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It's the holidays, you guys! And scientific research has proven that ALL the zodiac signs want jewelry as gifts. And this season, the Misa Jewelry team is making it very easy to shop for your favorite Libra, Sagittarius or any other zodiac sign.
(Yes, we are unapologetically huge fans of astrology. We hope you are, too!)
Find out now what the perfect Misa Jewelry is for each zodiac sign! (And don't forget: If you want it delivered by December 24, place your domestic orders by December 13.)
Aries (March 21 to April 19)
Aries is the ultimate Fire Sign in all of astrology. Being first, front and center is a big deal for your favorite Aries. DO light her inner flame with the Fire Coral Moonstone Necklace -- not only is it a part of Misa's newest collection (Aries is a trendsetter!), but that moonstone pendant falls on the most important person and body part of all: the heart. Let it take center stage by wearing it solo or make it a star-studded show by layering it with more Misa Jewelry necklaces like the Journey Treasure Lagoon Necklace and Mini Horizon Necklace.
Taurus (April 20 to May 20)
The Taurus in your life is a rock, wow. Represented by the bull, we find that the curved-branch artistry of the Timber Guard Ring is reminiscent of the protective horns of that symbolic Taurus bull. Like a Taurus, this ring wants to cling to what is theirs, and it's the perfect stacking ring to Misa's Compass Ring or even your own one-of-a-kind engagement ring.
Gemini (May 21 to June 20)
The Gemini twins deserve not one but TWO ring gifts this season (and perhaps every season)! There's no better pick than a double stack of two Compass Rings. As the sign of communication and responsiveness, Gemini is not directionally challenged, per se, but depending on which twin you're talking to, you'll go this way or that. Let the Compass Ring (or the other one) guide you.
Cancer (June 21 to July 22)
The sensitive Cancer is ruled by the beautiful moon, arguably our favorite muse in the sky. Meet the new and popular Morro Moon Ring: The dome-like shape of this moonstone gem represents the tough exterior of a Cancer, but deep inside, your best Cancer is emotional and full of good feelings.
Leo (July 23 to August 22)
Oh, what joy a Leo can add to your life: It is not unlike the sun rising and shining on you every single day. You might find your favorite Leo basking in the sun without a budge. Plus, the delicate rays of the Sunrise Ring also remind us of the wild mane of a lion, the spirit animal of every Leo.
Virgo (August 23 to September 22)
She is the harvest queen, and like a water lily blooming from Earth's dirty, murky waters, the Virgo still emerges from the ground up in modest vogue. This is the inspiration behind Misa's Water Lily Necklace. The Virgo is the sign of hard work, self-improvement and purity, and this necklace is representative of nature's beautiful progress.
Libra (September 23 to October 22)
It is so fun shopping for a Libra! A lover of all things beautiful and artistic, jewelry is the ideal gift for a Libra. It's tough to choose just one piece from the Misa Jewelry collection, but it's the Opal Eternity Ring that comes out winning. Not only is she pretty, this charming Eternity Ring shows off balance -- the best-looking thing in a Libra's life.
Scorpio (October 23 to November 21)
Chances are: Your favorite Scorpio is super-intense! And the more you get to know your favorite Scorpio, you fall in love with each layer uncovered. You might spend a lifetime getting to know your passionate Scorpio, and we believe the dramatic Labradorite Cove Ring represents the mysterious depth of that love.
Sagittarius (November 22 to December 21)
Nothing is more nourishing to a Sagittarius than a good ol' journey. Misa's Journey Treasure collection is made for every optimistic, freedom-loving Sagittarian in your life (hopefully, you have many!). We are particularly keen on the Journey Treasure Cave Ring, which features rich-colored gemstones like amethyst -- purple being Sag's most powerful color.
Capricorn (December 22 to January 19)
The ambitious Capricorns in your life are always seeking achievement, always evolving. No better ring for a Capricorn's forefinger than Misa's Evolve Mermaid Ring to show off how far along they've come. Each gemstone is a milestone in steadiness and manifesting one's own destiny. The circular shape of the ring also pays homage to the Capricorn's ruling element: the Earth.
Aquarius (January 20 to February 18)
Aquarian people are often unique and a little quirky. A new ring in the Misa Jewelry collection is the Constellation Eternity Ring, and we trust that your best Aquarius will appreciate the unexpected beauty of this ring. The diamonds in this band appear sporadically, not unlike the stars in our own galaxy. We salute the sky gods for Aquarius' progressive and independent spirits.
Pisces (February 19 to March 20)
Two swimming fish represent Pisces, but in Misa Jewelry land, it represents two rosecut diamonds in the shape of a water bay -- one for each ear. The Half Moon Bay Earrings is a highly intuitive way to pay homage to the romantic and mystical Pisces in your life. Each earring honors a different desire in a Pisces life, because what a Pisces does best is dream, dream, dream!
I take in inspiration from all over to design my jewelry. That might mean I have multiple (style) personalities, but you don't have to suffer from the same affliction! The Misa Jewelry team has put together this light-hearted quiz so you can discover your Misa Jewelry style by personality. (It's surprisingly accurate.) Please share your results with me in the "comments" section below!
1. You're on a spontaneous weekend getaway: What is your must-do activity?
A. Take a long hike with your dog.
B. Get dressed up to dine at the hottest new restaurant.
C. Swim ALL day!
D. Wake up to the sun rising and immediately read your horoscope.
2. Your Instagram account is most populated with images of:
A. Flowers. Whatever grows on trees.
B. Stunning architecture.
C. The coastline.
D. All the sunsets. Especially the pink ones.
3. You're thirsty. You're drinking ...
A. A green juice.
B. A martini.
C. Sparkling water.
D. Rosé all day.
4. You're hungry. You're eating ...
B. Foie gras.
C. Sushi and oysters.
D. Moon pie.
5. How would your best friend describe your style?
A. Natural and earthy.
B. Cutting-edge and modern lines.
C. Ethereal and flowy.
D. Out of this world!
If you answered:
You are a Natural Woman, and we have a lot of Misa Jewelry to help you feel like one (a la Aretha Franklin). You prefer to be one with nature and its trees, its roots, and its baby animals (especially birds! Check out the inspired Lava Beak Ring). You've been green-juicing since the womb. You invented the flower crown, didn't you? You're actually camping right now and stumbled upon some Wifi in the woods. If you're getting married under a big beautiful tree, we suggest the Dew Drops & Ti Leaf Rings to pronounce your Happily Ever After vows. The Diamond Branch Ring is an all-time MJ bestseller, and Misa herself wears the Timber Guard Ring to hug her engagement ring.
You are a City-Chic Girl! Misa's studio is in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, and she is often inspired by the historic architecture of the city. You are modern and sophisticated, and your week isn't complete without a night out on the town (or three). Your manicure? Perfect always. The Marquis Ring and the Tapered Baguette Ring emanate haute couture -- without the hefty price tag. As a wedding band, you'll appreciate the design symmetry of the Opal Eternity Ring and the stark simplicity of the Vega Ring. Anything from the Compass collection -- like the Bangle or Earrings -- will pay homage to your constant use of GPS in your black SUV.
You are a Mermaid! If you could, you would prefer to live underwater. You're definitely not shy about getting your hair wet at the pool. The Journey Treasure Collection, available in Mermaid and Lagoon, is Misa's way of celebrating the beauty in nature's water. The Fire Coral Ring is your everyday ring, and Misa's newest Shima Reef Opal Ring is on your Wish List -- both rings are inspired by the intensely gorgeous coral reef system. If you HAVE to be out of the water, you're eating oysters and octopus, while wearing Misa's Oysterette Earrings and Tentacle Ring. And your way of paying tribute to the foreverness of the ocean is to slip on the Wave Eternity Ring.
Sun, Moon & Stars, oh my! You are inspired by the beyond. You prefer to look up -- or look down at your hands and see jewelry that is inspired by what's above. You believe in astrology, and together, are warmed by the idea of birthstones (order the Union Ring now with two birthstones significant to you!). Wearing the Constellation Double Strand Necklace makes you feel like a star. Top your ring stack with the golden rays of a Sunrise Ring, or give your lobes a little twinkle with the Stardust Earrings. And what you love about Misa's one-of-a-kind Moonstone Cove Ring is it celebrates YOUR individuality and our moon's.
Or, maybe, just MAYBE, you're "E. all of the above." ;)
Owning my own business is no easy feat, but doing what I love to do while making a business out of it is the most gratifying accomplishment. As we all get ready for our Labor Day weekend getaways, here is my reflection on my labor of love: making jewelry.
Most may think of jewelry as fashion accessories, but to me they are much more than just adornments. They mark very important moments in my life – some blissful and some sad, but all beautiful moments. For instance, my Lava Drop Lariat necklace always takes me back to my very close (and hot) encounter with an active volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii. The magnificence of Mother Nature took my breath away as a child and she’s consequently my main inspiration of my jewelry line. My 18K yellow gold Snoopy pendant that my mom gave me when I started Kindergarten to ease my nerves of making new friends still comforts me well into my 30’s. My Compass Opal Ring reminds me of my adventurous grandpa and our exciting fishing trips we took together. Like the compass on his boat that always guided us in right direction, I know my grandpa is always keeping me on track even after his passing. My engagement and wedding rings fill my heart with bursting love for my husband and bring a huge smile on my face thinking about our fun, dance party wedding day. Jewelry is a timeless keepsake and the big bonus is it comes in a fashionable package.
2) Art is self-expression
Before I started Misa Jewelry, I was working in finance and then for a Major League Baseball team (such a normal path to jewelry, right?). Although I LOVED my coworkers and my bosses, I always felt that the job I was doing was not supposed to be my life’s work. I found myself always taking art classes after work and on the weekends. I took many local classes from soap-pouring to candle-making to sewing pajama bottoms with senior citizens. I realized soon enough that I was spending hours in these crafting classes not only because I was bored at work, but I was losing myself at work and desperately needing an outlet for self-expression. And now with my jewelry line, I have the opportunity to pour my heart and soul into each jewelry design, and in turn, my sweet clients can express themselves through my designs. Such a wonderful circle of life this is.
4) Make people happy
Another reason why I started making jewelry is pretty simple: WHO DOESN’T LOVE RECEIVING JEWELRY? I remember where every piece of my jewelry came from because I remember feeling very touched receiving it or buying it. Whether you’re celebrating an event or person in your life, jewelry is always the perfect gift.
5) Jewelry is forever
Do you load your car with bags full of clothes and shoes to donate after a massive closet cleanout every year like I do? Do you ever have precious jewelry pieces in those bags like I NEVER do? That’s because jewelry is truly lasts for more than a lifetime while clothing and shoes suffer damages and trends. In fact, the wear-and-tear of jewelry actually make the jewelry more meaningful and on their way to heirloom status as they get passed on to future generations. Jewelry is forever.
Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend! Which piece of jewelry will you be packing for your trip?
On Friday evening, Jason and I came home from work, plopped on the couch and we both telepathically said to each other, "We need to take a trip." Telepathic powers come in handy when you're too exhausted for a vocal exchange. Thanks to the internets, we booked a pet-friendly room for Saturday night and on the road we went to the California central coast the next the morning!
No central coast road trip is complete without a beautiful drive through Paso Robles wine country. Most wineries in Paso Robles are very pet-friendly, so while we humans enjoyed our wine tastings, our furry baby Shima enjoyed getting ridiculous amounts of attention. Thank you to Eberle Winery and Niner Wine Estates for the extra Shima love. For those of you planning to take a trip to Paso, Eberle has wine cave tours guided by their friendly staff and Niner has a lovely restaurant for a lunch stop.
Moonstone Beach was just a stone's throw away from Paso Robles and home to the most breathtaking sunsets. It was also apparently home to thousands and thousands of these wondrous blue jellyfish washed up on shore. Don't they look both prehistoric AND futuristic? Style points, jellyfish, for being so timeless.
Sharing laughs until our stomachs hurt, having great talks, singing along to good and awfully-good music and rolling around in the sand with Shima were exactly what we needed after many weeks of long work days. No telepathic powers needed.
And Happy Earth Day! Thank you, Mother Nature, for creating such magnificent places for us to visit.
Catch a glimpse of my Downtown LA studio, where I love to create and let my adorable dog Shima be the boss of me.
Many, many special thanks to my talented friend Joel Kuwahara for this beautiful video. Thank you to Candace & Kumi for making me laugh and trying on all of the Misa Jewelry rings during the shoot. And thank you to Jeff for the iced latte and tea delivery!