Luscious Metals ~ Luscious Light

March 6, 2014

RAW: Natural Born Artists

awakening_RAW
Imagine this: 30 or so bad-ass artists setting up booths in one of downtown Boulder’s hip clubs. Nude paintings, abstract paintings, steam-punk jewelry, gemstone necklaces and rings, wood burning demo’s, a short film, clothing designers, silk-screeners and 2 incredible fashion shows. We had the pleasure of being part of this amazing show last week! RAW was unlike any show we’ve ever done. A huge shout out and thank you to Johnnie Kuhn who was the head of the show. He seriously pulled off quite a feat. It’s no small task to plan and execute a huge event like this one.
RAW 2

The nightclub scene was high energy but the crowd was beautifully curated. People were interested, talkative and curious. One of my favorite parts were the 2 fashion shows. These indie designers really showed up! They designed clothes and orchestrated such beautiful performances. The hair and makeup artists also did an outstanding job. Their models were true examples of “real life beauty” which I talk a lot about here at Luscious Metals. I love it when women get opportunities to showcase their inner and outer beauty in artistic and creative (and non conforming) ways.
RAW 1

The visual artists showed up with their beautiful art as well. Every time I do one of these shows, I see hard evidence that despite the lack of funding for art in the schools these days, there are still so many highly creative people out there that are creating art anyway. I got to chat with a handful of artists and it was such a pleasure. It’s always so fun to get to talk to our peers in the indie art community to exchange ideas and discuss potential collaborations! All in all, it was a fabulous show.


Summer Fox Fine Art, Moonshine Burns Wood, and Old Crow Art Cache

“RAW:natural born artists is an independent arts organization, for artists, by artists. We’re an international community made up of creative individuals across the globe. Our mission is to provide independent artists within the first 10 years of their career with the tools, resources and exposure needed to inspire and cultivate creativity. We welcome all genres of art including independent film, fashion, music, visual art, performing art, hairstylists, makeup artists and more. We encourage the creative success of the many visionaries and storytellers of our generation.
RAW currently operates in nearly 60 cities across the United States, Australia, Canada and, now London”

February 11, 2014

Dear Valentine,

heart
Oh Valentine’s Day…you tricky little holiday you. You’d have us believe that it’s all about love; who we love, who loves us, how we love, how much we love… You make it seem as if chocolates and roses and jewelry and fancy meals are the very proof of the existence of all of this love. You put on your fancy costumes of red sparkle, brown shine and pink glitter and you parade yourself through our stores and classrooms and internet whispering things like “love is in the air” and insinuating that we must be shown love from the people in our lives in order to feel loved.
But that’s not quite how it works. It’s not about how much other people love us, it’s about how much we love ourselves. If there are ways in which we don’t, then it will be reflected back to us through our experiences with other people. This is why days like Valentine’s Day can be such a letdown for some of us. The chocolates don’t come or the flowers aren’t pretty enough or someone else is madly in love and we aren’t etc. The love we lack isn’t reflected back to us and we get angry or depressed. But if we spend our time hoping for things and people outside of us to make us feel good then we ostensibly spend our whole lives chasing the dragon. The key is in learning how to provide that love and reflection for yourself.
So I challenge everyone reading this to find at least one way that you aren’t loving yourself right now. One way in which you are obstinately waiting for someone else to make you feel whole. Once you find it, ask yourself this: Can I decide to love myself instead? Am I willing to take responsibility for making myself whole? My Valentine wish for you is that your answers are yes…

January 27, 2014

Reasons we’re beautiful that have nothing to do with the way we look

RLB collage_blog
Last fall, we decided to host a celebration giveaway where we asked all of our customers and fans to send in photos of themselves wearing rings and necklaces and bracelets all made by Luscious Metals Jewelry. We had an incredible response! We called it the Real Life Beauty Celebration. We just wanted to honor women for being beautiful. Not beautiful because they were young or thin or had smooth skin, but beautiful because they were bakers and teachers and mothers and artists and friends. Beauty is something that develops as a result of who we are, not what we look like. It seems like today more than ever, there’s such disparity between that truth and the lie that says that in order to be considered beautiful, we must conform to specific standards. We just wanted to do our part to help dispel the myth that says that thin, young (and wealthy!) was the fastest track toward beauty. Because it isn’t.
RLB collage_blog2
To see the photo collection in its entirety, check out our instagram account and also our facebook page.

December 3, 2013

This Homemade Life {review!}

this homemade life photo
*photo courtesy of Alison Bickle

I read. A lot. I’m a link clicker and I’ve stumbled onto many a blog because of an intriguing headline but I have a short attention span so I rarely make my way back to a blog unless it’s something really special. When I came across This Homemade Life, I knew I had found a keeper. Alison Bickle, the writer and photographer has an aesthetic that matches mine, or what mine aspires to be anyway. Her blog is filled with clean, crisp pictures and short, less is more style posts about food, her children and “finding beauty in the everyday”. Noticing beauty and appreciating it is a standing intention of mine which made her writing all the more appealing to me. Without trying to be too gushy, Alison writes her blog in a way that makes life look elegant and easy and I bet if she lived closer, we would could easily hang out together.

To make a long story short, I read a post of hers that talked about a magical visit she and her family had in Boulder (where I live) and I felt called to approach her to see if she would partner with us for a giveaway. She said yes and the rest is history. She chose a Sweetheart Necklace in mixed metals and in true-to-form Alison, she wrote a lovely review about it. Take a read, enter the giveaway and spend some time there, looking at pictures and reading the stories. The giveaway is open until December 7th so hurry…

October 24, 2013

8 Pointed Star Week and lots of excitement!

There’s such a good story behind our 8 Point Star necklace and Uncommon Goods thinks so too. Do you know about the cool online catalog called Uncommon Goods? If you don’t, it’s high time you do. We just made the final rounds for the Uncommon Goods Jewelry Contest and we’re pretty excited! Our 8-pointed Star is the piece that made the cut- Check it out and vote for us!
8 point star side view

Our 8 Pointed Star holds a special place in my heart. The very first one I made, left on a journey, venturing out into the wide wide world and ultimately came back home, content to live out his days in familiar surroundings (read the story here…)

When we made the finals in the contest, Emily, our liaison with Uncommon Goods asked me to write a short product story about the necklace and it got me to thinking. As most of you know, I’ve been designing intentional jewelry from the beginning. I became particularly interested in symbolism when I started to pay attention to the way the world presented itself to me. I’ve had so many different phases in my life where things showed up repeatedly. Sometimes it was a certain animal or shape, other times it was a name or a song or an object. It started off years ago when I was in Mexico on my honeymoon. A big fat Raven came and landed on my chair and looked me straight in the eye for 20 seconds. It was an intense, heartfelt connection and neither of us moved. When he finally flew away, I turned to my husband and said that bird was trying to tell me something. Later that day at an internet cafe, I checked my email and found that my dear Grandpa Dan had died hours before. I knew without a doubt that the Raven had been bringing me that message. I’ve often felt like it may have been the spirit of my Grandpa coming to say goodbye. I continued to see ravens throughout the whole trip and still do actually. They hold a special place in my heart. Many years later, when I told the story to a friend, she told me to look up the symbolism of Ravens and sure enough, it resonated completely. From that point on, I became fascinated with the signs and signals the universe was constantly sending me.

queen and the beet

Love this Raven from Trumbly Designs on Etsy

Back to the 8 Pointed Star. A few years ago, I started seeing this star everywhere. I had never even known there was an 8 pointed star until suddenly, it was everywhere I looked. When I researched the symbolism, this is what I found:

The Eight Pointed Star is an ancient and universal symbol, as well as the first compass in the history of humanity. It guides your way to a new life, giving you clarity of vision to see the future through a lens of hope, healing and beauty. It also bestows nurturing energies. A symbol of optimism, 8 pointed star assures you that unexpected help is coming and serves to help bring about a renewal of good fortune in the material world.

I fell in love with the meaning and like all good artists do when they’re inspired; I decided to make a piece of jewelry using the symbol. It turned out beautifully and then I forgot about it. If you read the earlier post I talked about above, you know that I sold it and it was gone. I didn’t think anything of it until a few months later, I got very ill. It was some kind of flu and after 2 weeks, it wasn’t getting better. I was sick, depressed and totally fearful. I couldn’t get out of bed, I couldn’t take care of my kids and I couldn’t work. It was devastating and I had no idea what I was going to do. I dragged myself to the doctor (again) and as I was sitting in the examination room on the verge of breakdown, I looked up and saw a beautifully framed Tarot card hanging on the wall. The Star Card.
tarot star
I was so touched that I got teary. Because I knew the symbolism of that particular star (notice 8 of them on this card), I knew that it was another message from the universe to have hope and that everything was going to be just fine. Relief.

So you see, when Whitney and I started developing the Divine ~ Align Collection, in which every piece holds a specific symbolic meaning, I knew we had to include an 8 pointed Star. I knew that we needed to offer a piece that our customers could wear to remind them to have hope and trust that they were indeed taken care of and that everything would ultimately turn out just fine. Looks like it was a good idea!

Now, don’t forget to click through to Uncommon Goods and vote for us and our little star! Thank you!

~ Natha

October 15, 2013

Host a Trunk Show

summer shot 2
We are currently booking Luscious Metals trunk shows for the holiday season. Maybe you’d like to host one? If you live in the Denver/Boulder/Front Range (ish-y) area, and are considering having your girlfriends over for something holiday-esque or you work in an office that could use an exciting lunch hour activity or you just need an excuse to have a party and show off your cool taste in handmade earrings, rings, bracelets and necklaces and the fact that you know (or will know, after you’ve had us at your party) some fun jewelry designers, then let’s talk trunk shows!

Here’s how it works:

1. You decide to host a party (gathering, trunk show, exhibit, office shin-dig, whatever)
2. You invite your friends
3. We show up with jewelry, displays and everything else that we need to create a pop-up store.

cute NS girls
What’s in it for you?

1. We specially price the pieces we sell at your trunk show. The pieces we bring to show and sell are typically marked down between 20% and 30% so you can promise your guests quite the deal!*

2. We bring pieces from collections that you can find online as well as well as a number of one-of-a-kind pieces. We tend to have a lot of pieces in stock that never go on the website because that’s one of our favorite ways to work.

3. When you host the trunk show, you receive an automatic $125 credit towards any jewelry we bring and for every $500 your friends purchase, you receive another $50 in credit.

4. The jewelry you and your friends choose will be available the night of the show, cash (or cc) and carry. Unless you order something custom, please expect to be taking home your goodies that very night!

*If you are a retail store and are considering hosting us at a trunk show, our policies on discounting pieces and jewelry credits in exchange for sales vary a little so please email us at customerservice[at]lusciousmetals.com and we can email you our wholesale/consignment policies as they relate to in-store trunk shows.

If you want to host a show- email me at natha@lusciousmetals.com and we can discuss dates!

October 3, 2013

Approval

Natha CEO
Now that Whitney is here and heading production, it’s freed me up to concentrate on some other things and one of my favorites is marketing and PR. I’ve been “an artist” for so long that it requires some mind bending on my part to begin thinking of myself as doing “public relations and marketing”. I always looked at those things as (I’ll admit it)…out of my league. While art was so easy and effortless for me, things that fell into the “business” category sort of made me panic. But look at me now! I’m marketing and I’m pretty good at it! It’s a fun change for me and I’m really embracing it. One of the great things about getting older and more ‘mature’ (sidenote: my maturity isn’t that obvious when it comes to my sense of humor, ask my kids) is that my perception of myself is morphing. Things I always thought were out of my realm are totally accessible now. Marketing, consulting, even power yoga. I still can’t do algebra and I get irritable with my kids and I forget my keys in the door lock all the time, but whatever. There’s something really satisfying about being in a place where I can overlook mistakes and access gratitude for all that I have. I’m finding myself caring less and less about what other people think and being much more concerned with what I think. I just don’t need the external validation the way I used to. Interestingly enough, the less I need approval from people, the more I approve of myself, the more I approve of myself, the more external approval I get. Isn’t that funny?
mirror mirror

Speaking of approval, we’ve been getting great feedback on our new Divine Align Collection and I’m lining up a number of new promotions, a new “Item of the Week” collection where we offer 20% off on a different piece each week and discounts make people happy, right? Find those specials posted on our Facebook page. We’re running a “Real-Life-Beauty” campaign this month so make sure to either send us pics of you wearing Luscious Metals jewelry or post them yourself on Facebook or Instagram and tag us in them! Easy! There will be a contest at the end of the month for everyone who sends us a picture. I’m also working on partnerships with some big name blogs, some local Boulder projects and there may even be a design contest or two involved. See, I told you I love marketing!

~Natha

September 26, 2013

What is Beautiful?

Natha and Whitney
Natha and Whitney modeling pieces from Divine ~ Align
If you’ve ever flipped through and looked at the pieces on our website, you’ve seen that we don’t hire professional fashion models to wear our jewelry. In fact, I’m the one in quite a few of the pictures wearing the jewelry and the rest of the women are all my friends. Why? Because this is real-life! Real-life women are just as beautiful as paid models and real-life women are the ones who buy our jewelry. Moms, career women, grandmas, college students, 20-somethings etc all buy and wear our jewelry and believe me, they’re all beautiful in their own stunning ways. I know, because I’ve met quite a few of them. We live in a culture that somehow makes it okay to discount women if they don’t hold up to a certain standard in terms of looks. Apparently we’re all supposed to be thin and have long hair and big eyes and big breasts. And we get extra credit if we look perpetually young. And driving a cool car helps. And wearing expensive clothing makes us more valuable too. Here’s the thing: that’s crazy. I have 2 daughters and I will do anything within my power to mitigate the messages that the media wants them to believe as fact; that beauty is something singular and specific. I have never ever, and I mean EVER berated myself for being fat, ugly, saggy, tired-looking or old in front of my girls. I don’t talk about how other people are fat or unattractive. I just don’t do it. I’m not going to send them out into the world thinking that their value (or anybody else’s) rests solely on what they look like. That’s not a message that they’ll ever get from me. They are vibrant, intelligent little girls and they are beautiful and powerful from the inside out, not the other way around.
Eve and Kells
My daughters (who aren’t wearing jewelry because they lose jewelry very quickly!)

This is also why I use my friends as my models. Because these women are beautiful and smart and kind and caring and loving. They have regular lives and do every day things and they are beautiful. They are beautiful because of who they are and what they say and the way they laugh and the mistakes they make. We all are.
Beth slinky slice earrings
Beth wearing the Slinky Slice Earrings

We wanted to do something to celebrate all of you beautiful women who wear our jewelry so we’re asking you (yes you!) to send us photos of yourself out and about, living your every day lives and wearing our jewelry. We will be posting them on our Facebook Page as they come in. You can email them to us at customerservice(at)lusciousmetals.com to us or send them in a text message 303.8(seven)5.859(two) We can’t wait to see all of your BEAUTIFUL faces!!

~Natha

September 21, 2013

Green Friday

I love love love getting featured in Etsy Treasuries. And green is my favorite color. And I also own the green Spellbound Ring that’s featured here because I fell in love with it and couldn’t bear to sell it. So how’s that for a Friday triple score?
Thank you Madeartshop!

‘A Time to Dream’ by madeartshop

Enjoy!


Bamboo Scarf / Light Olive G…
$24

vintage kitchen tin / large …
$55.25

Ombré Ceramic Planter – Cer…
$22

Louisa – irredescent chiffon…
$428

Stained Glass Chevron Elemen…
$95

Rainbow Mystic Quartz Neckla…
$95

Ring Bearer Pillow Alternati…
$28

OOAK Farmhouse Hackberry Woo…
$100

Mountain Violet Hand-Knit Wr…
$30

Clear Chunky Crystal Quartz …
$2

Miniature Forest Plant Kit F…
$55

Spellbound Ring
$214

Sale – Tree Of Life Pendant …
$21

s a m p l e – perfume serum …
$4

Sweet Vintage 80s Victorian …
$12

Succulent Pod

$15

Sponsored by send bulk email from excel.

>

April 13, 2013

White Out


When we think about the color white, it’s all snowflakes and virgins and soap right? It makes sense that white makes us think of things that are clean and bright and fresh, because the color itself (at least in American and European cultures) represents innocence, perfection, honesty and cleanliness. On the color spectrum, white is the color the human eye sees when it looks at light which contains all the wavelengths of the visible spectrum, at full brightness and without absorption. (This is true only when we’re talking about light. If we’re talking about pigment, then black is what you get when you combine all colors) Check out that cool picture below for the visual explanation of what white looks like within the color spectrum.

So if white doesn’t have any hue, then that means that it can also be thought of as a kind of blank slate right?
Maybe not. Actually- forget the maybe part- it isn’t a blank slate at all. White, perhaps more than any other color we’ve talked about, has at least one undeniable cultural connotation. When I was researching for White Week, I noticed a strong theme emerging. A very strong theme. It had something to do with roses and cakes and dresses. “I do” anyone? Weddings are a HUGE business in this country. Nearly $72 billion is spent on weddings annually and Las Vegas is the top wedding destination with over 100,000 weddings a year, followed by Hawaii at 25,000 weddings a year. I was in Hawaii this past summer and there were at least 2 weddings a day (!) at the hotel we stayed at and that is no exaggeration.

So weddings are pretty major affairs and one of the biggest part of any wedding ceremony is the symbolism and ritual that every couple incorporates into their celebration. I could go on and on just listing interesting rituals and facts about brides and grooms and weddings in cultures around the world (and believe me, I’ve killed some time reading about some very bizarre things). For instance; I now know that in Ethiopia, women from certain tribes place plates in their lower lip in order to entice a rich groom. The larger the protruding lip, the more a groom will pay. This makes me glad I’m not part of an Ethiopian tribe!

The wedding, more so than any other tradition, seems to be mostly a rite of passage. It is a rare woman who doesn’t, at some point in her life dream of the big white wedding, and if she’s already had one of her own, she’s dreaming of when her son or daughter will have one. These are premiere parties where the bride and groom and their families get the starring roles. These are insanely expensive parties that require months and months of planning and strategizing. The details that the couple must traditionally pay attention to (do the petals on the boutonniere match the cocktail napkins? Should we sit my Aunt Jenny at the same table as your Uncle Fred? We need 120 handpicked songs for the DJ to play so that everyone at the wedding will have at least a few songs they can dance to etc.) are immense. Honestly, I’m exhausted just thinking about it! Despite the work and money though, weddings do have some customary standouts– like the cake. Did you know that traditionally, the wedding cake symbolizes fertility and prosperity? Cool huh?

I also love the way that weddings give the bride and groom an opportunity to honor their friends and close family. There is something very special about taking the time to appreciate the people who make your life what it is. Despite the moments of chaos that tend to ensue during weddings, I think the point is that the wedding isn’t just of the bride and groom, but it’s also a marriage of each of their families and groups of friends. When I begin to question why it could possibly make sense to spend as much on a wedding as on a down payment for a house, that’s what I remember, the unique opportunity weddings present to have all of your special people in the same place at once.

Another established tradition is the giving of jewelry to the bride and her wedding party. Did you know that we do a booming wedding jewelry business here at Luscious Metals? We’ve made some of the coolest bridesmaids gifts and also some gorgeous jewelry for brides too. We have made wedding rings and repurposed heirloom family jewelry into new contemporary pieces for the bride to wear on her day as well as groups of pieces that are each original in their own way, designed to be special for every different woman in the wedding party. It’s always a blast since there is such joy and excitement from the clients around their wedding day and every thing that goes into it. Check out our wedding collections.

Powered by WordPress