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Lineage - The Birthstone Show

Lineage - The Birthstone Show 

May 04 - June 02, 2019

Jewelry + Clothing

*Opening Saturday May 04, 5-8pm 
 Featured Jewelers: April Higashi, Claudia Alleyne, Elisa Bongfeldt, Julia Efimova, Kate Eickelberg, Maya Kini, Mew Chiu, Nina Bukvic, Raissa Bump, Ruth Tomlinson, Polly Wales , Sam Woehrmann

Clothing by Natyalya Egorova

Shibumi Gallery presents Lineage -The Birthstone Show.  Each birthstone, or the gem associated with one’s month of birth, has it’s own folklore and unique meaning.   When worn it is said to enhance the natural properties of the stone. Since ancient times it is widely believed that wearing one’s birthstone is a symbol of wellness and good fortune.  The tradition of wearing birthstones can be traced back to 1st century Roman-Jewish history in which Aaron was said to have worn a breastplate into battle for protection set with the 12 different stones. While the designated stones for each month have alternated over time based on cultures, eras and fashion, the tradition of wearing a stone to mark a birth has always remained.

Births and the connections that are created from family are strong. The desire to continue a bloodline can be fierce.  People have fought wars and married into families simply to secure their bloodlines.

And the connection between a mother and child can be miraculous and mind-boggling.  As a mother myself, I sometimes feel as if I somehow absorbed my son’s own DNA into mine during pregnancy.  It is a wondrous experience to become a mother; from watching my son who grew from me and inside me to seeing him evolve into his own unique little soul.  

Like many others, I cherish the symbols that represent my family and those I am connected to. In honor of Mother’s Day and in celebration of all birthdays, at Shibumi Gallery we’ve decided to curate and dedicate a show to these gems which symbolize the creation of a lineage. Whatever the origin or actual properties the stone holds, a birthstone when given or bought expresses that you are special, loved and connected to a greater world. 

As well as showcasing unique birthstone jewelry we will also feature raw stones and organic cuts along with ideas of how you can combine birthstones in a tasteful way to symbolize the people who are meaningful in your life or even to honor your own birth day.

The jewelry will be shown alongside clothing by Natyalya Egorova.  Her collection is tailored with draped details that flatteringly contour the body. The collection features soft silks in solid colored basics and hand-painted silk prints inspired by abstract sensibilities. The natural fibers used in the collection are sourced from sustainable mills. All pieces are hand-tailored and she has a love for the hook and eye closure detail in some of her work.

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1:00 PM13:00



April 25
1-7 pm
erica tanov marin
marin country mart
larkspur, Ca 94939

start spring with a clean and inspiring jewelry box! 

April Higashi, jeweler and owner of Shibumi gallery, will be on site with her gallery manager to help assess the jewelry you love but find sitting stagnant and unworn each season.

The perfect opportunity to repurpose beloved & inherited pieces that are not quite your style. Many older jewelry pieces can be redesigned, stones repurposed, and precious metals tested for credit or to use towards a new piece / custom project. April can also assess if you should consider taking a piece apart or provide an appraisal for resale. 

 Stop by and see April’s new limited edition work and one-of-a-kind pieces. 

to reserve your assessment appointment, please email April  directly with a brief description of what you are bringing with any questions you might have. 


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Consider the Pearl...
3:30 PM15:30

Consider the Pearl...

April Higashi,  Raku Pearl Necklace, Tahitian pearls, silver,  Kate Eickelberg,  Fireball Pearl Drop Earrings, 14k white gold, Megan Mcgaffigan , Boston Marriage I, silver, tintype, mississippi river pearls ,       Niki Uleha,  Pearl Half Sphere Posts, 18k gold.

April Higashi, Raku Pearl Necklace, Tahitian pearls, silver, Kate Eickelberg, Fireball Pearl Drop Earrings, 14k white gold,Megan Mcgaffigan, Boston Marriage I, silver, tintype, mississippi river pearlsNiki Uleha, Pearl Half Sphere Posts, 18k gold.

Consider the Pearl...


Claudia Alleyne

Kate Eickelberg

April Higashi

Megan McGaffigan

Niki Ulehla

Kiwon Wang


Visual Art

Amy Tavern


Tahitian and South Sea Pearls

Black Market Pearls

September 14 - October 21, 2018

Artists Reception & Opening: September 15, 5-8pm

wine and light bites!

SHIBUMI GALLERY presents Consider the Pearl, 14 Sep – 21 Oct, 2018

Food writer MFK Fisher’s book Consider the Oyster is a loving tribute to these mollusks in which she includes a ‘recipe’ for making Japanese pearls. Ingredients required, amongst other things, include: one healthy spat, one mature oyster, an unnamable wound-astringent and a diving girl. Prep time: ten years with seven years close supervision and “about a one in twenty chance of owning a marketable pearl.”

With Fisher’s witty recipe illuminating the considerable time, labor and risks involved in making a pearl, it’s no wonder they are revered worldwide. These beautiful curiosities have always held a mysterious allure for both jewelers and wearers owing to the surface’s subtle glow from the nacre - the crystalline substance that creates its unique iridescent visual effect. 

Consider the Pearl features six jewelers and a visual artist who, from different perspectives, explore the use of pearls in their work. April Higashi creates pieces that accent the organic nature of the pearl’s surface. Niki Ulehla uses cross-sections of pearls in her work revealing their inner nuclei and intricate layers. Kate Eickelberg contrasts the soft, natural beauty of pearls with industrial materials and architectural precision. Megan McGaffigan creates intimate and enigmatic pieces by interlacing tintypes with pearls. And visual artist Amy Tavern layers photographs and drawings with pearls that reference her interest in landscapes, both physical and emotional, and the ocean.

Along with the work of these and other artists, the gallery will feature Fred Sagues, owner of Black Market Pearls, a dealer from Tahiti and Asia who will be showing a selection of his gorgeous Tahitian and South Sea Pearls, both single loose pearls as well as strands. Fred will share his knowledge and his collection of pearls will be available to purchase for new commissions or future projects.

With Consider the Pearl, Shibumi will show how pearls can transcend the typical and be worn in a nontraditional manner. Feel free to bring in pearls you own that you’d like to transform into a contemporary showpiece or an everyday wearable statement. 

Please join us for the opening and artists' reception with wine and light bites, September 15, 5-8pm. 

Fred from Black Market Pearls will be in the gallery this Saturday 3 - 8pm.  Please come see his beautiful collection of pearls and hear more about the pearl farming.

Additionally, we will be offering wholesale appointments to other jewelers and artists on September 14, 11-3pm.  Please email info@shibumigallery.com if you’d like to come.

Amy Tavern, The Sea is Always the Same, digital print.

Amy Tavern, The Sea is Always the Same, digital print.

Kiwon Wang,  Poetry is Hidden Jewel, antique Korean poetry, fresh water pearls, thread, silver .

Kiwon Wang, Poetry is Hidden Jewel, antique Korean poetry, fresh water pearls, thread, silver.

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