gold pearl and sapphire earrings from Nikki Lorenz Designs

You Can't Be Blue with the Color Options for Sapphire Jewelry

Remember when you used to ask your mom who her favorite was?  Her answer was always some crap along the line of “I love you the same, you’re just very different people.” Yeah, right. As a jewelry designer and maker, I can tell you I most definitely have favorites!  Yes, all gems are beautiful in their own special way… but sapphires?  Yeah, they’re one of my favorites. Why? Sit tight, I’m gonna tell you. Sapphires come in a whole bunch of colors, not just the blue you’re used to.   Want a list?   Pink.  Purple.  Orange.  Yellow.  Green.  (I would add...

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gold, silver and garnet jewelry from Nikki Lorenz Designs

I Am in Love With All the Colors of Garnet

Wanna know what one of my favorite gemstones is? Garnet. Yep, garnet.  Why? Oh garnet, how do I love thee?  Let me count the ways: 1) Rhodolite, 2)Spessartite, 3)Alamandite, 4) Pyrope, 5) Mali, 6) Demantoid, 7) Malaya, 8) Tsavorite, 9) Grossularite, 10)Hessonite, 11) Ant Hill, 12) Color-change, and 13) Star. That enough for you?  I know, that made absolutely no sense, and as you read that your brain just heard the teacher from the Peanuts cartoons, but let me explain a bit. Most gemstones have varieties.  Pink sapphire and blue sapphire, for example, are varieties of sapphire. Well, garnet has...

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gold and pearl necklaces from Nikki Lorenz Designs

The Amazing True Origin Story of the Pearl

Someone asked me the other day why I liked pearls so much.   Poor thing. I don’t think she was prepared for the glimmer in my eye or the, possibly frightening, maniacal look on my face. My quick response was:  “I’m in awe that one angry little mollusk could create something so gorgeous!” For those of you that don’t know how pearls are formed let me drop a little knowledge.   In nature, tiny little parasites bore a hole into the shell of a mollusk.  Once they get in it irritates the animal.  (I know from personal experience whether I’m physically or...

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3 Stunning Necklaces to Boost Your Everyday Style

3 Stunning Necklaces to Boost Your Everyday Style

I’m normally a jeans-and-t-shirt kind of person.  There are days that even though I’m in my standard uniform I like to take it up a notch.  One of the options I like is a great necklace.  Whether it’s something like this long aquamarine necklace with its light ethereal feel or the bold styling of this necklace from my Deco Luxe Collection.  Let’s not forget the light, breezy feel of this turquoise necklace from my Open hourglass Collection. Make sure to head over to my shop and take a look at these beauties. Talk to you soon, Nikki P.S.  Most of...

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Add Some Halloween Style with These Stunning Black and Orange Earrings

Add Some Halloween Style with These Stunning Black and Orange Earrings

What did you do this weekend?  Great! Me?  Oh, I put out my Halloween decorations.   This then led to my daughter pointing out that we don’t have enough Halloween decorations. {Insert eye roll here.}  It’s not that I don’t like decorations for any season or occasion.  I actually really like them.  I like putting them out!  I love getting festive! I HATE putting them away.   I know hate is a strong word, but really...  I loathe it.  I can be a bit particular when putting things away.  A trait I inherited from my mother.  I still have less-than-pleasant memories surrounding...

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silver and pink pearl earrings on model from Nikki Lorenz Designs

Simple Statement Earrings To Add Polish to Your “Crazy Day” Fall Style

It’s late morning as I write this.  I have a million things to do & not enough time in the day.   I’m rocking the same shirt as yesterday because this morning (at the ass-crack of dawn) I didn’t have the luxury of casually sipping a cup of tea while perusing my closet to select just the right outfit to embrace my day.  And I have to run out in a bit to take care of some things.  Then come home and take care of a few more things and then go to my shop to work on the collection I’m...

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