Our travel spotlight shines on the Buckhead area of Atlanta, Georgia where southern hospitality and tradition meet the cutting edge of the art world. A product of the Forward Art Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports the visual arts in Atlanta, The Swan Coach House is part art gallery, part restaurant, and part gift shop (that’s where our jewelry comes in).
Looking for a chic place to have lunch or tea with the ladies? Come to the Swan Coach House to dine with the society women of Atlanta and taste the famous Swan Favorite: chicken salad, shrimp salad and their special frozen fruit salad. Wash it down with a delightful mint julep or cup of tea.
While the restaurant is only open for lunch, many of the charming rooms can be rented out for events like luncheons, baby showers, and even weddings.
The Swan Coach House is located on the grounds of the Atlanta History Center, a 33-acre property with historical homes, gardens, and the Atlanta History Museum. The photo below is of the Historic Swan House, the family home who’s carriage house was procured in 1967 as the Swan Coach House we know today. The main home is now part of the Atlanta History Center and is open for touring.
The Swan Coach House gift shop is a great place to browse if you find yourself waiting for a table at the popular restaurant. Our jewelry can be found among many other treasures.
While the Swan Coach House was originally opened as a restaurant, gift shop and art gallery, the gallery was expanded in 1984 beyond the footprint of the original house. The Swan Coach House Gallery hosts a variety of exhibitions that include works from nationally renowned artists, southern artists, and also notable up-and-coming artists. In 1999, the Forward Arts Foundation created the Emerging Artist Award, a yearly award for new artists in the Atlanta metro area. The winner is awarded a monetary prize was well as a solo exhibition at the gallery.
The Swan Coach House is definitely a gem in the Atlanta area, not only for the high society of southern ladies but also for anyone looking for fresh art, historic property, and a delicious lunch spot. Check it out if you’re in the area!
Derby Day is upon us! As is tradition on the first Saturday in May, the 143rd annual Kentucky Derby will be run at Churchill Downs outside of Louisville, Kentucky May 6th. The Kentucky Derby is the longest running sporting event in the United States, dating back to 1875. This event is often called “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.” The winner will be awarded the garland of roses along with a large cash prize and a chance at the Triple Crown. The Triple Crown requires the horse to win the Kentucky Derby, then two weeks later win the Preakness Stakes, and then three weeks later win the Belmont Stakes. In all of racing history, only twelve horses have achieved the Triple Crown. In 2015, American Pharaoh won a Triple Crown and was the first horse to achieve this since 1978.
Crowds will gather this Saturday to sip mint juleps, watch the races and hope to win big on a long shot bet. The traditional fashion of the derby is southern chic- hats, pearls, and bowties are encouraged.We’ve got you covered in the pearl department at least! Below are some of our equestrian pendants on pearls, gold chains and even white turquoise.
Wondering where you can find Derby fashions in town? We have a list of local boutiques in the area that sell our jewelry as well as beautiful clothing that will make you feel fabulous on Derby day.
If you’re in and around Louisville, you can’t miss the The Kentucky Derby Festival. This festival stretches “the most exciting two minutes in sports” into a two-week-long party! The Kentucky Derby Festival celebrates spring and the Kentucky Derby with fun and exciting events for adults and kids like Thunder of Louisville (one of the nation’s largest fireworks displays), The Pegasus Parade, a marathon, steamboat races, and much more!
Presiding over this festival is a Royal Court, including 5 princesses, who are selected from more than 100 applicants based on high grades, knowledge of the Derby Festival, poise, intelligence, personality and campus and community involvement. These young women represent the Kentucky Derby Festival and the city of Louisville as official ambassadors for the springtime tradition of the Festival. Over the two-week period, they attend nearly 70 events. Many area shops and vendors offer their clothes and accessories for the princesses to wear to these events. This year we are honored to be a part of the princesses wardrobe with our gold racehorse necklace (seen up close in the second photo). The necklaces were given by the Two Chicks & Company (one of our wonderful retailers listed above).
The Derby Festival’s Royal Court Program is coordinated by The Fillies, Inc., a volunteer group that works closely with the Festival. Each woman will receive a $2,000 scholarship ($1,000 from the Fillies and $1,000 from the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation). One of the Princesses is crowned the Derby Festival Queen by a spin-of-the-wheel at the annual Fillies Derby Ball which takes place in early April. This year’s queen is Natalie Brown of Crestwood, Kentucky.
The Kentucky Derby Festival all leads up to this Saturday, and the post time for the “Run for the Roses” as the Derby is commonly referred to. Who will win the coveted roses? A favorite or an underdog? You’ll have to tune in to see! Whether you are watching at home or at Churchill Downs, you have a great excuse to wear our beautiful horse jewelry, a fabulous hat, and yell “Go, Baby, Go!”
One of our most popular shapes has to be the fleur de lis. It is an emblem with European heritage, that now represents a number of groups around the world. But even those without a ties to organizations using the fleur de lis love the shape because of it’s pleasing design. It adds a fanciful flourish to anything it touches- and who doesn’t appreciate that? You can find the fleur de lis throughout our jewelry line in many variations. Below are the gold intaglios on our aqua quartz beads as well as a cross Susan designed with the fleur de lis incorporated.
The origin of the fleur de lis dates so far back it is unclear who used it first, but it has always been a symbol of power derived from the shape of a flower in bloom. Although it is used in countless European coat of arms, it has particularly strong ties to the French monarchy.
Places with a strong French history, like Louisiana, love to use the fleur de lis. The New Orleans Saints fans use the fleur de lis to support their team. Many organizations use it as their symbol, from scouting groups to sororities, but you don’t have to be involved in one of these organizations to appreciate the beauty of the fleur de lis. Even though the word “lis” is French for lily, the Fleur de lis seems to most resemble an iris; so much so that the iris flower is commonly referred to as a fluer de lis.
These fleur de lis glass intaglios are a new addition to the Susan Shaw Jewelry line and bring a modern touch to this classic emblem.
In addition to jewelry and fashion, the fleur de lis is quite popular in interiors. One fleur de lis can make a strong statement, like in this gorgeous Herend paperweight.
And many small fleur de lis (like atop this light fixture) can add a more soft and elegant touch.The gold fluer de lis seen here atop Buckingham Palace gate are clearly fit for a Queen.Feeling strong and bold? Or fancy and feminine? The Fleur de lis is perfect for you! Whatever look you are going for, we have jewelry options for you!
So don’t be afraid to add a little fleur-ish to you style!
Our travel spotlight shines on the sophisticated beach town of Naples, Florida. Susan and her husband, Eric, recently returned from a lovely trip there with the inside scoop on what to do and see. In addition to the upscale boutiques where you can find our jewelry, we are listing a some of the things you won’t want to miss in Naples like the fun restaurants, gorgeous beaches and breathtaking sunsets.
Where to Stay
The Ritz Carlton in Naples is a destination all its own. It is 20 acres on 3 miles of gorgeous beach and has every amenity you could ask for. A 36-hole golf course, world class spa, as well as 7 restaurants. You don’t ever even have to leave the property (It would be hard to even leave this lounge chair)!
The Inn on 5th is located right in the heart of downtown where many of the shops and restaurants we’ve listed are located. It boasts soundproof rooms so you don’t have to worry about the nightlife keeping you up. With only a 10 minute walk to the beach, you’ll be sure to find everything you need at your fingertips!
Where to Eat
Bleu Provence, Naples’s premier French restaurant, can be found tucked away on a side street of what’s known as Old Naples. Owner and master chef, Lysielle Cariot, grew up in Provence and loves creating authentic French dishes and pairing them with French regional wines. This is a fine dining experience you won’t soon forget.
Campiello is housed in Historic Naples Mercantile Building. They offer inventive Italian cuisine inspired by traditional Tuscan country cooking. Don’t miss the open-air bar and live jazz! Also check out Continental and Lurcat, the D’Amico restaurant group’s two other great restaurants in Naples.
For an upscale seafood restaurant with a twist, try Sea Salt. Chef Aielli’s philosophy is to blend simplicity with the very best fresh ingredients in a menu that changes daily. He uses 130 different types and flavors of salts from around the world to season his innovative dishes and put his unique touch on Florida’s finest ingredients.
What to do Go to the beach! Naples is known for their calm seas, which makes the beach all the more relaxing and the pristine sand is a thing of beauty. If your hotel doesn’t have a private beach, Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park is considered to be one of the most pristine beaches in the world. If you’re traveling with kids, Lowdermilk Beach Park is a great place to find a beach playground, volleyball court, and tables for family picnics.
The city’s main landmark is the 1,000 foot long pier stretching from the end of 12th Avenue. A great place for strolling, fishing, taking in the view and possibly spotting some dolphins. Make some time to visit it during your trip, and even better if you can watch the sun set over the water. It really is magical.
Want to take in some culture? There are some great museums, including the Baker Museum for fine art and for the kids, the Golisano Children’s Museum is a must see. There are also many wildlife reserves and conservancies to visit if you’d like to see the spectacular local Florida wildlife. Some of the highlights are the Bird Gardens of Naples, The Conservancy of Southwest Florida and the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.
Walking and shopping on 5th avenue (pictured above) is a great way to spend an afternoon in Naples and we have a couple of great boutiques there who sell our jewelry among other high end goods. We also listed a couple of options in different areas so you are sure to find Susan Shaw jewelry wherever you may be. Naples is a perfect place to wear these fabulous branch coral pieces!
Tracy Negoshian • 694 5th Avenue South
This is the flagship store of this national brand of fine women’s clothing and a collaboration with Castaway clothing. From Tracy’s bold printed dresses, tops, shorts, and skirts to Castaway’s signature motif shorts and pants as well as polo’s and children’s apparel, this boutique is a great place to shop for the entire family.
Cape Madras • 779 5th Avenue South
You’ll love this collection of preppy clothing featuring authentic seersucker and madras. Don’t outfits make the best souvenirs?
Ooh La La • 900 Neapolitan Way
This collection of jewelry, handbags, and accessories curated by two chic women is a great place to find the perfect addition to any outfit.
A Mano • 301 13th Avenue South
A luxurious collection of William Yeoward crystal, Italian pottery, home accessories, fine gifts and jewelry for the discerning customer. This is a second location of the store also found in Georgetown, DC and known as a destination for wedding gifts and everything you need for upscale entertaining.
The best part of shopping in the town you’re visiting is being able to find looks the locals enjoy. Below is just some of our beach chic jewelry that can be seen around Naples.
Even if you aren’t heading to Naples, these looks are great for all kinds of fun in the sun!
Oysters tend to bring out strong feelings for people. Some love to eat them raw or any way they can get them, others may need them fried up and soaked in butter first (and you can’t really argue with that), while others may appreciate them from a distance. The unique shells, the oyster house vibes, or the beauty of collectable oyster plates are all reasons to be intrigued by the oyster. One thing is for sure, the oyster is trending. As a food item you can find it on more and more menus, Oyster bars are popping up more often, and a younger crowd is partaking when they used to not. We’ve even heard raw oysters be referred to as “the new sushi.” However, there are more ways to appreciate oysters than on the half shell. Susan Shaw Jewelry has created some gorgeous pendants from oyster shells. The larger pendant below was molded from an oyster that was actually served to Susan in a restaurant. Inspiration comes from everywhere!These oyster molds, hand-cast in 24kt gold, make beautiful jewelry. You can see how they mix so well with the pearls below. Oysters and pearls are a match made in heaven (well, actually made in the sea, but you see what we mean).As is true for many of the trends we see in the fashion world, this oyster shell trend continues into home accessories as well. This mirror below in Susan’s home is a great example of the unique products created with oyster shells.On a recent trip to Naples, Susan noticed this mirror in the hotel room entry way! This onyx box topped with a gold dipped oyster shell is like a piece of jewelry for your home. This oyster-shaped dish from anthropologie celebrates the strikingly unique shape of the oyster shell.When we see a mirror like this one spotted in an antique store it makes us wonder how many satisfied oyster-eaters it took to provide the artist with this many shucks. Its really an incredible piece of art.The beauty of enjoying oysters as jewelry for yourself or your home is that you don’t have to limit them to the months with an “R” in them- because accessories can be enjoyed year round!
So if oysters don’t impress your taste buds, you may want to give them a try in a new way! Just the shell!
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!