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Introducing Poet: An Intriguing New Men’s Collection from Waxing Poetic

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Exciting news!  We have just received the new Waxing Poetic Men’s line of jewelry, Poet.  Just in time for Father’s Day, these unique pieces feature necklaces, bracelets, and rings.  Poet is crafted from sterling silver, brass, and quality leathers for a long-lasting keepsake.  Each piece is inspired by wax seals and signet rings and designed with a rugged edge and meaningful symbols.

Necklaces

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The necklaces included in the Poet line are beautiful talismans displayed on a sturdy silver chain.  The Poet line uses a lot of oxidized silver to bring a more roughhewn character.  Accented with hammered textures and classic heraldic shapes, we love their unique style.

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For the man who likes to travel and explore, the Compass and Explorer necklaces make a meaningful gift.  Emblazoned with the symbol of the compass, they are reminders to be brave and explore beyond the edges of ones comfort zone.  The Coat of Arms necklace, featuring the North Star and an anchor, reminds the adventure-seeker to both follow the stars and stay grounded.

To honor the man who is an ever-steady presence in the family, the star-themed Midsummer Night, Star Shield, and Polaris necklaces are a wonderful choice.  Used for centuries in celestial navigation, the stars are a symbol of eternal constancy.

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We also love the Anguis and Peacebringer necklaces.  Symbolic of knowledge, discovery, healing, and transformation, the snake centered on the Anguis necklace celebrates the man who melds a strong mind and dedicated spirit.  We think this piece makes a meaningful gift for a man in the medical profession.  The Peacebringer necklace displays a dove, emblem of peace, accord, and new beginnings.

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Bracelets, Rings, and Accessories

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Beyond the necklace offerings, Poet has a selection of gorgeous leather bracelets and distinctive rings and keychains.  Both leather bracelets are etched with the compass symbol on the clasp.  The brown braided leather Unified Front bracelet is paired with a brass clasp and the black two-strand leather bracelet has a sterling clasp.

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The rustic sterling Genesis ring is fashioned after Poesy rings.  Poesy rings were popular during the 15th through the 17th centuries in both England and France as lovers’ gifts, and feature a short inscription.  The Genesis ring reminds us to start where you are, use what you have, and do what you can.

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Finally, the coat of arms key fob is a great introduction to the Poet line for the man who is still on the fence about wearing jewelry.  We love the coat of arms symbol- it makes a great key fob for the ladies too!

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Stop by Versant to see these new additions in person!  Can’t get to the store?  We ship nationwide and offer free shipping for orders over $50.  Are you new to Waxing Poetic and want to learn more? Check out our designer page here: http://versantjewelry.com/index/our-designers/waxing-poetic/

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Alex and Ani, Featured Designer, Limited Edition, New Arrivals

The Season of Serendipity- Alex and Ani’s Summer Collection Arrives

Bright colors, sparkling stones, and dreams of the beach- that’s what summer is about!  The Alex and Ani summer collection, Serendipity, catches the essence of summer.  With new bangles, beaded bracelets, and Limited Edition sets, there is something for every charmed arm!  Grab your sunnies and check out our review of the new additions below.

New Seaside Symbols and Words are Powerful Bangles

The seaside bangle collections has received a long overdue update with the summer collection!  These bangles are some of the oldest styles still available.  Now with the redesigned symbols, you can continue to collect anew!  We love the new design of the starfish and the mermaid- they are much more detailed than the original designs.

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The new charms are slightly smaller than the old charms, making them great for layering, and some are adorned with Swarovski crystals for added sparkle!

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The Words are Powerful collection has also received an update.  A lot of the original bangles have been redesigned with colorful enamel.  There are some great new additions as well!  The Seas the Day and Good Vibes Only bangles sum up our summer mantra!  We also love the new What is For You Will Not Pass You in the shiny rose finish.  Some of these new bangles will be Limited Edition for the summer collection only- get them before they are gone!

The shiny gold finish bangles make a great addition to any summer charmed arm as well.  We love the new Everything Happens for a Reason in bright white with the warm gold.

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Serendipity Beaded Bracelets

Summer is the season of color, and Alex and Ani has embraced this with their new super-saturated beaded bangles.  With natural elements, such as wood, intermixed with brilliant faceted stones, these bracelets are gorgeous on their own and add a touch of summer to any bangle stack.
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A lot of the new bracelets are the wrap-style, making them a great choice for any wrist size.  We love the mixture of the bright orange and fuchsia- it reminds us of a summer sunset!  The ocean-inspired emerald green and cobalt blues mixed with the Rafaelian silver finish are beautiful as well.

Looking to add a touch of color but don’t want to go too bright?  The bangles with wood beads strike a great balance between color and neutrals.  Some of the new beaded wraps offer a more muted summer tone as well- and they are only $28!

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We love the look of stacking different summer beaded bracelets styles together for a beach-ready stack.

Colorful Cuffs

The beaded bracelets are not the only way to add some color to your charmed arm this summer!  Four new Limited Edition enamel cuffs have been released as part of the Alex and Ani summer collection.

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With pops of color embedded in the Rafaelian gold and silver cuffs, these bracelets add some summer fun to the top of your wrist while your charm bangles fall below!  Each bangle has a different summer-inspired pattern.  We love the look of the blues with greek key and moroccan tile inspired patterns.

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Giving Back (and Looking Good While Doing it!)

Four new Charity by Design bangles have been released as part of the Alex and Ani summer collection as well.  Some are redesigned old favorites (welcome back Prints of Love!) and others are entirely new bangle styles.

The new Sand Castle bangle represents a fortress of strength and love.  This bangles gives back to SOS Children’s Villages, who work to build families for children in need. The Print of Love Charity by Design bangle has been updated with a heart-shaped Swarovski crystal to add a little extra sparkle.  The new Prints of Love, like the old, gives back to the ASPCA.  The Apple and the Dolphin have moved from the core collection to the Charity by Design collection.

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Now when you buy your favorite teacher the Apple bangle, not only are you giving her a heartfelt gift, you are giving back to Blessings in a Backpack to provide meals for underprivileged children.  The Dolphin teaches us to have a playful heart- what better way to honor this than to give back to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to rescue and rehabilitate marine animals and provide joy and education to the next generation.

Limited Edition Sets

The Alex and Ani Summer collection also includes some fun new Limited Edition sets.  Sets make a great gift, as they include a Limited Edition bangle and beaded bracelets to form a complete stack.

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The Limited Edition summer bangle sets include a set of five in shiny gold and a set of three in shiny silver.  The set of five includes an enamel Puffer Fish bangle.  This shiny gold set is accented in cotton candy colors with light pinks, seaglass blues,  and sunny yellows.

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The set of three includes an enamel sailboat bangle in shades of blue and white.  The sailboat is accompanied by beaded bangles in bright blue and natural wood accents.

In addition to the summer sets, the June Limited Edition set also has an ocean-inspired theme!  This set of two is available in the shiny silver finish and features the Path of Life.  A great symbol for grads, the art infusion Path of Life has been illustrated with a nautical style.

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The new Alex and Ani summer collection has us ready to set sail on some summer adventures!  Stop by Versant to check out all of the new styles in person.  New to Alex and Ani? Learn more about this great company on our designer page- http://versantjewelry.com/index/our-designers/alex-and-ani/

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Featured Designer- Compass Rose Jewelry

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Compass Rose is a line of beautiful sterling silver and 14k gold jewelry that features the symbol of the compass rose.  Wearing the compass rose reminds us that “we are not just travelers, but navigators of our futures.”

History of the Compass Rose

The compass rose, also called the windrose, is a navigational figure that is used to display the cardinal directions and their intermediate points. It is called a compass rose because all of the points look like rose petals. The inside of the rose is typically filled in with an ornate star that is believed to be symbolic of the North Star.  This was the principle navigational tool people used for centuries to guide themselves from one point to another.

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The compass rose has been used since the 14th century. There are various points on it that stand for different winds and directions.  Before the development of the true compass rose, which gave the cardinal directions, a wind rose was included on maps.  The wind rose let the reader know which directions the 8 major winds (and sometimes 8 half winds and 16 quarter winds) blew within the map view.

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The compass rose is still found on most navigational tools today, and is the background for most compasses.  As a symbol of direction and exploration, it is widely used by organization such as NATO and the CIA to exemplify their goals and values.

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Compass Rose Jewelry

The cornerstone of Compass Rose jewelry is their beautiful pendants, available in sterling silver, 14k gold, or a two-tone mixture of both.  The pendants are available in an array of sizes and designs, including some styles that are adorned with precious and semi-precious stones.

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Large Silver Pendant, Medium Silver Pendant with Sapphires, Small Two-Tone Pendant

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Octagonal Silver Pendant with Blue Topaz

In addition to their pendants, they offer beautiful stud and drop earrings and some innovative bracelets.  The bracelet consists of a “top” that can be used with either a silver bangle or a cord.  This top can be swapped for different designs, allowing you to change the look while keeping the base bracelet! Like the pendants, the bracelet tops are available in silver, 14k, or a mix of both.

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Compass Rose Top on Silver Bangle Bracelet

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Bangle Bracelet and Cord Bracelet with Compass Rose Top

A Meaningful Gift

Not only is Compass Rose jewelry beautiful for yourself, it makes a great gift for a number of reasons.  For graduates, retirees, and people starting a new job or making a big life change, the wearing Compass Rose is a great way of reminding them that they are navigating their own destiny.  To commemorate momentous occasions, the Compass Rose is available with diamonds studding the outside circle.

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For those needing encouragement as they get over a difficult time or find a fresh start in life, the compass rose is a great reminder to focus on the future and leave the past behind you where it belongs.

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It is also a great birthday gift for the traveler overtaken by wanderlust to symbolize their continued journeys throughout the world.  We also love that the Compass Rose symbol incorporates the North Star.  Not only does this remind us of the Star of Bethlehem, but it is a great way to honor those people who are guiding lights in our life.

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About the Company

Compass Rose jewelry is handmade in their studio in Massachusetts.  What began with two best friends in a Boston basement is now an eclectic group of individuals working together to bring beautiful American-made jewelry into the world.  Drawing inspiration from the maritime history of New England, they take pride in creating high quality pieces that are enriched by the cultural history of their hometown.

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Are you as in love with the new Compass Rose jewelry as we are?  Stop by Versant to see these pieces in person!  Don’t live nearby? Give us a call- shipping is free for orders over $50!

http://versantjewelry.com/index/contact-us/

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Featured Designer

Featured Designer- Julie Vos Jewelry

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Julie Vos jewelry is defined by the phrase “wearable luxury.”  These stunning bracelets, necklaces, and earrings walk the line between classic and on-trend with their clean lines and inspired colors and stylings.

Julie Vos- The Brand

New York-based designer Julie Vos is the woman behind her namesake brand.  Julie Vos started as a desire to give women the kind of jewelry they were looking for.  The brand is modeled on the belief that we make the beautiful world we live in, with inspiration and discipline.  This philosophy translates into the design of every piece of jewelry.

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Designer Julie Vos

Julie moved to New York City during college and has made New York both her home and the source of her creative inspiration.  She absorbs the glorious details of the city — the architecture, the art, the ironwork — and interprets it to create stylish and sophisticated classics that make women look and feel beautiful.  From textures inspired by nature to silhouettes mimicking classic architecture, her jewelry is itself a work of art.

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Fern and Byzantine Cuffs

Julie Vos’ pieces are made from nickel-free brass finished with 24K gold, giving them a beautiful warm hue at an affordable price.  They are accented with semi-precious stones, imported glass, and pearls in a wide range of fresh and fun hues.  Each piece is sealed to prevent tarnish, allowing your gems to shine on without worry.

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Stones Featured in Julie Vos Jewelry

Julie Vos- The Pieces

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From dainty accent to statement piece, Julie Vos makes a wide array of styles in necklaces, rings, earrings, and bracelets.  One of her signature styles is the long statement pendant.  One of our favorites, the coin pendant shown above, is frequently spotted on fashion bloggers Instagram feeds.

 

For the girl who likes to build her bracelet stack, Julie Vos makes some beautiful stackable bangles.  The 6-stone Milano bangle is available in a wide variety of stones and looks gorgeous with several bangles of different hues stacked together.  The bangles without stones feature unique textures that add a touch of interest to a stack lacking in diversity.

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If you are looking for a big piece as a fashion highlight instead of a curated stack of bracelets, Julie’s show-stopping cuffs are the perfect addition to your jewelry box.  Her openwork cuffs have the drama of a statement piece without the heaviness.  Another favorite of ours is the hinged cuff collection, which features museum-inspired stonework at the caps of the cuff.

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Ears feeling left out? Check out Julie’s chandeliers, hoops, and studs!  We love the statement studs featuring pearls and semi-precious stones- very Chanel!- and hammered texture hoops.

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Want to learn more about Julie Vos jewelry and see some of the pieces first hand?  Stop by Versant and we will be happy to share our love of this beautiful designer with you!  Looking for a piece in particular?  Give us a call or email us- we ship free for any order over $50.

http://versantjewelry.com/index/contact-us/

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Featured Designer

Featured Designer- My Saint My Hero

My Saint My Hero Wearable Blessings

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My Saint My Hero jewelry was created around the idea of wearable blessings- reminders of the light within us and our power to do good in the world.  Throughout their journey together, My Saint My Hero founders Amy D’Ambra and Christine Rich have been drawn to the small pilgrimage town of Medjugorje in Bosnia and Herzegovina.  On a visit there in 2010, Amy watched as local women hand wove bracelets with love, praying with every knot. Wanting to share a bit of the sacred place, she brought a few bracelets home to Los Angeles. Those pieces now form the heart of the growing My Saint My Hero jewelry line.

These bracelets that form the core of the My Saint My Hero line of jewelry is a macrame bracelet featuring the Benedictine Medal.  This medal is a symbol of blessing and of protection.  The Benedictine Cross is one of the Church’s most powerful symbols of divine protection. It was created in the mid 600’s as a symbol of the spiritual truths that enabled St. Benedict and his many followers to resist evil and do good.

My Saint My Hero’s Mission

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From My Saint My Hero:

[the company] was founded on the belief that
God is real, prayer works and love heals. Our pieces are
wearable blessings that remind us we are loved.
We want My Saint My Hero to be more than a
Company, but a community, inspired by God to help transform
lives and make the world a better place. Crafted in love and
prayer, our wearable blessings empower women through
meaningful work.

 

My Saint My Hero believes that living our life with light and remembering that we are blessed will spread goodness throughout the world.  They have themselves embodied this mission with their partnership with the women of Medjugorje.  They have empowered the women of Medjugorje through meaningful work – providing them with a support system and income to better themselves with the dignity of their beautiful trade.  The work they provide allows them to rise above poverty level to put food on the table, shoes on their children’s feet and even have the opportunity to send their children to University.

 

As each bracelet is made with prayers and good intentions, My Saint My Hero hopes that each wearer of these bracelets is reminded that they are blessed with the same abilities.  By wearing the bracelet by your hands, it is a reminder to continue to use your hands and your strength to do good in the world.

Available Bracelet Styles

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The original blessing bracelet is available in both gold and silver-toned medals and on a variety of colored cords.  In addition to the benedictine medal, variations with the cross, miraculous medal, and garment of grace are also available.  One of our favorites is the new Divine Blessings bracelet, which features a single Benedictine medal surrounded by pearls.

 

Interested in learning more about My Saint My Hero?  Stop by Versant to see them in person and learn more about this great collection!

 

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Featured Designer, Information

Featured Designer- Lat & Lo

Lat & Lo- Where are You Anchored?

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Lat & Lo Coordinate Jewelry

Have you seen cuffs and bar necklaces covered with a series of numbers popping up on your Instagram feed?  Welcome to the newest trend in personalized jewelry- coordinates pieces!  Since being introduced to this new idea, we have fallen in love with their sentimental nature and classic styling.

 

Lat and Lo is a small company specializing in coordinates jewelry.  They pride themselves in providing high quality materials and craftsmanship.  The motto of Lat & Lo is “Where are you anchored?”.  This simple statement speaks volumes- each of us has something that grounds us.

 

Your anchor can be your hometown, a special person, or event that has helped shape your life.  Each of these places or moments has its own coordinate. Lat & Lo’s signature custom jewelry is inscribed with the unique latitude and longitude coordinates of your special place on earth.  Their custom pieces have ranged from general places, such as one’s city of birth, to the exact tree under which a proposal was made.

From Humble Beginnings

Owner and founder, Kellie Ivie, started the company in a small beach town garage, hand-stamping each piece.  She has stayed true to her roots by continuing to do the majority of work by hand, making each piece special and unique.   Lat & Lo has also kept the production of each piece in the United States to continue to pay tribute to where we are anchored.

 

Lat & Lo also recognizes that each success story provides the means to pay it forward to someone else in need.  They have been able to give back to many non-profits and continue to provide donations to help enrich and improve our world.

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Some of the non-profits supported by Lat & Lo

 

In Kellie’s own words- “Each piece of Lat & Lo™ tells a story and we are honored to have heard so many of them. From birthplaces, wedding places to final resting places. We’ve laughed, cried and rejoiced with our family of customers. I hope we have also inspired some great conversations along the way between strangers and friends alike. Next time you see someone wearing Lat & Lo™ ask them about it. What “those numbers” represent is exactly why we do what we do.” -Kellie Ivey, Founder

Lat & Lo at Versant

At Versant, we have had custom pieces created to represent our hometown of Bethlehem, PA.  These cuffs and bar necklaces are available in sterling silver, gold plated silver, and rose gold plated silver.  Each piece has the coordinates of Bethlehem on the outside with “Bethlehem, PA” and the Star of Bethlehem symbol on the inside or back of the piece.

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Bethlehem Coordinate Cuffs

In addition to these ready-made pieces, we are able to help you create the perfect custom piece to express where you are anchored.  Custom pieces are a great gift to celebrate a graduation, retirement, new job, or other life event that might take you away from where you were born and raised.

 

Custom locations are also a fun way to celebrate an important life moment, such as a wedding or proposal.  Looking for a great way to ask someone to be your bridesmaid? Get your girls a custom cuff or necklace with the coordinates of your wedding location and the date inscribed on the back!  Coordinates jewelry is also a great way to present a surprise gift of a vacation or big event.

 

Check out the gallery below to see some of the great ways people have personalized their Lat & Lo jewelry.  Make sure to stop by Versant to find out more about Lat & Lo and see them in person!

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