Jewelry articles

Thomas Laraia’s passion for everything antique and vintage drives his creation of one-of-a-kind bracelets, rings, necklaces and earrings.

Artist Profile: Thomas Laraia

“I’ve always been passionate about everything antique or vintage,” says jewelry designer and silversmith Tom Laraia. His passion drives his creation of one-of-a-kind bracelets, rings, earrings and necklaces made from a rainbow of polished sea glass and repurposed materials set in elegantly rendered sterling silver. His Tommy Conch brand has become synonymous with uncompromising quality and craftsmanship.

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Impulse Buy: BirdQueen Designs

Gretchen Diehl, of BirdQueen Designs in Philadelphia, relies on vivid dreams, people and animals she’s known and loved, and verbal and visual misinterpretations to create “original, affordable, adorable plastic jewelry that’s meant to make a statement wherever you go.” Diehl and production managers Melissa Magri and Michele Smith print the artist’s designs on ink jet shrink film.

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Backing Into the Bridal Business

Sometimes it’s the customers who let you know what business you’re in. Paul and Paula Coben of Gallery Five in Tequesta, Fla., discovered they were in the wedding business when their extensive art-to-wear collection became a must-stop for women whose daughters were getting married.

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