Friday, March 28, 2014


A Perfect Accompaniment!
See Special Offer below


Carved seashell cabochon, Czech and China glass beads,

imported and Moroccan Soutache braid, 
backed with a luxuriously smooth ultra suede


Purchase "Sahara" and receive a signed copy of 

"I Yearn For You My Sultan"
now available for $7.19 on  



Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Carib Hand Embroidered Soutache Genuine Coin Pendant

A very versatile pendant.  Wear with cord necklace (included) or slipped on to a chain   for that one-of-a-kind look.

 Genuine British Islands Coin,
embellished with imported Soutache braid,
Czech glass and porcelain beads,
backed with a luxuriously smooth ultra suede

Saturday, March 1, 2014

3rd Annual Artist Showcase

Artists in Common 3rd Annual Artist Showcase

Don't miss the 3rd annual Artist Showcase March 7th - 9th!

March 7, 2014     Opening Reception     5:00pm-7:30pm
March 8, 2014  Art Show Open House  10:00am-5:00pm
March 9, 2014  Art Show Open House  10:00am-12:00pm

The Commons Club At The Brooks
9930 Coconut Road Bonita, Springs FL 34135 

Hope to see you there!

Friday, February 28, 2014

March Birthstone


March Birthstone

The name Aquamarine is derived from the Latin word for seawater. Aquamarine has been valued since ancient times. The more blue the color, the more valuable the stone. In 1910, the largest was found in Brazil, weighing 243 pounds. Once cut, it yielded over 200,000 carats.

There are many myths and legends about the aquamarine stone. The Romans believed that the stone absorbs the atmosphere of young love: “When blessed and worn, it joins in love, and does great things.” Aquamarine was also considered the most appropriate morning gift to give to a bride by her groom following the consummation of their marriage. The Greeks and the Romans viewed the aquamarine as the sailor’s gem, ensuring the safe and prosperous passage across stormy seas. In Medieval times, the stone was thought to reawaken the love of married couples. It was also believed to render soldiers invincible.

The Sumerians, Egyptians, and Hebrews also admired and valued aquamarine greatly. It was a symbol of happiness and everlasting youth.  William Langland’s “The Vision Concerning Piers and the Plowman,” from 1377, mentions the aquamarine as an antidote for poison. This antidote was widely known throughout Europe. Because there was a wide amount of poisonings amongst royalty at the time, the gem was in popular demand just for that purpose. It was not necessary to pulverize the stone, as it was/ is with other gemstones. Simply wearing the stone as a pendant or in a ring was just as effective. According to folklore, aquamarine would bring victory in battles and legal disputes.  When worn as an amulet, it was believed to bring relief of pain and to make the wearer friendlier, quicken the intellect and cure laziness. 

The ancient philosopher Pliny paid tribute to this gem of vitality, stating, “the lovely aquamarine, which seems to have come from some mermaid’s treasure house, in the depths of a summer sea, has charms not to be denied.”

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Buccaneer Necklace

Errol Flynn

Are you a Mermaid, or Mermaid at heart? 
The Buccaneer necklace 
is sure to attract 
your handsome Swashbuckler's attention!   

Clipper ship focal framed
with glittering rhinestones, Mother of Pearl,
Moroccan Soutache and metalic trim.

Or at the very least prepare to dream of him...

Friday, February 7, 2014

New Hand Embroidered Soutache Necklace

Harem Peacock
Lovingly hand-embroidered
with Swarovski pearls and crystals,
rhinestones, imported and domestic Soutache braid,
backed with a luxuriously smooth ultra suede