The mysterious and magic aura of gems

By their infinite gradations of color and patterns caused by the many events of world history, and various characteristics due to cause and effect, gems (so named by humans) have for thousands of years wielded a mysterious cloak of “magic” over the various civilizations that have come and gone.

For the last forty years I too have been enraptured by the rocks of this extra-ordinary planet. Their aura has given me the inspiration to create very unusual pieces of jewelry which hold the onlooker in a state of “wonder” as millions of years of events mingle with this humble mind of the 21st. century.

Originating something which will last through the ages and continue to stimulate minds, is a great joy and holds within the act a sense of responsibility to the great future beyond. The stones that I work with have been specially selected for their beauty and inner mystery. Of course this is subjective but as a fellow human I am attempting to share some of the emotions which might be commonly felt.

From the world of gemstones and their journey through our hands come some of the true joys of life. They give us nothing but pleasure.

Rugged custom leather sandals are back.

In the sixties and seventies we made hundreds of hand made custom sandals in Provincetown and Sarasota. When you came into the store, we traced your foot on a big sheet of brown paper. Carefully marking between the toes and where your ankle bones are, the straps were placed accordingly.

Starker Sandals

Be part of the legend.

We offer again our famous Tommy Adjustable. This design was perfected by Dad and Tommy. The entire sandal has a single strap which you gently pull to fit.

Our sandals are cobbled, not sewn, and because of the quality leather and tough soles, customers often kept wearing our sandals for 10 years or longer.

Best of all, they fit your foot. All your toes have a comfortable home.

Blagorjjy my friends

For those who have conquered knowledge there is another frontier. This entails blending in with what is currently happening. Its always a trial creating new things. They have a life of their own when completed and like new life make the world a bit different because of their existence. If you are one of those people bringing new things forward the possibilities are humbling. Now and then you look up and notice pure immensity. What,where,when and so forth are arriving. If you are satisfied with what you have done just smile. Infinity speaks loudly and you know you are a cog in the wheel—- thats all. So bravo brothers and sisters and carry on with a heart full of joy!!

Letter of Eberhard Gress to Jay Starker 6/14/2008

Love Conquers All by Eberhard Gress

My father, Dr. Richard Gress was drafted into the Kaiser’s army during World War One. In 1917 he was wounded and captured by British soldiers in the battle of France. My father was then taken to a P.O.W. camp in England. There he asked the commandant for musicology books in order to continue his musical studies. The British Captain got him the books. Late 1918, or the end of the war, my father was released from his P.O.W. camp and returned to Germany. With the knowledge of the English music books he reentered the University of Tuebingen and completed his Doctor of Philosophy. Love had conquered the senseless war; a shining moment in history.

Love Conquers Terror

During World War Two, Hitler ordered the British City, Coventry, to be destroyed by Luftwaffe bombings. The Allies responded by destroying the beautiful German city , Dresden, by air raids. The survivors of these horrible killings met after the war and decided to become sister cities. They started a love affair across the English Channel. They are now one big family that will never harm each other again, NEVER: A victory of love and reason over senseless Terror. MANKIND FOLLOW THESE EXAMPLES!

Hope for Mankind Well alive!

Time: World War One, 1914-1918

Where: In the trenches between Germany, France, England, and The United States of America.

When: Christmas 1917

Soldiers of all four countries stopped the shooting and killings and listened to Christmas songs out of their respective trenches. The spirit of God’s Love for all MANKIND took over. After Christmas the senseless WAR continued, but there was a shining moment of ever, all conquering LOVE!

Tickle Me

As a Vivaldi violin concerto fills the air with joyful sound, the price of oil travels to a record high of $138 per barrel and the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummets 300 points and nature seems to be standing still. Have humans created a “hit and miss” world of two legged affairs which they can no longer control for the greater good and which subjects them to a tyranny of happenings leading to various forms of misery? From this abyss of dreams of hope we pull out a favorite and cling to it as it begins to rise. Yes, it’s June 6, 2008, and “have you a plan Mr.”? Well-Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha!!!!!!!!!