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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- 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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