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Ten years ago, Sherry Lambly and Helen King retired from their jobs in Hershey, Penn., and built a home in Pine Valley. The two traveled for a while, but finally decided they needed something more to fill their days. In 2001, Design Elements was born. Sherry and Helen design and create one-of-a-kind contemporary, colorful necklaces and earrings using natural gemstones such as spiny oyster, Sleeping Beauty Turquoise, lapis, coral, onyx, chalcedony and amber. Each piece is finished with an intricate sterling silver clasp. “If we’d have stayed in Hershey, we wouldn’t be making jewelry, or at least it would be more subdued,” says Sherry, who has a degree in engineering and retired as a vice president and corporate officer of Hershey Foods Corp. “Sedona is the reason we’re doing jewelry.” Helen and Sherry design their own individual pieces – Helen gravitates toward Southwest hues while Sherry puts combinations together until she gets a special feeling that tells her it’s perfect.
Design Elements jewelry by Sherry Lambly and Helen King
Available at Enchantment Resort (525 Boynton Canyon Rd.; 928-282-2900),
Nectar (336 SR 179 at Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village; 928-203-4749),
Events by Show Stoppers (1710 SR 89A in West Sedona; 928-203-9096) and
Price Range: $40 – $4,000
The ideal gift for… The contemporary woman who loves to make a statement with color
Sedona Watch Works
“You can count on one hand how many watches are actually being made in this country,” says watchmaker Geoffrey Roth from his pristine Sedona workshop. When you consider those statistics, it’s remarkable that one of those watchmakers has called small-town Sedona home since 1972 – Geoffrey’s been making watches for the last 10 years. His line expanded to three styles this fall when he added his tonneau-shaped men’s watch to his already popular men and women’s classic curvilinear timepieces. All three styles feature sapphire crystal fronts and sapphire crystal exhibition backs; a solid 18-karat rose gold dial; a crown made from 18-karat rose gold set with a synthetic ruby and blue sapphire; a stainless steel case; Swiss movement (the only part of the watch not made in Sedona); and a leather band. Each watch is numbered and the timepieces are issued in limited editions.
Sedona Watch Works watches by Geoffrey Roth
Available at the Geoffrey Roth gallery (336 SR 179 at Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village; 928-282-7756) and Geoffrey’s studio (928-282-0645; www.sedonawatchworks.com)
Price Range: $4,900 and up
The ideal gift for… The person who never has enough time on their hands
After graduating from high school in Tempe, Jenny Waddington took a clay art class at Phoenix College in 1989 and was instantly hooked. She went on to graduate from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor’s degree in fine art and lived in the Village of Oak Creek for eight years before moving to Clarkdale two years ago. Jenny says it takes her about two weeks to complete a batch of clay pieces at her home studio. Each sculpture is a mixture of clay and Sedona earth. The figures are pressed with local flowers and washed with a red iron oxide finish for an eye-catching affect. Jenny wants each piece to be a “reminder of Sedona.” Choose from wall hangings and paperweights in the shape of hearts, crosses, masks, bears, ravens, circles and female forms. Jenny finishes many of the pieces with semiprecious stones for an extra pop of color.
The Goods clay art by Jenny Waddington
Available at Sedona Trading Post (10 Bell Rock Plaza in the Village of Oak Creek; 928-284-2555), Art Mart Gallery (2081 W. SR 89A in West Sedona; 928-203-4576) and Made in Arizona (235 W. SR 89A in Uptown Sedona; 928-282-0707)
Price Range: $2 – $100
The ideal gift for… Spiritual earth-lovers