Introducing Our Newest Collection…

Spend your holiday weekend with American West Jewelry and QVC! We’re celebrating the Fourth of July and our most exciting event of the year with five shows and over 30 genuine, bold and colorful new arrivals! Carolyn will be your guide to the American West, bringing you more romance, more stories, more style, and more amazing jewelry inspired by this breathtaking landscape.

What’s more, Carolyn and Bill are thrilled to be spending their 23rd wedding anniversary over the 4th of July Weekend with you and QVC! A match made in jewelry and gem heaven, their first date was at the Santa Fe Indian Market. From there it was off to the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, and the rest, as it’s said, is history.

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These two share a passion for gems, but more importantly, they truly appreciate the beauty of Mother Nature. American West Jewelry captures that enduring sense of romance and wonder in the natural world.

The vision of American West Jewelry is one that can be related to the vision of the majestic American West itself, which is part of what makes our jewelry so empowering to wear.

We create bold and daring styles that intricately consider the history and heritage of the Southwest, breathing life into these statement-making pieces our design team so carefully handcrafts. With all of our jewelry proudly made in America at our Production Studio located in the heart of the Southwest , our designs bring meaning to why New Mexico is called the Land of Enchantment.

The spirit of the American West is so much more than a fashion statement. It’s an attitude and a way of life. Whether you choose a romantic western flair, classic Americana, or Native American design elements rich in history and culture, there’s something for everyone.

American West Jewelry honors this mosaic of lifestyles and vistas, distilling these colorful visions into lovingly crafted pieces of art. The vision of the American West is one of pioneering and striving to adventure to places unknown.

Carolyn and Bill’s long-standing traditions that have carried their love and partnership through the years, along with their passion for Southwestern design, have inspired each and every piece that we have the great opportunity to share with you on QVC during this wonderful visit.

The debut of the highly-anticipated Luna Collection is a fantastic example of how Mother Nature is incorporated into our design process. Accenting the curvature of the moon, this romantic and timeless collection is a perfect representation of Carolyn and Bill’s Southwestern romance and lifestyle lived through jewelry.

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We can’t wait to hear what stories and memories unfold from your own American West Jewelry adventure. From modern updates on classic Southwestern designs, tributes to iconic American style, and plenty of the bold, colorful personality we love so much about the American West, this event is one you don’t want to miss! Wherever your jewelry takes you, know that the great West will always be by your side – ready for your next journey.

We’re honored to join QVC in celebrating this holiday with jewelry designed and crafted in America. Tune in for all 5 shows during our special July 4th holiday celebration!

Show times are:

Sunday, July 2nd 1-3am ET on QVC

Sunday, July 2nd 9pm-11pm ET on QVC

Monday, July 3rd 9pm-10pm ET on QVC2

Tuesday, July 4th 7pm-9pm on QVC2

Wednesday, July 5th 10am-12pm QVC

 

New Mexico Native American Tribal Feast Days

Native American feast days are a time for tribal members to join together and celebrate their culture, religion, and language. 
Experiencing a feast day in New Mexico is truly a one of a kind experience. The diverse and vibrant Native American living culture continues to thrive while uplifting and honoring the traditions of its ancestors. With 19 pueblos spanning the state, visitors have plenty of opportunities to observe or join in on the unique customs and festivities of feast days as well as enjoy the rich architecture, food, art, and dance of Native American life in the Southwest. 
The feast day and ceremony honor the patron saint of the pueblo, a tradition that began in the 1500s after Spanish settlers arrived. Beliefs held by the Native Americans were preserved and became entwined with those brought by the colonists. Each dance symbolizes a prayer or piece of Native American life and is usually accompanied by the beat of a drum and scent of piñon smoke. In preparation for the festivals, community members will prepare incredible meals to share with tribal members and guests. 
Memorial Day weekend 2017 welcomes the last feast of May at the 27th Annual Jemez Red Rocks Arts and Crafts Show in Jemez Pueblo. Native American artisans, representing over 20 different nations, will display their amazing art to the visiting public, which will be available for purchase during this 3-day event. There will also be Authentic Native foods sold at nearby roadside booths. Local dance groups and performers will entertain us while we enjoy the beautiful art, people, and scenery.
Visitors can find out more about upcoming feast days and the spectacular Native American culture here: 

A Visit to Tres Hermanos Dairy Farm

You all know Lisa as our incredible customer service representative and social media guru! We’d like to introduce you to her friend Roxan Sanchez and family. Lisa and Roxan have known each other for over 20 years! Roxan is a true cowgirl mom. She lives and works with her husband on the farm while raising five adorable girls!

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Recently, we had the privilege to do a photo shoot for American West Jewelry on Roxan and her husband, Jericho’s farm – Tres Hermanos Dairy Farm. We sat down with Roxan to get a snapshot of a day in the life of a farming family. Here is what she had to say:


How long have you and your family been dairy farmers?

We are first generation dairy farmers. We bought the dairy in late 2005 and starting operating in early 2006.

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Explain a day in the life of a dairy farmer?

It’s always a full day on the dairy. The milk barn runs almost 24 hours a day and there’s always plenty to do. Some cows are milked three times a day and others are milked twice.  All 1500 are fed twice a day and there are babies born almost every day. Maintenance must be done on equipment and stalls and pens. Milk trucks also come and pick up the milk almost daily.

 What is your favorite part of living on a farm?

My favorite part of living on a farm is being able to be so close to what we love doing. Farming is a lifestyle and you have to love it to do it. The work is hard but the satisfaction you get from it is worth it every time.

What is it like raising a family on a farm?

Being able to raise our five girls on the dairy farm is something I am so grateful for. They learn how to care for our animals and see the life cycle of the cows. Everyday they see the work it takes to provide high quality milk and it’s so nice to see the appreciation they have for it even as young children.

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 Living on a farm is vastly different from living in the city. Growing up on a busy street in town myself and now living my adult life so far on a farm has given me a whole new perspective. I’m so thankful that I have been able to stay home and raise our girls exactly where my husband works every day. The girls and I are always able to go out and help feed calves or see a new calf being born at any time. In addition to the cows, we also have horses, goats and chickens. We can be together as a family everyday and work together and share in our experiences of life on the farm. We’re all in this together and that to me, is irreplaceable.

We were so lucky to get to spend time with the incredibly sweet Sanchez family! We look forward to our next visit with them and wish them the best for their farm and family.
Looking to add flavor to your cowgirl mom look this spring? Shop Western inspired American West Jewelry here!
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New Mexico: Red or Green?

Here in New Mexico, we’re famous for putting chile on everything. Most restaurants stock “red or green” even for non-traditional New Mexican dishes; burgers, eggs, hot dogs, you name it, we put chile on it. And if you want both, the more the merrier. You can order “Christmas” style at any given restaurant without a second look.

To embrace our New Mexico traditions at a time when the smell of roasting green chile fills the air, we thought we would share our favorite foods and recipes from our Relios family to yours, just in time for the holidays.


Carolyn’s Green Chile Stew – From Carolyn Pollack

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2 tbsp olive oil
1 pound top sirloin steak or pork, cut into ½ cubes
2 yellow onions, diced
1 cup red wine
8 cups water
2 carrots, diced
2 russet potatoes, diced into ½ “cubes
½ cup roasted green chile, peeled, seeded and diced
1 cup beef stock
1 ½ tsp ground cumin
1 ½ tsp ground coriander
2 cups chunky style salsa
salt to taste
pepper to taste
36 large garlic croutons
3 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated
3 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, grated
Sour cream
Red chile powder

In a large heavy saucepan pour the oil and heat it on medium until it is hot. Add the steak and onions, and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the wine and water. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 15 minutes. Add the carrots and potatoes. Bring the stew to a boil, then lower heat to a simmer. Add the green chile, beef stock, cumin, coriander, and salsa. Simmer the stew for one hour. Season with salt and pepper. Place the stew in individual serving bowls. Top with 6 large garlic croutons. Sprinkle on the 2 cheeses, and broil in the oven until the cheese melts. Top with a dollop of sour cream, and sprinkle on some red chile powder. Serves 6.


Bill’s Amazing Chile Rellenos – From Bill Pollack

½ lb. longhorn style mild cheese cut into chile size bars*
6 large New Mexico green chiles roasted, peeled and seeded, stems on
3 eggs
2 tbsp. flour
1 tbsp. olive oil
3 tbsp. pressed garlic
14 oz. can petite chopped tomatoes undrained
1 cup chicken broth
1 tbsp. black pepper
1 tbsp. marjoram

Saute onion and garlic in olive oil until onion is soft. Add tomatoes, salt, pepper and marjoram. Reduce to simmer. Stuff green chiles with cheese. Separate eggs. Combine flour and egg yolks. Beat egg whites until peaked. Fold in yolk/flour mixture. Heat greased griddle or pan until hot. Check by dropping egg batter. Coat stuffed chiles in egg batter. Fry until golden, don’t flip too early! Serve with sour cream, black beans, calabacitas and Spanish rice.

*cut cheese into the same length of chiles to stuff


Roasted Green Chile  – From Alex Montoya, Brand Ambassador

There are few days throughout the year when green chile isn’t part of my diet. Great source of vitamin C and gastronomic delight! Nearly 7 years with Relios and I’ve never called in sick. Hmmmm…coincidence? I think not! Good genes and green chile are my allies. At home we chop it up, add a bit of garlic salt and always have it at the ready. Our 40 lbs of home-roasted, peeled and frozen chile will mostly be used as a topping but we also do the traditional stews, enchiladas etc. This morning’s pigs-in-a-blanket got a kick with green chile and cheese inside and out.


Rolled Chile Enchiladas – From Jayme Bennett, Ecommerce Manager

12 corn tortillas
Olive oil  (to fry tortillas)
1/2 onion, chopped
1 tsp. minced garlic
3/4 cup chopped, cooked green chiles AND/OR red chile sauce
4 cups jack cheese, mild cheddar, or a mix, grated
Optional: shredded chicken, sour cream 

Lightly fry the corn tortillas for flavor. Add a handful of cheese (and chicken if desired), chopped onion, and garlic to each tortilla and roll. Place in long baking dish stacked side by side. Top with red and/or green chile. Cover chile with shredded cheese. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Top with sour cream and serve.


Avocado Salsa – From Louisa Escovedo, Merchandising Manager

1 medium can diced tomatoes (drained)
3 medium jalapenos, seeded and chopped (leave seeds if you like it hot!)
1 cup chopped yellow onion
3 medium avocados, semi firm but ripe, peeled, cored and diced
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 clove garlic, finely minced
½ tsp salt (more or less to desired taste)
¼ tsp pepper

Drain can of diced tomatoes and blend. Add to mixing bowl with chopped jalapenos and onions, mix well. Add seasonings (salt & pepper), minced garlic and lime juice, mix well. Add diced avocado and mix. Serve with tortilla chips.


Pork in Red Chile – From Zisumy Bencomo, Merchandising Sales Planner

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1 lb solid pork, with a little fat, 1/2 in cubes
1 tsp salt
1-1/2 cup of water
1 garlic clove
1 pinch of oregano
6 chiles
Vegetable oil (Optional)
1 tsp flour

Cook meat with salt and water & be sure to put the lid on your pan! Simmer until fully cooked. Boil chiles 10 minutes or until soft. Mix cooked chiles in blender with garlic, oregano, and water. Once this is blended you can add to the meat and let it boil for 15 minutes. Serve with flour tortillas.


Guacamole – From Doug Small, SEO/PPC Analyst

2 avocados, chopped
1 small onion, minced
1 clove of garlic, minced
Fresh cilantro to taste

Mix together and serve with corn chips.

3…2…1…Liftoff!

img_8784It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year- in Albuquerque!

Every October, Albuquerque hosts the largest hot air balloon fiesta in the world. Hundreds of balloons grace the sky, like bursts of color scattered on a canvas of blue. It’s a beautiful sight and one of our favorite fall traditions!

Celebrate our most colorful and uplifting weekend of the year in true New Mexico style. Bright and bold gemstone designs from American West Jewelry will elevate your altitude and make your spirits soar! Bold and bright gemstone colors of lapis, coral and malachite beautifully reflect the giant balloons that rise through Sleepy Beauty Turquoise blue skies. Authentic, nature-inspired earthtone gems from American West complete this Southwest splendor by bringing the majesty of the landscape to life.

While you’re in town for Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta come visit the Carolyn Pollack Jewelry Outlet for our Balloon Fiesta blowout sale! Saturday, October 1 through Sunday, October 9.

Speaking of celebrating, a favorite ballooning tradition is the ceremony the pilot performs after the flight for his passengers. The Balloonist’s Prayer is recited, followed by a champagne toast!

The winds have welcomed you with softness.
The sun has blessed you with its warm hands.
You have flown so high and so well
that God has joined you in your laughter
and set you gently back again
into the loving arms of Mother Earth.

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My Grand Adventure

The summer is filled with memories, adventures, and a reminder that life is what you make it. My summer was one for the books. I took a 7 day road trip with my husband and our cousin. Our destination was the beautiful and spirited Las Vegas, Nevada. We packed up the car and left Albuquerque before the sun was up and we set off for the open road!

We arrived in Flagstaff and ate lunch at the cutest restaurant called MartAnne’s Breakfast Palace. The salsa was pretty impressive since we were coming from New Mexico and believe we have the best salsa in the world!

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After lunch, the Grand Canyon was our next stop!

I traveled to this marvelous wonder when I was in middle school, but my husband has never experienced it in person. As we approached the welcome sign, I felt a sense of calmness and wonder. I was suddenly so small compared to the marvelous wonder in front of me.

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My jewelry is often a representation of my spirit and style and it only seemed that one particular style should travel with me on this journey: The Treasures Collection. It was the ideal choice for this vacation because of its versatility and interchangeability. I had a blast changing and swapping all the inserts to match the mood of the moment!

After spending some time at the Grand Canyon we jumped back into the car and headed for the City that Never Sleeps – Las Vegas, Nevada.

Our trip in Nevada was 6 days filled with shows, music festivals, restaurants, street performers, and of course the pool. The hottest day was 118 degrees!! I loved dressing up for dinner and a show and taking my American West Jewelry with me. From Couture to Iconic style, every outfit was a success.

My favorite part of the trip was visiting Fremont Street which is also known as the “Old Strip”. I’m a huge admirer of vintage signs and retro Americana decor. We finished off our day eating at the Heart Attack Grill and that was a blast.

We also visited the Siegfried and Roy Wildlife Animal Sanctuary which was located at our hotel, the Mirage. It was amazing to see the animals up close and the white tigers are some of the most breathtaking animals I have ever encountered.

My jewelry truly did take me away to a beautiful adventure with people I love. I will treasure the memories for years to come.

Analicia Stroud, Graphic Design Manager

Baby Blue: Dad’s Love for Lincolns and Carolyn

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I was 10 years old when Dad drove in the driveway with his first Lincoln.

Not the normal black or white sedan, no way. It was turquoise, a clear sky blue like Sleeping Beauty Turquoise, with a white convertible top and all the chrome!
It was pretty unusual, especially in Buffalo, NY.
Dad never minded standing out from the crowd.  He was very proud!
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Once I had my driver’s licence, I’d dream of dating in that car. I could just imagine pulling up to a girl’s house in that car. Wow. I begged, I pleaded, worked hard, best behavior. Nothing worked, and it never happened. Dad was tough.
Dad decided to keep his first Lincoln.  Stored it for years. As a matter of fact, he loved that car so much, he started a collection! Much to Mom’s dismay, within a couple decades he had all seven Lincoln convertibles, all the same body style. He was very protective of them all, no matter what stage of decay.  But Baby Blue was always the favorite.
Then Carolyn came into our lives.  She loved Baby Blue, and wasn’t shy about letting everyone know.  After all it is the color of her eyes! It took about five years, but surprise, there it was, backing off a truck, in our driveway.  Of course, we had already built our garage with the Lincoln in mind. And, as fate would have it, five miles down the road, Gary, the owner of Spear’s Automotive, also had an enthusiasm for Lincoln convertibles.
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Soon, Carolyn and I were inspired by Baby Blue to do our own Route 66 mini-series.  It was in the early 2000’s, we refurbished a retro travel trailer and planned to trail it from New Mexico to Amarillo, to Santa Monica and back.  Two weeks before the scheduled departure, we came to our senses, realizing the trip could be too much for our vintage vehicle.
We bought a pickup truck, painted it turquoise, hit the Mother Road and the show went on.
And the Lincoln lives on.  In fact, we take it on weekend “date” rides a couple times a month.  Of course, I’m always reminded of Dad and that special place he held in his heart for Carolyn, and his car.  Just check out the vanity plate! IMG_6043
To American Classics and endless turquoise skies, enjoy the ride.
– Bill

Join Us in Santa Fe – Part II

Ann Marie, Deb and I took a short break from preparing for next week’s Indian Market, and why not model our favorite jewelry, Carolyn Pollack.  We are huge fans of Carolyn’s jewelry, and have been for years, so you might say we are like kids in a candy store working here in Santa Fe!!  I always say, you can hardly call it work when you get to play with beautiful jewelry all day, and we love helping you choose special pieces to add to your collections.  Our cases are filled to the brim with so many new treasures to choose from, stop in and try them on in person; you won’t be able to choose just one.

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that we now carry the Jennifer Nettles pieces, and here in Santa Fe, they are 20% off retail!  We all personally own many of these pieces and are so excited to add to our collections.  Ann Marie has her eye on the black spinel cuff and the silver textured bold cuff, Deb is picking up the sterling turquoise bold leather cuff, and I can’t wait to add the silver bold turquoise cuff and the domed silver and turquoise ring to my collection!  A little birdie told us we might even be receiving a few of the spectacular squashblossom necklaces, be still my heart, I can’t wait to try that beauty on!

Speaking of squash blossoms, we couldn’t resist another platter of the tacos and a glass of watermelon fresca from Tres Colores, oh so yummy! They are located in the Santa Fe Outlet mall, just down from the gallery.  Stop in when you’re here, and tell Hugo that the ladies at CP sent you!  Enjoy….

I can’t believe that Indian market is only a week away, we are so looking forward to seeing all of you.  Safe travels, see you soon…..

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P.S. If you mention you read this blog when checking out, you’ll receive an additional 10% off our already 50% discounted jewelry.

– Sue Sassin – Gallery Manager

For more information visit American West’s Facebook Page

 

 

Join Us in Santa Fe!

Fall is upon us here in Santa Fe, and we couldn’t be more thrilled!  Fall means that thankfully the summer heat is finally leaving, and being replaced by cooler evenings and monsoon rains.  The onset of fall also means that Indian Market can’t be far behind.  This year’s market begins on Saturday, August 20th, at 7:00 am, and ends Sunday, August 21st.  Other activities will happen around Santa Fe starting as early as Tuesday, check out the Indian Market website at swaia.org for information on all the festivities.

Market PlazaHere at the Carolyn Pollack Santa Fe Outlet gallery, we are preparing for what is always an exciting time for us. Carolyn is keeping our UPS man very busy, sending us fabulous new treasures that we can’t wait to share with you.  Plan to join us on August 18th from 5-7 pm for a special VIP event at the gallery. Whether you are a collector from near or far, you’re a VIP to all of us, and we’d love to see you!

In addition to getting a first peek at many special pieces at fabulous prices, you’ll be able to munch on delicious food from the Santa Fe Outlets’ own Tres Colores.  You will love their southern Mexico cuisine, we had their squash blossom (organic and picked local that morning) tacos over the weekend, and they were out of this world!

If you are able to make the Market, have a wonderful time, and please plan to stop in and see us, we will have special pricing all weekend long, see you then!

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Back to School

The first day of school is an exciting day for students, parents and teachers.  In my teaching career, I had 30 of these “First Days,” all located in the kindergarten classroom in the Birdville ISD in Texas.

Left: School Yearbook Photo, Right: One of Becky’s Students Receiving the Citizen of the Year Award!  Becky nominated him and his essay won for the entire district!

The night before the first day was always a very restless sleep night for me.  I felt so responsible for making all of my new students and parents feel welcome, excited and comfortable with the education journey that awaited them.  The first day of kindergarten, in particular, is filled with smiles and tears and plenty of emotion.  Parents hugging their children goodbye and trusting them into a teacher’s care was always a touching time.

I was always amazed at the end of the first day, how smoothly everything seemed to go!  All of the hugs and smiles I received from the children and their parents, made me feel confident that it was going to be a wonderful school year!

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Retirement Luncheon where she was presented with her favorite jewelry…Carolyn Pollack!

Even though I’ve been retired now for 11 years, the beginning of the new school season still brings a sense of excitement for me.  I’m so very grateful for all of my years of teaching and the wonderful memories made.

Becky Robeson – Gallery Stylist, Gaylord Texan 2004 to Present

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Becky in front of Carolyn Pollack 2016