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Tattoo Culture in the Victorian Era

Tattoo Culture in the Victorian Era

As tattoos become more socially acceptable for all walks of life, it's worth remembering that this is nothing new. In many cultures the world over, tattoos have long served as reminders of loved ones, symbols of journeys and substitutes for jewelry - and the Victorians were no exception.  The expeditions of James Cook in the 1760s introduced several tattoo traditions to nautical communities in Europe. Captain Cook also brought back a young Ra'iatean man, mistakenly known as Omai but his name was pronounced "Mae." He was the second Pacific Islander to visit Europe and was embraced by aristocratic society and met King George during...

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10 Best Podcasts of 2019 for history, culture and fashion

10 Best Podcasts of 2019 for history, culture and fashion

My Favorite Podcasts of 2019  99% Invisible History Extra Podcast Mobituaries Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend Criminal Family Secrets Heavyweight Ear Hustle  The Moment Every Little Thing

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California Tortoiseshell Butterfly

California Tortoiseshell Butterfly

The California Tortoiseshell Butterfly, (Nymphalis californica) is known for mysterious population explosions where they fill the air. Their range is from British Columbia to Baja California. As caterpillars, they eat California Lilac (species ceanothus). Our Butterfly necklace is the perfect homage of the California Tortoiseshell with its scalloped wings and brilliant markings. Our Butterfly necklace is handmade from an antique button in your choice of sterling silver or bronze - both recycled. Layer with our other classic Modern Vintage classic necklaces to make your personal story. 

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Holiday Pop-Up: Handmade Jewelry, Bespoke Hats, Natural Skin Care & Woodworks!

Holiday Pop-Up: Handmade Jewelry, Bespoke Hats, Natural Skin Care & Woodworks!

We are thrilled to announce our collaboration with two other Marin-based handcrafted, woman-owned businesses for our Winter Holiday Pop-Up! sign up for your invitation to this private event! On December 15 from 11am-4pm, Creek Van Houten of Compass Rose Design will be joined by Laurie Berliner of Madge & Me Bespoke & Hand Made Hats, Brenna Krebbers of Mahina Skincare and Brian Ventura of BHV Woodworks. Shop directly from FOUR Bay Area artists! CREEK VAN HOUTEN / COMPASS ROSE DESIGN: Compass Rose Design is inspired by the history of small things, 1870-1970, a century that bridges the old world and the modern era. Each piece celebrates...

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