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Kathleen Lynagh Jewelry Design

designing jewelry & re-creative jewelry for the costume & film industry

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Our custom jewelry design projects and highlights from inspirational designers from around the world – thru the eyes of a designer

“The Crown”

The Crown” is Netflix big budget (rumored to cost $100 million dollar) binge-able series which chronicles a British monarch’s life with six 10-episode seasons — Continue reading ““The Crown””

Our Birthday Chart

A recent trend in engagement ring design is to use your birthstone as the center piece. Continue reading “Our Birthday Chart”

A Smart Tattoo

The latest in temporary body art uses gold leaf and technology to communicate and adorn our bodies.

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WJA Maker’s Project 2016

The Women’s Jewelry Association Maker’s Project, is a fundraiser for  Continue reading “WJA Maker’s Project 2016”

Tucson Jewelry Show

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Duality in Color?

WHAT IS THE PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR?

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A Love Story and the Lost Bracelet


With custom jewelry design one never really knows when work will come to the studio.  Continue reading “A Love Story and the Lost Bracelet”

Pearls Are Here to Stay

Today’s pearls…an interesting little article that I recently read from the Forbes Magazine. It made me think about pearls and people I know that like to wear them, tell me, do you like to wear pearls? I know that these ladies like them.

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Tiffany Diamond and Pearl Rings

“The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, wears elegant pearl drop earrings; America’s First Lady Michelle Obama sports a double-strand pearl necklace; and Sarah Jessica Parker regularly accessorizes her outfits with pearls. “

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Fringe is in!

Just in time for the holidays. Fringe will always be in…what is there not to like in a bit of sparkle and movement.

If you see something you like, the jewelry designer’s name is in the caption.

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CASATO earrings

Chain, gem and pearl tassels…

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Love is in the Air

It’s Springtime and love is in the air. The next story I have to share is about expressing love through jewelry. Continue reading “Love is in the Air”

Why Jewelry is Important

A family “jewel” is bequeathed to a daughter. Continue reading “Why Jewelry is Important”

Inspiration for Fall 2015 These Pantone Pretty Jewels

When the colors were first posted on-line from Pantone, I thought how am I going to use these colors in my gemstone and silver designs. Will they look good in metal? Little did I realize the answer would be easy. These gemstones are beautiful and I already have several gems in stock. I am thrilled to be working with these new colors. Enjoy the details. I know I am ready to start working on new ideas. KLH image

Bold Rings in Sterling Silver

#74 Circus Type Font in a Sterling Silver Ring – What does it all mean?

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Pantone Releases the Colors for the Fall 2015 Season

Fall 2015: An Evolving Color Landscape

This season displays an umbrella of accord that weaves earthy neutrals with a range of bold color statements and patterns to reflect a landscape of hope, fun, fantasy and all things natural.

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The top ten colors for men’s and women’s fashion for Fall 2015 are:

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Climbing Ears at the Grammy Awards

Ear cuffs and climbers are the top Grammy jewelry trend. How many of you like these? Please add your comments below. I wanted to reach out and see if this truly is a trend or just a moment in fashion. KLH

Re blogged from Cheryl Kremkow.  Published: February 10, 2015

The top trend at the Grammy Awards, like at many award shows this season is ear climbers and cuffs.  It’s a trend in the real world too, of course, but climbers and cuffs are the perfect way to add a bit of edge to a gown.  Rihanna makes a fairy tale poof of pink tulle look modern? Diamond earrings by Chopard layered with ear cuffs by Colette.

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My Academy Debut at the Hollywood Costume Exhibit!

Three gorgeous pieces of jewelry were re-created for Larry McQueen, the owner of The Collection of Motion Picture Costume Design and presented to the Academy. These pieces and the costumes from his collection were on exhibit at the Academy Museum of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles, for more details see the article below.

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All That Glitters

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What: Hollywood Costume Exhibit
Where: The Historic Wilshire May Company Building
Location: 6067 Wilshire Boulevard, Miracle Mile
Cost: $20.00


Unlike some years, I’ll remember fondly how I kicked-off 2015…and that’s in-style. Literally. While most likely spent January 1st curled up on the couch nursing their New Year’s Eve hang-over, we found our way through the easily maneuverable LA streets to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences new home on Wilshire Boulevard. Currently inside the historic Wilshire May Company Building, resides a tribute to Hollywood history. The caveat is that this history is told through fabric and shoes, handbags and hats.

Hollywood Costume creates the rare opportunity of introducing movie-lovers to the iconic wardrobe worn by some of the most legendary actors to ever grace the big screen. The exhibition highlights over 150 costumes spanning the Golden Age of Cinema (the late 1920s) to the present day. Its aim is not only to allow the costumes themselves to step out…

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And They Lived Happily Ever After…

The Story Teller’s Ring

The best part of my job is completing the project and handing it over to the client. Many artists have a hard time parting with their creations. I prefer making the project rather then keeping the creation. Continue reading “And They Lived Happily Ever After…”

The Story Teller’s Ring at the Maker’s Bench

Several readers have asked what happens to the wax model after I carve it.

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Mountain View

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Story Teller’s Ring: the Wax Model

From the maker’s bench…

My client is a professional story teller. Travels the world telling stories. Well one day, love brought him to our studio, so to speak. He and his wife wanted a new wedding ring that told a story. After chatting with him on how he weaves his stories under the stars and moon. We came up with this romantic story teller’s wedding band.

First we drew the layout for the design on the wax. And with the ease of technology today, we quickly recorded the design and had emailed the video for review. In a matter of minutes we received the client’s approval.

Next step was to carve the designs.

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Carole Lombard & Greta Garbo Re-Creative Jewelry Projects at the Academy Museum in LA

Hollywood Costume Exhibit was on exhibit at the historic Wilshire May Company building, the future home for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Los Angeles. Originally, organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A), this exhibition explores costume design as an important part of cinematic storytelling.

Here are two of our projects on display.

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First is the Carole Lombard’s star sapphire and diamond brooch. Star sapphire and diamond brooch on the beautiful beaded dress worn by Carole Lombard in “My Man Godfrey”

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Notes from Larry McQueen: the Costume Collector

Project: Re-Creating the bunny pin worn by Kim Novak

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Downton Abby at Winterthur

The Jewelry from Season 2-3 Continue reading “Downton Abby at Winterthur”

Creating Pave Setting in Wax

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Jewelry Installation at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Re-Creating Jewelry for Larry McQueen, the owner of  The Collection of Motion Picture Costume Design has been one of the most challenging projects in our studio to date. Continue reading “Jewelry Installation at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences”

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