Stylish Sterling Silver Jewelry by Jill O’Reilly Designs

Sterling silver brooch with blue topaz

Sterling silver brooch with blue topaz

As a native New Englander I know that you don’t have to walk  far to see original architecture; period homes; landscape designs and parks that were designed and built by our founding fathers.  It is just this local  inspiration  that lead jewelry designer Jill O’Reilly of Jill O’Reilly Designs to develop her Stone Wall jewelry collection.  Jill who lives in historic Lexington Massachusetts is often  inspired while out on her walks along the many old stone wall lined streets in Lexington.   By focusing on the various stone walls, individual rocks, and stones as her muse  Jill both  conceptualized and brought to fruition a jewelry collection  that both  connects to the past and compliments the  modern and organic spirit of today’s style.

Jill says that making each one-of-a-kind piece is like building a stone wall itself.  She starts with a flat piece of sterling silver (from US mines) and utilizing various tools she builds her design.  How appropriate that one of her favorite tools is an old hammer that she salvaged from the trash years ago since this vintage tool produces a unique stone effect each time she strikes the silver.  All of her designs are hand fabricated so each piece is truly one-of-a-kind.

Jill in her design studio

Jill in her design studio

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Jill O'Reilly DesignsWhat has resulted is a beautiful collection of  handmade bracelets, cuffs, earrings, brooches and necklaces using sterling silver, 14k gold, 14/20 gold-filled and natural gemstones in some designs.  Lets take a look:

3/4″ wide cuff

Stonewall earrings

Stonewall earrings

1/2″ wide bracelet

To see  more jewelry by Jill O’Reilly Designs or to order, check out: Crafty Yankee in Lexington, Massachusetts.    Don’t forget Valentines Day is just around the corner!  In addition to that, this year marks Lexington, Massachusetts 300th birthday celebration of the towns incorporation!  Talk about an American tradition with a solid foundation!

Until next time happy Made in the USA  shopping!

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Simon Pearce glass and pottery made in Vermont & Maryland

Simon Pearce, www.stylemadeinusa.wordpress.comSimon Pearce Inc, the large and thriving glass, pottery, and home accents company with retail stores throughout the USA was started by the man himself – Simon Pearce.  Mr Pearce gained his glassblowing and pottery skills first in Kilkenny Ireland and then at the Royal College of Art in London.  In 1981 he came to Quechee, Vermont where he renovated and restored a historic woolen mill and established Simon Pearce Inc. USA.   The Ottauquechee River provides the hydroelectric power for the glass furnaces as well as the electricity for the entire facility.  Today Simon Pearce has three glassblowing and pottery facilities in:  Windsor, Vermont;  Quechee, Vermont and  Mt Lake Park, Maryland (glassblowing only).  All sites have a visitor observation area to see the artisans at work!

Quechee, Vermont

Quechee, Vermont

Simon PearceHere is Nathan one of the glassblowers  in the Quechee Vermont  studio making  stemware.  He makes about 9 wine glasses an hour.   Nathan has been working as a glassblower for nine years and his Dad, Nathan Sr (not in photos) is a Master glassblower who has worked at Simon Pearce for eighteen years!

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The base of the wine glass is added.

Now the base is given its final shape.

Now the base is given its final shape.

Into the furnace for some final heat.

Into the furnace for some final heat.

And upstairs in the retail shop are the finished stemware designs on display

Simon Pearce, stemware

This is the Royalton Collection and my new favorite stemware!  I really love the quilted design and the size of the pieces.  I started collecting the champagne flutes on the day of this visit and plan on pairing  them with some  colored vintage wine stems I have had for years.   Oh and all of Simon Pearce glass is LEAD FREE which is really good for both the consumer and the environment.   I own lead crystal stemware and the weight, color and clarity of Simon Pearce pieces are  just as beautiful.

Next I want to show you a sampling of their pendant lighting.  I would love to use one of these designs in an upcoming interior design project…maybe 2-3 of the same design over a kitchen island!

As stated in the Simon Pearce website “Simon’s vision has always been to create products that are beautifully designed, produced with premium quality materials and time honored techniques intended for a lifetime of everyday use.”

I love  the designs and the neutral, elegant hues of the pottery collections.  Below is the Woodbury Collection – it comes in both round and square dinnerware so you can mix it up.

Want to breath new life into your everyday dinnerware?  Add a few of these oval serving pieces, all part of the Barre Collection.  That generous creamer in the front would work great with any morning coffee ritual!

So before you make the regular “Barrel or Barn” run, consider Simon Pearce first.  Whether you need a gift, or want to add to your own stemware, barware, or dinnerware needs, the quality and style at Simon Pearce are second to none and all Made in the USA!  For more information, store locators, or to order online go to: www.simonpearce.com