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My Black Friday Splurge!

Digital Culture

My Black Friday Splurge!

I celebrated Thanksgiving weekend by buying something cool from a small business! 

I'm not a gamer. Full disclosure: video games give me anxiety. But I think those people are on to something! Since I'll basically be attached at the eyeballs to a screen for the majority of my life I might as well be comfortable. And according to

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Are.na, Our Favorite New Social Media Network!

Digital Culture

Are.na, Our Favorite New Social Media Network!

You may have heard us mention our Are.na account once or twice by now. Are.na is this cool new social media network, except that it's not exactly "cool" - it's more academic-ish. We are not affiliated with this platform in any way, aside from being avid users. And we love it! Basically it's kind of like Pinterest except less sales oriented. It's geared instead towards research and information. The Are.na interface is intuitive and lightning-fast. It allows us to quickly gather photos, articles, ideas, and notes. We can organize and arrange these references in whatever way seems logical to us....

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Weird Heirloom Jewelry: The Medallion Pendant, Part III: The Ballerina Mysteries

Heirlooms Jewelry Design History Mysteries

Weird Heirloom Jewelry: The Medallion Pendant, Part III: The Ballerina Mysteries

In the two preceding articles, I discussed the origins of this pendant and the general history of medallions. Let's move on and take a look at this particular design. The subject of ballerina with pearl is not uncommon in vintage jewelry. A quick google search of "ballerina with pearl jewelry" reveals it may indeed be impossible to trace the origins of...

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Weird Heirloom Jewelry: The Medallion Pendant, Part II: The Search Continues

Heirlooms Jewelry Design History Mysteries

Weird Heirloom Jewelry: The Medallion Pendant, Part II: The Search Continues

Medallions have a storied tradition in jewelry design. Circular amulets and pendants were worn in Greco-Roman antiquity to ward off evil and announce status. In many ancient cultures, Medallions likely developed in parallel with the coin as a store of wealth. But why was this medallion...

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Weird Heirloom Jewelry: The Medallion Pendant, Part I

Heirlooms Jewelry Design History Mysteries

Weird Heirloom Jewelry: The Medallion Pendant, Part I

This strange medallion pendant used to belong to my grandmother and was given to me years ago. Here's what I know (or think I know) about it: It was given to my grandmother by my grandfather's mother. She likely would have bought it near where she lived in Southern Louisiana. I also have in my possession similar heirlooms inscribed with the dates 1960 and 1962, so I believe this particular medallion was also made around the late 50s or early 60s. ...While medallions may conjure imagery of...

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How To Buy Jewelry As A Gift - In The Right Size

Size & Fit

How To Buy Jewelry As A Gift - In The Right Size

Jewelry is fairly simple to size, but we've put together this guide to help you find the best fit. This information may or may not be applicable to jewelry from other designers - we haven't re-invented the wheel as fas as sizing goes but we can't speak for how other jewelers do it either.

Of all jewelry categories, bracelets are probably the trickiest item to fit - and bangles and cuffs fit very...

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Should You Buy A 3d Printer?

Desktop 3d Printers

Should You Buy A 3d Printer?

There are loads of desktop 3d printers available these days. Chances are, you know someone who has one. Or maybe you've seen one at your kid's school. But should you buy a 3d printer? If you or your family members are interested in technology or DIY crafts, a 3d printer might be a fun tool to have around. Keep in mind that they often involve a bit of trouble-shooting, tinkering and maintenance. So, as long as you have the patience to solve the occasional mechanical issue (such as cleaning a clogged nozzle) you should be good. You'll also have to...

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