Meet me at Hester Street Fair

Posted on June 19, 2013 by Harlequin&Lionhead

NYC Fans of Harlequin&Lionhead, I'm going to have my first 2013 Hester Street Fair trunk show this coming Saturday. Come visit me after your brunch! 

June 22, 2013 10am-6pm
Corner of Hester and Essex F J M Z to Delancey F to East Broadway

There are so many cool things at this little gem downtown. Here is a sneak view of the cool people you may meet there. 

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If you are in New York, look for me and beautiful art here!

Posted on April 12, 2013 by Harlequin&Lionhead
If you have been reading my post, you probably have heard about my retail anchor in Park Slope, Brooklyn. It was called Urban Alchemist and here was the post about it.

The lovely boutique has been there since 2008 but unfortunately due to the economy, it could not survive on its own. So now the place is transformed by 2 talented ladies into an art gallery called Ground Floor Gallery, and Urban Alchemist takes up a corner of the gallery as its gift store. A selection of my Harlequin&Lionhead jewelry is available for purchase there!

I have been to the gallery opening last week and took some pics. You can also see a post about the gallery on the Daily News here.

Temporary signage outside of the gallery. The window installation (the computers) is created by one of the artist,  Lori Nelson. Her art, as you will see below, has a strong theme evolving the digital world.
The window installation to promote Lori Nelson's exhibition of "Next Generation"
My crappy photo of Lori's exhibition. Click to visit her website.
I love June Glasson's interaction driven pieces. She has a few paintings on display.
Evan Venegas's Emodata is on display as well.
Elizabeth Riley's Moving/Still collection.
At the Urban Alchemist corner, you can see a beautiful collection of picture plates by Angela Rossi or Beat Up Creations.
Under the picture plates is the jewelry case showcasing some of the previous jewelry selections at the Urban Alchemist full scale store. Here you can find the best of the Eswera designs by Imaan Selim. 
And some other designers including your truly, Harlequin&Lionhead! 
Selected pieces from my Harlequin&Lionhead collections. Including all-time-best-seller, Rose Adjustable Rings and Rose Wreath Rings, Whirls #1 and #2 rings, Whirls #6 and #7 pendant necklaces. And new addition the Long Stem Rose Dangle earrings. And my personal fav Rose bangles. The pieces that makes lovely gifts, the Rose Wreath pendants and the Whirls #5 rings. 
Unfortunately due to space limitation, all the rings I have there are all size 7. If you happens to hop by and see anything you like and want it in a different size, just leave a message at the store or email me and I'll send other sizes over for you!

The Gloor Floor Gallery opens Fri-Sun, from noon-7pm. At any day you can find one of two brilliant ladies, Jill or Krista there.

Buy local and support individual artists!

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What jewelry is appropriate to give at which stage of a relationship?

Posted on February 13, 2013 by Harlequin&Lionhead

Hm...sounds more like a trick question. It is true that normally guys only give girls jewelry if they really like a girl. Yes, you can quote me on that. For the newbies in the gifting scene, what type of jewelry should you get for your beloved?

First gift

Usually for first gift, I would recommend bracelets.

It is the type of jewelry that does not require an intimate knowledge of a girl - like ring sizes, if they have ear piercing or not. Also, subconsciously where the jewelry sits on a girl's body is symbolic to a boyfriend's caress. So necklace in a way is more intimate than a bracelet. A bracelet is a nice first jewelry gift that does not carry too much of...say an "expectation."

Early stage

Earrings are usually a pretty good choice. Earrings are usually easier for both the gifter and the receiver. A small pair of studs usually is a staple in a girl's jewelry box. Even if the girl does not usually wear simple studs, she can still wear it without affecting her style too much. And she can always find an occasion that calls for it. If you don't know what your girl likes to wear yet, stay with something metal or a simple gemstone set one (in a color that she likes) and don't go for anything too specific like pearls.
Steady stage

So the guy loves his girl but doesn't want to commit to the big M word yet. What should he give? Now is the time to get a necklace. A meaningful one is called for. Get one that would complement the girlfriend's style. It is the understanding of what she loves that makes the necklace a good gift, not how much you spend. But if you are hopelessly clueless about fashion, go for a nice one - if not a diamond, a precious gemstone necklace, or one that carries the meaning of love.

She is yours

It's time for the ring! Take a ring from her jewelry box and get it to a jeweler to find out what her size is. Or if that's not possible, try using a thin stripe of paper to measure the inside of her ring, input the length using this convertor to see what her size is. Do note that different fingers are different in size. To be safe, pick the middle finger. In winter if her fingers shrink in size in the cold temperature, she can move it to her ring finger and still be able to wear it easily. And it is easier to size up a ring then sizing down.

If this is your first ring for her, and that you don't plan on proposing anytime soon, stay away from a ring with diamond or white crystal/gemstone. See what necklaces and earrings she wears and pick a complimentary ring. Don't look for another ring she has and buy something too similar. But do use her rings as a style gauge. E.g., if she likes statement rings or simple everyday rings, with gemstone or not...etc.

Happy Valentine's Day!

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