Thursday, February 11, 2016


6 Pantone Colours That Will Be Everywhere in 2016


6 pantone colours of 2016
As you all know, Pantone announced not one, but two colours of the year for 2016! Rose Quartz, the gentle and composed hue and Serenity Blue, an airy and relaxed shade that exudes relaxation and respite have something similar in common – it’s all about being calm this year.
We covered how to enhance your life this year and with a new year, a new wardrobe is sure to follow! We’ve rounded up our #GorgeousPick items featuring the top shades of 2016. From soft and feminine Serenity and Rose Quartz, deep and vibrant Buttercup and Snorkel Blue to the electric Peach Echo and Limpet Shell, you’ll be seeing all the shades of your very own magical rainbow.
pantone color of the year serenity blue
Calm and airy, we love the playful baby blue shade popping up in whimsical places,from a beautiful Citizen watch to a fun clutch and necklace combo from Torrid.
Serenity Sephora PSSerenity Michael Kors serenity PSSerenity ben moss citizen PS  Serenity Torrid Fashion PS

pantone color of the year rose quartz

Composed and gentle, this persuasive pink is reminiscent of lighthearted goodness and carefree fun as seen in a delicate tusk necklace from Chico’s to the adorable pom pom toque from Gerry Weber.
Rose Quartz gerry weber PS Rose Quartz chicos bea horn necklace PS Rose Quartz Gerry Weber Hat PS Rose Quartz Sephora PS

Limpet Shell Pantone
Crisp and clear, be transported to a place of tranquility whether you’re a yoga enthusiast sporting these TNA pants to lounging around like an angel in your Victoria’s Secret bra.
Limpet Shell F21 coat PS Limpet Shell VS Bra PS Limpet Shell TNA Aritzia PS Limpet Shell BR tshirt PS
Peach Echo Pantone
Playful and bold, this tempered down orange exudes warmth and friendliness so don’t be afraid to take a walk on the wild side with a bright Burberry gloss or a modern twist to a classic Pegabo espadrille.
peach echo sephora palette PS Peach Echo Burberry PS peach echo pegabo espadrilles PS Peach Echo Gerry Weber Sweater PS
Snorkel Blue Pantone
Energetic and striking, we adore this less-than-boring navy that encourages an escape. So get lost in these Michael Hill sapphire and diamond studs or dream of your next vacation while bundled up in a cute Gerry Weber puffer vest.
Snorkel blue michael hill earrings PS Snorkel Blue Ralph Lauren Dinner Set PS Snorkel Blue Gerry Weber puff vest PS Snorkel Blue WHBM dress PS
Buttercup Pantone
Happy and sunny, Buttercup is sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face just like this beautiful sequined H&M bomber that you can wear from winter to summer, pair it with Zara slingbacks, a surefire way to add a pep to your step.
Buttercup HM Buttercup Aritzia pants PS Buttercup Zara pumps PS Buttercup F21 long sleeve dress PS
We love the vivid pastel shades and look forward to embracing cool colour combinations, delightful monochromatic ensembles and sensational sartorial choices of the influential style stars we’ve come to be inspired by. Share your Pantone picks by tagging #GorgeousUCM and follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for more colour inspo!

Sunday, January 17, 2016



I am having a sale on all itmes in my shop section named "Easter, St Pats, Valentines Day" - Use coupon code SPRINGSALE at checkout and get 20% off - sale will end 3/21/16. 


Get free shipping on all orders with merchandise totals of $25 or more - use coupon code SHIPFREE at checkout.

So if you have any gifting dates coming up now is the time to buy!!!

here's a link to my shop  egrobeck

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Handmade Jewelry

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Handmade Jewelry

Handmade jewelry has been all the rage lately. The personal attention and love that makers and artisans infuse into their work is evident in the masterpieces that they create. What most people don’t understand is why handmade jewelry is more of an investment than its mass produced counterparts. There are many reasons why handmade jewelry is more of an investment than pieces that are mass produced, so I thought I would break it down for you! 

Below are 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Handmade Jewelry.

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1. No Mass Production Machinery Involved: By definition, handmade jewelry is literally just that, made by the “hands” of the artisan or maker.  The pieces are soldered, sawed, carved and shaped without the use of mass produced manufacturing machinery. A machine can crank out hundreds of units per hour while an individual can only make a finite quantity or fraction of the number of pieces in the same amount of time.

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2. The Value of Time: As previously mentioned, since there are no machines involved, handmade jewelry takes an incredible amount of time to produce just a single piece. As a designer myself, I know I often spend hours designing a single piece of jewelry for a client. The time to make the piece often can take weeks.

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3. The Maker’s Process: The maker has a very intimate relationship with each piece or design they create. The design process is key to the value that is inherent in each piece. Emilie Shapiro talks about her process and says, “While creating jewelry, there is a very intimate relationship with my work. I know every curve and line (is) put there with intention. As a maker your energy goes into the piece.”

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4. Materials: In almost every case, the value of the materials involved in a handmade piece are of stellar quality. It’s difficult to regulate or even know exactly what alloys are used in mass produced factories where dirty metals are blended together to create costume pieces. Handmade materials are generally sourced from highly reputable suppliers.

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5. Sustainability: Jewelry Makers are often dedicated to sustainability and ethically sourced materials. By nature, being ethical can be much more costly than taking the easy route and purchasing from the refiner or dealer with low prices and shady sourcing. Once again, Emilie Shapiro always uses the highest quality materials sourced from suppliers who share her ethos about sustainability whenever possible. Smaller scale production is almost always higher quality.

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6. Quality: Smaller scale production is almost always higher quality because the ability to track and control the process from start to finish is inherent in the making process. Makers and artisans are extremely proud of the work they produce. They aren’t going to let something of inferior quality leave their studio with their name on it.

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7. Locally Made with Love: There is a lot of buzz with “buying local” these days. Reducing your carbon footprint and supporting local artisans is good for the environment and good for everyone. Artisans and makers infuse love and energy into each piece of work. There is HUGE value in supporting local from a sustainability and energetic standpoint. Along with the extra value inherent in handmade jewelry you are also buying a truly one-of-a-kind product. Even if the handmade piece is part of an edition – no maker creates two pieces that are exactly identical. You are the only person with that specific piece of jewelry which says a lot.

7 Things You Didn't Know About Handmade Jewelry | UncommonGoods

The next time you consider purchasing a handmade piece of jewelry, remember that even though the piece may be an investment, you are supporting something even bigger. You should feel really good about your purchase knowing that you have a special piece of the artist in your jewelry collection.
Keep an eye out for this blue hand icon while shopping at UncommonGoods for handmade products!

Written by Tracy Matthews
Tracy Matthews is an eco-luxury jewelry designer specializing in bespoke engagement rings, wedding bands and heirloom redesign.

Friday, November 20, 2015