See how I took a loose heirloom sapphire and turned it into a wearable ring to honor a family’s legacy of love!
One of my favorite parts of working as a custom jeweler is the opportunity to create heirloom jewelry that will be cherished for years to come.
One way I do this is by creating brand new jewelry from scratch to honor special moments and milestones, such as the arrival of a new child.
Another way is by giving new life to old jewelry that has already been part of a family’s history. This is how I met Lindsay and got the opportunity to work with her unset heirloom sapphire.
Lindsay explained that she inherited an oval cut sapphire from her grandmother. She loved the stone but it sat hidden away for years. This was because it was unwearable without a piece of jewelry to give it a home.
Other jewelers refused to set this heirloom sapphire due to a small chip. But I knew I was up for the challenge. And after hearing about how special this stone was to Lindsay’s family, I just had to set it in a custom ring!
Setting the stone proved to be a challenge. But with a lot of concentration, patience, and detailed workmanship, I was finally able to create the heirloom sapphire ring of Lindsay’s dreams!
There were two elements that were the most important when I designed this custom ring:
Lindsay told me that the ring for her heirloom sapphire had to be delicate. She wanted a very thin band so she could wear it comfortably every day.
I wanted to honor the continuing legacy of Lindsay’s family in a visibly tangible way.
I used my design expertise to pick the perfect setting for Lindsay’s heirloom sapphire. I created a ring with a thin sterling silver band and simple four-prong setting. Under the setting was a silver infinity symbol.
I represented the ongoing love and legacy of Lindsay’s family with this silver infinity symbol. It was part of the setting, directly attached to the heirloom sapphire from her grandmother.
At the final reveal, Lindsay told me that she loved her new ring. She said that couldn’t wait to show her grandmother the new home for her heirloom sapphire! This is just about the greatest compliment that a custom jeweler can receive.
What about you? Do you have an old heirloom stone or outdated piece of jewelry that’s dying for a refresh?
Send me a message to begin work on your own custom jewelry design!
Our Dusty Blue & Opal Bridal Headpiece sparkles under the cherry blossoms in this springtime photo session!
Here in Baltimore, Spring seems to be taking its sweet time arriving.
But despite the fact that we’re still having temperatures in the 40s, the cherry blossoms opened right on schedule. Thank goodness!So even though it doesn’t feel like spring, the plant life outside looks perfect for a spring wedding.
With the cherry blossoms as inspiration, I teamed up with a few fellow Baltimore area wedding vendors from TuesdaysTogether Catonsville to style this beautiful spring wedding photo session!
Our model for this cherry blossom bridal session was C’yana Tavae, a new friend who I met just a few weeks ago during the J’Adorn pop-up shop at Simple & Feminine in Ellicott City. She’s a Maryland native who won Miss Washington County 2018 and will be competing for the Miss Maryland title.
I’ll be sharing a bit more about the inspiration behind this bridal photo session and our team’s vision in a later post, but for now enjoy this selection of my favorite photos from Katherine Elizabeth Photography!
Scroll through to the bottom to check out the bridal jewelry featured in this look and our dream team of Baltimore wedding vendors.
Join us at Simple & Feminine in Historic Ellicott City for Clothing, Cupcakes, and Cocktails: a spring jewelry pop up and private shopping event!
We’re popping up at Ellicott City’s most stylish local boutique for a special spring styling event!
Come to Simple & Feminine this Wednesday, March 28th, for Clothing, Cupcakes, and Cocktails. Guests are welcome for this private shopping event and spring jewelry pop up, so be sure to bring a friend!
I’ll be there with a full selection of those colorful tassel earrings and necklaces you’ve been loving on our Instagram, plus many other fan favorites. You’ll be the first to see Simple & Feminine’s latest arrivals in spring fashion. It’s a great opportunity to refresh your spring wardrobe that you won’t want to miss!
What: Clothing, Cupcakes, and Cocktails – a spring jewelry pop up and private shopping event
When: Wednesday, March 28th // 6-9pm
Who: Stylish insiders & friends of J’Adorn Designs and Simple & Feminine (that’s you!)