Monday, December 17, 2007

Phyllis Mufson, A Personal Treasure

On the blog today, I am featuring Phyllis Mufson of Personal Treasures who is a jewelry artisan and a creative career and small business coach. One of the things I discovered about Phyllis is that she pays careful attention to how her jewelry drapes. This is because earlier in her life, she worked as a textile designer and knew that the way clothing hung or draped on a figure could make or break a garment.

I recently received a very attractive necklace for a gift which probably will need to be re-strung because it doesn't hang right. As a buyer one should really appreciate this attention to detail that is found in Phyllis' jewelry.

The example shown above, her Red Coral and Gold Necklace, as you can see drapes elegantly. The following description is from Personal Treasures. "Four softly draping strands of polished coin-shaped red coral beads are punctuated by tiny glass beads coated with 24 carat gold. The necklace's focal point is a vermeil (sterling silver coated with 22k gold) ring with a woven pattern that slides easily on the necklace. The necklace is finished with vermeil cones and hook clasp. The vermeil accents are all handmade in Bali." Just lovely! A very powerful piece.

Switching to a far more delicate mood, these rare Phrenite beads speak much more softly. Phyllis' interesting background in career development as director of Career Services at Moore College of Art and Design, and as a marketing and public relations executive might just show through into her jewelry. The same person who would wear the dynamic red coral necklace might be too bold to wear the soft, watery phrenite earrings. That has to be smart marketing: appealing to different buyers. Everything in this shop radiates a quality of success.

Phyllis also is a certified Life Coach with the Coach Training Institute and a graduate of their Co-Active Leadership program, and serves on the U.S. board of the Association of Career Professionals International. Her life-coaching business helps people find out how to see what potential they have and guides them into developing it. Phyllis says, "How about you? How might your life be different if you had faith in your creativity, in your ability to venture into the unknown and persist until you reached success? What would you begin if you had that confidence?"

This lovely pink morganite necklace has a soft, feminine color but still to me speaks of strength.

"Morganite (Pink Aquamarine) Necklace - Substantial Morganite beads in lovely shades of soft pink are simply strung with faceted vermeil beads as spacers and a gold-filled toggle clasp. Morganite is a member of the Beryl family. "

All of the items in Personal Treasures are one of a kind and handmade by Phyllis. You must go and see for yourself.


MaryAnn said...

I love Phyllis' jewelry and she takes such nice photos too.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much. I really appreciate the article and feel like you've 'gotten' me and what I'm trying to create.

Also, beautifully written.


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