Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A new collection...

The first couple pieces from the brand new Love Token Collection are online! Watch for more pieces to be added in the next week, and we will be having a "name that collection" contest featuring these pieces at the end of the year (the winner will get the piece of their choice from this new collection).

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Other Things I Make: White Pizza topped with Toasted Pecans & Greens in a Maple Vinaigrette

If I save this blog for only jewelry news it is quite boring, and my posting is sporadic at best during the slow times of year, so I am introducing a little "everyday" creativity to my blog. Which brings me to the first in a new "things I make besides jewelry" series of posts!

I patiently await the return of cooler weather here in Charleston so I can start baking again...one of the quirks of living in a home that is about 170 years old is that my kitchen has a giant fireplace but no air conditioning. So when it hits 90 or 100 outside the very last thing I want to do is turn on my oven. Now that the fall-ish 70-degree weather has arrived though one of the first things I wanted to make is pizza, and as a bonus this recipe uses some of the gourmet impulse buys that crowd my cabinets like citrus sea salt and maple vinegar!

White Pizza topped with Toasted Pecans & Greens in a Maple Vinaigrette

This is actually really easy, and if you have dough already made or use purchased dough this can be on the table in under 30 minutes. If you want to make your own dough this recipe and this one (the second link is the recipe I use all the time, only with double the honey for sweeter pizzas like this one) are very good.

Preheat your oven to 450F (or whatever your chosen dough tells you to do).

Once your dough has risen, shape it into thin, flat pizza-esque forms on your pizza stone or baking sheet (put down cornmeal or cover your baking sheet with parchment so the dough doesn't stick). Brush the dough with olive oil and top with your chosen cheeses (I used mozzarella and goat cheese), then sprinkle with pepper & citrus sea salt* and a drizzle of olive oil. Now you can bake your pizzas (mine were rather small, so they baked for just 10 minutes).

While your pizza is baking take out a small bowl and add 1-1.5 tablespoons maple vinegar, the zest of half a lemon, and small pinches of salt & pepper to the bowl; now whisk in 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add your greens, herbs and anything else you want to the bowl and toss (this makes enough vinaigrette for two individual sized pizzas). In a small pan, toast your pecans for just a few minutes until they smell nutty & toasty.

Once your pizzas are finished cooking and the crust is nicely browned, take them out of the oven and sprinkle with a little parmigiano-reggiano. Plate the pizzas and top with the greens and a sprinkle of pecans, and you're done!

*If you don't have these ingredients you can easily substitute: citrus sea salt = salt + lemon zest, maple vinegar = white wine vinegar + maple syrup

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

New Shop in SF!

Select one of a kind pieces from the Vitrine collection (like the Aida Necklace shown above) are now available through Circle & Square in San Francisco, CA!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

New for Summer 2010 - The Isa Necklace...

Isa Necklace - A tahitian pearl wrapped with oxidized sterling silver & 18k gold and an antique victorian 15k rose gold locket filled with 5.08 carats of rough diamonds have been hung from an 18" oxidized sterling silver chain.

One of a kind.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

LAINE now available in Austin, TX...

You can now find select designs from my tendrils, gem-set, vitrine and caviare collections at Eliza Page in Austin, TX!

Eliza Page
229 W. 2nd Street
Austin, TX 78701

Monday, March 15, 2010

Preview of the new Bohème Collection...

A sneak peek of my new bohème collection of antiqued brass & silver pieces featuring victorian & georgian antique elements and lots of draped & woven chain! The entire bohème collection will be available online in May but this preview piece, the Isoude Bracelet, is available online now!

The Isoude Bracelet features hand-wrought antiqued brass and fine oxidized sterling silver chain have been accented with a single polished ruby and woven together to create a lacy cuff nearly 2" wide. The bracelet closes with an antique georgian *pinchbeck mourning clasp c. 1800, with a top glass compartment to hold a photo or memento.

(*Pinchbeck is a brass alloy that was popular as a substitute for gold from the late-1700s to the mid-1800s, but fell out of favor after 9K gold was legalized)

Thursday, March 11, 2010

New Signature Tendrils...

{Sarah Earrings} Asymmetrical pieces of natural pink branch coral been topped with cascading tendrils of solid 18k gold, oxidized sterling silver, creamy, white freshwater pearls and sapphire in shades of golden yellow, orange & pink. Hung from solid 18k gold french wires.

{Isabella Earrings} These opulent statement earrings feature large, eye-clean faceted london blue topaz briolettes (weighing 41 carats each) topped with cascading tendrils of solid 18k gold, london blue topaz and sapphire in shades of blue, purple and pale silver. Hung from hand-fabricated solid 18k gold earwires.

{Marguerite Earrings} Large faceted lapis lazuli briolettes (weighing approx 24 carats each) have been topped with cascading tendrils of solid 18k gold, oxidized sterling silver and creamy, white freshwater pearls. Hung from solid 18k gold french wires.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

"Best Jewelry Brand 2010"

Voting is now open for the 2010 juli b Style Awards! LAINE is a finalist as "Best Jewelry Brand 2010" (woohoo!) and you can vote for us by clicking on "fashion", then "best jewelry brand" at http://www.julib.com/2010styleawards/

please note - you must be a subscriber of julib.com or a juli b newsletter to vote. If you are not subscribed please visit www.julib.com and subscribe, then click on the style awards icon to vote

Saturday, February 13, 2010

New Gem-set Pieces...

I've had many, many requests for more affordable pieces featuring gemstones with diamonds & other gems set within them, so I've created some simple one of a kind & limited edition pieces featuring these gems that all retail for under $600!

The first four pieces are online now, you can find them in the Melange Collection of mixed metal pieces, with more to come later this month.