Bling-a-ling? Yes, please! Bling for a good cause – and support local small business/artists? Gosh, we just can’t resist! This weekend at one of our favorite vintage shops, Objects Found, is the 9th Annual Soroptimist Jewelry Show. Nine local jewelers and artists will be selling their irresistible baubles – and 20% of all jewelry sales go to the Soroptimists to further their mission of helping women of all ages in fulfill their dreams and grow within their communities.
We attended last year’s sale in January 2012 and selected a few favorites to illustrate the variety and style of the Soroptimist Jewelry Show. All three of these artists will be making an appearance at this weekend’s event, too – so if you like what you see, make a point to come check it out…
The above quad of vintage necklaces were presented at the 2012 Soroptimist Jewelry Show by Andrew Bruchey of The Parisian Flea in Hampden, Baltimore. We are long-time fans of Andrew’s stunning estate finds and real-deal vintage jewelry. The Parisan Flea always offers up very fine selections – not just vintage pieces, but the kind of jewelry that is both timeless and very collectible. One could call these statement pieces – Seriously, just look at those glass flowers! Love!
Local artist Cindy Blackburn works in sterling silver, gold and semi-precious stones creating custom pieces. Her collection includes rings, earrings, pedants, bracelets and pins. We both loved the earthy, grounded quality to her designs. Each item felt organic and totally comfortable, as if you could wear it everyday with any outfit – from a work suit to jeans & tee. Cindy was wonderful to talk to and is happy to share the stories that inspire her work. The ring-tree was my absolute favorite!
ReWearables by Niki Hord was completely our style. We applaud Niki for crafting her collection (and even her display pieces!) from found and upcycled beads and objects. The ReWearables style is eclectic, fun, funky and casual – just like Niki herself. We both enjoyed chatting with her about her creations and how she started making jewelry. She said that she hated to see beautiful things from the past in disrepair and headed for the landfill, so she reimagined them into whole modern pieces. Niki’s jewelry was very affordable and very, very wearable!
In addition to Andrew Bruchey from the Parisian Flea, Cindy Blackburn and ReWearables by Niki Hord, the other artists participating this weekend at the the Soroptimist Jewelry Show will be Denise Ashby, Patti Boyle, Andrea Harris, Ellen Montoya, Wanda Robinson and Beth Rogers.
Soroptimist International is an international organization of business and professional women trying to make a difference through volunteerism locally and throughout the world, advancing the status of women, promoting friendship, international understanding, goodwill and peace. Each year, Soroptimist clubs in 19 countries and territories assist women in overcoming personal difficulties and improving their lives through education and skills training.
Locally, Soroptimist of Arbutus works on a signature local project called “Comfort Caps” in which they provide turbans and bandanas to a local oncology center to be given free of charge to women experienced hair loss due to cancer treatment.