Far Fetched Fascination
inFebruary 29, 2012 - 5:24am
My love affair began innocently enough. An interesting brooch caught my eye at an estate sale—a lady’s head and shoulders topped with a large brim hat and holding flower blooms. It was both modern and retro in appearance, substantial and well-made, and the use of mixed materials--sterling silver, brass and copper--made for a lovely color combination.
I’d never seen anything like it so I researched the hallmark, simply ‘Far Fetched’ with a heart and a copyright symbol and found their website. I contacted Customer Service to inquire about my new-found treasure and received a friendly reply informing me that this brooch is a retired piece from 2001. It is handmade, was designed in California and made in Taxco, Mexico by artisans working in a cottage industry setting. Their jewelry is fair trade. And there were also earrings that matched. I was hooked.
So I started web-surfing to find those matching earrings and discovered the fun, expressive beauty evident in all their pieces. From their Whimsy line to Talk Talk sentiment jewelry to Clasicos, I love it all. I’ve had a shop on Ruby Plaza since August, 2011 filled with one-of-a-kind pre-owned pieces but nothing ‘new’. Now I am pleased to be offering a selection of Far Fetched’s unique, handmade jewelry at Suzette’s Treasures. I’ve handpicked a variety of bracelets, earrings, pendant necklaces, brooches and rings from several of their product lines that match my love for fun figural pieces, inspiring sentiments and classic pieces.
Far Fetched is a wholesale jewelry company that has been in business for 26 years, started by Rich Wolf in his dad’s basement in Laguna Beach, California in 1985. Their jewelry is dreamed up in California and produced in the artisans' home workshops. Their use of silver, copper and brass together require special skilled techniques as each metal must be heated at a different temperature. Far Fetched has been applying fair trade practices from the start, one of which is ensuring environmental sustainability. Their tagline is ‘created by hand, head and heart’. I truly believe this jewelry will continue to be as beautiful, enduring and collectible 20-30 years from now as it is today.
Oh, and I found those matching earrings a couple months after I fell in love with the brooch, but they are not for sale, they are all mine! However, you can find lots of other wonderful Far Fetched jewelry at my shop.
Suzette’s Treasures on Ruby Plaza