Independence Day

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Celebrate the Summer Solstice

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Lucky Star Turquoise Earrings

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.

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Crescent Moon Bracelet

 

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!

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Crescent Moon Earrings with Faceted Rose Quartz 

 

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.

 

 

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Lucky Star on Faceted Ball Chain

With accents like rose quartz, amethyst, pyritepearls, and turquoise – there’s a style for every star-lover.

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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Summer Love: Rose Quartz

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.

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Small Hoop Earrings with Faceted Rose Quartz

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.

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Rose Quartz and Pearl Infinity Bracelet

Rose quartz and freshwater pearls together are romantic and classic. I love the combination of delicate, pale pink quartz with textured sterling silver.

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Ancient Coin Earrings with Faceted Rose Quartz

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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Memorial Day Sale

Every year, Americans reflect on and remember those who made the most honorable sacrifice. Our troops are a point of pride, and I want to thank those Heroes who represented and defended our country.

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Tableau Charm necklace

In honor of this day of remembrance, I’m discounting all dog tags and tableau items.

Military inspired, my dog tags are simple and elegant. Like all my jewelry, this collection is handmade in northern Arizona.

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Tableau Dog Tag necklace

My tableau collection is inspired by the concept of “tabula rasa” or “blank slate”.

We should always remember those who served and memorialize their service, and then look ahead to what will we do to honor their sacrifice.

This ‘blank slate’ represents the world’s future waiting to be written — the future our soldiers fought for.

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Small tableau earrings with pearls

Their courage and values should inspire us all to live our best lives and to create our best reality for ourselves and for the next generations.

For the next three days, use discount code “remember” at checkout for 15% off this entire collection. 

View the collection here.

 

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Leonard Kilgore, my grandfather

 

My Grandfather, Leonard Kilgore, fought in the Navy in World War II. He thankfully returned home safely, while many of his fellow soldiers did not– they and all combat Heroes should be remembered and honored.

 

 

Thank you, to all those who served.

 

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How to travel with your jewelry

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.

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Hoop Necklace on Triple Strand Pearls

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.

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Amethyst Tableau Earrings

These earrings are under-stated enough to wear with a t-shirt and jeans, and stylish enough to become evening wear.

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Falling Rain Earrings

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.

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Storm Necklace on Pearls

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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Graduation gift: Custom, versatile keepsake necklace

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.

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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.

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I strive to create real jewelry that is captivating and unique. This year I created a customizable stamp pendant necklace, so your graduate can always have a reminder of this exciting time.

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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.

 

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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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Style v. Fashion: The Value of Investing in Your Jewelry

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.

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Flamenco Hoop Earrings

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.

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Sterling silver Tableau Necklace

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.

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Tree Ring Bangle Bracelet

 

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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