Custom Necklace in Rose Gold & Black

How I created a custom necklace to reflect the personal brand of C&V’s Illiah Manger

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C&V is the name of Illiah’s brand design business.

If you followed along with the J’Adorn Designs rebrand last fall, you may recognize her name. Illiah is the mastermind who translated my vision & values into the public face of J’Adorn. You may also recognize her from my Instagram Stories, where I often share pictures from our co-working dates!

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The official colors of Illiah’s brand are white, black, and copper/rose gold.

So when we began designing her custom brand necklace, I knew that these colors had to be at the forefront. 
  • I chose rose gold as the fine metal base for Illiah’s custom necklace. In addition to matching her brand’s colors, solid rose gold is both durable and lustrous.
    • Fun fact: rose gold actually has stronger properties than yellow or white gold from the copper that’s added to give it that pink hue!
  • For the engraving on the nameplate of the necklace, I used the exact font and layout of C&V’s logo and filled it in with black for extra contrast.
  • Lastly, I added a tiny black spinel gem at the bottom right corner as a sparkling accent! (I like to think it represents the strength and shining depths that I see in C&V and in Illiah herself.)

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C&V are also the initials of Illiah’s two daughters, whom she lovingly calls “the muses.” 

Illiah is one of those amazing women who simultaneously runs a powerhouse business while raising her children. Even more impressively, she’s continued to do so during a transition to single parenthood.

Illiah’s transition to single parenthood was the catalyst for my creating her custom necklace.

It will eventually grow into a three-layered masterpiece, which I’m making one layer at a time. I can’t wait to make the next two layers!

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Making this custom necklace for Illiah opened my eyes to a part of my craft that I’d never recognized before.

I learned that jewelry can honor life’s important moments, even when they don’t start as celebrations.

The end of Illiah’s marriage was anything but positive, but it marked a turning point for her. And from that nexus, she’s grown into a more confident and determined woman, both in business and in parenthood.

Illiah’s custom necklace is a talisman representing that turning point and all the growth that is yet to come.

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All photos by Elisenda Llinares Photography

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What to Wear to a Bachelorette Party

It’s time for the fling before the ring!

You’re excited to celebrate the bride-to-be but freaking out just a little over what to wear. But you don’t have to stress, dear reader! J’Adorn Designs is here with a host of trendy bachelorette party outfit ideas to inspire you.

Featured by Baltimore Bride, this bachelor/ette party collaboration we worked on showcases the best of this year’s fashion trends in a love letter to the city of Baltimore. 

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Jumpsuits and rompers are where it’s at!

When you hit the town for a bachelorette party, you want to look glammed up while also being comfortable enough to dance freely and walk between destinations.

For this reason, we LOVE rompers and jumpsuits as a bachelorette party outfit idea!

A few advantages that these leggy ensembles have over the traditional cocktail dress:
  • You can move more freely and comfortably. No Barbie-waddling needed when you strut down the street
  • Lower chance of having a wardrobe malfunction. Getting out of a car or limo in a cocktail dress and pumps is no easy feat – especially when you’ve had a few drinks. Cover your butt (literally!) with a stylish jumpsuit or romper instead!
  • You will look chic AF. When you step out in your fresh one-piece ensemble, heads are going to turn! You’ll stand out in the sea of strapless cocktail dresses as you strut onto the dance floor with your group of friends.

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The Bride Comes First

It’s all about her tonight, so let’s look at some bachelorette party outfit ideas for the bride first. 

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This sequined romper from Punch! is a perfect option for the bachelorette to wear for her big party.
We chose a bracelet , necklace, and pair of earrings from our ready-to-wear collection that coordinate perfectly with the romper’s metallic color palette. 

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Lastly, we added our Vintage Beaded Bridal Headpiece as the finishing touch to the bride’s ensemble.

What a novel idea! We love incorporating a headpiece before the actual wedding, whether at the bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner, or bridal shower.

A stunning headpiece makes the outfit extra special. It can also serve as a classier alternative to the traditional “Bachelorette” sash!

Now that the bride has been dressed, let’s move on to her entourage! 

With the bride dressed in glamorous neutrals, we dressed her companions dress more colorfully for contrast. Even in a beige jumpsuit, you can add that pop of color through your accessories!
We chose a burst of yellow for this ensemble using our Yellow Gemstone Branch Earrings and coordinating Tasseled Yellow Gemstone Necklace.

Dark colors can also create visual contrast, as seen in the way we styled Erica’s pink romper with our Druzy Drop Earrings in Sapphire Blue and accompanying druzy pendant necklace

 

Daytime Bachelorette Party Outfits

Some bridal parties decide to go for a daytime outing along with or instead of a nighttime celebration. 
The friends in this feature decided to do a brewery tour and water taxi ride before hitting the town at night. For this kind of activity we love lightweight fabrics, varied necklines, and statement jewelry!

In this look, we switched things up from the nighttime outfits. We opted to put the bride in bright colors while her bridesmaids wore neutrals.
As you can see, tassel earrings and chunky gemstone necklaces are a great way to add excitement to your daytime bachelorette party outfit.

You can do this with color, like the bride’s coral tassel earrings, or in neutrals like our grey tiered tassel earrings!

Last, but certainly not least… 

The Bride’s Ring

We absolutely fell in love with this rough, sparkly, pink druzy ring (coming soon to the jewelry shop!) when we saw how it looked with the bride’s colorful manicure!

Whether you are a non-traditional bride who wants an unconventional engagement ring, or you just want to leave the diamonds at home during your night out, a stunning ring like this one is a fantastic option.

So, there you have it: our definitive list of bachelorette party outfit ideas! 

We hope this guide has been useful! We love to explore all the ways that handcrafted jewelry can help celebrate life’s most important moments, big and small. Sending all our love to the brides-to-be & wishing you all the best in your journey…

From MISS – To MRS!

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Huge thanks to our all-star team of collaborators on this editorial! 

Planning & Styling: BaM Co Create

Photography: Britney Clause Photography, Marlayna Photography

Hair & Makeup: Silver Immersion, LLC

Paper Goods: From Pixels, To Quill

Apparel: Punch!

Jewelry: J’Adorn Designs

Venues: Baltimore Water Taxi, Revival, Topside Baltimore, Square Meal, Peabody Heights Brewery

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Colorful Family Tree Branch Necklace with Birthstones

The sterling silver family tree branch necklace that I made for Abby is really special. 

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It’s one part anniversary gift, one part push present. And it’s so full of meaning that I just keep counting the big moments represented by its gemstones.
Five years of marriage.
Four people.
Three colors, each representing a month.
Two babies.
One beautiful, growing family.

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Like all of my custom jewelry designs, this branch necklace started with a message.

Abby’s husband Josh reached out with a general idea for a big surprise. He told me that he and Abby were about to celebrate their 5th wedding anniversary and welcome their second child, all in the same month!
Josh wanted to give her a special gift to commemorate this time in their life together.
And since Abby still loves to wear the custom jewelry set that I made for her wedding, he knew she would love to have another piece of J’Adorn Designs jewelry to add to her collection!

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I suggested the concept of a family tree branch necklace to symbolize their growing family, and Josh loved the idea!

Next, we selected materials, including the colors and shapes of the gemstones that would be set along the branch.

We needed to represent the months of June, August, and December in a color palette that was both complementary and Abby’s taste.

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Josh and I didn’t think like the traditional stones of peridot or pearl for this piece.
So, we replaced them with two alternative birthstones for June and August: pink spinel and alexandrite!

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With all the materials selected, I got to work creating the family tree branch necklace out of sterling silver!

I used a combination of sheet metal and wire to form the basic shape of the tree branch. Then, I perfected the piece with some engraving and polishing – all by hand, of course! Finally, I set the stones in their new homes.
The double-prong settings are one of my favorite little details in this piece because they mimic the look of berries or twigs that would occur naturally on a tree branch. 

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I think Abby’s smile says it all! But just in case you’re not convinced, here is what she had to say:

“Thank you for being so secretive and creative with Josh! I absolutely love it and was super surprised…The setting and stones are beautiful!” 

 

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Custom Floral Hairpins for a Texas Bride

Ally had a specific vision for her bridal accessories but couldn’t find it in any store. So, she called on us to create her custom floral hairpins! 

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J’Adorn bride Ally wears a lot of hats. 
She’s an engineer, a fitness instructor, and a graduate student to name just a few of the roles she fills.
When it came to her bridal headwear, she knew exactly what she wanted.
But after searching high and low for those hair accessories in stores, she couldn’t find them.

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Thankfully, Ally used to work with woman who had custom bridal jewelry from J’Adorn Designs for her wedding! (Remember Jamie’s custom rose gold jewelry from last year’s styled elopement? )
With Jamie’s referral, Ally reached out to me a few months before her wedding to ask if I could help bring her vision to life.
She wanted two very small floral hairpins with minimal embellishments, no wider than one inch per pin.
It was a very specific request that I embraced as a design challenge! And after two rounds of design revisions, Ally and I decided on the perfect custom floral hairpins design for her walk down the aisle.

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To make Ally’s custom bridal hairpins, I used a combination of paper millinery flowers, freshwater pearls, and Swarovski crystals in my signature hand-wired sprout formation.
With a golden leaf and beaded ivory flower as accents, each pin represented delicate simplicity at its finest.

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Ally was thrilled with the results of her custom floral hairpins.

She raved, “I love them so much!”

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From the father-daughter dance until the last kiss of the night, Ally’s custom floral hairpins were the perfect accent to her half-up bridal hairstyle.

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Wedding photos by Kate Dixon // Product photos by Nichole Meredith

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The Best Grad Gifts of 2018

Tassels aren’t just for the cap & gown look anymore! 

Graduations mark an exciting milestone in a person’s life. They represent the closing of one chapter and the beginning of one that’s brand new!

And while high school graduations can bring up a lot of different emotions, ranging from excitement (newly minted adults!) to sadness (parents facing empty nests!), they deserve to be celebrated!

So, to make grad party season a little easier, we put together this list of our favorite graduation gift ideas for high school girls. 

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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again:
Tassel jewelry is the “it” accessory of the summer!
As lightweight statement jewelry, tassel jewelry is both cute and comfortable. Girls everywhere are accessorizing with earrings, necklaces, and bracelets adorned by tassels! Our Tassel Collection offers a whole rainbow of graduation gift options following this trend.

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For girls who like delicate or minimal jewelry, we recommend the Pink Crystal Spike & Pearl Tassel Necklace as a graduation gift.

Its pale pink and white hues pair well with a variety of outfits. And the semi-precious quartz spike and freshwater pearl make this necklace feel extra special to receive.

Long pink tassel necklace, high school graduation gift ideas, J'Adorn Designs jewelry made in BaltimoreSpeaking of semi-precious gemstones, we also love the Blue & Gold Druzy Teardrop Earrings as a graduation gift idea! 

Most high school students only own costume jewelry. So a gift of high quality handmade earrings is a thoughtful way to mark a girl’s transition to adulthood. The sparkly crystal layer on the druzy gemstones contrasts beautifully with the smoothly faceted amazonite teardrops. It’s a look that she can dress up or down!

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For girls who aren’t afraid to make a fashion statement, we recommend a brightly colored Tiered Tassel Necklace! 

The Jewelry Shop currently stocks this gemstone-accented necklace in two colors, pink and green. But if you’d like a different color for your grad, just send us a note and we can create a custom design for you!
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No matter what graduation gift you choose, the point is to make the graduate feel special. Recognize her accomplishments and give her a gift that will carry her confidently into her bright future!

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Portraits by Papillon Photography

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