I’ve been wearing some borrowed jewelry this week to see what comments came my way.  As expected, the compliments were fast and furious.  OH MY GOSH!  Tell me about that necklace.  That is the coolest piece; where did you get it? THAT is the bracelet I’ve been looking for; where can I get my hands on one?  And on and on… Sadly, I need to return it all.  But, what a great perk to play dress-up with this collection all week.  Fortunately for you, it is all available this Thursday, November 19th at a local McGowan and McClain Jewelry trunk show.  See details on show at the bottom of this post.

I wore a necklace just like the vermeil one here, but in sterling silver, for two days.  I loves the way it hugged my collar bone.  This is a great everyday piece that will "finish" your outfit.  IN sterling, this arched bean necklace in $185

I wore a necklace just like the vermeil one here, lower left corner, but in sterling silver, for two days. I loves the way it hugged my collar bone. This is a great everyday piece that will “finish” your outfit. In sterling, this arched bean necklace is $185

Background: Two cousins, Marian and Laura Jones, from Chattanooga have launched a jewelry line with such strength that I can’t wait to see where this all goes for them.  Both cousins are classically trained in metals and jewelry and they joined forces in October of 2008.

I think their bio does a wonderful job describing the tactile and visual experience of wearing their jewelry, so I’m just going to quote:

“Their main inspiration comes from nature and organic materials.  They appreciate textured metal and the tactile quality jewelry possesses in its feel on the skin and fingertips.  They love the distinctive textures if seeds, pods, and everyday objects once cast.  The elegance and beauty of raw stones and the innate quality that they embody are qualities the two women strive to bring to life in their everyday work.”

I love the mixture of refined and rough found in these quartz necklaces.  All here about $200.

I love the mixture of refined and rough found in these quartz necklaces. Each here about $200.

All McGowan & McClain pieces are made from sterling silver and then oxidized or vermeil.  Vermeil is one of those words that I often hear, and pretty much knew what it meant, but I still decided to look of the definition as I wasn’t 100% sure that I was right.  If you are in the same boat, here it is:

The Code of Federal Regulations…”An industry product may be described or marked as ‘vermeil’ if it consists of a base of sterling silver coated or plated on all significant surfaces with gold or gold alloy of not less than 10 karat fineness, that is of substantial thickness and a minimum thickness throughout equivalent to two and one half (2 1/2) microns (or approximately 100/1000000ths of an inch) of fine gold.”

So, now we both know EXACTLY!

I love buying jewelry that has mixed metals. It just makes life a little easier when you're not sure you want to wear your gold earrings with your silver necklace.

I love buying jewelry that has mixed metals. It just makes life a little easier when trying to find some overlap when putting your jewelry together….without ending up with an overly matchy-matchy feel.

This collection is one that I can easily see in future years jumping to very high-end.  They both have a great eye and I admit that I just love the way their pieces feel to wear.

Prices are around the $100 – $200 price point.  The cuff that I am enamored with, cast from a banana leaf is $220 but can be worn with a t-shirt and jeans as easily as it could be worn to the upcoming Symphony Ball.  You can see that bracelet in the photo below – gold, lower left hand side.  These bracelets and rings are from their Carbon collection.

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Take a moment and drop by to see some rising stars in the jewelry market.  And please tell them you read about it here, at StyleBlueprint:

Thursday November 19th, 9am – 7pm
Host: Dotty Sutter
202 Hillwood Blvd., Nashville, TN 37205
www.mcgowanandmcclain.com