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Valentine’s Day is practically here, but it’s not too late to treat someone you love to a little sparkle. Give your Valentine the gift of handmade, locally crafted jewelry designed to be a part of their permanent collection. I have items under $100 perfect for your Galentine or sweetheart!
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In September, Linda, Nick and I were featured in The Red Book Magazine for the article: “Art in the Family”. I discussed travels, my native desert home, artistic influences, my casting process and more. Read More Here
“Rosa Kilgore, a renowned jewelry maker whose unique works are sold in galleries and boutiques across the southwest…”
My first museum trunk show! November 2018 I was the featured artist at the Museum Store’s Small Business Saturday event. I was thankful to be recognized by such a renowned organization.
Kairos – The Fall 2018 Collection from Rosa Kilgore Jewelry
The fall equinox has arrived, and so has my latest collection, Kairos. Just like the arrival of autumn reminds us of the rhythmic march of time (chronos), the Greek word kairos refers to a special moment of opportunity. That perfect moment rolls around and you can say or do the perfect thing, when the energy shifts and you can feel the electric moment of potential.
The equinox is somewhat of an opportunity as well – it marks a transitional point in time. Here in the northern hemisphere, summer is ending, and autumn is beginning. Day and night are completely equal, and there’s a moment of balance. We’re reflecting on the past, as well as looking forward to what the future has in store.
I adore equinoxes (I try to release my collections in conjunction with them). This season, the concepts of chronos vs kairos were especially fascinating to me, and have been my main source of inspiration as I’ve worked on the collection. The hoops are not only flattering (what’s better than hoop earrings!), but symbolic of cycles and wholeness.
Handmade in my Flagstaff studio, this collection is made with recycled sterling silver, pearls, green onyx, and ancient bronze.
My long pearl necklace with a hand-pressed silver hoop can be worn short or long. Pair it with a simple blouse and jeans or dress up an evening outfit.
The hoop earrings in my Kairos collection add a flash of silver and are dripping with lovely faceted green onyx accents. The rich jewel tones will be perfect as we enter the cooler months.
Making this collection was such a great experience, and I’m excited to share it with you. On this equinox, I’m grateful for all 2018 has brought and looking forward to what’s to come!
Cheers to fall, and here’s hoping you seize the kairos moments in your life.
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This is exciting news! Finally, my long awaited (by me) first video is finished and ready to share with the world. This video, where I share my inspirations as a jeweler and give you a glimpse into my studio, is here and I’m fired up to share it with you!
Maybe now that I’ve dipped my toe in, you’ll be seeing more video content from me in the future! Thank you for the support during this summer of firsts. You can keep up with me on Facebook and Instagram.
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I’m over the moon about this wonderful feature in The Red Book! A huge thanks to Perrine Adams for the amazing article and to Jill Richards for the gorgeous photos.
Perrine and I met when she attended my jewelry workshop at Sanctuary Resort during my Artist in Residence in March. We hit it off and this feature is a result of that delightful meeting.
The piece focuses on the unusual aspect of three working artists in one family. They were photographing the three of us on the same day so we made a little party of it. We served chocolate croissants (home made – thank you Trader Joes), mineral water and French lemonade. Pretty sure I ate more than half the croissants myself!
The photo shoot was so inspiring and fun. It was a gorgeous morning and Jill and her assistant were really easy to work with. I had met Jill once before, when Luxe magazine did an article on my mother Linda Margaret Kilgore. It was great to see her again and it also helped me feel more comfortable in front of the camera.
Thank you to everyone involved!
Happy July! The middle of the year brings the warm haze of summer, especially here in Arizona. The sun takes its time setting, we feel the urge to stop working and go out to play. Summertime brings a little more playing, lounging, and of course delicious cookouts and barbecues!
Some extra excitement comes on July 4th, when we observe Independence Day with a bang. The fireworks, sparklers, and American colors are everywhere, and we’re reminded of our rebellious country’s founding.
The American flag is meaningful and iconic, and being patriotic is easy when you’re rocking its colors. Celebrate the Fourth of July with my red, white, and blue-accented jewelry, all handmade in northern Arizona, USA.
My Square Cross Amulet Necklace on a Garnet Chain is a sophisticated way to incorporate red into your look. The small accents of the ruby-colored garnet are understated but still enchanting. This necklace is perfect to pair with a dress or with denim, and is short enough to layer with other necklaces.
One of my favorite statement pieces is the Hoop Necklace on Triple Strand Pearls. Stunning, one-of-a-kind freshwater pearls, and a pop of color from the turquoise paired with a sterling silver circle. This necklace is from my Circles and Spines collection, its inspiration drawn from my journeys around the country and returning home to my native AZ.
These sterling silver Tempest Earrings on Blue Onyx are perfect to take you from day to night. I love the mix of the beautiful deep blue with the textured silver. It’s said that blue onyx lends strength to the wearer and heightens intuition during times of stress.
I’m going to celebrate July 4th by keeping cool, cracking a beer, and comforting Sugarfoot if there are fireworks!
I’m thankful to live in this beautiful state and be a part of this incredible country. However you celebrate, be safe and have fun. Happy Independence Day!
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Do you feel that shift? The warm sun and long days?
June 21st marks the summer solstice, the official beginning of summer. It’s the longest day and shortest night of the year.
Every year, there are two solstices — one in summer, and another in winter (around December 21st), marking the extremes of daytime and nighttime.
I love summertime, full of golden days and memorable nights.
In northern AZ, the noises of the forest come alive and everything slows down. Not to mention, star-gazing is amazing during these short nights!
Celebrate this celestial summer occasion with my cosmos-inspired jewelry.
Mystical, enchanting, and dreamy: my Luna collection and lucky star jewelry is perfect for those who appreciate the magic of the cosmos.
Like all my jewelry, these pieces are handmade in northern Arizona.
As the seasons change once again, we are reminded of the beautiful cycles of nature and our universe.
May this summer be full of fun, sun, and star-gazing! Happy Summer Solstice.
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June is finally here! There’s something about summertime that brings out our romantic side. The warmth and positive energy of these months makes summer perfect for a new fling, dreamy dates, or tying the knot.
Whether you’re a blushing bride or just wearing rose-colored glasses, my rose quartz collection is perfect for women who want tender but significant details in their jewelry.
It is said that rose quartz has healing properties, its energy unclogs negativity in your heart and opens you up to love and positivity. By wearing it, you brighten your ‘aura’ and draw others to you. Who doesn’t love that?
There is a femininity and softness that’s innate to rose quartz. The soft shade of blush is flattering to all skin tones and adds a pop of color that isn’t over-whelming. It can pair with almost any outfit and brings a touch of romance.
Rose quartz and freshwater pearls together are romantic and classic. I love the combination of delicate, pale pink quartz with textured sterling silver.
Like all my jewelry, this collection is handmade by me right here in Arizona. This summer, you’ll find me hunting for swimmin’ holes, taking forest hikes with my sweet dog Sugarfoot, spending time with my dude, and dreaming of new jewelry concepts. Follow me on Instagram to keep up with my adventures!
Wherever this summer takes you, I hope it’s full of romance, rosy sunsets, and loads of fun.
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Versatile jewelry allows you to change your look without taking up extra space in your suitcase.
When traveling, the less you have to carry the better, right? Versatile jewelry that can be worn in different ways allows you to change your look without taking up extra space in your suitcase. Necklaces that can be worn short or long, earrings that take you from day to night, these are ‘must have’ items for every fashionista to travel with.
This triple strand ancient bronze hoop necklace goes beautifully with black and shades of brown and gold, making it a travel must-have. It can be worn with only one strand around your neck for a longer look, as pictured on the left. The pop of color from the sleeping beauty turquoise brings out shades of blue, and adds some intrigue.
These earrings are under-stated enough to wear with a t-shirt and jeans, and stylish enough to become evening wear.
Travel tip: avoid swimming and showering in your jewelry! Your pieces will tarnish and become duller faster. Lounging around in jewelry and swimwear on dry land is A-OK though.
Reach for pieces that can be worn long or short when packing for your journey. My longer pearl necklaces give you the freedom to play around with length.
Longer necklaces look great with v-necks, open necklines, and swimwear.
As a denim fanatic who often has to look professional, I want my jewelry to be as versatile as possible. I love keeping things easy and simple, especially when travelling!
Wherever this year takes you, I hope your travels bring you adventure and inspiration! To keep up with my trips and treks, follow me on Instagram.
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It’s that time of year! Celebrate your grad with a charming, versatile necklace that can be worn in a variety of ways.
It’s that time of year! When stress turns to relief and students become graduates. Graduations signify the end of one chapter, but also the exciting start of a journey. It’s important to celebrate the occasion with a gift that is high quality, beautiful, and commemorative.
Hand-crafted jewelry is the perfect gift for anyone about to set off on a new adventure. All my jewelry is made in Arizona from high grade materials like ancient bronze, pyrite, recycled sterling silver, freshwater pearls, and semi-precious stones.
Your choice of stone:
Kingman Turquoise • White Pearl • Garnet • Labradorite • Amethyst • Chocolate Pearl
Your choice of monogram:
Sterling Silver • Ancient Bronze
Your choice of 2018 bar:
Sterling Silver • Ancient Bronze
The chain is sterling silver faceted ball chain. But here’s the great part: it’s fully adjustable! Not sure what size to get your grad? This necklace can be worn as long as 20 inches or as short as they like. It goes with just about every neckline and shirt style – who doesn’t love versatility?
Shown here at 16 inches.
Whether it’s high school or college, your graduate worked hard to get that diploma. Congratulations, Class of 2018! The world is your oyster!
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Don’t become a victim of the fast fashion cycle! Why slow fashion is the future.
Slowly but surely, people are realizing the perils of “fast fashion”. If you walk through a shopping mall, the majority of what you see is “fast fashion” — trends that will come and go in a month. Sequins, frills, ruffles, chokers, plastics, cheap fabrics, and cheap jewelry.
These “fashion” items are made in foreign factories, by people who often have no other choice but to work for pennies. The quality of these pieces are poor because of the quick turnaround to meet the demands of flashy “trends”. That cheap bracelet and blouse will fall apart after 3 wears, perpetuating the cycle of consumerism and throw-away culture.
Jewelry is an especially worthwhile investment for any person of style. Cheap jewelry contains metals that irritate the skin, and the shoddy craftsmanship is apparent when fake jewels and stones fall out of your rings, earrings, etc.
Investing in “slow” fashion, pieces created by designers and artists, is not only a wise financial choice (the pieces will last much longer), but a moral one. Wouldn’t you rather support a small business, who takes pride in their work and products? Or a large corporation where all they care about is quarterly profits and trapping people in a vicious fashion cycle?
Each Rosa Kilgore piece is made in Arizona, where I live and where my inspiration originates. I take pride in using high quality materials like American turquoise, recycled sterling silver, semi-precious stones, ancient bronze, and freshwater pearls. As a metalsmith and silversmith, each piece has my own fingerprints all over it – this is personal to me.
My pieces will not fall apart after a few wearings, they are made to last as long as you care for them. I make one-of-kind pieces of art that will withstand passing “trends”. I don’t believe in buying something trendy, only to toss it away soon after when the craze passes. True style is timeless — all you need is high-quality, unique pieces and confidence.
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