Explore Beautiful Treasures at Antiques at The Gardens

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There’s something about shopping for antiques that’s just so special and rewarding. Finding perfect pieces to showcase in your home is always a carefully thought-out process, but selecting an antique takes even more consideration.  Every time you walk by that piece, whether it’s a table centerpiece or a chest of drawers, memories and thoughts of the past rush through your …

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Inspiring Entrepreneurs: Mary Brennan Reich’s Successful Start

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Starting your own company or business is hard work, and if you know me, then you know that watching an idea bloom and grow into success is near and dear to my heart. I know firsthand how challenging it is to run a business, but at the same time, it’s so rewarding! I met Mary Brennan Reich when she was …

Women I Admire: Princess Diana

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I remember sitting enthralled in front of the television in July of 1981. My twins were three months old and, as I cared for them at home, I watched the royal wedding over and over. July 29, 1981, was the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana, a wedding that was a truly global affair. I was just one of …

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December Begins with a Ross-Simons Jewelry Giveaway

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December is upon us, and that means Christmas is only weeks away. I love finding gifts for loved ones. Of course, a good Christmas list comes in handy. But my favorite presents to give are those special items that I’ve spotted while traveling or running an errand. I’m not expecting it, but I suddenly find the perfect thing for a …

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The Secret Life of Antiques: Lockets

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Guest post from Lidy Baars, antiques dealer with FrenchGardenHouse.com There is nothing more romantic than wearing a reminder of someone you love close to your heart. For centuries, the locket—a pendant that opens up to reveal a small space to insert a portrait, lock of hair, or tiny love letter—has been a lady’s favorite accessory to do just that. Lockets …

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Ross-Simons Pearl Necklace Giveaway

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I just love it when one of our advertisers decides it’s time for a giveaway on The Ribbon In My Journal. Ross-Simons has been a well-loved jeweler for more than 60 years. With designer jewelry collections and couture straight from the runway, Ross-Simons has dazzled generations with its amazing selection and great prices. I love how their pieces combine modern, …

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Beaucoup Designs Giveaway

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I don’t know a woman alive who doesn’t love beautiful jewelry, and the designs from the lovely Leah Ann Messer are exactly that. I am always looking for great pieces for gifts, and her jewelry is so personal. It’s all in the details. Beaucoup Designs started when Leah Ann was a young mother making jewelry and selling it at craft …

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Give Your Heirloom Jewelry an Update

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Tracey Holton-Garrett of Van Atkins Jewelers in Mississippi taught us how to care for pearls, gave us valuable information on what to look for when picking out diamonds, and now she’s passing on her knowledge regarding the art of redesigning antiques. So many women inherit beautiful family pieces that maybe look a little dated, and Tracey creatively updates vintage brooches and …

Diamonds: Learn the Four C’s

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Last week, I introduced you to Tracey Holton-Garrett of Van Atkins Jewelers in Mississippi. She removed some of the mystique in caring for pearls, and I’m so glad you enjoyed her tips. This next video is all about caring for a girl’s best friend: diamonds. Not only does she give advice on cleaning large stones, but she also chats about …