The 10 Essentials #6 – The Hoop Earring

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A hoop earring never goes out of style. Your mom rocked them with bell bottoms in the 60’s, her Mom paired them with with a sweet cocktail dress, even the ancient Egyptians were know to don a hoop or two! We wear ours with everything. Of course, we have a few different styles and finishes to suit our mood, and outfit.

You can never go wrong with a simple gold hoop. We have them in several sizes, from small and demure to large and eye catching.

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Large Circadian hoops, so classic!

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Mariella Pilato’s take on the gold hoop, architectural and edgy!

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Why not take your hoops to the next level? These beauties by Mariella Pilato are sure to get noticed.

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Okay, so they’re not technically hoops, but we love these geometric shapes from Circadian.

 

We have your essential hoops waiting for you!

xoxo,

Team HM

 

 

Halloween: Edward Scissorhands

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We love Halloween here at Hitchcock Madrona. I mean, what’s not to love – dressing up in delicious fashions, playing with hair and makeup until it’s just right, and of course finding the perfect accessories to complete the look. This year we’ve taken it to the next level with an amazing series of photos by the talented Melissa Baerwald.

First up – our version of the Tim Burton classic Edward Scissorhands.

Edward ScissorhandsWe found the perfect location…..an abandoned mental hospital!  Northern State Mental Hospital located in Sedro Wooley, WA.  Abandoned in 1970 and left to….rot.  Photo shoot – gold!

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edward-braceThis fall we have a new shipment of Mariella Pilato jewelry.  Originally from Italy, Mariella has lived in Bali for 22 years.  Her designs are architectural and powerful.  This cuff speaks for itself!

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ed3Mariella Pilato sterling silver and quartz necklace and bracelet.  Available in-store now.

druzy-edwardHitchcock Madrona Signature Black Druzy Quartz Ring (sterling silver and yellow gold plated).

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ed8Dress by Comme Des Garcons and harness by Zana Bayne.

ed9High fashion, statement jewelry, spooky abandoned mental hospitals – just another Hitchcock Madrona Halloween! More amazing posts coming soon!

Check out Melissa on Instagram: melissabaerwald and online: www.melissabaerwald.com!

XOXO

Erica

 

Outfit of the Day: Mermaid Hair and a Digger

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When it comes to hair, the grass is always greener on the other side.  I finally had the courage to bust out the mermaid hair extensions.  The color is dead on (dumb luck) but the thickness is a bit off (I was blessed with lots of hair which makes extensions look scraggly at the ends).  Despite the awkward application, I am loving it!  With the Jessica Rabbit quotient high, I grabbed for my trusty baseball T-shirt and boyfriend jeans.  The latter always calls for uber feminine pumps.  A perfect tomboy combo!  Sunglasses are the Tummel by MOSCOT.  One of my favorite sun styles – these look amazing on everyone.  These are actually the sunglasses that my husband wears (and I steal).
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This boyish ensemble called for major jewels.  I’ve got it!  The new Spring collection from IOSSELLIANI is perfect.  Part tribal and completely Italian – this collar is amazing.  Underneath is an ever popular and useful copper waterfall necklace by Xenia Mara.

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As you can see in many of our recent posts – Madrona is undergoing some major construction.  New buildings are going up everywhere and the city (I think) is making some street changes.  Enter this big yellow digger and the primary color story of this post.  Ketchup and mustard, anyone?

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Ruby and sterling silver snake cuff by Mariella Pilato.  This is the most amazing bracelet.  I want to wear it nearly everyday.  There is something about snake jewelry that I just love.  Funnily, I am quite scared of real snakes.  Just like many cases in life, there is a fine line between love and hate.  IOSSELLIANI chain, rhinestone and eagle bracelet.

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More IOSSELLIANI!  This turquoise and red rhinestone bracelet compliments the necklace.  There are so many covet worthy pieces in this collection.  Every time we get a new shipment from this amazing Italian brand we all faint.  True story.

Come check out all of our Spring/Summer collections in store now!  Luckily, the weather is perking up too!

XOXO

Erica

 

Just In: Spring Serpents and More by Mariella Pilato

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Another new collection we will unveil at tomorrow’s event is that of Mariella Pilato.  Mariella is Italian but designs and manufactures her jewelry collection in Bali.  As you can see, her work is absolutely BREATHTAKING! The collection features solid sterling silver pieces with gorgeous garnet accents such as her gorgeous coiled snakes (see below).  Although they are quite a statement everything in this new spring collection is totally wearable.  I am quite smitten with this snake bracelet.  Powerful!
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Sterling silver serpents – arm band and breast plate.  Mariella’s designs are organic and architectural (remember the crystal “bridge” bracelet from a year ago?!).  Her construction is flawless AND manufactured by traditional silversmiths. So worth the investment!

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One-of-a-kind jade ring.  Angular quartz crystal pyramid ring.

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The collections impressive earrings are delicate yet strong.  A wonder in construction!

Come try on these stunning peices at the SPRING EVENT tomorrow.  They will not disappoint.

XOXO

Team Hitchcock

Inspiration: Jewelry on your Wedding Day

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What does a “modern bride” wear on her big day? This is a question that I have been thinking about a lot this spring and summer while creating custom wedding necklaces for a myriad of different brides. I find that during every consultation we walk the fine line of being fashionable and cool without risking the dreaded dated photos in twenty years. So, what should you wear??

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First, you have to decide what kind of bride you are. The location and vibe of your wedding are the biggest hints. Are you on a beach? On a farm? Is the reception in a ballroom? Then we can decide: you are organic/effortless, simple/rustic, or Cinderella (that was me!) and we can gear our search toward materials that are cohesive to your vibe. Above, the Lulu Frost rhinestone earrings and necklace scream vintage/formal wedding. I picture them with a more traditional princess (in a good way) dress.

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By contrast, this rock crystal necklace designed by Mariella Pilato is perfect for a more organic setting like the woods, a farm or even the beach.

In order to keep the look classic you CAN wear a statement piece of jewelry but limit it to one. If your bracelet is the IOSSELLIANI bangle (above at the very top of the post) then wear diamond studs and no necklace (maybe something in your hair?). Always keep taste and proportion in mind. If you think that you might be getting too crazy then reel it in (on your wedding day). You can wear your combat boots, tutu, and cowboy hat every other day of your life.

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Wedding day look consultations available at Hitchcock Madrona, as well as custom bridal jewelry. Email me at erica@hitchcockmadrona.com.

XOXO

Erica

 

Interview: Mariella Pilato

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Mariella is a new artist to Hitchcock Madrona. She has a unique aesthetic and her work has a striking architectural quality to it. A local designer who divides her time between Seattle and Bali, Mariella’s jewelry is entirely handmade. Her pieces are bold and statement-making but remain elegant and sophisticated. We are so happy to welcome her to our store!

How did you become interested in designing jewelry?
I have always been involved with the creative process using whatever media came to hand. When I came to Bali I discovered gemstones and started my own benchwork, learning silversmithing techniques, experimenting hands-on how to realize my ideas and turn them into jewelry.
Is there any particular woman whom you design jewelry for?
Strong, independent, risk taking fashionistas…. I create pieces that satisfy my taste and that I would wear myself. I like accessories to be bold and to make a statement about the woman wearing them.
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Mariella at work!
What is your favorite way to style your pieces?
In a word? Bold.
The short answer: stackable bracelets; pendants worn on long handcrafted chains that match the style of the piece or choker-length short; all-or-nothing large rings that stand out wherever you are and those big statement, one-of-a-kind pieces that are to a sexy black dress what wine is to cheese.
Where do you find inspiration for your collections?
My love of the arts & architecture, my background in stage design. I love fashion but I make what pleases me and when others love it as much as I do that is affirming for me. I also draw inspiration from indigenous cultures and their traditions in personal adornment. Everything has its own beauty and I just like to add to that.
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Love this nautical-themed piece for summer!
What do you particularly love about designing jewelry?
In the end, it all comes down to my strongest suit, which is sketching endless variations on a theme, and the stimulation of the stones that excite me at the time until an idea manifests that I can develop into comfortable, wearable jewelry…. I like to get hands-on at my bench and create patina and texture to complete my ideas.
What would you say are three key pieces of jewelry that every woman should own?
Only three?!? A woman should have everything she loves that makes her happy…. I love large bangles, a bold ring, a stunning pendant and earrings to match.
What aspect of the design process do you find most challenging?
Certainly it’s the long process of transforming a drawing into a piece of jewelry, as well as coming up with new styles to keep my jewelry line fresh and fashion forward.
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Amazing sterling earrings!
What clothing or jewelry designers do you admire?
From the high fashion world I admire how things are crafted to perfection; I  love  the Chanel diamonds collection. But I really love edgy, creative young fashion designers from Bangkok [and] the clean styles of Japanese fashion. Plus, I have expatriate artist friends here in Bali who are creating fabulous jewelry and other fashion modalities that are innovative & completely different. These are the very people that inspire me.
What do you consider to be the most rewarding aspect of being a jewelry designer?
The freedom I enjoy. I work for myself and get to travel around the world, meeting many people that share my interests in adornment, and I get to explore new materials from exotic locations too.drawings
Mariella’s sketches for her amazing jewelry.
Thank you so much for answering our questionnaire, Mariella! Your answers are so inspiring!

Behind the Curtain: India Event

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We thought it would be fun to show a few behind-the-scenes images of us getting ready for our India event. The day before around 4:30 we started arranging all the new jewelry and merchandising the store. It was a total overhaul! 80% of the product in the store is new and the windows had to be changed. Saturday was our big trunk show and now for the first time all of the jewelry we bought in India is on display. Thank you to everyone who stopped by for a glass of Indian beer or champagne!

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Hard at work!  My job is grouping and pricing all of the new styles. I also email my out-of-town clients anything that I think they need to see.

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A sampling of India-amazingness (plus some pieces by new Hitchcock Madrona artist Mariella Pilato). More on Mariella soon!

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Genius visual merchandiser Dustin (with his baby our Miele vacuum)!

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Dustin reconfigured the store for maximum India impact. He was here until about 10:00 pm merchandising. When I show up at 10:00 am it is always a treat to see what he has created.

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We mixed our colorful India jewels with the black/sparkle vibe of Lulu Frost and Venessa Arizaga. I love the stark contrast of the styles.

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Clutter becomes beauty – have I expressed how big our new rings are??

Thank you again to everyone who came to the event! We had a blast and sold lots of treasures.

XOXO

Erica