Archives for July 2014

Native American Turquoise Jewelry – a Turquoise Love Affair


My fascination with the Native American culture came long ago… memories of my childhood of my mothers arm full of silver bangles mixed with Native American Turquoise cuffs had always made me feel a longing to learn more about the history of their traditional jewelry and it’s meanings once I became a jewelry designer. 
About 18 years ago I began traveling to the Native American shows to meet the true tribesmen and artists behind the traditional artisan jewelry , textiles and beadwork. 
I slowly started my collection of treasures of vintage Turquoise jewelry and textiles and learned about the history of Native American Turquoise jewelry and much more! 

Native American Indian Turquoise Jewelry is very popular amongst the Indian tribes throughout the world. The importance of Turquoise is relevant with all tribes because of the reverence of the gem. Native American Indian Turquoise Jewelry has been discovered in many Indian burial mounds all over the world.

There are many religious beliefs, folklore, legends and also myths in which the Native American Indian Turquoise Jewelry plays a part. Native American Indian Turquoise Jewelry has been found in medallions, beaded on strings, and also as art pieces such as mosaics in the burial site of the ancient Indians.

The ancient Navajo Indians began making jewelry out of Turquoise and adding it to silver in the 1800′s. Then it was passed on throughout history. 


Legend has it that the Native American Indians danced and rejoiced when the rains came. Their tears of joy mixed with the rain and seeped into Mother Earth to become SkyStone Turquoise.

Turquoise, the “fallen sky stone” hidden in Mother Earth, has been valued by cultures for its beauty and reputed spiritual and life-giving qualities for over 7000 years. It is a true gem of the centuries. A long time ago someone noticed a clear blue line running through gray rock, and saw the imagery of sky and water in stone, and from that time on, turquoise has been cherished above all else in creation – turquoise, stone of sky, stone of water, stone of blessings, good fortune, protection, good health and long life.


TurquoiseI have just launched 6 of my most coveted Native American Turquoise Medallions into my One Of A Kind Necklaces Collection…. It’s not easy parting with these beauties, but it was a blessing to work with them and bring them new life.

Enjoy and be well!

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“My life is my work, there is no line between the two for me.”

Perfume Diary with Sage Machado

An interview by Andrea at Vegan Presence

I had the opportunity to interview the lovely Sage Machado: artist, jewelry designer, perfumer and entrepreneur and the creator of her eponymous perfume line.  I was excited to learn about her creative process.


Q: You are a triple threat plus: artist/jewelry designer, perfumer,
clothing designer and of course entrepreneur. What is your background, training and how did you get into this line of work?

Sage Machado: I grew up in a creative family. My mother is an artist and she taught me at a very young age the beauty of making something with your hands – whether it be a painting, a one-of- a kind piece of jewelry or a beautiful scent.

Q: Do you follow the same creative process when it comes to creating perfumes as designing jewelry?
Sage Machado: They are a bit different. With fragrance, I am always inspired by a gemstone. I will start the process by researching where it is found, it’s properties, etc so that I can capture its essence and evoke the color and feeling associated with the stone. When I design jewelry it’s like a painter with her canvas. There’s no pre thought or planning…I just go!
Q: I love how the perfumes are named after gemstones; did your work as a jewelry designer inspire you to come up with the perfumes?

Sage Machado: Yes, absolutely.

Q: Your perfume scents are gorgeous and I particularly love the single perfume oils that can be blended together or worn separately. Was that done intentionally to have your customers express themselves creatively?
Sage Machado: Yes, people who are comfortable and fluid with scent love to layer with the different oils. For those that want guidance, I created blends that work well together.

Q: What is your favorite perfume or blend you created and why?
Sage Machado:  That’s an impossible question to answer – I love each and every one! I would say Pearl is my most sentimental fragrance, as it was created for my daughter when I was 8 months pregnant with her. And personally, I gravitate to the earthier musks…a deep rich scent works well with my body’s chemistry.

Q: Is it your preference to select perfumes to wear based on the season, what you’re wearing or your mood?
Sage Machado: All of the above!

Q: You have traveled the world, what are your favorite places to travel and why?
Sage Machado: I find France and Italy the most inspiring in terms of both countries’ antiquity as well as range of scenery.

Q: What environmental causes are you passionate about?

Sage Machado: Animal welfare is my #1 passion.

Q: Any advice for aspiring artists or anyone wanting to start their own business

Sage Machado: Be prepared to work hard, own your passion and never stop loving what you do. And when you’re feeling less than love and gratitude for your business, remind yourself why you started.

So there you have it. I encourage you to experience Sage Machado perfumes to find out why I am head over heels in love with them!

Amber_a Garnet Onyx Pearl Topaz










My favorite scents from the earthy, musky group.


Enjoy and be well!

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“My life is my work, there is no line between the two for me.”

A Day in My Life with Sage Machado

In today’s post I am sharing one of my favorite press articles from The Spnd which features a day in life with me, Sage.

I love their take which includes a budget to each item throughout the day! I hope you enjoy this glimpse into an average day with me at work and home.


the Spnd

Ever wonder what it’s like to actually love everything about your job?

Meet Sage Machado. She’s an artist, jeweler, and perfumer that runs a seriously inspired business. From searching around the world for the most unique, vintage baubles to creating non-toxic candles — these are just the tips of the vastly creative world Sage has created for herself. Her bespoke services (Sage Custom Designs) caught our eye, so we caught up with her after one of these projects to get the inside scoop on a day in the $pnding life of this charming entrepreneur.



$125 loose-leaf bag from Palais Des Thes

No idea how this breaks down into a cup!







$200 Farmers Market

Delicious variety of organic fruits and vegetables for the week








$8 Erewhon

Two shots of wheatgrass for the day





$1,102 Project expenses

Bespoke project for a client in need of a new beginning (just divorced). Diagnosis #1: Green Tourmaline in 14k rose gold — this builds self-confidence and concentration. It’s also good for sadness, and gives inspiration aids in sleep and revitalizes.





$921 Project expenses (part 2)

Diagnosis #2: Kyanite — this will lighten the soul, and has several uses for chakra balancing. Kyanite is one of a few stones that do not absorb any negative energy, so it does not need cleansing. It’s also a very peaceful stone that gently rebalances one’s energy and promotes a healthy and peaceful way of being, igniting new beginnings in ones self.





$21 Café Gratitude

“Pure” salad and “Elevated” drink







$18 Pinkberry

After I pick up the kiddos from school, it’s three plain yogurts with pomegranate and granola.







Four mile walk through my neighborhood







$28 Dinner

Cook dinner using my delicious bounty from today’s farmers market. Tonight on the menu: freshly sprouted green lentil soup, zucchini, potatoes, cilantro, garlic chives, shallots, celery, and carrots. Served with grilled cheese with rosemary sourdough and gruyere cheese.






$0.65 Bedtime routine

Organic mint brewed with fresh lemon grass (half a bunch)



Images via: foursquare, foodgawker, cookiemonstercooking, hungryman, quarrygirl, medicinegarden, minedirect, pinterest, mattdwen,palaisdesthes

Enjoy and be well!

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“My life is my work, there is no line between the two for me.”