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Fresh. Fall. Fashion.

We are so excited for fall fashion this year! Along with favorites like Porto, Aimee G, and Sun Kim we also have new lines from a few new(er)-to-us artists. Each of these designers definitely has their own signature style, while still offering collections solidly on-trend for Fall 2015 with structured but feminine pieces and nuanced, muted palettes. Get to know the the fall lines below, which offer must-see pieces highlighting versatility, comfort, timelessness, and personalization.


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Spirithouse, based in LA and helmed by designer Katrin Noon is known for creating collections that explore propotion and play with blurring the line between edginess and romance. Katrin’s dedication to form, fit, and fabric keep customers (and us here at Fire Opal) coming back each season. This fall we’re in love with their understated tunics and one-of-a kind outwear. SHOP NOW!

New Form Perspective

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New Form Perspective takes geometric shapes and styles and transforms them into clothes that become contemporary staples. The pieces in this collection connect, fold, link, layer, snap, and shift to create a uniquely customizable wardrobe. The clothes transition, transform, and evolve, allowing the wearer to truly personalize and express their own style. This line is a true merger of beautiful fashion and imaginative art. SHOP NOW!

Bryn Walker

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For the woman who wants her clothes to be comfortable, high quality, easy yet sophisticated, the Berkeley, CA based Bryn Walker is a must see.  These designs utilize luxurious wools, silks, and cottons to create beautifully crafted garments. Walker’s pieces are as practical as they are elegant and as modern as they are classic. The fall collection has looks in a variety of fits and shapes, emphasizing a loose yet body flattering design. SHOP NOW!


Filthy Rich Chocolates at Home in Jamaica Plain

We love collaborating with local artists. Especially when their products are high-quality, original, and utterly irresistible. So it’s with great excitement and a little bit of mouthwatering that we welcome JP’s own Kymberlee Keckler into the Jamaica Plain gallery this June. To celebrate First Thursday on June 4, we’ll be hosting Kymberlee and her exquisite handmade artisan chocolates for a grand tasting and chocolate making demonstration. In anticipation of this event, we were able to do a great mini-interview with Kymberlee about her life as a chocolatier, maker, and artist in Jamaica Plain. Give it a quick read and join us in store for a delicious evening!


Fire Opal: How long have you been making chocolate?

Kymberlee Keckler: I’ve been making chocolates since 2011, but I didn’t always know what I was doing in the early days. I enrolled in training as a professional chocolatier through Ecole Chocolat in Vancouver, BC and graduated in November 2012. In April 2014, I attended Valrhona’s Ecole du Grand Chocolat in Tain L’Hermitage, France. And just this past April, I attended more master classes at ICAM in Lecco, Italy. I plan to return to France in October 2016.

FO: We know you also make beautiful soap – how do you balance the two?

KK: One good thing about soap is that the older it is, the better it is – so I am able to make soap during times of slower chocolate sales. Chocolate sales peak around certain holidays and is generally slower in the summer. I like making soap in the summer because my ‘soap factory’ is in the basement where it is cooler. I’ve discontinued some scents to free up some time for chocolate making. A person can spend $30 on soap and have enough for a year or so….but if they spend that on chocolates, they can eat them and come back the next day.

FO: What do you love about being an artist in Jamaica Plain?

KK: I love JP’s commitment to the arts, the diversity in our neighborhood, and the sense of community.

FO: What’s your favorite kind of chocolate?

KK: Tough question – and one that I get a lot. The base chocolate that I use is Valrhona’s Manjari. There aren’t any that I don’t like and wouldn’t sell them unless they met my standards. My favorite flavors include passion fruit, hazelnut, and earl grey tea. I also love my raspberry hazelnut crisp, hazelnut coconut, and espresso. I’m always experimenting…and will be headed to the kitchen very soon!


Holiday Shopping is Here! 5 of Our Most Giveable Artists

With Thanksgiving almost behind us, holiday giving season is in full swing! Whether you like to shop early on Black Friday, shop local on Small Business Saturday, or shop online on Cyber Monday, our unique collection of American Handmade Craft makes for truly inspired gifting. Here’s a quick and easy guide to some of our most giveable artists this year! AND be sure you’re signed up for our mailing list to get a special discount offer good through 12/1. Click here to subscribe. 

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Aimee G Designs Trunk Show – October 24 – 26

The Event:
Aimee G. Fall/Winter Trunk Show
October 24 – 26, 2014
320 Harvard Ave. Brookline, MA

Indulge in unique pieces from NYC based designer Aimee G! Fire Opal Brookline is excited to announce an exclusive fall trunk show featuring work from her fall/winter 2014 line and one-of- a -kind pieces from her collection.

Aimee G. took inspiration for her 2014 fall line from the great surrealist painters Duchamp, Matta, Miro, Magritte, and Masson. Surprising, textural, and expressive, the collection is full of strong lines, bold patterns and colors, and beautifully crafted shapes. Drawing from the concepts of cubism, juxtaposition, and wit, this fall line offers beautiful statement pieces as well as gorgeous clothes for everyday wear.

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Wear it Everyday – Jewelry by Elise Moran and Porto

Our featured artist this month is none other than Elise Moran of EAM Jewelry. She’ll be in the Jamaica Plain gallery on Thursday June 5 from 4pm – 8pm with the newest pieces from her gorgeous collection of botanically inspired jewels. We love her feminine and delicate jewelry is for bridal accouterments, gifts for a wedding party, graduation gifts, or for any occasion that calls for something to be treasured.

But her collection’s classic flair and true elegance makes it wearable every day, not just on special days! Take a look at some of her beautiful necklaces paired with fan favorite clothing line Porto for examples on how to wear simple, glittery jewelry with clean and simple wardrobe staples.

To celebrate the beautiful marriage of EAM and Porto we’re offering 10% Porto clothing all day on June 5! Bring this blog post with you to the store or use the discount code 10PORTO online to receive 10% Off Porto clothing ONE DAY ONLY!


Porto Amazon Vest in Silver paired with Elise Moran necklace


Porto Amazon Vest in Sand with EAM Necklace


Porto Muse Dress in Orchid with EAM Necklace

For more information on Elise and her work click here!

Heather Guidero – Textural Modern Jewelry

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We’re excited to announce that Providence based jewelry designer, Heather Guidero, will be our first featured artist for our First Thursday Jamaica Plain events this year! We love the detailed simplicity of Heather’s pieces. Her use of texture in all of her jewelry makes each piece unique and always gives you something new to discover about her pieces. We’re glad she was able to take some time to answer some questions about her process and her inspirations.

Meet her and see her stunning jewelry at Fire Opal Jamaica Plain on Thursday April 3!

How has your jewelry changed since you graduated from RISD in 2002?

I view the pieces that I produced at RISD as a starting point. There are ideas that I’m still visiting years later, but with a more nuanced eye and hand.   During my time there I received excellent training in jewelry making, metalsmithing, and design, but it took several years to translate those concepts into wearable pieces that felt truly “me”.  Working as a goldsmith for several years after my time at RISD helped me to significantly hone my techniques and become comfortable working with clients.

What has been your biggest inspiration as a jewelry maker?

I find a lot of inspiration in modernist design, and also in my clients!  I enjoy working with patterns influenced by ceramic and textile designs of the 1940s through the 1960’s. I enjoy the challenge of translating my drawings into pieces that move while on the body and are also comfortable.  My clients are a diverse group of women and men who tend to wear their pieces frequently, and give wonderful feedback on what they like or are looking for when commissioning specific pieces.

What does an average day in the studio look like for you?

First things first: coffee!  I try to get most of the emails answered and pieces that are shipping that day packaged up right away.  When my assistant arrives, we review the pieces that need to be made that week as well as any materials that need to be ordered, then sit down at our benches.  I usually have a few custom wedding/engagement ring projects to work on in addition to making work for stores and galleries.  There’s frequently a quick afternoon trip to my caster to review new a new sample or two followed by more coffee at the bench or teaching preparation before either heading out to yoga or to one of the jewelry classes I teach.

What are three words you would use to describe your aesthetic?

Geometric, textural, dimensional.

Is there a piece of jewelry you wear everyday?

I wear an 18k white gold filigree ring from the early 1900s every day.  It was a special gift from my partner Ryan, and I never take it off.

How does the arts community in Providence influence your work?

I’ve been fortunate to meet some really wonderful artists and designers that have chosen to make Providence (and the surrounding area) their home.  It’s a tight knit and supportive community always ready to help out, whether you need technical advice on a project, assistance getting your booth display to a show, or connecting someone with a gallery opportunity.

I’m always learning from my students as well, through teaching at local colleges and art centers.  They inspire me to keep working away even if I’m at a creative crossroads with an idea.

Feel the Love – Gifts for Friends

Friends go above and beyond for each other. Support, laughter, and love make the best friends indispensable  – so shouldn’t we celebrate our love for them too on February 14? Here are some beautiful things to say, “Thanks for being such a great friend.” this Valentine’s Day.

Spice Spoons from Beehive Kitchenware

Spice Spoons from Beehive Kitchenware

Recycled glass vase by Nando Soderberg

Recycled glass vase by Nando Soderberg

Grey Loop Scarf by Olena Zylak

Grey Loop Scarf by Olena Zylak