Sunday, May 5, 2013

Introducing Calamarie

How about this weather?  And the gorgeous spring blooms?!  It is the perfect time to highlight a jewelry designer who makes beautiful, colorful things using natural products.  In 2009, Columbia-native and U.S. State Department employee, Catalina Lemaitre launched Calamarie, a company dedicated to eco-friendly jewelry made by Columbian artisans.  Her designs do wonderful things with orange peels, seeds and even silk cocoons.  Here are just a few of her designs.

I bought a purple orange-peel-rose bracelet a couple of years ago and can attest to its durability.  I am now attracted to her many hair accessories.


She has an extensive on-line store, ( plus you can view her jewelry in person at the National Museum of Women in the Arts gift shop, Coco Blanca at National Harbor, On the Purple Couch in Silver Spring, and Pure Moxie in Leesburg.  EVEN BETTER, there's a "Meet the Designer" event Tuesday May 7 from 11am to 4pm at the National Museum of Women in the Arts gift shop.  Take a long lunch and see the exhibit of Anna Archer paintings there too.


Did you know that only 5% of the art currently on display in U.S. museums is made by women artists?  NMWA finds those we should see more of.  Take a long lunch and enjoy some great art and great jewelry design.  Happy Spring!

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