Hitchcock Madrona Signature: Druzy Rings

Druzy rings

The Hitchcock Madrona druzy ring captures the essence of the boutique’s aesthetic and spirit.  They are playful yet sophisticated, and whimsical yet timeless.  Here is how the design was born…

Five years ago, after spotting large druzy stones in India, the initial design was produced.  There was something about the stone that was both magical and intriguing, not to mention, the size of the stone was like no other on the market!  Clients were consistently enchanted by the colors and shimmering quality of the quartz crystals.  After quickly selling out batch after batch – the design had to be perfected!  Originally, the setting was simple and crude, so Dustin and Erica worked for over a year with a jeweler to create a clean and modern band to complement the organic bling of the druzy stone.  Each slope, ridge and angle was carefully scrutinized for maximum comfort and aesthetic appeal.  Today we view the Hitchcock Madrona druzy ring as an iconic piece; one that appeals to a wide range of women.  Do you have one?  Two?  Many?  Too many?

Druzy ring

Druzy is the term used to describe the tiny crystals that form over millions of years within the crevices of a geode.   Each Hitchcock Madrona druzy ring is unique and comes in a variety of colors, as well as two different stone sizes.  You can also choose from either a silver or gold setting.


Officially Fall Outfit of the Day: Claire’s Return

Fall is in full swing around Hitchcock Madrona and we have all the cold weather gear you need from head to toe. Literally, we are selling hats, sweaters, coats, and socks. This season has been fun broadening our boutique’s offerings. We are so accustomed to selling jewelry that I get a big rush when we sell a pair of socks. Speaking of socks, we have some awesomely cozy and fabulous (of course) socks from Pantherella (England).  I am into the over-the-knee style and will figure out how to wear them asap. Blog post to come!

As you can see, I bribed Claire into another photo shoot. She even agreed to wear lipstick – I will turn her into a diva in no time!

Cashmere sweater by Hitchcock Madrona. Copper, brass and semi-precious stone necklaces by Xenia Mara (layered).  Hailwood coat by Barbour International.

Have I expressed my utter devotion to these short Barbour boots??!  Seriously, there is no reason why you should not own a pair.  Utilitarian Seattle chic. No brainer! I love them because they are a bit unexpected (not Hunter) and they are so light and easy to wear!  I get sore ankles when I wear the big, heavy, tall Wellies.  These are perfect to slip on and run out the door.

“Organic bling” of this druzy quartz ring by Hitchcock Madrona is perfect with the casual/outdoor style of the outfit.

We have sizes 7-9 in the short boots (all black).  They are running a bit big but I actually like that so that I can wear a wool sock comfortably.

How cool are these socks from Patherella?  Maroon, pink and cream. Perfection. I wore these with clunky platform heals and a jean skirt the other day.

Today was the first day of the season that I turned the heat on in the shop. Milestone!  Come visit and update your sock drawer!  I am sure it needs it – mine does!

XOXO

Erica


Outfit of the Day: Gingham and Neon

We are enjoying the (what feels like) extended summer here in Seattle. It did not rain one day in August – miracle. Today it is about 75 and perfect! I am sporting my beloved gingham shirt and green jeans. I threw in the neon belt to give it some pop.

Necklaces: “Coco Channel Goes to Africa” pearl and African bead double strand necklace by Hitchcock Madrona. Turquoise and rhinestone necklace by Surplus.

I love this shot of my desk after I striped everything off to go home. Jewelry carnage!

Detail shot of my small white and sterling druzy ring. I just spoke to a woman today that wore this ring (with the gold setting) for her July wedding. I love fearless brides!

Sorry about my recent lack of blogging. We are back from New York and I am caught up on everything (for the most part).

XOXO

Erica


Outfit of the Day: Commes des Garcon and Surplus

Today I am wearing my favorite purchase from our Edmonton trip, my men’s Commes des Garcon polka dot shirt. I purchased it from a wonderful store called Gravity Pope.If you have been to Edmonton (or Vancouver) I am sure you are familiar with this well curated store. Despite being made for a man, it is cut perfectly for me and the slight puff sleeves are a stuffy detail to this otherwise hilarious shirt. Perfect!

Vintage resin bangle bracelets found by hitchcock Madrona. Sterling silver and druzy quartz ring by Hitchcock Madrona.  “Big Bang” Necklace by Surplus.

How fun is this piece? Harriet, designer of Surplus Jewelry, attended the Louis Vuitton runway show in Paris in 2000. All attendees got a Louis Vuitton compass-type-do-hicky and that is the center piece of this fabulous pendant. The re-purposed, vintage water faucet knob (yes, that is what it is!) looks so scientific – like an atom. It hangs around your neck with vintage green leather that has been sewn together. The color combination, patina of the old knob, conceptual nature, and whimsy of this piece are all indicative of Harriet and her creations. This is quite a conversation piece!

We are gearing up for our next interior transformation with a Dustin road trip next week. He will be scouring the countryside from Seattle to Salt Lake City for treasures befitting the shops next incarnation. Stay tuned!

XOXO

Erica


What I am wearing…..IKAT!

I have loved all things ikat for a few years now.  You can see the print throughout my house (bed spread and couch throw pillows) and closet.  The colors of traditional Indian/Middle Eastern ikat are beautiful and designs otherworldly.  Ikat fabric is produced in a similar way to tied-dye fabric.  To create ikat the thread of the textile is dyed using the binding technique before it is woven into the fabric, whereas tied-dye is woven then bound and dyed.  It is amazing that intricate patterns miraculously appear after the thread is woven.  Ikat is a great way to wear a print without it being floral or plaid, which are expected.  It reads tribal and exotic which, for me, works best in the summer.  I decided to balance the pants with layers of ladylike pearls.  I also wanted to bring in another color so I chose golden brown, which looks great with navy and white.

Necklaces: 1) Pearl layers (costume/personal). 2) Amber chalcedony three stand necklace by hitchcock Madrona.  3) Wood, shell, brass and thread necklace by Winifred Grace.

Featuring….the newest addition to the hitchcock Madrona gold druzy rings.  Previously we made the gold setting available in black and white druzy quartz stones.  We chose these copper flecked quartz stones in India, where I was mesmerized by the colors within each stone.  They are a rich mixture of black, white, grey, and copper.  The perfect neutral because of the integration of cool and warm tones.  Sizes 5 – 9 available.

Bronze and leather cuff paired with two sterling silver and cotton woven bracelets, all by hitchcock Madrona.

Gold filled bangle cuffs (seven worn) by hitchcock Madrona, layered with black and gold chain bracelet by Xenia Mara. Ring: Wood, sterling silver and lemon quartz (gem quality) by hitchcock Madrona.
I hope everyone is enjoying their summer.  I can’t believe that it is August already!  I love this time of year; the days are long and the excitement of fall is around the corner.

XOXO

Erica