Stop, Shop & Smell the Roses!
Sally C. is back once again at HSN to kick off our 24 Hour Designer Jewelry Event on April 4th. Her friends at HSN call her Sally C. – her last name is Chanaratsopon, by the way. Sally and I have worked togetherand run into each other at the Tucson Gem Show several times. I adore her graciousness. We had a chance to catch up the other day, to talk about design, jewelry and culture. If you were grabbing tea with us, you would probably hear her talk about some of her favorite topics…
Fashion and Style: Sally loves to work with Turquoise because of its beautiful and unique coloration. Florals are always one of her greatest inspirations. Sally has a beautiful and still very romantic relationship with her man, Joe. They’ve been married for over 20 years. He often loves to surprise her with beautiful bouquets of roses. It is one of the reasons Sally designed the April 4th Today’s Special as a bouquet. To her it symbolizes love of all kinds.
In these pieces she has used a combination of open roses, all hand carved to create a gorgeous bouquet. The sterling silver ring completes the overall look with the elaborate vine and leaf detailing.
Workmanship: Hand carving is becoming a lost art, as machines and computers are beginning to take over certain aspects of manufacturing jewelry. But rest assured, Sally’s treasures are made with TLC and each stone is set by the hands of her chosen artisans. This craft is still handed down to each generation so that it is not forgotten.Turquoise is a wonderful gemstone to work with. It takes a great polish and can be easily carved into many shapes. No two pieces of turquoise will look alike due to the natural matrix and formation of the stone. December birthday girls, you are so lucky to claim it as your birthstone!
Inspiration: Sally’s passion is to incorporate nature at its best into her jewelry collections. She has taken her very favorite silhouettethe open rose, and turned it into a bloom that will stay fresh forever! She uses many different aspects of her life in designing her jewelry. Here is a partial list of her muses: her birthplace of Thailand (she calls Texas home now), jewelry pieces from her own collection, museum pieces and nature, particularly florals and greenery. Waterfalls, glaciers and the land itself, textiles, rattan, knitted, twisted, or interesting fabrications are also so Sally C.
Most importantly, Sally knows her HSN customer. She is a customer too. She only makes jewelry for HSN that she would want to wear and buy herself. I like that quality in my designers and I bet you will too with Sally C., one of our superstars!
Take some time to stop, shop and smell the roses!