The 10 Essentials #7 – The Cocktail Ring

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I’m not certain where exactly the name comes from, but you just can’t deny that sipping a perfect cocktail is a fabulous way to show off your stunning Cocktail Ring. The way that huge stone catches the light as you raise your champagne flute, magical! No wonder it’s our Essential #7. Here at Hitchcock Madrona we are know far and wide for our signature Druzy Ring, an edgy take on the classic Cocktail Ring.  The gold version is especially on point for the holiday season.

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A selection of Druzy rings, large and small with black, white, and brown stones.  Order online for free domestic shipping!  Whoo hoo!

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Check out these stunners from Marialla Pinelo featuring garnets and London Blue topaz.

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We love the vintage feel of this Iosselliani stacked Cocktail Ring. It looks like you raided Grandma’s jewelry box, in a good way!

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Mariella Pilato does it again with this hinged, sterling silver and rock Quartz statement piece.

Come visit for all the accessories lovers in your life (that might be you!).  We are open every day until Christmas day (closing at 3:00 pm on Christmas Eve.)

XOXO

Team HM

 

 

A Message to MEN: Success on Mother's Day

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I am not sure how many men read this blog (I am assuming NONE) so please FORWARD THIS TO YOUR HUSBAND!

Ask yourself, who’s more important than mom? Rock of the family! Giver of life! When I say “mom” I mean your mother or your children’s mother – just to be clear. With Mother’s Day fast approaching (it is Sunday FYI), it’s time to show the amazing women in your life just how much they matter to you. Here at Hitchcock Madrona, we feel there’s no better way to say “thank you for raising me or my children” than through jewelry!  Don’t make the age-old mistake of giving a woman a gift that plugs in – never good. Women want to celebrate the hardest job of all (motherhood!) with something sparkly, unnecessary and luxurious. It’s not the size of the gift but the thought that counts and shopping for jewelry is not easy for men (some men – sorry, I shouldn’t generalize). So, it means so much when you step out of your element and try to wrap your mind around WHY we love jewelry so much. Stop by Hitchcock Madrona this week to buy something special; we have jewelry and accessories in all styles and price points.

We took some photos of some of our favorite pieces that are perfect for ushering in summer – check ’em out:

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From precious stone cocktail rings to cotton socks…..

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Who doesn’t need a hot pink rhinestone lobster pin??

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If your woman isn’t the biggest jewelry wearer we also have scarves and sunglasses – but don’t forget – nothing too practical!

Please don’t hesitate to visit!  I am an expert at gift suggesting- I simply pick out what I want!

XOXO

Erica

A Message to MEN: Success on Mother’s Day

Posted by & filed under Gift Ideas, Lulu Frost, MOSCOT, Scarves, Uncategorized.

I am not sure how many men read this blog (I am assuming NONE) so please FORWARD THIS TO YOUR HUSBAND!
Ask yourself, who’s more important than mom? Rock of the family! Giver of life! When I say “mom” I mean your mother or your children’s mother – just to be clear. With Mother’s Day fast approaching (it is Sunday FYI), it’s time to show the amazing women in your life just how much they matter to you. Here at Hitchcock Madrona, we feel there’s no better way to say “thank you for raising me or my children” than through jewelry!  Don’t make the age-old mistake of giving a woman a gift that plugs in – never good. Women want to celebrate the hardest job of all (motherhood!) with something sparkly, unnecessary and luxurious. It’s not the size of the gift but the thought that counts and shopping for jewelry is not easy for men (some men – sorry, I shouldn’t generalize). So, it means so much when you step out of your element and try to wrap your mind around WHY we love jewelry so much. Stop by Hitchcock Madrona this week to buy something special; we have jewelry and accessories in all styles and price points.

We took some photos of some of our favorite pieces that are perfect for ushering in summer – check ’em out:

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From precious stone cocktail rings to cotton socks…..

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Who doesn’t need a hot pink rhinestone lobster pin??

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If your woman isn’t the biggest jewelry wearer we also have scarves and sunglasses – but don’t forget – nothing too practical!

Please don’t hesitate to visit!  I am an expert at gift suggesting- I simply pick out what I want!

XOXO

Erica

Just In: Crystal Hartman Jewelry

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We are so excited to introduce Crystal Hartman to our customers. Crystal is a new artist to Hitchcock Madrona and to the Seattle area. She has created a collection of exquisitely wrought designs exclusively for us – check ’em out!

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This necklace is an exclusive design for Hitchcock Madrona. It is amazing.

Crystal grew up in a family of jewelers. Her father John and mother Estell began the Durango Silver Company in 1972. It remains family owned and operated in scenic Durango, Colorado. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in printmaking from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Crystal also has an interest in watercolor. She initially turned her attention to painting and printmaking before learning sliversmithing from her father, a master gold and silversmith and stonecutter. Dustin and I are planning a trip to Durango to visit Crystal and her family’s business.  We can’t wait!

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Black onyx cabochon and sterling silver stud earrings

Crystal employs a technique called the “lost wax process” when making her jewelry; it involves using wax to create a mold into which she then pours molten silver. John cuts all the stones that will subsequently be added to her designs.

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An example of a wax mold for one of Crystal’s bracelets – be sure to keep an eye out for a future blog post on the “lost wax process”!

We have silver rings, bracelets, and one gorgeous necklace of Crystal’s currently in stock. She is such a talented artist – all of her jewelry is beautiful, elegant and entirely handcrafted!

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Mother of pearl and sterling silver earrings

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Wide sterling silver band with tiny black diamonds

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Wide sterling silver cuff bracelet (with or without diamonds available)

When Dustin and I met with Crystal during her recent visit to Seattle we were enamored with her skill and design narrative. I challenged her to incorporate white, champagne and black diamonds into her organic pieces. They turned out better than I ever thought possible. She cast the diamonds into the pieces and therefore they are seamlessly integrated into the design. Your eye has to hunt for the stones (she didn’t want prongs) and when you see one the others magically appear. Pure genius.

XOXO

Erica

Gift Idea: Pantherella Cashemere Socks

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Looking for a great stocking stuffer or a fun (but luxurious) present that won’t break the bank this holiday season? Pantherella socks are the ultimate in cozy comfort and outstanding quality.

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Hitchcock Madrona started carrying Pantherella this fall and we love the styles and colors they come in. A British brand dedicated to manufacturing products that are both stylish and practical (like Barbour!), Pantherella has been producing exceptionally well-made goods out of its factory in Leicester, England for close to seventy years. It’s all about the details with these socks; each one has a hand-linked toe seam and a reinforced heel to ensure longevity. They are crafted from a relatively thin (but durable) material to minimize bulk. The company uses only the finest yarns and employs the latest in sock-producing technology so that Pantherella wearers can be sure their socks will stand the test of time and remain in great condition for years to come.

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Available in ankle or knee-high lengths.

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Happy holidays everyone!  Come by this weekend – we will be in full holiday celebration mode!! New merchandise is still trickling into the store. I am finishing up a line of budget friendly gifts (everything under $150) that will appeal lots of the ladies on your list. Post to come soon!

XOXO

Erica

Outfit of the Day: Painter's Pants and New Vests

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Handmade wool and silk vests by Hitchcock Madrona.

 

Dustin and I were not looking to create a vest but we were so inspired by a men’s tuxedo waistcoat from the early 1900’s that I found at a costume shop. We deconstructed it to create the pattern for this fabulously androgynous vest. Menswear has been a consistent trend in women’s fashion for several decades (Hello, Diane Keaton in Annie Hall!). A sharply tailored menswear piece is so sexy on a woman. This vest excentuates your waist and is a great frame for jewelry.

Steel “Tic-tac-toe” ring by Surplus. Gold filled bangle cuffs by Hitchcock Madrona (never take these off!). Steel pipe ring layered with my faux diamonds by Surplus. We have received our holiday order of Hitchcock Madrona bangle cuffs. They are going to be great gifts this holiday season!

I acquired these pants in the most hilarious way – Reilly, a local artist, friend and client came into the store minding her own business when I accosted her regarding the perfect paint splatters on her pants. She told me that she had worn them out and was ready to move on to a new pair. Since I tried, and failed miserably, to create authentic painter’s pants (and I didn’t have the budget for the Double RL version) we did a trade! She got an awesome new necklace from one of her favorite artists, Surplus, and I got the pants! We still alight about it when we see each other – another woman’s trash is MY treasure!

18K gold and diamond shield necklace by Hitchcock Madrona (on oxidized sterling silver chain). I have plenty of these for holiday!

I love the small checks of the vest paired with the larger plaid of this Barbour scarf. At $65, these Barbour scarves are a great gift for everyone on your list – father, mother, husband, wife, son, daughter, dog. Anyone!

XOXO

Erica