The Shimmering Stones of Summer

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If June were a color, it would be a shimmering, glimmering, nacreous white. June is a month full of sparkling sandy beaches, blushing brides and moonlit evenings, and those lucky enough to have a June birthday are bestowed with two of the loveliest birthstones: the lustrous pearl and the mesmerizing moonstone. These stunning gems also have a storied history around the necks, arms and ears of women saying “I do,” because their ethereal iridescence is the perfect complement to a flowing white gown. Speaking of “I do,” we at the store are thrilled and excited to celebrate the wedding of one of our own, Alexa, in less than a week. Congrats, Alexa and Russell! Come and check out our extensive collection of pearl and moonstone necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings, and find the perfect gift for a June baby or a bride-to-be.

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Pop Rocks!

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IMG_1902Happy summer, everyone! Here comes June, ushering in long days, balmy nights and outdoor celebrations. In two weeks (on Sunday, June 16), we will get the chance to honor dads, dadas, daddies, poppas, papas and pops everywhere. No matter what you call your father, show him how much he means to you with a treasure from New Stone Age.

IMG_1903Your father was one of the first to introduce you to the world. This light-up globe provides the perfect accompaniment to his tales of all the places he went before he settled down to become your dad.

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Is Dad handy with a knife? Give him one of these beautiful, slender yet masculine wood-handled knives, and a repurposed knife honer made from antique porcelain wire-insulation tubes.

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Have you checked out our curated collection of vintage cameras? They make a great gift for the shutterbug father who’s patient enough to teach his kids the timeless art of manual photography.

IMG_1912Dad can always use a dapper hat to protect his forehead from the sun as he runs after his brood. These Panama hats are the real deal, expertly handwoven from natural fibers.

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We recently stumbled across this gorgeous vintage wood typewriter table. It’s in excellent condition, and fits right in with our collection of working vintage typewriters. If your father pines for the simpler days before the distraction of the Internet and misses the tactile tapping of the keys, set him up with this lovely homage to bygone decades and he’ll feel as winsomely wordy as Hemingway. Adorn his desktop with these silly wooden blocks to keep him smiling as he types.

IMG_1940Do you sense a retro theme going on? We must admit that we at the store are drawn to earlier times, when even the most utilitarian objects in the home were designed with beauty and style. This phone is a lovely tricolor homage to the rotary phones of the 40s, 50s and 60s, but it works just like a new phone. Get one for you and one for your father, and the phone’s good looks will inspire you to call him more often.

IMG_1938Top off your gift with this sweet little embroidered card, because no matter how old you are, you’ll always be your father’s little monkey.

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!

 

 

May is Mom’s Month

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Welcome to the merry month of May, everyone! In spite of the rainy day we’re having today, May’s arrival heralds the approach of glorious summer, and we’re all anticipating the long, warm days ahead. We know what you’re thinking. Isn’t there something else that happens in May, some holiday that inspires children everywhere to make elbow macaroni masterpieces and crayon-adorned coupon books?

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That’s right, next Sunday is Mother’s Day. Why not pay us a visit beforehand to get Mom a little something special?

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Bring her a bright and beautiful breakfast in bed. This lovely handpainted enamelware from Kashmir pairs perfectly with our Japanese ceramic bowls and our sweet little chartreuse espresso mugs. Bring her fresh-cut flowers from the garden in this white ceramic mason jar.

Put a smile on her face with this recycled metal mother whale and her little pod of babies. These whales are handmade in India from old steel storage drums, and no two are alike. The rusty patina and logo remnants tell a different story with each whale.

Put a smile on her face with this recycled metal mother whale and her little pod of babies. These whales are handmade in India from old steel storage drums, and no two are alike. The rusty patina and logo remnants tell a different story with each whale.

I bet your mother remembers when your room used to look like this. Give her a laugh with this book that features nests from all sorts of birds, some messier than others. What a perfect way to thank her for providing you with her own cozy nest? This would  also make a lovely gift for a newly nesting mother.

I bet your mother remembers when your room used to look like this. Give her a laugh with Nests, a lovely hardcover book that features abodes made by all sorts of birds, some messier than others. What a perfect way to thank her for providing you with your own cozy home. This would also make a lovely gift for a newly nesting mother.

You can't go wrong with a locket customized with precious family photos. These enamel and gold fill lockets are handmade in France, and come in a variety of lovely colors.

You can’t go wrong with a locket customized with precious family photos. These enamel and gold fill necklaces are handmade in France, and come in a variety of lovely colors.

Did you know that May is also National Bicycle Month?

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Be a spokesmodel for your spokes with these lovely homages to two-wheeled travel: a model tandem bike, a journal for your cycling adventures, a sturdy cast iron sign, and a whimsical bicycle horn.

In celebration of all that May has to offer, why not plan a scenic family bike ride and picnic for next Sunday? Don’t forget to pack Mom’s favorite treats. Here’s to a sunnier weekend ahead, fit for such lovely adventures.

 

 

 

Diamonds Are April’s Best Friend

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Hello, dear customers, and Happy April! For those of you who are subscribed to our email list, we’re trying something different this month. While WordPress is a lovely blogging platform, its email subscription service is a little clumsy for our taste. We have a feeling that many of you miss our email updates because they are sent from “WordPress” instead of “New Stone Age,” so starting today we are using Mail Chimp to manage email subscriptions. Hopefully, that will mean that you can find our content more easily. Let us know how you like it.

Now that we’ve got that boring update out of the way, how about that flashy blog headline? It’s true, folks: April is the best month in which to be born, because these spring babies can claim the fabulous, lustrous diamond as their birthstone. Perhaps you have a special April-born someone in your life, or perhaps you are that special someone. Perhaps you just love diamonds as much as we do. If you said yes to any of the above (and really, who doesn’t like diamonds?), take a look at the abundance of beautiful specimens we have in the store.

pave diamond necklaces that'll make your heart go pitter-patter

pave diamond necklaces that’ll make your heart go pitter-patter

stunning, sparkling, stacking stones for your fingers, and the infamous "diamond shake" locket filled with diamonds

stunning, sparkling, stacking stones for your fingers, and the infamous “diamond shake” locket filled with diamonds

Since wedding season is fast approaching, we figured this month would also be the perfect time to showcase some of our marriage-worthy rings. Take note, proposal planners: if you’re going to put a ring on it, choose one of these stunners!

rocks you can rock for a lifetime

rocks you can rock for a lifetime

Come to New Stone Age for the stone of all stones, the dazzling diamond!

The Countdown to Spring Begins!

Greetings, customers! Hands up, those of you who are excited about the arrival of spring! IMG_1041The Vernal Equinox, which heralds the first day of the season, is only two days away. Longer days and warmer evenings are on their way, and fruits other than citrus are finally showing up again at farmers’ markets all over town. Welcome spring through your own door with some colorful nods to this season of blossoms and growth.

Head to the market for some fresh lettuce greens, and whip up a beautiful salad in this gorgeous burl wood bowl.

Head to the market for some fresh lettuce greens, and whip up a beautiful salad in this gorgeous burl wood bowl.

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While you’re at it, grab some flowers to fill these whimsical ceramic mason jars.

These beautiful blue and sea green ceramic vessels are perfect containers for fresh berries.

These beautiful blue and sea green ceramic vessels are perfect containers for fresh berries.

Brighten up your morning with these adorable espresso mugs and linen napkins.

Brighten up your morning with these adorable espresso mugs and linen napkins.

Throw an evening wine and cheese soiree in your garden and offer guests these multicolored cheese knives so they can slice their brie and gruyere with aplomb.

Throw an evening wine and cheese soiree in your garden and offer guests these multicolored cheese knives, so they can slice their brie and gruyere with aplomb.

Having a candlelit dinner on your balcony? Impress your date by lighting the candles with these spring-hued matches in sweet little apothecary jars. These are back by demand, but they never last long, so hurry in soon to grab yours!

Having a candlelit dinner on your balcony? Impress your date by lighting the candles with these spring-hued matches in sweet little apothecary jars. These are back by popular demand, but we can’t seem to keep them in stock, so hurry in soon to grab yours!

Now that we’ve helped you bring the spirit of spring into your home, why not put some spring into your own step with some bright-hued jewelry?

These woven ombre necklaces are bursting with bright color.

These woven ombre necklaces are bursting with bright color.

These delicate necklaces combine the warm glow of gold with subtle navy, bright cornflower and spring green beads.

These delicate necklaces combine the warm glow of gold with subtle navy, bright cornflower and spring green beads.

Alright, so we may or may not have taken this photo with St. Patrick's day in mind, but green is after all the foremost spring color, not to mention the fact that emerald is the official Pantone color of 2013. So green up your wardrobe with some of these beauties!

Some might say that green is the foremost spring color – the color of sprouts and saplings and new leaves. Did you know that emerald green is also the official Pantone color of 2013? Keep the green trend going past St. Patrick’s day and into the first days of spring.

Lastly, we just had to share these adorable little birds. Our avian friends are the true harbingers of spring, chirping their little tunes to welcome the blossoms, and these little seedpod birds are true works of art. They are handmade in Zimbabwe by Raina Mazwiembiri and her daughter, who make a seven hour journey just to collect the seedpods that make up the birds' bodies. They then shape the legs, heads and beaks out of wire and putty, and hand paint each bird with bright paint. We love how each one has such a distinct, endearing personality.

Lastly, we just had to share these adorable little birds. Our avian friends are the true harbingers of spring, chirping their little tunes to welcome the blossoms, and these little seedpod birds are true works of art. They are handmade in Zimbabwe by Raina Mazwiembiri and her daughter, who make a seven hour journey just to collect the seedpods that make up the birds’ bodies. They then shape the legs, heads and beaks out of wire and putty, and hand paint each bird with bright paint. We love how each one has such a distinct, endearing personality.

Psst! Before we end this post, we’ll let you in on a big secret: Our jewelry sale, which usually lasts only through the end of January, IS STILL GOING! For how long is anyone’s guess, so hurry in to take advantage of our wooden chest filled with baubles that are all 50% off! See you all soon!

New Stone Age is for Lovers!

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What’s that drifting on the ocean breeze? Is it love? We think it is. Heed that amorous muse and head into the store to snatch up some sweets for your sweetie. Check out all the lovey-dovey loot that we’ve gathered for you! Your valentine will be absolutely smitten when you shower him or her with these treasures and a sweet handwritten card.IMG_0950

IMG_0935IMG_0949IMG_0947IMG_0929IMG_0940IMG_0941IMG_0936Are you looking to adorn your lady love with jewels befitting her beauty? We’ve assembled a collection of our most valentine-worthy baubles below. You can’t go wrong with the universal symbolism of hearts, arrows and keys, nor with sweet sayings or delicate diamond-studded rose gold. Tuck a picture of the two of you inside a lovely locket and she will be able to wear you close to her heart. We have something for every budget and every measure of love. And if you’re single, there’s no reason not to give yourself some healthy self-love in the form of a necklace, bracelet or ring – be your own valentine this year!

IMG_0985IMG_0981IMG_0979IMG_0980IMG_0982IMG_0986Happy Valentine’s Day, with lots of love from all of us to all of you!

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Ahoy there, customers! Set “sale” into the new year with us!

Happy New Year! As some of you might remember, every January we have two sales: one on Christmas decor and one on jewelry. Both sales will be in effect until the end of the month, so hurry in to get some great deals! We even have a sale on cozy scarves, shawls and pillows, to help you combat the highly unusual chill in the air. Brrr, it’s cold out there! Here’s a teaser of what we have on offer: 

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There’s no time like the present… to enjoy a little present!

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Dear customers, thanks for filling our store with joy, jolliness and good cheer this holiday season. As a token of our appreciation, we are offering a 20% off coupon towards any purchase you make in the store between now and the end of the year. This coupon is only available to you, the savvy shoppers who read our little blog. To use the coupon, please print it out and bring it in between now and 6:00 pm on Monday, December 31st. Click on the image below and it will open in a new page for ease of printing. Enjoy our little gift to you, and thanks for making this holiday season a success!

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Party Your Stockings Off With Us This Thursday… And Then Stuff Them!

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It’s time once again for West Third Street’s annual Holiday Party! We, along with our neighbors along the street, will be staying open later than usual, which is great news for those of us who can’t make it during normal business hours. Alexa will be mulling her famously delicious hot cider to warm you from your nose to your toes while you shop. Mix and mingle with us, get some gift suggestions, and cross off your list, all while having a grand old time.

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Speaking of suggestions, are you wondering what Santa will fill those carefully hung stockings with? Perhaps Santa should take a stroll to our evening soiree as well, where he’ll find plenty of tiny treasures fit for stuffing.

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We look forward to getting in the Holiday spirit with you this Thursday. Ho, ho, ho!

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