Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Jessica Ricci’s recent travels to Tanzania, a place of both engulfing beauty and grinding poverty, were the inspiration for the recent additions to her Wanderlust Collection. Volunteers such as Ricci raised money to help fund micro-finance loans
, distribute mosquito nets and school kits to teach basic First Aid and HIV/AIDS education. Ricci is donating 15 percent of sales to Nest, an organization which provides micro-finance loans for women in third world countries.
African Coin Ring
Eternal Masai Spearhead Pendant
Tanzanian Coffee Bean Necklace
A few pieces from the collection include:
African Coin Ring - Approximately one inch in diameter, this ring is made from one of the coins found in a basket of rusty old Tanzanian and British coins. ($100-$470)
Eternal Life Masai Spearhead Pendant – This pendant is made from a Masai spearhead found in the Arusha Bazaar in Tanzania and stamped with the DNA sequence for a Telomere. In essence, if you can keep the Telomere alive, which some geneticists purport potentially possible, you can achieve “eternal life” by halting the ageing process. ($150-$650)
Tanzanian Coffee Bean Necklace - When Ricci discovered that coffee is one of Tanzania’s largest exports, she thought it would be simple, small and significant if she were to make jewelry from a Tanzanian coffee bean. ($60-$200)
For more information on Ricci and her jewelry, please visit: www.jessicariccijewelry.com.
Click here to view Ricci's Tanzania video - volunteering and searching the markets for jewelry inspiration.
About Jessica Ricci – Inspiration to Creation
Jessica grew up in Providence, RI and studied English Literature at Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts. After graduating, she moved to Montana where she volunteered for an emergency services organization. There she learned how to bead simple necklaces- not knowing that the seed for jewelry design had been planted during those snowed-in wintery nights. Eventually, Jessica made her way back to Rhode Island where she worked for a small, local newspaper in a fishing town. She then moved to New York City and received her graduate degree in Journalism from New York University and worked for several publications.
In 2001, Ricci moved to Italy to pursue her interest in writing, teaching and creating jewelry. In the ancient, magical city of Rome, Jessica became inspired to create more than beaded necklaces. Through a good deal of trial and error and self-teaching, Jessica's ideas came to fruition and became the jewelry that speaks to so many.
Upon her return to the States in 2005, Ricci officially founded JL Ricci Designs, and today she creates and produces her collections from her studio and retail space in Providence, Rhode Island.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
It was fun working with this mom because she is a graphic designer by profession. She created the invite and we used it as inspiration for the rest of the project. Kayla's mother also designed signs that were used on beverages and a dessert table banner. When guests entered the party, they were greeted by candy-wrapped columns and a “Welcome to Kayla’s Candy Land” banner with a peppermint candy walkway.
The dessert table featured cupcakes by Passion for Pastry and assorted candies that the kids could fill in their own personal tins. Each candy tin had a custom sticker, as well as the centerpieces, which all complimented the original invite design. Outside, there were hanging cellophane-wrapped lanterns that resembled life-sized hard candies. Life-sized lollipops lined the pool, re-creating the Lollipop Acres atmosphere from the original board game.
Princess Frostine’s Fruit Punch and Lolly’s Lemonade was served and guests enjoyed a BBQ provided by Christafaro's Catering. Rainbow-swirl lollipops with Kayla’s Candy Land custom stickers were displayed on the high-tops and main outdoor dining table. In addition to the candy tins, each child received a Candy Land board game as a party favor. Photography by Alana Harris Photography.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
We are excited to be featured on Pizzazzerie!
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
We want to thank each and every one of you for the support you have given us throughout the years and hope to count on you for continued support in our new ventures.
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