One of Our Favorite Gemstones ~ Lapis Lazuli

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Lapis Lazuli is a vibrant blue gemstone treasured for its deep, rich color. It is not a pure mineral, but rather a rock composed of varying proportions of minerals; lazurite, sodalite, hauyne, calcite and pyrite. It is primarily the result of contact metamorphism of certain limestones, and found in large deposits at few locations in the world. The main historical mining site has always been in Northern Afghanistan. Secondary deposits may be found in Siberia, Canada and Chile, where the the material is generally lower grade.

January 16, 2015 by Susan Dorling

Outdoor Décor & Accents

We are pleased to launch our newest collection, Outdoor Décor & Accents! With Spring just around the corner (yes, we're rushing it along), we wanted to put together some inspiring treasures for you to make your outdoors as charming and beautiful as the indoors. Because we love nature and wildlife, this collection is brimful of gorgeous animal sculptures, bird feeders, bird houses, butterfly houses and more. And there's lots of angels, Buddhas and other elegant statues and figurines to choose fromaswell as benches, stools, wind chimes, and more!
January 03, 2015 by Susan Dorling

"Colonial Days" Embossed Leather Cedar Chest

We are excited about partnering with Novica, in association with National Geographic to bring you beautiful handmade goods from global artists and artisans. This particular item is on our own Wish List. The "Colonial Days" embossed leather cedar chest is just stunning!

Lavishly embellished with floral motifs in rich, tooled leader, this chest evokes colonial elegance. Gorgeous lion's paw feet. Crafted by hand of fragrant cedar wood, it makes a hope chest of extraordinary beauty, or stores linens or keepsakes. The elaborate hardware is wrought in bronze. The Rios Family shows classic style and traditional techniques in creating their beautiful decorative items.

Measurements: 15" H x 32.5" W x 16.25" D, 29.5 lbs.

December 16, 2014 by Susan Dorling

History of Animal Motif Jewelry and the Jewelry of Laurie Stetzler

The_Reef_Views_PhotoFor the discriminating collector of unique, handmade contemporary art jewelry, award-winning jewelry designer, Laurie Stetzler, meticulously crafts animal art jewelry that reflects her love of animals, and her compassion and reverence for all life and the natural world. Her extraordinary body of work incorporates exquisite animal motifs, dragons, mermaids, feminist/goddess themes, mythology, masks, unicorns and more. Her fabulous "Leopard Pin" is reminiscent of the Art Deco era. Others, such as the dramatic "Roebuck Earrings and Necklace" are from mythology
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Our Birdhouse Collection


The Christmas CottageWe are adding a beautiful handcrafted line of bird houses to The Phoenix Collection this week. While giving birds a home to raise their young in the Spring, these  wonderful garden accents also lend whimsical elegance to your indoor décor, too!

A Few Little Trinkets That Caught My Eye

Checking out a few of my favorite jewelry sites, such as John Hardy, The Hollywood Collection, Laurie Stetzler and Rapt in Maille. Also shown are some upcoming pieces from The Phoenix Collection.

Wearable Art Show

John HardyHere's a few of our favorites, pieces from John Hardy, and some upcoming pieces you'll discover here at The Phoenix Collection.

Animal-Friendly Luxe Hand Bags

BON029BK_1367365255A selection of reasonably priced, fashion forward, animal-friendly hand bags made of faux leather or fabric - the purrfect choice! 
November 12, 2014 by Susan Dorling

A Thing for Rings ~ Pure Glam

Dietrich's Aquamarine and Diamonds Ring from The Hollywood CollectionOur favorite ring today is The Hollywood Collection's "Deitrich's Aquamarine and Diamonds. Pure glamour and glitz! We love the the color of aquamarine and this cz beauty looks stunning paired with multiple faux diamonds.

10 Easy Steps to Make Scented Candles

86503869_XSFrom diminutive votives to colossal pillars, scented candles are among the most universally appealing home décor accents. Whether you’re transforming bath time into a spa experience or creating a warm ambience for entertaining guests, scented candles fill your home with the glorious aroma of vanilla, lilacs or even apple pie, and their softly glowing light enhances every room.