Tuesday, May 8, 2012

ExVoto's blog has moved!

I am still blogging away... just not here!
For more blog posts, jump on over to the blog on the ExVoto Vintage website, here.
I have some really fun blog series going on right now.  Like a series called, "Where That, Here, With This" which pairs interiors and architecture with clothing and jewelry, and a series called, "How She Styles It" which features the story of real-life women and how they style their ExVoto jewelry.
Be sure to join our email list so that you can get the most current news from ExVoto.  Don't worry, we won't fill your inbox daily, but we will let you be the first to know about new styles and promotionals!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Big Reveal...

We had a great response to yesterday's Giveaway. Thank you for participating! It was fun to see the emails come in throughout the day and to read the answers to our big question, "Can you find our new addition?"
By the end of the day we had two fans who gave us the correct answer, so we decided to have TWO winners! Holly Shegon and Elena Rodgers are our winners.
And the answer is--
A new toggle!

Debuting this spring season is a new, exclusive toggle for ExVoto Vintage.
My inspiration for this toggle design came from one of the antique keys I have collected over the last few years. The first sketches of this new toggle were made in the passenger seat of a rental car while my family was driving thru Scotland last fall on the way to my sister's wedding weekend. I guess you never know when inspiration will strike!

We are really excited about this new toggle which is now officially patent-pending!
As with all of ExVoto jewelry, the new toggle is crafted here in the US by small, independently owned manufacturers and I am happy to keep these guys working. I shouldn't say, "guys," since one of the jewelers we use is a female with a workshop of all-female employees! Girl power!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Spring Giveaway!!

21" wrapping leather bracelets. From the top: natural and gold with quatrefoil detail, saddle and sapphire with spectator detail, and natural and gold with spectator detail.
The Minny bracelet with Stella locket.
The Ellie bracelet with Daisy locket.

Some of our favorite pieces are back this season, like the leather, Minny and Ellie bracelets shown above, however, ExVoto has an exciting new addition to it's designs and it makes it's debut this spring season. Look carefully at the photos above and, if you can find the new addition, let us know about it in an email to:
Be sure to let us know where you live and your favorite boutique in your city!

The first fan to respond with the correct answer receives the bracelet of their choice!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Preview of Fall 2012

Some exciting new developments are on their way for ExVoto Fall 2012! New necklace styles in both gold and sterling silver...like the mixed-metal Louise necklace in the last photo shown with a mix of sterling chain and hand-wrapped gold beads. We are also introducing pendants cast by US artists from original antique elements I have collected over the past few years...and new leather goods as well! Stay tuned!

Monday, January 23, 2012


Here is a little preview of Fall 2012...
Shown is the Graham bracelet with faceted black jet stones.

For a while gray was everywhere in the fashion world, but after viewing the pre-fall runway presentations, I predict that black will be back in Fall 21012.
So--here is the low-down on the epitome of black which is, of course, JET.

Jet is created when wood is put under intense pressure for thousands of years. When this pressurized, carbonized wood is combined with salt water, the result is hard jet.
Jet has been used for adornment since Roman times. Hard jet is often carved, but this process is difficult due to the brittle nature of the stone.

Queen Victoria made jet a popular gemstone when she wore jet jewelry as part of her mourning dress after her husband, Albert passed away. The jet she wore was called Whitby jet because it came from the coastal beaches of Whitby, England.

In the states, jet was very popular during the roaring twenties when young flappers of the Jazz Age would wear long, multiple strands of jet beads.
With the much anticipated new Gatsby movie, and Kate Moss' wedding theme, everything Jazz Age is super hot at the moment. The flapper drop-waisted dress was seen all over the pre-fall runways, so how fitting to add a little Jazz Age jet into the mix with some accessories!
These pieces in jet can be so versatile. You can shuffle paperwork by day and then wear it to a formal event that night.
For fall 2012, black is the new black.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Spring 2012

Spring 2012 is on it's way!!

Can't wait for you to see the gorgeous sterling silver which is new for exVoto this season!
New locket styles and new leather styles. Freshwater pearl, turquoise, amethyst and citrine, too.
This was such a fun look book to shoot as well!
Find the video link for Spring 2012 in the top corner of the right-hand margin...
Follow ExVoto on facebook for some big announcements coming soon!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Blackforest Cross-Body Pouch

The newest addition to the ExVoto collection is the Blackforest Cross-Body Pouch!
Super-soft genuine suede, gold plated chains, Italian leather shoulder strap and the ever-popular suede tassel! I am in love with the leather pieces being created exclusively for ExVoto Vintage from this amazing (Ah.Ma.Zing) US leather company! Their work is superb! It is a dream come true for me to be able to design and draw and then see my drawings come to actual fruition! We need US companies in order for new designers to be able to innovate and create their lines, and it is my desire to always keep my production in the US. This particular company can create certain trims that overseas just cannot do! Yay USA!

A closer look at the Blackforest bag.
Embossed and given a lacy top edge detail and of course, the tassel!
The bag is 6x8-- enough to hold your keys, phone, sunglasses,charge card and lipgloss (all the essentials!) Great for traveling or a quick dinner out. Keep this in your tote or giant handbag and then reach for it when you need to carry a bag less, well, huge!
Named the Blackforest Pouch because something about it reminds me of a bag Robin Hood would have carried...or maybe the chic Maid Marian?
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