Wednes-DIY: Jewelry Board

Today’s DIY is for all you girls out there – like me – who can’t seem to keep your jewelry organized :) I’ve always loved how our stores display accessories, particularly the wooden jewelry boards.  Our Farmington FP girls put together this awesome and thorough tutorial on how to make one! It’s a bit long, so click “read more” to view all of the steps. Read More

The Seasonal Moon Necklace

Our new Seasonal Moon Necklaces have a mini moon charm and a semi precious birthstone that corresponds to each month, the art work on each of the necklaces is different, too. They are great pendants that hang delicately around your neck. You can team them with absolutely anything and they will add elegance to your  look. I think they make perfect gifts for birthdays as they have that semi precious birthstone on them. Read More

DIY: Brighten Up Your Jewelry With Neon Thread!

When it comes to accessories I’m in a bit of a neon crazy lately – I love this editorial from Cosmo Australia that I saw on Oracle Fox and set out to create lots of fun, laid-back-surfer-girl-style accessories that look awesome when layered heavily like the photo above. Read More

Designer Jewelry by ACB


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All it took was one read through Annie Costello Brown’s bio and I was intrigued…very intrigued.

This month’s featured jewelry artist, she is the designer behind ACB – a line of hand-made pieces in materials including leather, bronze castings, vintage chains, natural shells and semi-precious stones. Her creativity and design sensibilities originated in her childhood, growing up in the  Sausalito houseboat community of the 1970s and 80s. This was a community of artists, musicians and crafters who established their own sort of counterculture in the Northern California bay, and nurtured her own resourcefulness and creativity.

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The community still exists, but went through a period of intense struggle in the late 70s and 80s called the “House Boat Wars” that was between the houseboat community and wealthy developers that wanted them out. This no doubt was also influential on Annie Costello Brown’s upbringing and the work that she would one day create.

This history kept playing in my mind as I looked at the ACB pieces we are carrying – the eclipse necklace, with its combination of leather, chains and beads, the texture and blue beading of the cyanea necklace and the fierce looking linea blades necklace. I can see the influence of the Sausalito seas and unique architectural elements in the necklaces featured in our September catalog. The collection has something for everyone, ranging from bold statement pieces to delicate casual elegance, all with an underlying intrigue that speaks of turmoil, triumph and fierce individuality.

And just for you, here’s a little peek inside the ACB studio!

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view all jewelry by ACB.

houseboat image source.