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Timeless Jewelry and Elegant Gifts, designed by an Architect
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Happy Father's Day!
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What has Sparkling Red Rubies on one side, and a Melting Heart on the other? Our newest version of the "Starry Sky" Necklace! 

http://www.architectstouch.com/5-star-ruby-starry-sky-jewelry.html
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There was a striking sunset over Philly this past Saturday. It wasn't bright colors, but rather the clouds against the deep blue sky...
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Luckily, New York still has Grand Central Station! In my mind, it's everything a major train station in a major city, should be. Where today's Penn Station simply feels depressing inside, Grand Central feels ennobling. Always puts a smile on my face, when I enter it. The space, the light, the details, and the people animating it all...
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And this is the "After" picture of Penn Station... what New Yorkers have been passing through for the past 50 years. All the more depressing, for knowing what it used to be. http://ow.ly/i/5F451 http://ow.ly/i/5F45h
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New York City's "Pennsylvania Station" that the Market Street eagle came from, was a bold design with soaring, light filled spaces. The building was completed in 1910. The style was Beaux-Arts and the architects were McKim, Mead, and White.

It must have felt great years ago, to take the train from Philadelphia to NYC, from one grand station to another...

That original station was demolished amid vigorous protests in 1963. Beyond some stone eagles and some black and white photos, the real lasting remnant of that station is the historic preservation laws that were created following its demolition.

http://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/new-yorks-original-penn-station/

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On the Market Street Bridge approaching 30th Street Station, there are some bold stone eagles. They're actually from New York City's original Pennsylvania Station. That building was demolished in the 1960s. Gives you a sense of how grand a space it was, as well... http://ow.ly/i/5xq5O
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Philadelphia's 30th Street Station opened in 1933.  This was just as steam trains were being replaced by electric.  So where Harrisburg has an outdoor platform for those earlier steam trains, the new Philly station had the trains arrive underneath the waiting area. The grand central hall was designed to impress... and it still does!
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Train stations have always fascinated me.  Well, those with style, anyway...  These are some images of the Harrisburg Train Station.  It was built in Queen Anne style, back in 1887.  It's not as heavily used these days.  But it has lots of rich detailing, inside and out.  By the way, it's National Train Day today!
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Just a few words say it all for Mother's Day.  We've just created a brand new necklace for the occasion.  Engraved in silver, it says "Mom = Love".
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