Heirloom Locket Gets New Life

“Wearing a piece of heirloom jewelry feels special.  This locket connects me to my roots and reminds me of life’s most important things.  It’s exciting to imagine my own daughter wearing it a few decades from now.”

Betsy was excited to have one of her favorite family jewelry pieces deep cleaned and updated for a burst of new life.

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Betsy’s locket was passed down to her recently by her mother from that side of her family.  The locket first belonged to her great grandmother Mildred.  

On the outside, the gold heirloom locket has Grandma Mildred’s maiden monogram engraved in a beautiful script: MHJ (for Mildred Hadley Jones).

    • Fun fact: Back in the early 1900s, monograms were done in name order (as in first initial, middle and then last) rather than the first LAST middle that we see commonly today

This heirloom locket spares no detail!  The reverse side carries a lovely and intricate floral engraving. 

It’s what I like to call “A second locket look.”

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But, like all good things, it’s what’s inside this heirloom locket that matters most.  Open it up and you’ll find two old photographs.  And the sepia tones give us all the nostalgic feels!

One photo is of Grandma Mildred’s husband, Betsy’s great grandfather Edward Tucker.  While he is pictured in his WWI Army uniform, I was excited to learn that he was also a fellow artist!  After his military service, he and Mildred moved to Washington DC where he worked as an illustrator for the Department of Agriculture.  He also did some freelance commercial poster art on the side.

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The second photo is of Betsy’s grandfather, Kenneth Tucker in his WWII Coast Guard uniform.  Grandpa Tuck lived with Betsy and her family from the time she was ten years old until he passed away 13 years later.  

“It was an amazing addition to my childhood to have my Grandpa right next door in an in-laws suite.  There were lots of trips to the snowball stand in his pickup truck and sneaking treats and certain TV shows.  Lots of monopoly games.  It really is one of my most treasured childhood things.  So, being able to carry his memory with me by wearing this heirloom locket is a true gift.”

Originally, the locket was on a shorter, thicker chain.  It fit the piece well, but Betsy wanted something a little updated.  
    • Her vision was a longer chain so that the locket would hit right below the ribcage.  
    • And, we decided a more delicate gold filled rope chain would enhance the look.
    • As a bonus, Betsy is now able to pass the original gold chain along to her sister
      so they can each have a piece of this heirloom to hold on to.

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“Ali had this piece ready for me just before we jet-setted off to Portugal, Spain, and Myrtle Beach.  It is exactly what I had dreamed of.  So easy to dress up or down and a great conversation started.  I loved carrying a piece of my family history with me as we’re creating our new family memories.  I think everyone should treasure, preserve and create family heirlooms!”

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20 on the Rise: Alison Jefferies Wins Designer Award!

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Alison Jefferies was recently named a top designer by 20 On the Rise, a curated list of 100 creative entrepreneurs to watch!

We are so proud to share that our CEO and custom jeweler Alison Jefferies won a spot on the list of Designers in this list of rising stars!

20 on the rise finalist Alison Jefferies, Top Designer, emerging creative entrepreneur

So, what is 20 on the Rise? 

20 on the Rise is a list of creative entrepreneurs to watch, curated by The Rising Tide Society, Gusto, Peerspace, and HoneyBook.

According to their website:

“20 on the Rise is a celebration of individuals who are making waves and raising the tide, rocking their respective industries through hard work and creativity.” 

20 on the rise finalist Alison Jefferies, Top Designer, emerging creative entrepreneur

Contestants were nominated anonymously by their peers. The winners were selected based on: empowerment, impact, purpose, and passion.
20 on the rise finalist Alison Jefferies, Top Designer, emerging creative entrepreneurHere is an excerpt from Alison’s 20 on the Rise profile. It explains the heart behind what she does through her work as the owner of J’Adorn Designs and in the community.
  • 20 On the Rise: What are you best known for?
  • Alison: My custom accessory clients know me best for my warm and intuitive customer service and excellent craftsmanship of their commissioned projects. My potential clients who have come across J’Adorn Designs online know me for bridal accessories and upscale custom designs for both weddings and major life events. The designs I make are known for their combination of elegance, simplicity, botanical elements, comfortability, and quality craftsmanship.
    My TuesdaysTogether community knows me for my empathy and desire to make our resources available to everyone in the group. They know me for my genuine interest in how each of them is doing, and for my willingness to share my own expertise with them.
    Friends and family know me for my empathetic and sensitive nature, my passion for women’s rights and equality, my quirky sense of humor, my love of world languages and cultures. (I’m fluent in German!) [They also know me] for my undying love/obsession with bunnies.
    My hope is that everyone who knows me will know me as a trustworthy and caring person with a love for life and desire to share that love with them in tangible and intangible ways. I hope that the world knows me as an ally who looks for opportunities to serve them and make their lives better.

    20 on the rise finalist Alison Jefferies, Top Designer, emerging creative entrepreneur

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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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