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In the mood for love

There are so many legends and traditions about Valentine's Day that it is hard to know its true origin today.  In the modern age, the occasion has just about become a commercialized event that few would even remember how Valentine's Day came about.   

As people around the world honor and remember their loved ones on this coming day, I thought I would share my favorite poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning:  

How Do I Love Thee?

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.

I love thee to the level of everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.

I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death. 

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Cherry Blossoms :: Welcoming Spring

The blooming of cherry blossoms or sakura (in Japanese) is a joyous occasion - it's a time to get together with family and friends, with good food and wine, and best of all, lots of laughter and good conversation...this is what the good life means :)


Inspired by the cherry blossom flowers, I created a palette in irresistibly pink gemstones - pink amethyst, rose quartz, pink Madagascan sapphires, rhodolite garnets, with keishi pearl accents.  Smoky brown andalusites with dashes of rutiles were added to resemble branches of cherry trees.  Perhaps this could be the start of a spring collection:

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