blowing Rock area and offers lots of photographic opportunities on the porch.
From there take the Blue Ridge parkway to Grandfather Mountain. Along the way you’ll get to pass over the Linn Cove Viaduct, a part of the road that juts out to preserve the landscape. You’ll feel as if you’re driving out into the sky.Finally arriving at Grandfather Mountain you’ll enjoy more incredible views, walking and hiking trails, various shops and restaurants as well as the Mile High Swinging Bridge. At 228ft high, America’s highest suspension footbridge, was built to give visitors easy access to the breathtaking view from Grandfather Mountain’s Linville Peak. It will be your highlight of your trip to Grandfather mountain.In the village of Blowing Rock there is much to do as well. Fabulous restaurants, resorts as well as shopping. You’ll find there are many charming places to stay. The town does not allow large hotel chains, so each spot is charming, unique and brings that special feel that the area is known for.
Southern Living Magazine says Chetola Resort is “one of the best stays in the Blue Ridge.” Chetola’s accommodations include Chetola Lodge, condominiums ranging from one to four bedrooms and the historic Bob Timberlake Inn. They are the only Orvis endorsed fly fishing lodge in North Carolina. You can enjoy massage therapy, recreation center, kid’s camp & more. They have round events including the Festival of Lights they have for the Christmas season.
Westglow Resort tops many lists of fabulous places to stay in Blowing Rock. Situated on a historic 42-acre estate, Westglow Resort & Spa’s 10 room manor is serenely nestled in the shadow of Grandfather Mountain and the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.
Their award winning spa (pictured below) is the perfect place to relax and unwind while you take in the incredible views.
Whether you’re strolling around town, hiking in the mountains or just enjoying the spa, you know you’ll work up an appetite. If you’re staying at the Westglow, you won’t have to go far to find a top of the line dining experience. Rowland’s Restaurant is the perfect spot for a five star dinner experience or a lunch with a view (if you choose to dine on the sun porch or near the indoor pool.)
One of the most charming Inns in town happens to also house an elegant restaurant you will want to check out for sure. The Inn at Gideon Ridge prides itself in its ever changing menu based on local and farm fresh ingredients.
Best Cellar, another restaurant located in a quaint inn, prides itself on having provided its customers with the finest of food, wine, and service for 30 years.
The Gamekeeper Restaurant and Bar, located between Boone and Blowing Rock NC, is well known for interesting and delicious interpretations of Southern classics. The menu changes seasonally and is the perfect mix of upscale and comfort food.
You’ll find a wide array of shops in town, but we have highlighted a few below that you won’t want to miss as well as including photos of some of our pieces that can be found there or to compliment the perfect outfit you put together at the shops.
Finley House Couture • 1121 Main Street
This is the home of Susan Shaw Jewelry in Blowing Rock along with internationally recognized ladies clothing from US designers. Pop in to find designer handbags, soaps, fragrances, or even cashmere scarves from Scotland for gifts.
The Boutique Collection • 1077 Main Street
A wonderful collection of ladies clothing including outer wear, scarves, gloves, capes, and wraps. A huge selection of shoes and handbags all at great value. Pair your finds with some of our equestrian collection below, very popular in North Carolina.
Sassy Europa • 1127 Main Street
A unique collection of fun fresh clothing accessories and gifts for the Boho Chic lady.
Great funky scarves, handbags and shoes.
Carriage Trade Antiques • 1079 Main Street
Find a wonderful selection of contemporary wall art, great gifts of silver, cut glass, majolica, and porcelain. This time of the year find a large selection of NC gourmet food items for gift giving as well as huge selection of Christmas decorations.
Whether you’re looking for your next mountain vacation to be fun and adventure-filled or extremely relaxing and rejuvenating, Blowing Rock is a great place to escape to any time of year. Our chic customers will find themselves right at home in this upscale mountain town.