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Thoughts from Laurel Ridge

Theatrics...

Barbara Crozier
Monday, July 06, 2015

Laurel Ridge is truly the most amazing organization that I have ever had the privilege to be a part of. On the one hand, we are exposed to stunning antiques and pieces of estate jewelry, and at the end of every year, we become a Winter Wonderland and Christmas Specialty store.

 

But we are so much more than that.

 

On Stage at the Gonzales Crystal Theatre with the Shakespeare Ninjas 

(On stage at the Crystal with the Ninjas)

 

Barbara, trained in Theater and a wonderful actress and director, has been part of the Gonzales Crystal Theatre 'since time began' and five years ago, began a program, in association with the Gonzales Youth Center and the University of Texas Shakespeare at Winedale Program, called the 'Gonzales Shakespeare Ninjas'. So when I came back home with my acting and musical theatre training and experience, it made perfect sense for me to join her in this venture.

 

We work with a small group of around 12 youngsters, aged between 11 and 14 years old, teaching them to appreciate Theatre, performance and the written word through primarily the collected works of Shakespeare.  This incredible group of young performers meet on average of twice a week throughout the year, which culminates in a two week 'Theatre Workshop - More Stories, Please' held during the summer, which happened to have started today for 2015, and also welcomes a further dozen students for the two weeks.

 

These students have such a passion and are so committed to not only putting on a great show, but also having fun whilst doing it, that it never ceases to re-ignite my passion for the craft I love so much. I feel truly blessed to be a part of this program.

 

 Taking the Ninjas out of their usual habitat into the Gonzales Memorial Amphitheatre

(Taking the Ninjas out of their usual habitat into the Gonzales Memorial Amphitheatre)

 

They present their wonderful production of "More Stories, Please" on Friday, July 17th at 7pm.

 

 On stage with the Ninjas

(On stage with the Ninjas)

 

 More from the Amphitheatre

(More from the Amphitheatre)

 

 Why so sad? Acting at the Amphitheatre

(Why so sad? Acting at the Amphitheatre)

What is it they say about Diamonds?


Wednesday, July 01, 2015

 

 Antique Lavalier Necklace 18K White Gold with Diamonds and Pearl Pendant

(Antique Lavalier Necklace 18K White Gold with over 1 carat of Diamonds and hanging Pearl Pendant)

 

So it is truth time.... I am completely obsessed with jewelry, and in particular, Diamonds. I get the fascination, I really do. Of course I love other gemstones, Sapphires being a personal favorite and what is in the center of my engagement ring, which my husband and I designed together with our jeweler, but there is something about diamonds... big, small, single, clustered.... they are entrancing.

 

So when Barbara walks into the store last week, with a "Look what I have!", I became as giddy as a little school-girl! From her "English Jewelry Man" she had brought the store a whole bag full of AMAZING antique pieces of jewelry, and the diamond pieces , including an Antique 18K White Gold, Diamond and Pearl Lavalier and a Half Carat Diamond 14K White Gold Pinkie Ring, were just sensational.

 

 14K White Gold Half Carat Diamond Ring

(Deco 14K White Gold and Half Carat Diamond Pinkie Ring)

 

I have been a kid in a candy store, choosing each day what new piece of jewelry I am going to wear with the outfit of the day to best showcase the jewelry, and today I went back to the Lavalier and the Pinkie Ring on one hand, and a beautiful 2 and a half carat Deco 14K White and Yellow Gold Ring.

 

 14K White and Yellow Gold 2 1/2 carat Diamond Ring

(14K White and Yellow Gold 2 and a half Carat Diamond Deco Ring)

 

Maybe it is the colorless, go-with-anything quality, maybe it is the sparkle, but one thing is for certain, I am now, and always will be, a fan of DIAMONDS!