Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 66 Page 67 Page 68 Page 69 Page 70 Page 71 Page 72 Page 73 Page 74 Page 75 Page 76 Page 77 Page 78 Page 79 Page 80 Page 81 Page 82 Page 83 Page 84 Page 85 Page 86 Page 87 Page 88 Page 89 Page 90 Page 91 Page 92 Page 93 Page 94 Page 95 Page 96 Page 97 Page 98 Page 99 Page 100 Page 101 Page 102 Page 103 Page 104 Page 105 Page 106 Page 107 Page 108 Page 109 Page 110 Page 111 Page 112 Page 113 Page 114 Page 115 Page 116 Page 117 Page 118 Page 119 Page 120 Page 121 Page 122 Page 123 Page 124 Page 125 Page 126 Page 127 Page 128 Page 129 Page 130 Page 131 Page 132 Page 133 Page 134 Page 135 Page 136 Page 137 Page 138 Page 139 Page 140 Page 141 Page 142 Page 143 Page 144 Page 145 Page 146 Page 147 Page 148 CHESTERCOUNTY-LIFE.COM / November/December 2016 81 Markels’ ceramic hearts to hang are coveted for their beauty. She works in clay and Murano glass. “People do relish these hearts,” she says. “One customer even bought a damaged piece. I pointed out that it was broken, and she replied: I don’t care. I want it!” Ornaments aren’t the only desirables found at Diving Cat. All the irresistible or- naments merrily dangle from artful trees that you can take home. There are jeweled trees, pearl trees, even metal trees. People particularly admire a hybrid featuring steel branches and glistening glass leaves. ART TO ADORN On a warm summer day, two women made a special trip to Diving Cat for some early holiday shopping. Jo Anne, a resident of South Carolina, and her daughter Kerry, who lives in California, exclaim they could spend hours in the store. “I’m wearing a Tabra bracelet,” shows off Jo Anne. “Not many stores carry this vintage line. That’s why I come here – for the unique jewelry and clothes.” It’s Kerry’s first visit to Diving Cat, and her initial impression is unbridled awe. “It’s wonderful. Everything is gor- geous, and I will definitely return.” Diving Cat is joyfulness wrapped in imagination. Clothes, jewelry, and accessories personify Markels’ creativity and her customers’ in- dividuality. Let’s continue our fantastical tour with stops to gladden head-to-toe senses. We’ll start at the bottom. Solmate Socks are more fun than foot warmer. The perky pairs are mix-matched patterns adored by women, men, and children. “Why not stuff your stockings with socks,” suggests Markels, with a grin. Now, for the top. Tis the season for hats and scarves, and Diving Cat overflows in silks, knits, cottons, and more. “We have a million scarves,” magnifies Markels. “It’s al- most impossible to leave the store without one. Readers in a rainbow of colors are holi- day best sellers, too.” Jewelry highlights every nook and niche. UNOde50 features limited edition pieces, and the company selects only a few stores to carry its exquisite necklaces and brace- lets. Mariana Spirit of Design jewelry, which is made in Israel, is nickel-free and carries a lifetime guarantee. Handcrafted in 24-karat gold or silver plate, the artist combines crys- tals, fabric beads, and Swarovski gemstones in a fusion of old and new. Art by Any Means Jewelry is designed to make women feel beautiful and serene in a fast-paced world. A new collection is introduced each year by Massachusetts art- ist Vanessa Gilbert. Hand-selected beads, gemstones, freshwater pearls, and crystals are set in her works. Philadelphia jewelry designer Vannucci ltd is inspired by whimsy and rendered in precious metal and semi- precious stones. The jewelry is delicate, yet bold in statement. The “Barb-Wire” line from Barbie Levy is architectural in form featuring sterling sil- ver geometric shape and balance. Her ear- rings are lightweight, colorful, and easy to wear. Caring Cuffs are short sayings worn on your arm. The stainless steel bracelets will not tarnish or rust and can be adjusted to fit almost any wrist. The message series includes love, friendship, and family; in- spiration; sports fan; and blessings. “These bracelets are very stackable,” notes Markels. Serving Chester County Residents Since 1977 1142 Horseshoe Pike (Route 322) Downingtown, PA 19335 610.269.6115 Customized Insurance Solutions for your Home, Auto, and More RIGHT HERE IN THE HEART OF CHESTER COUNTY Let Our Family HelpYour Family