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Squash Blossom welcomes Sarah Graham and her new jewelry line, ‘Aspen’

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VAIL — Sarah Graham is a metalsmith and jewelry designer known for her juxtaposition of warm, 18-karat gold and matte black metal, a combination that creates distinct contrast within her jewelry. She will be at the Squash Blossom Friday and Saturday to show her newest line, "Aspen," inspired by the light and dark contrast found in the bark of aspen trees.

San Francisco was, until recently, the location of Graham's studio and home. Fortunately, a pull to spend more time in nature has brought her to the mountains of Colorado, where she has set up a studio down the road from the Vail Valley, in Aspen.

Integrating Nature

Nature has always inspired Graham and her time in the Colorado Rockies is no exception. Spending time with her family and time in the outdoors has given her a chance to develop a new and innovative line to show in Vail.

Graham describes her new jewelry as featuring the rich texture of aspen bark, "including all the nicks and holes you see on these gorgeous trees, allowing a peek of cobalt chrome below, totally capturing the natural beauty that can only come from many years of growth and exposure."

Graham's previous lines have also utilized blackened metal. Early in her career, Graham encountered a piece of black and white vintage jewelry that transfixed her. Fascinated by the blackened material, she set out to create that contrast in her own work. It took eight years, but she eventually discovered a technique that creates a durable black surface over a hypoallergenic metal known as cobalt chrome. She combines it with gold for a stark contrast that makes her work unique amongst other designers.

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The Squash Blossom will feature the new pieces of Colorado-inspired jewelry. Learn more at http://www.squashblos som.com or http://www.sarahgraham.com.

If you go …

What: Sarah Graham personal appearance and trunk show.

When: Artist will be on hand 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, and Saturday, Feb. 27, with work on display through Sunday, Feb. 28; the store is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Squash Blossom, 198 Gore Creek Drive, Vail Village.

Cost: Admission is free; Graham’s pieces range in price from $250 to $25,000.

More information: Call 970-476-3129, or visit squashblossom.com.