Just In: Crystal Hartman Jewelry

We are so excited to introduce Crystal Hartman to our customers. Crystal is a new artist to Hitchcock Madrona and to the Seattle area. She has created a collection of exquisitely wrought designs exclusively for us – check ’em out!

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This necklace is an exclusive design for Hitchcock Madrona. It is amazing.

Crystal grew up in a family of jewelers. Her father John and mother Estell began the Durango Silver Company in 1972. It remains family owned and operated in scenic Durango, Colorado. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in printmaking from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Crystal also has an interest in watercolor. She initially turned her attention to painting and printmaking before learning sliversmithing from her father, a master gold and silversmith and stonecutter. Dustin and I are planning a trip to Durango to visit Crystal and her family’s business.  We can’t wait!

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Black onyx cabochon and sterling silver stud earrings

Crystal employs a technique called the “lost wax process” when making her jewelry; it involves using wax to create a mold into which she then pours molten silver. John cuts all the stones that will subsequently be added to her designs.

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An example of a wax mold for one of Crystal’s bracelets – be sure to keep an eye out for a future blog post on the “lost wax process”!

We have silver rings, bracelets, and one gorgeous necklace of Crystal’s currently in stock. She is such a talented artist – all of her jewelry is beautiful, elegant and entirely handcrafted!

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Mother of pearl and sterling silver earrings

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Wide sterling silver band with tiny black diamonds

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Wide sterling silver cuff bracelet (with or without diamonds available)

When Dustin and I met with Crystal during her recent visit to Seattle we were enamored with her skill and design narrative. I challenged her to incorporate white, champagne and black diamonds into her organic pieces. They turned out better than I ever thought possible. She cast the diamonds into the pieces and therefore they are seamlessly integrated into the design. Your eye has to hunt for the stones (she didn’t want prongs) and when you see one the others magically appear. Pure genius.

XOXO

Erica


Gift Idea: Pantherella Cashemere Socks

Looking for a great stocking stuffer or a fun (but luxurious) present that won’t break the bank this holiday season? Pantherella socks are the ultimate in cozy comfort and outstanding quality.

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Hitchcock Madrona started carrying Pantherella this fall and we love the styles and colors they come in. A British brand dedicated to manufacturing products that are both stylish and practical (like Barbour!), Pantherella has been producing exceptionally well-made goods out of its factory in Leicester, England for close to seventy years. It’s all about the details with these socks; each one has a hand-linked toe seam and a reinforced heel to ensure longevity. They are crafted from a relatively thin (but durable) material to minimize bulk. The company uses only the finest yarns and employs the latest in sock-producing technology so that Pantherella wearers can be sure their socks will stand the test of time and remain in great condition for years to come.

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Available in ankle or knee-high lengths.

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Happy holidays everyone!  Come by this weekend – we will be in full holiday celebration mode!! New merchandise is still trickling into the store. I am finishing up a line of budget friendly gifts (everything under $150) that will appeal lots of the ladies on your list. Post to come soon!

XOXO

Erica


Gift Idea: Etro Fragrances

Etro is one of Italy’s leading luxury fashion houses. Founded in 1968 by Gimmo Etro, the brand is very much a family enterprise and to this day remains a leader in the fashion industry in terms of both quality and cutting-edge style.

In the late 1980s Etro expanded by introducing its line of perfumes. These fragrances are luxurious, sophisticated and unisex(!), making them the perfect gift for anyone on your list this holiday season. Plus, how fabulous will it be for the lucky receiver to say they own something by Etro?!

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We have these six fragrances in stock:

Ambra: rose, geranium, amber, opoponax, patchouli, vanilla

Etra Etro: cinnamon, Ceylon, allspice, geranium, rose, sandalwood, amber, vanilla

Heliotrope: orange blossom, heliotrope flowers, bitter almond, vanilla, coumarin

New Tradition: bergamot, lavender, patchouli, rose, ylang ylang, iris, vetiver

Royal Pavillon: jasmine, rose, gardenia, tuberose, mimosa, ylang ylang, cloves, sandalwood, vetiver,

Sandalo: petit grain, lavender, Mysore sandalwood, cedar wood, lilac, amber, coumarin

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Just in: Xenia Mara HUGE Collection

Xenia visited us today and brought the largest collection of jewels she has ever dropped off. They are going to be great gifts this season.

One of my favorite styles by Xenia, her “goddess” layers of vintage chain. Everyone needs one of these!

I will feature more pieces on the blog in outfit posts throughout the month.

XOXO

Erica