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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Wedding season!

I have been spending the last couple of months getting my beads put away from India, traveling a bit more, making new jewels, working on the website and helping my cousin get ready for her wedding which was this past weekend. We had an amazing time and I really had a lot of fun putting together all the jewelry for her and the bridesmaids. The wedding couldn't have been more beautiful and the jewelry was a hit, which felt great!
Next up I am heading to Telluride with the family for some Bluegrass fun. In the meantime, on Saturday, June 20th my jewelry will be at the Highlands Street Fair on W.32nd Ave. From 10am-8:30pm. My booth is 135 on the north side of 32nd between Lowell and Meade. A few of my girlfriends will be running the booth for me, (the best girls on earth), so stop on by and take a peek!
I will post when the next trunk show will be, probably sometime in July.
There are a few more weddings I will be making jewelry for this summer, stay tuned for shots of the new jewels!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


Our guide janu, helping to bag the stones
One of the brothers weighing stones
Mom and I checking out the goods...
Just a few days after the last post, my mom and I headed on another night train ride to the city of Jaipur, also in Rajasthan. Through a contact we made in Udaipur, we were hooked up with Janu, a fantastic guide in Jaipur. Until this point I had been so frustrated with being unable to find the stones and silver I was looking for.
When I told Janu what I was searching for, he immediately took us to the shop of a family of gem dealers. When I walked into the showroom I was surprised at how small it was, but pleased that it wasn't another high end jewelry store tourist trap. Janu brought me to the real deal. There are somewhere around 10 brothers in the family, not to mention several cousins. I sat down at the counter and got to it telling a couple of the brothers what I was looking for. Next thing you know, phone calls were being made to cousins, and bins of stones were being pulled out. I was in hog heaven, picking out stones, having them weighed to find out the prices and making piles of 'yes, definitely', and 'maybe, I really want this but am on a budget.'
After 3 hours mom, Janu and I left, totally spent ;), and with a large, heavy bag full of stones. I got some great deals and some gorgeous, gorgeous new gems.
The next day, after a bit of sightseeing, Janu took me to the silver guy where I spent another 3 hours, waiting for the clasps guy to arrive, or the earring hook guy... In India, when you need something, and the vendor doesn't have it, they make a call, and you wait for the friend to show up with what you need. This happened with the stone guys, as well as the silver guy. It was pretty interesting to see how everything works, and I definitely got to know and had a great time chatting with my new best salesmen while awaiting their colleagues.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Searching for stones in India...

I think it is very fitting that my very first entry should be from India where I am spending a few weeks traveling with my mother and visiting my Brother, Sister-in-law and two Nephews while they live in Delhi for a few. I have now been here 9 days and am enjoying myself immensely. We already taken part in a few adventures, one of which was my first overnight, Indian train ride last night from Ahmedabad, in Gujarat, to Udaipur in Rajasthan. I have spent some beautiful days in Goa further south on the beach and such with the family and have done a fair amount of shopping and sight seeing. One of the biggest things that excited me about coming to India, aside from finally learning about my heritage, has been the prospect of finding new inspiration and buying many new materials for jewelry making. So far, I have not been to the really good spots that are well known for stones & beads. In Goa, Mom, Lindsay and I went to a daytime Flea Market which is divided into sections by culture. As soon as I cam upon the Tibetan section, I knew I would find good pices. The tibetan arts have always provided with such one of a kind materials and a spirit that does more than inspire. I found a couple strands of stones that I knew were a bit overpriced for the country I am in, but couldn't refuse, I AM a sucker for stones you know ;)
In one booth I came upon a super long strand of Tibetan Turquoise that was irregularly shaped and carried the most interesting striations. I inquired about price and was immediately dissapointed, as I was quoted 8500 Rp, equivalent to $170. These are not the kind of prices that allow me to buy much, or give my clients great prices. I really wanted this strand, but was not about to pay that amount. I continued to haggle with the sweet Tibetan woman and was very impressed with my own bargaining skills. I walked out of that tent with the strand for 2500 Rp, about $50. I cannot wait to break into the strand and pick through the prettiest ones to make a new creation.
Today Mom and I are in Udaipur and found a great Rikshaw driver to take us around and show the best hidden spots of this aleged, "cleanest city in India." He caught wind of my profession, and like a few drivers before him, thought he had just the spot for em to buy my materials. Alas, it was another upscale, overpriced Indian jewelry shop whose already created necklaces of Pink Tourmaline and Sparkling Chalcedony made me drool.
I am hoping that Jaipur, our next stop which is known for buying beads, silver and textiles, will provide the tables upon tables of strands and strands of my dream beads so that I may return with fresh materials and inspiration.
Until next time...
Much love, Lauryn.