Eden is fully restocked with incredible candles from Voluspa in seven scents which range from light and intriguing to sultry and intoxicating.

We’re very happy to announce the expansion of our Voluspa line to include elements of their Maison Rouge collection.

Golden Cyprus: The clean sugary balsam of a snapped cypress needle.  The heart of a green velvet floored forest mid-winter.

Pomegranate Patchouli: Ripe berries of pomegranate and spicy earth rich patchouli supported by more than 20 spice notes.

Warm Perique Tabac: Warm perique tabac, antique leather, and worn wooden floors.  A purveyor of indulgences from all over the world.

Mandarino Cannela: Italian mandarin orange tops a cream heart of vanilla cinnamon, finished with nutmeg and stem ginger.

Never fear, though – we’re still carrying scents from Maison Noir:

Amber Lumiere: A warm exotic mixture of light amber, vanilla benzoin and Indonesian patchouli.

Apricot & Aprilia: Sliced apricots and aprilia lily blooms gently fold into a heart of black rose.

Tuberosa di Notte: Night blooming tuberose with a base note of agave nectar, a clean and creamy flower.

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Earlier today, while perusing street style blogs and having our morning coffee, we were delighted to spot a beautiful lady wearing a necklace very much like one we have available at Eden.

This Trune necklace ($120 at Eden) is handmade in Portland and features hand-carved mother of pearl, heishi beads and African chain.  A tribal-influenced piece like this is surprisingly versatile, as proven by Evette (above, via La Mode Outre.)

We love the styling of Evette’s ensemble – the neutral tones carry well into the autumn season, the semi-sheer maxi dress creates visual interest and the thin belt is a perfect accent.  Add a white beaded necklace like ours by Trune for a lovely finishing touch to an all-occasion appropriate outfit.  (Plus, we’re pretty sure we could fit our entire lives in a bag that size!)

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With the arrival of true summer in Portland (finally!) the Eden ladies are celebrating by spending every spare moment we have donning our summer frocks and heading outside to soak up sunshine and daydream.

For those staying in Portland this summer and anyone with travel plans spanning beyond city limits, we’ve created a playlist to provide a soundtrack to carefree, sun-soaked days.

To listen to our Summer Vacation playlist, click here.

(Vintage beach image via here.)

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Eden’s proprietress Cindy is off on a buying trip in New York City this week.  We can’t wait to see what sorts of things Cindy brings back – buying trips typically yield a plethora of wonderful and one-of-a-kind treasures.

While Cindy explores the city and collects inventory to bring back to Eden and our sister store, Flutter, we’re glancing through an incredible collection of old photos.  We love the warm, almost autumnal tones in these shots.  They’ll come in handy for fall / winter inspiration in a few months!

These snapshots were taken by a handful of different photographers and compiled here on Wired New York (very last photo -of a model in a Marimekko design – from here.)

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Sitting down to speak with Annie Montgomery, we are struck immediately by two things: Annie’s remarkable beauty and her easy, tranquil nature.

Annie has the kind of insanely curly, nearly cherubic blonde hair that just about anyone would deem beautiful and that a lady born with a naturally straight or fine mane would have plenty of reason to envy.  Montgomery’s thin, tall frame could almost qualify her to be one of Barbara Hulanicki’s Biba models, were she to reside in 1970s London.  And while Annie is a startlingly pretty lady, the effect of conversing with her for a few minutes is in fact, quite calming.

In conversation, our focus is quickly drawn back to Montgomery’s artistic talent, both in her jewelry designs and photography. The designer of Pure Jewelry, she also heads the art direction, photo-shoots and product photography for her jewelry line.  The results are spectacular – evocative photographs of beautiful women wearing Pure Jewelry – both friends of Annie and models – shot throughout the Northwest, appearing at times pensive, searching and resilient.

Eden is thrilled to consider Annie Montgomery part of the community of women working in and out of the shop.  She’s an inspiration to us and we’re delighted to present a short interview to introduce her to you as well!

Eden: Hi Annie.  You’re the creator of Pure Jewelry, based here in the Pacific Northwest.  What inspired the name, Pure Jewelry?

Annie Montgomery: I wanted something short and knew that I didn’t want to use my own name.  ‘Silver’s a very pure metal,’ that was my initial thought, it leads to an idea of spirituality, purity and balance. I like to incorporate aspects of my spirituality into my jewelry.

E: Has your interest in jewelry art been lifelong or did something spark it?

AM: My interest has been lifelong!  I’ve always been fascinated with jewelry.  Certain pendants, my favorites, I would wear basically to their deaths.  I’ve always loved symbolic jewelry, clocks, tarot cards, etc.

E: Have you received any formal training in jewelry design and manufacture?

AM: I went to the American Jewelers Institute, and I graduated a year ago, last July.

E: Do you recall, when you first started making jewelry what type of pieces resulted?

AM: During the time I attended AJI, part of the curriculum is to build a whole ring portfolio.  My first piece of real, serious jewelry was a soldered silver band and I thought, “whoa, this is so hard!” learning how to solder is, well, it’s tricky.

E: During school, did you do any mixed media pieces or did your program focus mostly on silversmithing?

AM: I made my gauze collection at the end right before graduating – I had the idea to make textural pieces cast from formed cheesecloth, then I set with little diamonds.

E: Whats your favorite technique?  If you could focus on one area in your designs would it be mostly casting, soldering, basic assembly and wire work, or something else?

AM: Oh, I love it all, I love being able to make a variety, my assembled pieces can go for around thirty dollars in a shop but my cast pieces have to be more expensive, closer to one or two-hundred dollars – I like making everything so people can choose what they want to buy.

E: Do you cast out of your house or send it off somewhere?

AM: Right now, I send it off but when I was in school I could cast myself and I’d love to be able to set up a station at our house… we have a little shed we can transform into a complete, outdoor jewelry studio.

E: Cindy (Eden’s proprietress) mentioned that your boyfriend, Nala Saraswati, is also a goldsmith.

AM: He’s who inspired me really – I saw him making his own art and exercising his creativity and I thought, ‘I can do this too.’  He makes higher-end astrological jewelry; he’s a Vedic astrologer and he designs custom pieces of jewelry according to the planets that influence us.

E: So, according to someone’s birth chart?

AM: Yes!  He made me this, it’s for Jupiter.
[Annie gestures to a beautiful, oval-shaped topaz stone set in a ring on her right hand.]

E: Outside of the American Jewelers Institute, have you learned any techniques from Nala?

AM: Oh, certainly! I used to sit at his jewelry bench, (which is now our jewelry bench, because it’s double sided) and he would show me, ‘This is how you polish, this is how you do this…’  He’s taught me quite a bit.

E: When did you take the leap from making jewelry to launching your production line – did that follow your completion of school?

AM: It did!  About a month out of school, I started really getting serious about forming a line.  Just recently, I had some trunk shows.  Then Cindy took me on and I feel so blessed to be a part of Eden!

E: You talk a little about favorite tokens and symbols, do you have favorite stones which are meaningful that you use in your jewelry or would like to incorporate in future designs?

AM: I love the moonstone.  I know all the astrological stones; what corresponds to Jupiter is topaz or citrine and red coral for Mars.  I really love metal and chain.  I’m crazy about chain.  But in terms of stones, basically just moonstone, which is a white stone.  I love color but not in my jewelry.

E: What kind of jewelry do you find yourself drawn to?  is it mostly contemporary or is there any kind of antique or vintage jewelry that you like?

AM: I love ancient things from India or something with a Hindu symbol or anything that has meaning to me and is symbolic.  For what I wear, I try to keep it pretty minimal.

E: When you’re in the designing stage what do you need to do to get yourself in a space where you can be inspired and create?  Is it often a long process or does it just come to you in flashes?

AM: I’m always thinking about it; it’s basically my life right now! I meditate on it a lot which helps me come up with some of the designs.  Something very inspiring to me is nature and stepping outside, going for a little hike and recharging myself, often the ideas will just come to me.  I live out in the forest so I’m able to do things like that all the time!

E: Where in the forest do you live?

AM: In Washington, along the Gorge between Washougal and Stevenson.  We live on seven acres in a geodesic dome.

E: A geodesic dome house!  How did you find that?

AM: Craigslist!  That’s where our jewelry studio is at.

E: How did you and Nala meet?

AM: We met in California, where I’m from originally.  We both worked on a community farm with 10 others.  Big gardens and animals.  It was also a music venue.  We’d have huge shows, hundreds and hundreds of people.

E: Did you decide to move to Portland together?  What precipitated the move?

AM: Yeah.  We just wanted a change of scenery, to be somewhere with active culture so we’d always lived out of the city, we’re very into having our own sanctuary and outdoor space, living on land.

E: What do you like to do when you aren’t working on jewelry?  What else do you fill your life with?

AM: Oh, I take so many photos!  I love photography!  I work with a lot of local models and we collaborate on lots of fun projects, not just for my jewelry.  Besides photography, we spend a lot of time outside and go for hikes, take little trips, have dinner parties at our house in the woods, drink wine.

E: Right now you’re in a place where you can put all your energy into jewelry design and manufacture.  How do you see yourself developing this business in the next couple years?  Is there a direction you’d like to head in terms of technique or number of stores carrying your jewelry?

AM: I’d love someone else to connect with me and start carrying my jewelry, maybe somewhere else in Portland but also San Francisco, LA.  Maybe get a little team together!  That’s another reason I named it Pure Jewelry – I’d love to work with other artists on a larger scale.

A big thanks to Annie for taking the time to sit down with us!

You can peruse more of Annie’s beautiful work in person at Eden.

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