The Official Jeweler of the Texas Legislature
As Texans know, our legislature has a lot of traditions when they convene in Austin. Our historic capitol building, House and Senate chambers and the Texas Legislature’s tradition of wearing the official pin, pendant or ring while they work at creating laws for the Lone Star State are just a few of the unique traditions. But the official jewelry is not ordinary by anyone’s standards. They were custom designed by C. Kirk Root Designs in 1998 and are sold to current and former members of the Texas Legislature that served starting in 1989. Now available are pieces with "2019" engraved in the design for the 86th session of the Legislature.
During the 75th Texas Legislative Session held 20 years ago, a bill was passed to hold a design competition for all Texas citizens to design the new legislative jewelry . These were to be made available for purchase by current and past members of both houses. State Senator John J. Carona from Dallas called to inform us that we had won the statewide contest and we began designing the custom jewelry. Former President George W. Bush, then Governor was shown the designs while at his ranch in Crawford, Texas. The governor wanted revisions and the chance to see prototypes, and we started delivering the final pieces to legislators in 2000. The designs are now considered classics and do not change year-to-year.
The Texas Legislature Pin has a Victorian Style dating from the 1880s and is made of 18 karat or 14k yellow gold and platinum. There are two designs for each piece, one for those who serve in the Texas House and one for the Senators. A brightly polished platinum star forms the center of the pin and represents the star that is seen all over the Capitol complex. The pure platinum star that never tarnishes symbolizes Texas' purity and nobility.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
We are proud to be the official fine jeweler to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower center. 12% of each purchase from our wildflower collection goes directly to the Wildflower Center to help carry out our shared mission to inspire the conservation of native plants through the center’s gardens, research, education, consulting and outreach programs. In doing so, we help improve water quality, provide habitat for wildlife and enhance human health and happiness.
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is the largest all-native garden in the state of Texas, with 284 acres of gardens and natural areas that feature more than 800 native plant species from the mountains of West Texas to the Coastal Prairies.
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center holds the honorary designation from the Texas Legislature as the state botanic garden and arboretum, recognizing the critical role the Center plays in conserving the native plants and landscapes of Texas.
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is The University of Texas at Austin’s internationally recognized botanic garden dedicated to inspiring the conservation of native plants in natural and designed landscapes. The Center promotes its mission through sustainable public gardens and natural areas, education and outreach programs, research projects, and consulting work throughout Texas and the surrounding region.
Lady Bird Johnson, former first lady of the United States, was ahead of her time in understanding the reparative and regenerative qualities of native plants and beautiful landscapes. “Beautification is far more than a matter of cosmetics,” she said in 1968.
We'd love for you to visit the center and see why we love it. The Wildflower Center is only 10 miles from downtown Austin but it feels worlds away. You can experience a slice of the Hill Country, beautiful native plant gardens, family play gardens, and miles of walking trails just a short drive away.