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A Nouveau Neckline

Fashion runways in India have recently seen the advent of a new trend in jewelry…or rather, a clever spin on some jewelry items that you already own.
headaccesory5 An entire line of models showed off multiple versions of this burgeoning trend in New Delhi when they graced the stage with pearls and jewels draped across their hair like diadems. Rather than bedazzled hairbands, these were each cleverly-employed necklaces: a classic beauty standard that is now getting a breath of fresh air as a new and multifunctioning hair accessory.
TJennifer_Lawrence-1024x721his innovative implementation of necklaces is a trend that has also been spotted recently in the western hemisphere on several stars, such as Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga, and Jennifer Lawrence (whose taste in jewelry has already sparked our interest.) Rather than draping it across the top of her head like a circlet, however, Lawrence chose to carefully weave a glittering necklace into her low updo for some added texture and panache. 
DIY: This look could be easily replicated at home by weaving your necklace into a loose braid from top to bottom, and then coiling and pinning the braid up at the nape of your neck.
Another Hollywood actress to sport this look is fashion icon Sarah Jessica Parker, who chose to wear her necklace off to one side like a beautifully-draped pin or brooch.
 DIY: To recreate this look, simply bobby-pin your necklace into place in any kind of updo, ensuring that the clasped ends are tucked into your hair. Feel free to place your necklace in front, off to the side like Parker, or even in the back. 
Those of you with shorter hair need not despair! For a circlet or hairband-like appearance, simply wrap the necklace around your head once (or twice for longer strands), and bobby pin it into place to create a look just as delicate, bold, casual, or elegant as the pieces of jewelry that you select. Enjoy!
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Pearl Society Meeting – “The Dragon’s Other Quest: Pearls and the Magic & Power of Jade”

Thursday, March 6, from 6pm to 8pm at the Eve J. Alfillé Gallery & Studio, 623 Grove St., Evanston

The Pearl Society salutes the Chinese Year of the Horse at its upcoming March 6th meeting, Thursday evening from 6 to 8 pm. The Chinese Dragon is depicted in pursuit of both pearls and jade, stepping stones to eternal life and wealth. At this March meeting our guest speaker, Scottie Perry, will discuss the many aspects of Jade. According to artist & Pearl Society founder, Eve Alfillé, Ms. Perry’s many years living in Asia have made her highly cognizant of jade’s major role in these cultures. Scottie served as docent in Asian museums, and has traveled extensively and amassed knowledge that is not otherwise familiar to westerners. This lively session is interactive, fun & not to be missed!

Please join us for this unusual presentation and become familiar with Jade’s multiple aspects. Be sure to bring your Jade jewelry for perusal & discussion.

Please reserve now! 847-869-7920 or e-mail Eve at contact@evejewelry.com
Refreshments will be served

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25th Anniversary Celebration!

October 20, 2012 from noon – 6 pm
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Eve J. Alfillé is celebrating 25 years since opening the Eve J Alfille Gallery & Studio in Evanston, IL, in October 1987.

Celebrating 25 years at Eve J. Alfille Calery & Studio
Eve to unveil new design Series “Déjà vu,” wine, refreshments, and live music. RSVP online below.

Please join us Saturday, October 20th, 2012 from noon to 6pm, as we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Eve’s Gallery!

We are having a party, co-hosted by Chicago Magazine, with live musical performances from students and faculty of Music Institute of Chicago, wine and sweet treats from Donna Goodman Potent Potables. Eve is working on new versions of her awesome past works for her new “Deja Vu” series to celebrate the past 25 years and move on to the next!

Ribbon cutting by Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl at 1 PM and the first 300 guests will receive gift bags.
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Alfille’s inspirations are singular in concept and rich in history as they are influenced by her European heritage, multilingual background, her work in archeology, as well as her formal education in business, historical linguistics and medieval poetry. She recalls how each became a stepping stone to finding her true life’s work. As an educator, field archaeologist and large metal sculptor, she found her true passion in smaller scale sculpture that is more intimate and
personal, the design and creation of fine jewelry.

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Pearl Society Presents: Dilemmas of Inheritance – How to Re-design unworn Pearls for Today’s World

Sun. September 23, 2012 | 3:00 – 5:00 pm
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Giverny Cuff by Ariel Arwnen Design
Giverny Cuff by Ariel Arwen Design features a cluster of keshi pearls with a traditional cultured pearl from an unworn family heirloom

Eve J. Alfillé and a panel of jewelry designers will share their individual design approaches together with examples of their work.  Each will describe how they would approach redesigning a client’s unworn family heirlooms.  This promises to be a lively presentation.  Designer’s samples will be available for sale and perusal.

Bring your own unworn Pearls to the meeting.

The Meeting will be held at the Eve J. Alfillé Gallery & Studio, 623 Grove Street, Evanston, IL 60201 from 3 – 5 pm.  Please reserve your place now by calling 847-869-7920 or e-mail RSVP to contact@evejewelry.com

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Pearl Society Presents: Wisconsin Pearl Stories

July 22, 2012 | 3:00 – 5:00 pm

George Johnson, Norm Lange and Eve Alfille
Researching Pearls at the Milwaukee Museum, from left Norm Lange, George Johnson & Eve Alfillé.

Wisconsin Pearl Rush historian and journalist George Johnson will be returning to The Pearl Society with friend and fellow pearl aficionado Norman Lange, (also a past Pearl Society speaker) will moderate a lively lecture and discussion titled “Wisconsin Pearl Stories”.

Lange is long-time pearl dealer of natural American freshwater & oriental pearls, among others.

Johnson will be signing copies of the Spring 2012 edition of Wisconsin Magazine of History issue featuring “Wisconsin’s Pearl Craze.”  The first 40 attendees will receive a free copy of this issue!

As many of you know, Natural American pearls were extremely high valued in the nineteenth century, especially in the Art Nouveau era when the asymmetrical forms of nature were favored.  Most of the Jewels from that era in European museums are set with beautiful American natureal pears, as opposed to the round oriental pearls. Of course, once the rush took place, the pearl-bearing mussels took a long time to recover, and pearls now are very few and far between, especially in the face of on going pollution.

When word got around that there were pearls to be found in the Mississippi and its tributaries, there was a big rush, similar to the Gold Rush, which until recently was not documented.  Johnson spoke to our membership about the American Pearl Rush in March of 2011; and has recently published his article “Wisconsin’s Pearl Craze” on the subject in the Spring 2012 edition of Wisconsin Magazine of History.

This meeting of the Pearl Society is a continuation of last year’s discussion of the Pearl Rush, including stories of individual pearls.  Together with Norm Lange, Johnson will go into some detail about identification and collecting of our natural pearls.

Seating is limited.  RSVP below or call (847) 869-7920