Trollbeads Dare: Inspired by Color-blocking… and Rothko

Color-blocking has been a fashion trend for the past few seasons, and now that it’s spring (and bright, wonderful colors are aplenty) it looks like the color block is here to stay.

We thought, surely we could make a Trollbeads bracelet with tons of color-blocking pop, so we gave it a shot. To get started, we  picked an inspiration piece from perhaps the original color-blocker: Mark Rothko. OK, so maybe our bracelet is a bit extreme but would you wear a color-blocked Trollbeads bracelet?

We would love to see how you style your own color-blocked Trollbeads bracelet — send your photos to starfishboulder[at] and we’ll post them to a Pinterest board!

Bottom right photo by Micaela Rossato, More Magazine.

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We’re in Luck: Alex and Ani is coming to Starfish!

Starfish is excited to announce the upcoming arrival of the jewelry collection Alex and Ani, designed by Carolyn Rafaelian. Eco-friendly and charged with powerful and spiritual meanings, Alex and Ani’s most popular line of charm bangle bracelets are collectable and stackable pieces.

Pictured above — and just in time for St. Patrick’s Day — is the new Claddagh charm. Representing love (the heart), friendship (the hands) and loyalty (the crown), this symbol originated in the village of Claddagh in Ireland. Alex and Ani explains:

The Claddagh is traditionally worn on the right hand with the heart facing out as a sign that one is unattached and with the heart facing in to signify that the wearer is under love’s spell. This symbol is only worn on the left hand if one is engaged or married. Wear the Claddagh Charm to draw in your heart’s desires.

Each bangle, and also some of the line’s earrings, necklaces and rings, trade traditional clasps for a signature sliding mechanism that makes the bangles expandable and custom-sizable. Most of the pieces are made of Russian gold or Russian silver (an eco-friendly matte gold or silver finish plated on a brass base) and given an antique look through the oxidation process.

Alex and Ani also has a philanthropic arm, Charity by Design, with uniquely designed charms that represent a charity’s mission. Twenty percent of sale proceeds from these items are donated to the charm’s charity. You can find a cause you care for here.

With hundreds of options and combinations to choose from, we can’t wait to see which charms mean the most to you. We’ll keep you posted with more Alex and Ani updates news of an Alex and Ani premiere event.

Artist Spotlight: Amy J. Metals

Go Hyper-Local with Amy J. Metals

Here at Starfish Jewelry, we place an emphasis on the support of Boulder, Colo.-area artists, with about 60 percent of the store filled with local artists’ pieces.

Amy Johnson, the designer behind Amy J. Metals, is not only based in Boulder, her collection is largely composed of pieces made with objects found in Boulder. Made with 100 percent recycled metals, her jewelry is also rich with socially conscious symbolism. Along hikes in Lefthand Canyon, Amy J. has discovered the old bullets that she uses in many of her pieces. The necklace pictured, also available in a ring, is called “Disturbing the Peace.” With a background in peace and conflict studies and humanitarian assistance, Amy J. wanted her jewelry to “go beyond bling” and speak.

“The bullet: man made, used to oppress, to liberate… for war, peace… survival, destruction; bullets gave me the means to create jewelry that speaks.” –Amy J.

If you’re looking for something unique or a piece of jewelry that says more,  check out Amy J.’s full collection here.