I am happy to announce the release of my new website. I really enjoyed working with the team over at Tahoe Media Group. I am very pleased with their creativity, design work and the overall functionality of the new site.
It is really cool to watch the evolution of technology as I grow my business. Years ago when I launched my first jewelry site, it was simple but I remember how much I enjoyed just seeing my jewelry online. Today I am totally impressed with the new site and all the bells and whistles. Crystal Ricotta did an awesome job designing the site. I love her use of color and how the navigation buttons resemble my illuminated jewelry. Neil Belliveau did a great job with all the programming. Kathleen Hood is helping us fine tune the SEO. Big thank you goes out to their whole team. Thank you for the high level of professionalism and results!
If you have a moment check it out, let me know what you think.
Garbarini Illuminated Lockets Given As Galileo Award to Clint Werner and Dr. Donald Abrams at the Second Annual MAPS Psychedelic Science Conference in Oakland, CA
The Oakland Marriott City Center in Oakland, California hosted the second international Psychedelic Science Conference April 18th -21st, 2013. MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelics) established in 1986 is a 501(c)(3) non-profit research and educational organization that develops medical, legal, and cultural contexts for people to benefit from the careful uses of psychedelics and marijuana. Over 100 of the world’s leading researchers from 13 countries presented. Over 1800 attendees from San Francisco, the Bay Area and all over the country and world gathered to shares ideas, research and information.
The Marketplace was full of vendors, healers, bodyworkers, a teahouse, and an impressive art gallery. It was an absolute honor to be among many of our favorite visionary artists like Alex and Allyson Grey, Android Jones, Autumn Skye Morrison, Clay Chollar, Peter Westermann, Mark Henson, DeLa and MANY more. The vendor lineup, which included Dr. Bronners Soap, DanceSafe, Erowid, Leom Designs, HydroSouls, just to name a few, was great.
A special thanks goes to Virginia Wright, Director of Marketing and Development at MAPS and Rick Doblin, Ph.D., Founder and Executive Director of MAPS for choosing to use Garbarini Illuminated Lockets as the Galileo Award. Clint Werner and his partner Donald Abrams were awarded the Galileo Award at Saturday night’s Myron Stolaroff Tribute Dinner. Donald Abrams is chief of the Hematology-Oncology Division at San Francisco General Hospital. Clint Werner is the author of Marijuana: Gateway to Health. Together over the past two decades they have researched, studied, educated others and campaigned for the use of medical marijuana. They were awarded the Galileo Award for their ongoing persistent efforts and their significant achievements. It was the highlight of our weekend, seeing the Garbarini Illuminated Lockets given on stage to these two gentleman. One was a clear quartz featuring high quality cannabis, the other a Tourmalinated Quartz lit by an LED light. Following the award ceremony was a performance by Phadroid Jones, check out the video below!
We will definitely be back next year and highly recommend this event. The shared wisdom of this entire community is outstanding and I really believe working to make the world a better place. Interested in a glimpse of what goes on? Check out videos from the past conferences are available on the MAPS website.
Mark successfully emerged this year in Tucson as the first fine jeweler to backlight stones with LED technology. The Pueblo Gem and Mineral Show at the Riverpark Inn is the perfect fit for Mark’s jewelry. It is full of exceptional designers like Stephen Ruse, Lou Guerin, and many more. Near his start in 2007, he showed up in Tucson with one small case of his first pendants. Based on the expert advice of a fellow jeweler, who noted how unique and special Mark’s creations are, he put the collection away and stopped showing people that year.
Using a grassroots strategy established in Northern California and now traveling nationwide he continues to build his company. Mark spent the last five years in his studio developing a full array of designs ranging from his original illuminated pendants to illuminated lockets, poison rings, hat pins, hair combs, and bracelet cuffs. He also makes stunning earrings, rings, triple rings, belt buckles, hair chopsticks and more. His clean, bold designs flaunt the stones he handpicks throughout the world.
Mark is always creating new designs and is stocked with stetch books full of ideas.and His unique style is becoming increasingly well received. Person after person at the booth had never seen anything like his work and expressed how refreshing it is to see something new, something different.
Mark went to The Revere School of Jewelry in San Francisco and is a classically trained goldsmith and diamond setter. He made himself the first light up piece in 2005 for Burning Man and received so much positive attention, he went on starting in 2007 to develop his whole Illuminated Jewelry Collection. Now creating waves through the jewelry and festival communities with his avant garde, one of a kind designs, he travels the country vending and promoting his jewelry at all sorts of art shows and festivals. Mark is based with his beautiful wife Chelsea Garbarini in South Lake Tahoe, California. Mark looks forward to returning to Tucson for many years to come each February.