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The Radical Origins of International Women's Day

The Radical Origins of International Women's Day

Gender is a construct.... We all live on a continuum, but I never miss an opportunity to celebrate women and know more about history. Did you know that International Women's Day was started in 1910 by the American Socialist Party? A first event in America took place in 1909, inspired by Theresa Malkiel, a Ukranian-born American labor activist, suffragist, and educator. By the next year the event had gone international largely in Communist countries through a network of brilliant women intellectuals including Clara Zetkin, Käte Duncker, Paula Thiede and Rosa Luxemburg.  Here is a picture of Clara Zetkin and Rosa Luxemburg in 1910. They were both anti-fascists and anti-racists. Clara...

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Tulip Teaspoon Jewelry

Tulip Teaspoon Jewelry

 Our Tulip Jewelry is handcrafted from an early 20th century Tulip teaspoon made into a forever keepsake. This curvaceous design does justice to the majestic tulip blossom, which has captivated us for centuries.   Our Elegant Tulip jewelry comes in sterling silver and bronze.   

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Valentines & Galentines

Valentines & Galentines

Whether it's a gift for your sweetheart, a friend or for yourself because you survived 2020, our Valentines & Galentines Collection includes some of our favorite love charms and keepsakes.    We also have some beautiful new ornate Antique Button chokers in time for February! I've also added a small collection of Vintage Charms dating between 1850 and 1970.    

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The Sphinx - From Delphi to Egypt

The Sphinx - From Delphi to Egypt

In Greek tradition, the Sphinx has the head of a Woman, the wings of a bird and the body of a Lioness. She is associated with the Hera's Riddle - the goddess guardian of the ancient Greek city of Thebes. Upon attempting to enter the great city, the Sphinx would ask the most famous riddle in history: "Which creature has one voice and yet becomes four-footed and two-footed and three-footed?" She devoured anyone who could not answer, suffering no fools. Famously, Oedipus solved the riddle with his answer: "Man—who crawls on all fours as a baby, then walks on two feet as an adult, and...

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