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The first and most obvious problem with the Met Gala - the celebrity-studded fashion event that makes headlines each and every year - is that there are not nearly enough horses involved. You can watch the red carpet for hours, and not see a single one!

So there’s that. But this year’s Met Gala had a number of other issues, related to the fact that the honoree was Karl Lagerfeld. While being renowned as a fashion designer, Karl Lagerfield was not the world’s nicest person. He had many opinions that people found offensive, and they expressed themselves by wearing things Karl Lagerfeld specifically would have hated.

Yes, that’s why so many of the dresses were pink. Karl once famously said “Think pink, but don’t wear it.” He also had issue with larger people - a category in which he included Heidi Klum - which guided the fashion choices of Lizzo, Alex Newell, and Precious Lee.

What Happens When The Person Who Designs the Jewelry We Love Turns Out To Be Kind of Awful?

Can you separate the art from the artist? That’s a question we all have to face in the course of our lives. As a purveyor of fine horse jewelry, we often carry designer pieces by Hermes, Tiffany, and others. There’s also vintage and estate pieces where the maker may not be known, but later through research discovered.

Everyone has to make their own decisions about what’s important to them. Jewelry is such a personal item. It may be that you don’t want to wear an item after discovering the maker is hostile to the type of person you are. In that case, you have options: jewelry can be sold, or the materials used by another artist to create a fresh new piece of jewelry, or simply put the piece to the side and not wear it.

On the other hand, it is entirely possible that you have and love a piece of jewelry for reasons that transcend the maker’s words and actions. You can wear jewelry without it having to be a statement of support for the maker. There is no obligation to deprive yourself of joy because of someone else’s bad behavior. In time, the maker’s name and reputation will fade away, but the diamonds are forever. 

Choosing the Right Jewelry to Wear to Charity or Gala Events

As much as we’d all like to spend our time in the saddle - or at least in the barn - there are times when it’s important to make an appearance at a charity or gala event. Whether you’re there because you’re passionate about the cause, you want to support your friends, or just because [...]

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Contest Alert: You Can Win A Sterling Silver Prancing Horse Pendant!

Are you feeling lucky? Today might just be your lucky day! We’re having a contest & the top prize is our Sterling Silver Prancing Horse Pendant.  About the Sterling Silver Prancing Horse Pendant One of our most popular designs, the Sterling Silver Prancing Horse pendant captures the wild and elegant energy of a horse at play. The bowed [...]

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A Jewelry Lover’s Guide to Shopping While On Vacation

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had more than enough of winter. Just like the Melissa McCarthy commercial - I want to go anywhere! Whether you’re traveling the show circuit or you’re escaping the barn for a little luxurious R&R, it’s always fun to hit the shops and see what beautiful pieces of equestrian [...]

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Vintage and Estate Jewelry: Tips for New Collectors

One of the very cool things about collecting vintage and estate jewelry is you can potentially discover a great piece virtually anywhere. Because I’ve been operating Showstable Artisans for so long, people come to me now when they have a great piece of horse-themed jewelry they’d like to sell. But I’ve also found great pieces in [...]

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Caring For Fine Jewelry - Pearls, Opals, & Colored Gemstones

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but many other precious and semi-precious stones are also featured in fine equestrian jewelry. Here’s how to care for pearl jewelry, opal jewelry, and jewelry containing colored gemstones.Care Tip #1: Check the Condition Frequently.It’s a good best practice to take a moment and look at your jewelry carefully [...]

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Holiday Gift Guide: How To Surprise Your Favorite Person with Amazing Jewelry

So, the holidays are almost here and this is the year you’ve decided you’re going to WOW your favorite person. Obviously horses are a big part of their life - maybe the two of you even met on the show circuit (this does happen, or so I’ve been told!) Celebrate their enthusiasm for all [...]

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The Leather & Pearls Collection: Affordable Indulgences & Great Stablemate Gifts

The holidays are coming fast. If you’d like to get a jump start on your gift shopping, this quick tour of our new Leather & Pearls Collection is for you. Here is where you’ll find horse jewelry that’s high quality, well made, and affordable. We curated this collection with stablemates, riding teachers, coaches, and show [...]

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Should You Shower With Your Jewelry On?

Life with horses can involve a lot of travel. I was recently chatting with a friend who told me that after losing one of her favorite rings by forgetting it in a hotel bathroom somewhere she now showers with her jewelry on. What she wanted to know is, is this practice safe? Is it okay to shower with your [...]

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Finding Diamonds In Manure: A Guide to Not Losing Your Jewelry at the Horse Show

OK, I’ve heard of these magic horses who never poop in the trailer. I just don’t happen to have one. Without a doubt, I know that after getting Winnie unloaded and settled down at the showgrounds, I’m going to have a mess to clean.So picture the scene: I’m washing up after the job is done, [...]

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