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July 2021

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North Bay Woman

Spring/Summer 2021
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Spring 2021
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North Bay Woman

October 2019
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March 2019

Bay Area Made

August 2018

Vogue Sposa, Italy

January 2014

QPW, London, Premier Edition

January 2013
"I think people see the pocket watch as a symbol of the birth of innovation, precision and scientific knowing that emerged at a fascinating time, as well as a nostalgic accoutrement that is part of our own modern re-enactment of the past," Says Creek Van Houten, owner of Compass Rose Design, a US-based company that created industrial, steampunk and Victorian inspired jewelry. 
I think steampunk has mainstreamed because, like the Victorian age, we're experiencing a time of advances in technology, which creates a yearning for some nostalgic yearning of the idealized past. Pocket watches are perfect for being reinterpreted into jewelry because they capture the contrast of elegance and industrial aesthetics that emerged during the Victorian era. People also like that feeling of wearing history, of holding a moment in their hand."