About the Jewelry ~

Each individual piece is hand-crafted and hand-chosen directly from our local artists
(including my own). Then featured in our online boutique.

Dichroic Glass

Originally developed by NASA in the 50s & 60s. It was used in space for light filtering and optics, to protect astronauts and their spacecraft instruments from the harmful rays of the sun. It is one color when transmitted and a different color when reflected. The brilliant colors are So each piece you select as your statement, is as individual as you! There will never be another.

Tagua Nut (tah-gwah)

A plant alternative to ivory and comes from a plant that grows inside the rain forests of South America. ​It is a large hard nut that can be cut, shaped, and sculpted into many different artistic designs. It polishes beautifully and the graceful way it ages resembles closely the way ivory does. It will look its best when rubbed with a little oil to keep its soft luster and sheen. Never wear your piece in the shower, hot-tub, or swimming pool. Tagua is a renewable resource and by using it in our designs, we can help to support the people living in or near the rain forests. If the rain forests are harvested for only their nuts, it makes them more valuable than if they were harvested for just their timber. Please help join us in preserving them.

Rhodium Plated Jewelry 

Rhodium is considered one of the most expensive, precious metals in the world. It is part of the platinum family on the periodic table. The silver plating is often added by jewelers onto white gold and silver engagement and wedding rings, because of its shine, beautiful luster, and its durability. It is resistant to corrosion, oxidation, and scratching. However, over normal wear and tear and time, the plating can wear off and will need to be reapplied by a jeweler. It just depends on the body chemistry of the owner. It is extremely affordable and jewelers run specials on a constant basis because of its popularity.

Sterling Silver

Sterling Silver Jewelry is a relatively soft, very malleable metal, and can be easily damaged or scratched with everyday wear. It is commonly combined with copper which improves the metal’s hardness and durability without affecting its beautiful color, helping to produce a more durable product. The small amount of copper added to sterling has very little effect on the metal’s value. Instead, the price of the silver item is affected by the labor involved in making the item, the skill of the crafts-person, and the intricacy of the design.
A Little History of the Kosh Area ~

The Painted Turtle Boutique is located in Edgerton, Wisconsin and situated where the mouth of the Rock River flows into a reservoir known as Lake Koshkonong (aka Lake Kosh). The Lake Koshkonong area was founded in the early 1800’s by the Potawatomi, the Fox, the Black Hawk, and the Winnebago Native American Tribes.
It is rumored the Winnebago Tribe were the first to give the lake her name and its meaning reflects “The Lake We Live On”. Many of these tribes used and worshiped the area for its bountiful provisions of food, abundance of hunting, and its absolute beauty. Although many have now been destroyed, there were nearly 500 effigy mounds constructed by the Winnebago’s during this era. There are still a few that remain today scattered along the Rock River, in Fort Atkinson Newville area, and located inside the Mallwood Subdivision.
The mounds were constructed and used to create foundations for their homes, but also in ceremonial religious purposes as sacred burial grounds. They were often shaped into clan symbols to offer protection to their families and were used as markers of their individual boundaries and territories from other tribes. The French; British settlers were some of the first to arrive into the area, but learned to live in harmony with the Native people. They made trade with them, shared in their peace pipe rituals, and were even allowed to take some of their Tribal women as their wives. The French British settlers were mostly only interested in the fur trade. However, when the US Govt. discovered the Lake Koshkonong area and the land around it, they were not so kind or civil to the Natives. As the land around the lake was extremely attractive. Surrounded by woodlands, it was beneficial for building materials and offered direct access to the Rock River. It was an invaluable source for transporting crops to other area ports located along the Mississippi River. They did not respect the boundaries or rituals of the Native people, and would stop at nothing until they took it all from them.
By the Spring of 1829 the lake was successfully succeeded to the US. All but for one tribe remained known as the Black Hawk. Black Hawk and his people lived along the Rock River, down by the Rock Island, IL area. Chief Black Hawk and his people had no desire to leave and had made several attempts to surrender to the US Army. When all but a few of his people were massacred in an attempt to cross the Mississippi River, they retreated up north, along the Rock River, and into to the Lake Koshkonong area. By the summer of 1832, only a small group of Natives belonging to the Black Hawks remained and lived in the area, where the camp resided. Black Hawk and his people desperately tried to protect their ever shrinking plot of land, their families, and defend their way of life passed down by their ancestors, but would eventually be driven out by the US Govt. Today, near the mouth of the lake, by the Newville area their is an island named in his honor – Black Hawk Island. To this day, Chief Black Hawk still has a strong presence throughout Southern Wisconsin, Northern Illinois, and Iowa with businesses, hiking trails, and national parks to honor him and his people.
(For more history info, see link below)

~Lake Koshkonong today ~
From the beginning of Memorial Day weekend to the end of Labor Day, there is always something to do on Lake Kosh. On any given day, you will find tons of power boats, pontoons, kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards taking advantage of the beauty our lake has to offer. The Lake Koshkonong & Rock River area are known for their passion of recreational sports. Water skiing, tubing, and wave runners are among just some of the favorite ways to pass the day for weekend tourists and locals. Perhaps fishing is your gig or sport of choice. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources stocks & maintains the fish population with over 28 different species of fish. Anything from lake perch, walleye, catfish, large/small mouth bass, bluegill, crappies, muskie, northern pikes, crayfish to numerous different types of shellfish. In addition, Lake Koshkonong is a natural migratory destination and habitat to many other different types of animals like the bald eagle, Canadian geese, wood duck, mallard, sand-hill cranes, blue heron, ruby-throated hummingbirds, red-bellied woodpeckers, great horned owl, the barred owl, red tailed hawks, Coopers hawk, great egret, and white pelicans who begin to migrate back from the south in May. Along with river otters, coyotes, red fox, white tail deer, painted turtles, snapping turtles, bullfrogs, tree frogs, and herring & ring billed sea gulls.
Throughout the summer and into the early fall, tourists flock to the area to take advantage of our abundance of campgrounds, fishing, and boating life. You will always find a venue offering live local bands and great music, with a variety of outdoor eateries. Or simply enjoy a cold one, while chilling by the water, and watch the boats coast up & down the shoreline. Just a few hidden gems would be partying out at the cove- it puts Gilligan’s Island to shame! Or enjoying the fireworks over the lake, dining by boat at the Buckhorn Supper Club or Pettit’s Lakeview Campground & Bar. Whatever your thrill … there is always something to do on The Kosh!