Tuesdays Together Catonsville: May Meetup

Tuesdays Together Catonsville Maryland entrepreneurs group, Rising Tide Society chapter led by J'Adorn Designs jeweler Alison Jefferies, photo by Little Cuddlebug Photography

Photo by Andrea Elizabeth Photography

Last week, Tuesdays Together Catonsville held its fourth meeting.

As you may recall, Tuesdays Together Catonsville is the local chapter of The Rising Tide Society that I have been leading since February. Our group met in Rooster & Hen Store‘s cafe area and discussed our monthly topic of Content Marketing while sipping house-made cold brew coffee. It was a great start to the day!

Tuesdays Together Catonsville Maryland entrepreneurs group, Rising Tide Society chapter led by J'Adorn Designs jeweler Alison Jefferies, photo by Little Cuddlebug Photography

Photo by Little Cuddlebug Photography

One of the greatest strengths of Tuesdays Together Catonsville is its diversity. Our group members come from a wide range of industries and crafts.

Each person brings a unique perspective to the discussion from their specific industry.

For instance, my content marketing strategy has been heavily focused on Pinterest in recent months because that is where my potential customers plan to make future purchases. But service-oriented businesses like C&V brand design use a different approach to reach their clientele effectively.

The variety of perspectives made for a lively discussion and lots of problem-solving ideas from different industries!

Tuesdays Together Catonsville Maryland entrepreneurs group, Rising Tide Society chapter led by J'Adorn Designs jeweler Alison Jefferies, photo by Little Cuddlebug Photography

Photo by Little Cuddlebug Photography

Every month the group of people who attend is a little bit different, depending on members’ schedules. This month we had an all-female group of small biz bosses specializing in:

Tuesdays Together Catonsville Maryland entrepreneurs group, Rising Tide Society chapter led by J'Adorn Designs jeweler Alison Jefferies, photo by Little Cuddlebug Photography

Photo by Little Cuddlebug Photography

May’s meetup was another win for “community of competition” in our city of Catonsville. I’m already looking forward to our get-together in June!

Tuesdays Together Catonsville Maryland entrepreneurs group, Rising Tide Society chapter led by J'Adorn Designs jeweler Alison Jefferies, photo by Little Cuddlebug Photography

Photo by Little Cuddlebug Photography

Are you a creative small business owner? If you’d like to join us at our next meeting, check out the Tuesdays Together Catonsville Facebook page and request to be added to the group. We would love to have you join us! 

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Custom Sapphire Wedding Jewelry Set

What do you do when you fall in love with a necklace that’s way out of your budget? 

 This is the question that brought J’Adorn bride Michelle to my door!

custom sapphire wedding jewelry inspiration, custom bridal necklace by J'Adorn Designs

Like many newly engaged women do, Michelle was flipping through a bridal magazine for inspiration when a gorgeous sapphire necklace caught her eye (pictured above, left). She was a woman obsessed; she just had to have it!

But she was crestfallen when she learned that her dream necklace was both unavailable for purchase and valued at over $75,000.

Thankfully, she mentioned her jewelry dilemma to her hairstylist, Erica Cote of Silver Immersion. Erica is also one of my closest friends in the wedding industry. She referred Michelle to J’Adorn Designs, suggesting my custom jewelry services to help recreate the wedding day look of her dreams.

Custom sapphire halo jewelry set, fine wedding jewelry by J'Adorn Designs custom jewelry and modern bridal accessories

I met with Michelle to discuss the important design elements from the original necklace that she wanted to include:
  • Precious metals and stones (white gold, sapphires, and diamonds)
  • A center stone large enough to really catch the eye
  •  A vintage-inspired halo setting

These elements served as the starting point for my custom design process. We also decided to add a pair of matching earrings to the necklace design, so Michelle would have a coordinated set to cherish & wear for years to come.

Custom sapphire wedding jewelry set, fine halo wedding jewelry by J'Adorn Designs custom jewelry and modern bridal accessories

I chose lab-created sapphires for Michelle’s necklace and earrings set because they would allow me to create a perfectly matched set. Natural sapphires develop over long periods of time and typically are mined in small sizes. But lab-grown sapphires are grown in a “boule,” or large mass of stone, which is then cut into smaller counterparts.

The sapphires in Michelle’s jewelry set came from the same boule, so they are identical in color, quality, and chemical makeup.
Custom sapphire halo jewelry set, fine wedding jewelry by J'Adorn Designs custom jewelry and modern bridal accessoriesAfter choosing the settings, stones, and classic rope chain for Michelle’s custom sapphire wedding jewelry set, I cut notches in the setting prongs to make a “seat” for the stones.

This ensured the perfect fit, which I adjusted around the stones by hand.

Custom sapphire wedding jewelry set, fine halo wedding jewelry by J'Adorn Designs custom jewelry and modern bridal accessories

The final result was a gorgeous set of custom sapphire wedding jewelry even more radiant that I imagined. I can’t wait to see pictures of Michelle wearing her custom jewelry on her wedding day.

But the best part for me as a designer is knowing that I gave my client exactly what she wanted – a stunning set of jewelry that is 100% uniquely hers. 

All photos by Madison Short Photography, except first inspiration photo.

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Practical Mental Health Tips for Creatives: Featured Speaker at The Rise Summit

Today I’m taking a little break from sharing about my custom jewelry and bridal accessories to share a bit about my life off the jeweler’s bench as a creative entrepreneur.

Creative Mental Health Tips from TuesdaysTogether Catonsville leader Alison Jefferies of J'Adorn Designs, featured speaker at The Rise Summit

Photo by Elizabeth Nord Photography

When I’m not behind my jeweler’s bench creating crystal hair vines and modern jewelry, I am an active member of the creative entrepreneurs’ community in my home city. The hub of this part of my life is The Rising Tide Society, a worldwide movement working to empower and educate creatives in the spirit of “community over competition.”

The Rising Tide Society recently hosted its annual online conference, The Rise Summit, with a live webcast from its main offices in San Francisco. In between live sessions, the Summit aired a collection of pre-recorded short videos from community leaders. I was honored to have been selected as a featured speaker among the other powerhouse leaders who contributed.

In my video, I shared three practical tips for practicing mental health and self care as a creative entrepreneur.

I’m well versed in the importance of self care as a creative entrepreneur from personal experience. In the future, I hope to share more about my own journey toward mental health here on the blog. For now, here is a look at the video I recorded as it aired on the live webcast during The Rise Summit!

Three Mental Health Tips for the Creative Entrepreneur:

  1. Self-awareness
  2. A well stocked “toolbox” to draw upon in times of struggle
  3. A large helping of grace for yourself
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Up Close: Tiny Pearl & Crystal Stud Earrings

A closer look at the inspiration behind the smallest new pair of stud earrings in my shop!

Tiny crystal pearl earrings, small bridal stud earrings, custom jewelry by J'Adorn Designs

If this pair of earrings looks familiar, you may remember it from the custom bridal jewelry set I made for J’Adorn bride Jill!

The first time I made this pair of stud earrings it was part of a custom bridal jewelry set.  My client Jill wanted a pair of small coordinated studs to wear in her second ear piercing on her wedding day. She asked for something simple to complement her customized Laurel Earrings in Gold and Blush without overpowering the whole look.


Tiny crystal pearl earrings, small bridal stud earrings, custom jewelry by J'Adorn Designs


They were the perfect piece for Jill!

I thought that their simple design would make them a super versatile accessory to wear in almost any context.  I also remembered that multiple clients have requested more stud earring options.  So, it made perfect sense to recreate this pair of crystal and pearl stud earrings for my  new collection!

Tiny crystal pearl earrings, small bridal stud earrings, custom jewelry by J'Adorn Designs

These stud earrings are one of my favorite pairs to wear personally. Their simple design makes them a lovely and comfortable pair of earrings to wear with my everyday wardrobe. I also love to wear them in my second ear piercing to complement my favorite drop earrings on a date night or special occasion.

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J’Adorn Designs Is Now a Wedding Chicks Preferred Vendor!

I’m pleased to share that J’Adorn Designs is a new member of the Wedding Chicks preferred vendors’ network!


Wedding jewelry style inspiration by J'Adorn Designs featured by Wedding Chicks

Check out the J’Adorn Designs portfolio on the Wedding Chicks site. And if you’re planning a wedding, be sure to follow along with their Inspiration page! I’ll be contributing content regularly along with other members of their elite network of wedding vendors!

 

J'Adorn Designs: Featured Bridal Jewelry Vendor on Wedding Chicks Vendor List
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