Monthly Archives: February 2014

Samantha Louise Tells All

 

In most cases, simply seeing a piece of jewelry doesn’t trigger that irresistible need to have it. In most cases, the desire stems from learning about the piece and the designer who created it. We had the chance to speak with designer and founder of Samantha Louise Jewelry, Samantha Louise Larkins, and receive an insight into what inspires her to create the breathtaking pieces that make up her collection..

GTJ: When did you realize you had a passion for jewelry?

SL: I knew at a young age. My grandmother’s jewelry box was irresistible and I was hooked.  My creative genes guided me into an art degree from the University of San Diego and then on to GIA.  I have loved every moment of my journey in the jewelry industry.

 

 

GTJ: From where do you draw your inspiration? 

SL: I find that each design informs the next.  I am constantly striving to push the limits of what I create by analyzing what I have created in the past. I try to make it better, easier to wear, bolder, or more versatile. I am inspired by color, art, fashion and more than anything, women.  I strive to create work that women love to wear, that can become a part of their identity, history, and memories.

 

 

GTJ: What is your favorite piece you have created?

SL: Oh my gosh that is such a hard one….I have a new favorite every week. This is one that I love and that I will always be proud of… 18K yellow gold, diamonds and moonstone. Truly spectacular in person, the photo hardly does it justice.

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GTJ: Who do you envision wearing your jewelry? What is she like?

SL: She is simple, clean, and classic. She is a mom, a business women, and a runner.  She is comfortable in jeans and a teeshirt, or a little black cocktail dress…..I guess she is me.  I make jewelry that I would love to wear and hope that if I love it others will too!

 

 

GTJ: Tell me about some of the new pieces you are working on? What are you plans for SLJ in the future? 

SL: The coolest new thing we are doing in 2014 is the “Its a Wrap” collection.  They are high end European leather wraps with awesome 18K elements. I LOVE them and I cannot wait to debut the collection spring. Here is a little sneak peek.

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GTJ: What is your favorite part about working with G. Thrapp Jewelers? Why did you. choose them as a retailer?

SL: G. Thrapp is home. I have never walked into a store where I feel more welcome or at ease and its not just because I am from Indianapolis.  G. Thrapp was the first retailer in the nation to take a chance on me and my work.  I have grown, learned and evolved because of my partnership with G. Thrapp Jewelers.  It is a relationship that I know will continue to flourish in the coming years.

 

Check out more of her pieces on our Samantha Louise Pinterest Board!

“Wearable, Luxurious, and Beautiful”- Ron Hami

 

 

Ron Hami is known for his signature orighami design that closely resembles a honeycomb-type shape – it is present in nearly all of his pieces. His goal is to create pieces that are “wearable, luxurious, and beautiful.” Not only has Ron Hami has been featured in fashion magazines such as Harpers Bazaar, InStyle, Marie Claire, and W, but his designs have been adorned by many celebrities over the years.

At G. Thrapp Jewelers, we carry both the Ron Hami fashion line and bridal line. The combination of colored stones with the traditional honeycomb look is breathtaking. We love his bridal line because his unique, bold fashion style completely transforms what could be a very traditional engagement ring into an beautifully detailed piece unlike anything else on the market.

To see more of his fashion and bridal jewelry lines, stop by G. Thrapp Jewelers or browse our Ron Hami board on Pinterest. Here are a few of our favorite fashion pieces by Ron Hami:

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He Finally Proposed…. But Stay Tuned.

 

Just when we thought our girl in the Broad Ripple text billboard was about to lose it on her boyfriend for not proposing… They got engaged!! Their relationship, spanning the past year and a half, has had many ups and downs that commuters in Broad Ripple and clients at G. Thrapp have gotten to experience. Our goal in making a “G. Thrapp Couple” was to connect with our viewers in a realistic way and show that we are a relatable store with a sense of humor. If you haven’t gotten a chance to drive by the billboard every two weeks for the past year and a half, chances are you have missed pieces of their text conversation. The entire text billboard saga is pictured below.

BUT do not be fooled just because there was a proposal… we have a surprise for you coming up in the next few weeks…here’s a hint: It has something to do with a party. To be Continued..

 

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What’s Inside David Yurman’s New Cable Mailer….

Did you get our David Yurman Cable Mailer yet? Here are some of our favorite colorful pieces from the mailer that we also have in stock at G. Thrapp Jewelers!

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Diamond Earrings are IT….

 

According to Yahoo search, diamond earrings are predicted to be a top seller for Valentine’s Day this year. Sources from Instore Magazine, a jewelry trade magazine, say yahoo searches for “diamond earrings” climbed 370 percent last week. Diamond earrings are classic and timeless. Stop into G. Thrapp to check out our wide variety of sizes, shapes and styles to find the perfect pair for your other half.  Our gorgeous hoop, stud, and drop earrings ring in at varying price points! To the men out there- if you haven’t already done your Valentine’s Day shopping, here’s an idea that should be a hit…just make sure she has her ears pierced! 😉

 

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New Arrivals at G. Thrapp…

 

We received several great pieces from Lauren K – just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Lauren K handpicks gemstones that are truly one-of-a-kind. This collection is bold, feminine and in-line with the latest fashion trends. Her pieces feature rich gemstones like agates, labradorites, rainbow moonstone, raw polished diamonds and opals. These pieces will make a great addition to your Valentine’s Day Wish List!

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Upgrade Your Look with Halcyon Days

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Is a watch part of your daily wardrobe? How about a favorite bracelet? If so, you’ll love the look a classic Halcyon Days bangle introduces into the mix. The Halcyon Days high quality, hand-decorated enamel bangles are a top seller at G. Thrapp Jewelers. They are the perfect addition to any bracelet stack because they come in a plethora of sizes, colors and designs. These timeless pieces are well priced (ranging from $135-$300) and loved by women of all ages. Stop into G. Thrapp and pick up a Halcyon Days bangle for Valentine’s Day. We put together a few looks to give you some inspiration as to how you can stack these colorful bracelets into a fashionable, arm party. We love pairing them with Michele watches and a variety of other G. Thrapp designer bracelets. Which look is your favorite?

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5 Reasons To Fill Out a Wish List

If you haven’t filled out your wish list yet, there is still time. We wanted to give you a few reasons why you should put filling out your wish list at the TOP of your priority list.

1. Make things easy for him – he will love not having to shop around and worry about coming up with a great gift idea (And you won’t end up with a washer and dryer). He’s a busy man, and with the help of your wish list, we will have him in and out of G. Thrapp in minutes!

2. You will get EXACTLY what you want. If you want a pair of diamond solitaire earrings, why have him search through our many pairs of hoop earrings, designer earrings, etc. Let us help you get that exact pair you want. If you aren’t sure what to put on your wish list, stop into G. Thrapp and one of our amazing sales associates will help you find some great pieces to add to your list!

3. He will have ideas for future special occasions if you put multiple items on your wish list. That means you’ll get exactly what you want for Valentine’s Day, your upcoming birthday, and anniversary. Not only do you list specific pieces that you love on the Wish List, but you can also include your favorite designers like David Yurman, Samantha Louise and Heather B. Moore. This will help your G. Thrapp sales associate pick out great jewelry that suits your taste for years to come.

4. You will be added to our mailing list so you will receive information about all of our upcoming events, trunk shows, special promotions and sales! Since we know exactly what you want, it will help us segment you in our list, giving you access to promotions we know you will love!

5. Oh yeah…We almost forgot to mention that he’ll get 15% off his purchase! He’ll love saving money just as much as you’ll love what he’s selected for you with the help of your wish list.

 

To help you get ideas of jewelry to put on your wish list, refer to our blog “Add These to Your Wish List”.

 

 

Bridal Party

G. Thrapp Jewelers is having a Bridal Party on April 19th, from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. See details.

Behind the Scenes…

 

Yesterday, G. Thrapp hosted our third photo shoot for our “Take A Stand” campaign. The “Take A Stand” advertising campaign is our way of showcasing philanthropic organizations throughout our community that are doing their part to make Indianapolis a better, more “radiant” place to live. G. Thrapp was built upon the premise of being civically minded, and for 30 years, we have always done our part to help out in the community whether it is with donations, attending the events, etc. We are honored to be able to lend our advertising space in both Indianapolis Monthly and Sophisticated Living to these worthy organizations in hopes that it will raise awareness about their cause and G. Thrapp’s love for our Indianapolis community. In 2013, we donated over $150,000 to local organizations including the organizations featured in our “Take A Stand” campaign.

The employees at G. Thrapp help select the philanthropic organizations we partner with and highlight each month. Yesterday’s photo shoot included Jessica Benson Cox, Board member of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and co-chair of the upcoming Promise Gala hosted by JDRF. During our chat with Jessica, she said, “as a new mother, I stress about little things like clipping my baby’s nails and I couldn’t imagine having to give my child a shot every day.” Jessica spoke passionately about how she personally is striving for a cure for Juvenile Diabetes and a world where mothers don’t have to give their children anymore shots. Find Jessica’s picture and information about JDRF’s Promise Gala in the March/April issue of Sophisticated Living and the April issue of Indianapolis Monthly!

The Indianapolis 500 Festival Queen, Allison Jacob, was also at G. Thrapp today for the photo shoot. Allison is one of 33 collegiate women that were selected to serve as ambassadors for the 500 Festival, raising awareness about all of the activities tied to the Festival throughout the month of May. Allison looked fabulous wearing the Queen’s crown which was custom-designed and hand fabricated by G. Thrapp’s Design Studio. G. Thrapp is extremely honored to be able to work with the princesses year after year as the official jeweler of the 500 Festival Princess Program. Look for Allison’s debut in Indianapolis Monthly during the month of May!

We would like to thank Do-tique and Krystal Goodwine of Allier Beauty for doing an extraordinary job on Jessica and Allison’s hair and makeup! We hope our models enjoyed their day of pampering as much as we enjoyed spreading the word about their respective organizations. Here is a sneak peak of the amazing photos:

Thistle & Bee | Designer Jewelry Indianapolis

 

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Ron Hami | Lika Behar | John Apel | Designer Jewelry Indianapolis

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