MM Gifts for The Graduate

It's graduation season and we have something for every girl on your list!
Here are our ideas:

Give her something classic
that will last beyond her school years.

Invest in her future
with a one-of-a-kind 14k piece.

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Is she artsy?
The bracelet that will set her apart.

Something to build on-
The cuffs never fail, and look great stacked!

Sending hugs and congratulations to all!

Studio Soirée

Thanks to everyone who came out to our studio for the Soirée! We had such a lovely time and we hope you did too. We wanted to share some snapshots from the party as well as the recipe for the limoncello cupcakes that were such a hit!

Limoncello Cupcakes
Cupcake

2 cups self raising flour

pinch of salt
3 eggs
1½ cups granulated sugar
½ cup butter
1 cup boiling water
1 tbsp limoncello
juice and zest of 1 lemon


Cream Cheese Frosting
½ cup butter
4 oz. of cream cheese
2 cups of powered sugar
1 tbsp of limoncello
rosemary

The spread!

The spread!

Limoncello Cupcakes

Limoncello Cupcakes

Directions

         Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the cupcake holders in a baking tray. We used a mini cupcake tray, but feel free to use whatever size cupcakes you prefer. In a small bowl, combine water, salt, oil, and lemon juice. Set aside. In a larger bowl, beat the eggs and sugar until it is pale in color and thick. Add the ingredients in your smaller bowl. Gradually add the flour and mix gently (we added by the half cup.) Spoon your batter into the cupcake holders--the cup should be two-thirds full. Bake the cupcakes for 15 minutes.
         As you wait for the cupcakes to bake, begin preparing the cream cheese limoncello frosting. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and cream cheese on medium speed for about 2-3 minutes, or until light and creamy. Reduce to a lower speed and gradually add the powdered sugar. Continue to add more sugar to your desired thickness for the frosting. We dare you not to lick the bowl!
         Put the frosting mixture into a large plastic bag and into the refrigerator as your cupcakes cool (we even place the cupcakes in the fridge and served them as cold treat.) Cut the corner of your bag of frosting about a half inch thick and frost the cupcakes in a swirling motion. Sprinkle the cupcakes as desired and as a final touch, add a touch of rosemary to each. Enjoy!

May Gallery Guide

Design, form, and color: three very important concepts at MM Jewelry. We are looking forward to the following shows in May and hope that they will inspire and evolve the design, form, and color of our own pieces.  Please enjoy our first Gallery Guide! See you at one of the shows?

Design
Unique by Design: Contemporary Jewelry from the 
Donna Schneier Collection will be on view at the Met starting May 13th. Within her collection, Schneier has documented the postwar economic boom of the 1960s, when jewelers began to explore new materials on an international scale. Her collection features artists such as Caroline Broadhead and Otto Kunzli. We're in love with Choker #70, Mary Lee Hu 1985.

                                                                         Choker #70, Mary Lee Hu 1985.

                                                                         Choker #70, Mary Lee Hu 1985.

Form
Beginning May 10th, Pace Gallery will show Tara Donavan's latest body of work. Donavan constructs large-scale sculptures made from everyday objects. She invites the viewer to think about the materials that we encounter regularly and their potential within the sculptural context. The textures that Donavan creates are visually stunning.

Tara Donavon. Untitled. 2014. Styrene index cards, metal, wood, paint and glue. Pace Gallery, New York, NY.

Tara Donavon. Untitled. 2014. Styrene index cards, metal, wood, paint and glue. Pace Gallery, New York, NY.

Color
Gauguin: Metamorphoses  (at MoMA, through June 8th) takes an in-depth look at Paul Gauguin's overall body of work and explores his lesser known techniques such as print making and transfer drawing. We love Gauguin's nuanced colors and can't wait to see the breadth of his work alongside the more celebrated paintings.

Paul Gauguin. Nave nace fenua (Delightful Land). Monotype print, 1894. MoMA, New York, NY.

Paul Gauguin. Nave nace fenua (Delightful Land). Monotype print, 1894. MoMA, New York, NY.

Best Friends

This week we took a look at our best friends - the four legged ones, Tye and Auggie! You've seen these guys on our instagram feed often because they are essential to the MM team. They keep us company in the studio, take us for runs when we need fresh air, and are GREAT models. Thanks Tye Guy and Aug Dog for keeping us happy, healthy, and inspired!

Senami and Tye guy posing

Senami and Tye guy posing

Aug dog making sure the Fringe earrings are all good

Aug dog making sure the Fringe earrings are all good

Celebrate Mom

Today marks the beginning of our annual Mother’s Day sale. Whether you’re a son, daughter, or dad, it’s time to start celebrating the dedication that is motherhood. Where do you think MM's creativity and taste comes from? MOM OF COURSE! Get your gift in plenty of time plan on picking her some flowers, and making a nice meal! We thought we’d share with you one true gem passed on by Momma MacGill- Susan’s Rustic Tomato Sauce. Because where would we be in life without Mom’s homemade recipes?

Susan Paulsen, Block Island, 1997.

Susan Paulsen, Block Island, 1997.

Susan's Rustic Tomato Sauce
Ingredients:

a few glugs of olive oil

2 tbs butter

pinch of sea salt

pinch of ground pepper

1 yellow onion

2 cloves garlic

32 oz canned peeled plum tomatoes

handful of basil, torn never chopped

crumbled parmesan cheese

 

Directions:

Melt olive oil and butter together along with a pinch of sea salt and pepper. Roughly chop the onion and garlic and add to the oil and butter. Cook until the onions are softened and translucent. Open the canned tomatoes and pour the liquid into the pot. Roughly chop the tomatoes and add to the sauce. Simmer for about an hour (the longer it cooks, the better it tastes) Tear the basil and add to the sauce before serving over pasta with crumbled parmesan cheese- or even alone as a chunky tomato soup!

Floral Inspiration

Nothing is more inspiring to us in spring than the promise of budding trees and flowers. We continuously derive color palettes from floral arrangements and shapes from our favorite stems. A perfect early spring bouquet of orange ranunculus, dogwood branches, tree peonies, and snowball viburnum translated into a set of MM bangles. Ellsworth Kelly's line drawing of calla lilies (Calla Lily, 2007.) served as the inspiration for the MM Kelly Lily Earrings. If you're interested, here is a great article on Kelly's plant drawings - enjoy

Studio arrangement

Studio arrangement

Set of beaded bangles

Set of beaded bangles

Kelly Earrings

Kelly Earrings

Ellsworth Kelly, Calla Lily, 2007.

Ellsworth Kelly, Calla Lily, 2007.

Studio Visit

This week, we wanted to give you a look inside the studio where we've been designing, making, playing, and doing our taxes (wah wah...) We swear it's this organized all the time!

A few of our favorite things: 1. Inspiration from artists - Matisse, Rachel Whiteread, Calder and Kiki Smith 2. Succulents (they're so in right now) 3. My mother's photographs in my eye line - Susan Paulsen, Katonah, 2013. 4. Lamb skin for your chair (keeps your butt toasty) 5. Bellocq tea - Gypsy Caravan for black tea, The White Wolf for white 6. And of course, stones - scattered EVERYWHERE.

Gem necklaces.  

Gem necklaces.

 

MM work bench.

MM work bench.

Come visit us soon!

Come visit us soon!

Bellocq Tea, Brooklyn, NY.

Bellocq Tea, Brooklyn, NY.

Calder, Whiteread, & our inspiration board.

Calder, Whiteread, & our inspiration board.

Succulents and Susan Paulsen's Katonah, 2013.

Succulents and Susan Paulsen's Katonah, 2013.

Vintage Vogue

We took a look back into the Vogue archives this week and found a shot of Karen Graham by Irving Penn from 1971 that resonated with our outlook for spring style. Our takeaway- bold jewelry is timeless, chic, and easy. Check out one of  our new favorites, the carved matte black agate cuff- also available in white. Pair it with a one of a kind turquoise gem necklace for splash of color as you spring forward!

Karen Graham by Irving Penn for Vogue 1971

Karen Graham by Irving Penn for Vogue 1971

Matte black agate cuff with one-of-a-kind turquoise gem necklace

Matte black agate cuff with one-of-a-kind turquoise gem necklace

Kandinsky Riff

When designing the hammered gold collection, form is key. MM always looks to fine art to inform and inspire. This week, while listening to our jazz playlist we found a kindred spirit in Vasily Kandinsky. Kandinsky, who drew inspiration from musical compositions, created wonderfully lyrical and rhythmic paintings. Take a trip to the Guggenheim in NY this weekend to see one of the better collections of Kandinsky's work...Or stay warm inside and check out the new items on marymacgill.com...

Gold Hammered Pieces

Gold Hammered Pieces

Kandinsky, Unbroken Line, 1923.

Kandinsky, Unbroken Line, 1923.

Lookbook in the Works

All anyone seems to be talking about is the weather, the winter, the snow, and the cold...but we're working on the beach! (at least on the computer). Our spring lookbook is almost ready, inspired by sand and ease. Layered goldpearls, and turquoise? CHECK.

Photo from LIFE Magazine

Photo from LIFE Magazine

Our beautiful model, Sigute wearing Fringe Hoops, Turquoise Choker, Fringe with Pearl Necklace, Braided Bangle and Hammered Bangles

Our beautiful model, Sigute wearing Fringe Hoops, Turquoise Choker, Fringe with Pearl Necklace, Braided Bangle and Hammered Bangles

Tuscon Gem Show 2014

We are so excited to be in Tucson this week for the annual Tucson Gem and Mineral shows! As many of you have asked, "Why Tucson?" we thought you might be interested in a little background history.

The first show in 1955 was hosted by a group of avid rock hounds who formed the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society and was held at a local elementary school. The show featured nine dealers and attracted around 1,500 visitors -- the show has grown (due to the proximity to mineral mines and we think, mild, sunny winter weather) to attract 55,000 exhibitors and buyers from around the world and has expanded to over 40 locations.

We're having a blast and finding some amazing new beauties for the spring! #getexcited

Arizona Inn, Tuscon AZ

Arizona Inn, Tuscon AZ

Stone Selection

Stone Selection

Beryl Crystals

Beryl Crystals

11th Anual Gem Show Billboard

11th Anual Gem Show Billboard

Natural Wonders

This week, we found ourselves in awe of natural wonders. Below are some watermelon radishes (we couldn't believe the color!) and a snapshot of tourmaline slices from the 2013 Tucson gem show. Next week, we leave for our Tucson 2014 trip where we look forward to finding new, and inspiring treasures for you all!

Watermelon radishes, from Quinciple 

Watermelon tourmaline, Tucson, AZ

Watermelon tourmaline, Tucson, AZ

Met Visit

Baby, it's cold outside! So we found warmth in color... Visiting the Venetian Glass by Carlo Scarpa exhibit at the Met and staring into the faces of our gem necklaces. You can look forward to buying your favorite gem at our online store soon!

Venetian Glass by Carlo Scarpa

Venetian Glass by Carlo Scarpa

One-of-a-kind Gem Necklaces

One-of-a-kind Gem Necklaces

Keep It Simple

This week, MM went back to the basics and celebrated the classicsWe thought Kate Moss (photographed by Corrine Day, 1990) might enjoy a fringe necklace for her 40th! Hammered bangles and stack rings for the everyday gal and a simple breakfast at our all-time favorite Egg in Williamsburg, BK.

Fringe Necklace

Fringe Necklace

Menu at Egg

Menu at Egg

Kate Moss, photographed by Corinne Day, 1990

Kate Moss, photographed by Corinne Day, 1990

Hammered Bangles and Rings

Hammered Bangles and Rings