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10 Reasons Why Handmade is Hands Down the Best

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10 Reasons Why Handmade is Hands Down the Best

When I created Lila Clare Jewelry, I was embracing a calling to get back in touch with nature, to work with my hands, to create, and to inspire. Over the past 6 years, I’ve learned so much of what it means to trust my creative pursuits and fall in love over and over again with jewelry making. Moreover, I’ve become increasingly encouraged by the countless individuals and small business owners I’ve met who are creating unique and remarkable handmade product. So, here are my Top 10 reasons why purchasing handmade product – be it jewelry, art, furniture, clothing, etc. –...

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Oh, marvelous nature!

Oh, marvelous nature!

Is there anything more profound, more awe-inspiring, or more humbling than nature? We each have a well of inspiration that we drink from to quench our curiosities and fuel our passions. When Aristotle asserted that there is something not only special but marvelous in all things of nature, he gave voice to the notion that I hold so dearly. And each time I hear it my well is filled again.In all of its stunning grandeur yet remarkable simplicity, nature reminds me that beauty is all around us. From the oscillating line of a wave washed along the shore and the...

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Chalcedony - A Luminous Gemstone

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Chalcedony - A Luminous Gemstone

I use chalcedony in many of Lila Clare Jewelry's handmade jewelry designs, and it’s my most popular gemstone. It’s a luminous stone, and universally appealing. Chalcedony (pronounced “Cal-Said-Knee”) is a rock form of microcrystalline quartz, which means it’s made of super tiny quartz particles. This stone is partly transparent and naturally occurs in a variety of colors, such as blue, white, brown, gray, pink or orange. The aqua color that I use is achieved by heating treating or dying white or blue chalcedony. Chalcedony can be found all over the world, including the United States. You may recognize the name of...

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New Necklaces for Mom

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New Necklaces for Mom

I have been blessed with a wonderful mother, spunky godmother and close relationships with both of my grandmothers before they passed on. These women have influenced me in so many ways, and I am thankful for their unconditional love and support.  I've been making custom silver and gold handmade circle necklaces for moms over the past few years. This mother's day, I'm releasing a set of necklaces that integrate the essence of previous custom mom necklaces into one cohesive set. The outer gold circle represents the mother and interior sterling silver circles represent her children. I love the symbolism of the mother encircling,...

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Where does "Lila" come from?

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Where does "Lila" come from?

One of the questions I'm most often asked is where the name "Lila" comes from in Lila Clare Jewelry. It's not actually my name, but a word that I chose to name my business.  First, though, a bit of history. I worked in non-profits for many years, all the while creating handmade jewelry in my spare time. I didn't believe that I was creative enough, artistic enough, good enough to be an artist. But the pull towards it got stronger and stronger, and I started to listen to the voice telling me it was time to make the shift. It was a leap of...

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