Silk and Sparkly Stone Gift Ideas — Winter Color Pops
Just in time for holiday shopping, Stavinoha and van der Dys have partnered together to showcase her new collection of hand-painted silk wristlet scarves for women and pocket squares for men.
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The Woodlands celebrated watercolor artist Elisabeth Stavinoha is not only a customer of Richard van der Dys’ stunning jewelry in the Waterway Square area, she is a longtime friend. Both artists, social butterflies, charitable givers and former Houstonians, these Woodlanders unfortunately share something else in common— being caregivers to and ultimately experiencing the loss of their mothers to cancer.
Stavinoha moved to The Woodlands in 2002. She is active in the art and philanthropy community and is married with one young daughter. Her watercolor artworks have been featured at Glade Gallery, and her silk scarves based on her watercolor paintings have quickly become coveted fashion accessories in The Woodlands and in Houston.
“Vander Dys Fine Jewelers is not just a jewelry boutique for me. It is a safe place with trusted friendships. Surrounded by elegance and everything deemed glamourous, I was feeling the polar opposite seeing my mother, who was also an artist, succumb to brain cancer’s wrath,“ explains Stavinoha. “Richard and his team always embraced me with open arms—allowing me to grieve while also supporting my decision to continue to pursue my art as a healing aid in my life.”
Originally from Venezuela, van der Dys moved to Houston and was an integral part of Donoho’s Jewelers for two decades (the store has since closed).
“From the moment I came to The Woodlands as a part of the Donoho’s Jewelers team, I knew that I had found my home. I raised my family here and I absolutely love the people here,” van der Dys said of his decision to open his own namesake jewelry store in The Woodlands in 2017.
Just in time for holiday shopping, Stavinoha and van der Dys have partnered together to showcase her new collection of hand-painted silk wristlet scarves for women and pocket squares for men. Van der Dys has proudly paired these dreamy watercolor floral abstracts with his favorite show-stopping colorful gems. Each signed and numbered Stavinoha silk piece features her signature heart and Swarovski crystal.
In addition, the Chinese symbol for life inspired by her mother’s final artwork (an oil painting of Chinese symbols) before her passing earlier this year, served as the inspiration for the men’s pocket square collection.
“I love Elisabeth’s pocket squares, because there is romance and a story behind her pieces,” smiles van der Dys. “Just like my one-of-kind jewelry creations. I want people to understand each piece is collectable artwork itself.”
In memory of Stavinoha’s mother, a portion of the scarves and pocket square proceeds donate to cancer charities. Prices available upon request; www.elisabethstavinoha.com and www.vanderdysjewelers.com.
“When one of my scarves is wrist-wrapped and/or the pocket square folded, it presents itself differently and beautifully each time,” says Stavinoha.
We couldn’t agree more! Cheers to the friendship of Stavinoha and van der Dys and their silk scarf and sparkly stone collaboration that mixes art with heart and charitable impact.