Angela Colasanti of VIELÄ Jewelry Serves as a Co-Chairperson of Museum Store Sunday

I am so honored to announce that I am serving as a co-chairperson of the 2019 Museum Store Sunday Committee, responsible for the planning and implementation of the global event, Museum Store Sunday. On Sunday, December 1, 2019, over 1,100 institutions, representing all fifty states, fifteen countries, and four continents will offer a special shopping experience in one-of-a kind stores, showcasing broad assortments of highly curated, unique, mission-specific gifts. From books to jewelry to children’s products to home accessories and gourmet food, patrons can shop to support the missions and programs of each participating museum and cultural institution.

This year, the committee is led by both institutional and vendor members, truly embodying the cooperative spirit of the Museum Store Association. Under the leadership of Stuart Hata of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Laura Murphy of The Preservation Society of Newport County, and myself, the Museum Store Sunday Committee is working diligently to present a spectacular event in 2019.

Whether you are a patron of museum stores or a non-profit retail manager, I encourage you to learn more about Museum Store Sunday at www.museumstoresunday.org. And, of course, save the date of 12.1.19 to visit your favorite local museum store. I am certain you will find unique beautiful gifts for yourself or your loved ones!

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Featured Botanical: Queen Anne's Lace

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Midnight Earrings

Midnight Earrings

Delight Earrings

Delight Earrings

I have found that the most ordinary of plants, often times weeds, create some of the most beautiful pieces in my collections. One such botanical that has always shown interesting shapes and textures is Queen Anne’s Lace. It is found on the roadside, along trails and in fields. Queen Anne’s Lace earned its common name from a story that tells of Queen Anne of England pricking her finger and a drop of blood landing on the white lace she was sewing. Early Europeans cultivated Queen Anne’s lace, and the Romans ate it as a vegetable. American colonists boiled the taproots, savoring its high sugar content. To celebrate this beautiful flower, which is in full bloom this July, I offer a piece from one of my favorite poets.

Queen-Anne’s Lace

by William Carlos Williams

Her body is not so white as
anemony petals nor so smooth—nor
so remote a thing. It is a field
of the wild carrot taking
the field by force; the grass
does not raise above it.
Here is no question of whiteness,
white as can be, with a purple mole
at the center of each flower.
Each flower is a hand’s span
of her whiteness. Wherever
his hand has lain there is
a tiny purple blemish. Each part
is a blossom under his touch
to which the fibres of her being
stem one by one, each to its end,
until the whole field is a
white desire, empty, a single stem,
a cluster, flower by flower,
a pious wish to whiteness gone over—
or nothing.

In the Garden...

Every once in a while, a project comes along that matters more to the greater good than a quota or bottom line. VIELÄ Jewelry is honored and humbled to introduce the In the Garden Collection, exclusively designed for the Gatehouse Shop located on the Towson, MD campus of the Sheppard Pratt Health System. 100% of proceeds from purchases in the Shop benefit the healing and recovery of Sheppard Pratt’s patients and students. Sheppard Pratt is the largest, private non-profit provider of mental health, special education, substance abuse, developmental disability and social services in the country, with over 70,000+ people benefiting from services each year.

VIELÄ Jewelry was commissioned to create a line of products that reflect the core values of the institution. Using real impressions of botanicals found in the gardens of the Towson campus, we created a Mandala Ornament, a leaf Pendant and a boxwood Pocket Stone. We focused on incorporating the Mandala Philosophy into the pieces, with the found botanicals as the design features. In collaboration, we have created a meaningful suite of products for patients, family members, staff and the public to treasure.

Lotus & Lily Collection Debuts at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

We are so honored and proud to introduce the Lotus & Lily Collection, created exclusively for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Taking inspiration from the Anne Cobb Reflecting Pool on the campus of VMFA and the art glass piece "Window" by Jacques Gruber in the museum's collection, this custom line of jewelry is created from pressings of real flowers and leaves found in the Reflecting Pool. Crafted of sterling silver, green tourmaline, blue topaz and freshwater pearls, you can find it only at the VMFA Shop.

Sweet Succulents Have Arrived

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Outside my studio window, bright sunshine is streaming down. The icy winter is coming to an end and signs of warmth and growth will begin soon. The soil is almost soft enough to turn over, readying for peas and onions to be planted. We have been preparing to debut designs for the spring, and are so proud to have new botanicals to share. Succulents, lilac and hydrangea are all the newest textures in our collections. Sweetness Earrings, Heart to Heart Necklace and Corona Earrings are just a few of the new pieces. As we share these pieces with you, I am reminded that seasons and cycles are comforting, warm sunshine is the best elixir and new growth is always possible.

Style Watch: Studs

Honestly, it’s really simple…studs are always in style and compliment every facial shape and hair style. Here at VIELÄ, we like to focus less on trends and more on classic elegance.

Share Words of Kindness and Care

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We are so proud to introduce VIELÄ Sentiments, an exclusive collection of printed cards designed to show words of kindness, encouragement and love with the people you hold most precious.

You may choose a complimentary Sentiment, reflective of the thoughts you would like to share, with every item purchased on our website, or in-person at one of our shows. Upon checkout you will be prompted to make your selection for each item. Let’s celebrate the season of giving through kindness and thoughtfulness.

Cards are printed on recycled cotton paper made from t-shirt offcuts.

VIELÄ Collaborates with the Calvert Marine Museum

VIELÄ Jewelry is proud to announce the debut of Along the Cliffs, a sterling silver necklace exclusively designed for the Calvert Marine Museum. The piece is a tribute to fossil sharks and cast from an authentic fossilized shark tooth, belonging to the silky shark, Carcharhinus falciformis.

These sharks were present during the Miocene epoch and lived in the shallow Atlantic Ocean that once covered Southern Maryland. This is one of the few sharks known from fossil teeth found along Calvert Cliffs that is still alive today. It is one of the most abundant living sharks and can be found around the world in tropical waters. The necklace is available in a 16” or 18” length and is proudly made in the United States. Please contact the Museum Store at the Calvert Marine Museum for purchase.

The Calvert Cliffs, photo credit: SG and Jenn Gerholdt

The Calvert Cliffs, photo credit: SG and Jenn Gerholdt

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Featured Museum Product: Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens

Boxwood Collection, sterling silver

Boxwood Collection, sterling silver

Boxwood Ornament, pewter

Boxwood Ornament, pewter

In September 2017, Hurricane Irma devastated areas of the Florida coast. In particular, the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens suffered extensive damage to their historic gardens. During the storm surge, the river is estimated to have risen four feet, causing flooding that lasted up to 24 hours. The salinity of the water devastated all the living matter and the gardens were closed indefinitely. 

To honor and preserve the historic plants, VIELÄ Jewelry, in collaboration with the Cummer Shop, created a custom jewelry collection. The image on the jewelry and the ornament is created with a real impression of boxwood cut from the Cummer Gardens. The parentage of this specimen dates to 1931, planted in Mrs. Cummer’s time, and cannot be readily purchased. Boxwoods are used throughout the Italian, English, and Olmsted Gardens. The Cummer Gardens are on the National Register of Historic Places.

To learn more about the Garden reconstruction, visit here.

The Boxwood Collection is available exclusively at the Cummer Shop. Please contact the shop directly for purchase.