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Vail: Creating tomorrow’s heirlooms today

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Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the DailyJewelry by Monica Rich Kosann will be showcased at the Squash Blossom in Vail, Colorado

VAIL, Colorado “-The Squash Blossom in Vail, Colorado is showcasing the jewelry and image cases of Monica Rich Kosann beginning Thursday. Years ago, Kosann began visiting flea markets and antique shops in the United States and Europe, where she collected vintage, sterling silver cigarette cases and compacts. She not only restored these fine pieces, but also then turned them into image cases used to hold favorite family photos.

The demand for these items inspired Kosann to develop her own line of sterling silver and gold image cases and jewelry. These cases, photo pendants, lockets and charm bracelets are designed to become precious heirlooms.

Each of Kosann’s s cases is inspired by vintage accessory pieces from the past that once served a variety of purposes in everyday life. In the shapes she saw a new generation of possibilities: modern day image cases of the finest materials that hold something precious to people ” images of friends and family. Whether for the purse or briefcase, the desktop or dressing table, the home or office, Kosann designs the cases to become treasured family heirlooms.

Monica Rich Kosann Fine Jewelry collection includes upscale sterling silver and gold locket necklaces, I.D. and charm bracelets, signet rings, gemstone and diamond adorned fob-inspired jewelry. New for this spring, as an extension of the popular Charmed Life Collection is the Notes Collection. Crafted of 18k gold, the delicate fob-inspired charms and round floral discs are engraved with a variety of sentiments and can be customized with engravings.

“The new Notes Collection is a wonderful way to have wearable, sentimental jewelry,” said Amy Logan, Squash Blossom store manager. “Because of their petite size, these necklaces work great layered with your other everyday jewelry. I see these as the perfect gifts for new mothers and grandmothers. Engraving a piece with a date is a great way to memorialize a personal milestone, like a graduation or wedding day.”

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Kosann is a museum and gallery-exhibited fine art photographer specializing in black and white portraits. She studied photography at the International Academy for Art in Salzburg, Austria, at the Sorbonne in Paris and at the International Center of Photography in New York. Her work has been exhibited extensively in the U.S. as well as in Europe

“My photographs are black and white, which gives them a true fine art, timeless quality,” Kosann said. “When creatively displayed, they become a family’s personal art form. They work anywhere within the home. Often, I suggest incorporating some vintage, family photographs to mix with mine for a true historical perspective. It is a wonderful way to give context to these captured moments, to integrate the past with the present as a constant reminder of the joy of family.”

The Squash Blossom will exhibit Kosann’s new pieces, including the new Notes Collection, over the next few days. An artist representative will be at the Squash Blossom each afternoon Thursday through Sunday.

What: Trunk show with jeweler and designer Monica Rich Kosann

Where: The Squash Blossom, 198 Gore Creek Drive, Vail

When: An artist representative will be at The Squash Blossom each afternoon Thursday through Sunday

More information: Call 970-476-3129 or visit

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