Make sure your favorite pieces keep shining long after sundown with this handy summer jewelry care guide.
Photo by Brooke Michelle Photography
Ah, summer… The days are longer, the nights are radder; the sun is brighter making the jewels even sparklier!
But while you accessorize your favorite warm weather outfits, keep in mind that summer’s extra heat and social calendar could pose a risk of damaging your favorite pieces of jewelry. (Cue horror movie shrieks!)
Take a deep breath; you don’t have to despair! Your favorite jewelry designer is here with a handy list of summer jewelry care tips to make sure your metals stay shiny and your stones continue to sparkle!
Photo by Madison Short
The single most important part of summer jewelry care is remembering to take it off!
More specifically, be sure to take off your jewelry before any of the following activities to ensure its shine & color will last:
Before you SWEAT
Before you SWIM
Before you SUNSCREEN
Photo by Olivia Reed Photography
1. Before you SWIM
When the ocean calls your name, all you want is to dive straight into the water. But stop for just one second to remove your precious jewels before making a beeline for the waves.
This quick pause can prevent your favorite gold necklace from turning green.
I don’t know about you, but a deeper tan is the only color change I want to bring home from a day at the beach! The same principle also applies for a day at the pool.
2. Before you SUNSCREEN
Practical wisdom tell us to apply sunscreen generously at this time of the year to prevent damage & premature aging. But did you know that the lotion you wear to save your skin can do the opposite for your jewelry?
Take off your jewels before applying sunscreen, and be sure to let it fully dry and soak in before putting them back on.
Photo by Olivia Reed Photography
3. Before you SWEAT
The third “S” to keep in mind when you remember to remove your jewelry is SWEAT.
Depending on where you live, a simple walk outside in the summer could result in a glistening brow or full waterworks. If perspiration reaches the places where your jewelry touches – your neck, hairline, hands, and wrists – it can quickly become a destructive force on the surface of your jewelry, particularly for plated metals.
So, consider how much you might sweat during your walk along the shore or bike ride to the farmer’s market and plan your outfit accordingly!
Photo by Brooke Michelle Photography
Sound a little too involved?
If you don’t want to bother with removing your jewelry every time you engage in your favorite summer activities, you can always reach for non-plated metals or colorful statement pieces made of fabric, plastic, or glass when you accessorize for the day. These materials stand up much stronger against the elements of summer. Plus, they could add some unexpected flourishes of color & texture to your look!
Want to read more of my jewelry care tips? Check out my post, “5 Ways to Ruin Your Jewelry,” and learn what else you can do to protect your jewelry!
Bid on a pair of my handcrafted earrings and other works of art to support a great cause this weekend!
I’m so excited to share about my contribution to the Art and Handmade Auction for Myasthenia Gravis. The benefit auction is live now and it runs through the weekend!
I’m part of a group of artists and makers from across the country who have contributed original works to an annual benefit auction to raise funds and awareness for the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America. The auction’s organizer, Kait Masters, is one of the amazing friends I’ve made through my role as a Tuesdays Together leader in The Rising Tide Society. She is a fellow artist who lives with MG, a chronic neuromuscular disease that requires constant treatment and management. You may recognize the disease as the one that Lucious Lyon has on Empire. I’m proud to have an opportunity to use my handcrafted jewelry to help people like Kait work toward a more full and healthy life.
I contributed a pair of gold & turquoise handcrafted earrings to the MG fundraiser. In addition, there are many other works of original art & craft up for bid at this benefit auction.
To help peak your interest, here’s a look at some of my favorite items you can bid on at this weekend’s auction:
4×4 acrylic on canvas – Art by Megan
Decorative Earthenware Pitcher – Judy Stockwell
Painted Pendant – Larkspur + Laurel
Painted coasters – Elysian Market
Check out the benefit auction on Facebook HERE!
Learn more about Myesthenia Gravis and Kait’s story HERE.
How one #jadornbride made a pair of pretty bridal earrings perfect for her wedding in Berlin
Today I’m sharing a real-life example of how to order custom jewelry based on a pair of bridal earrings from my shop!
When #jadornbride Rachel first reached out to me, it was because she had fallen in love with a pair of beautiful bridal earrings from my collection. However, she was looking for a slightly shorter pair of earrings for her wedding in Germany. I assured her that she could have both the size and look she wanted and I worked with her over a series of emails to customize the opal and gold vine earrings she loved into a pair that was perfect for her!
Side by side comparison
The original pair of gold bridal earrings that Rachel fell in love with featured long opal teardrops below a delicate crystal vine. To make them slightly shorter I swapped out the long teardrop for a shorter opal teardrop stone. I couldn’t be more pleased with the way the customized pair of earrings turned out, and their #jadornbride agrees!
A Bracelet to Match
Rachel also ordered a matching bracelet to complete her bridal jewelry set: the Crystal Vine and Pearl Bracelet (pictured below) from the J’Adorn Designs jewelry shop. I custom-sized this piece for her as well because she thought it might be too big for her tiny wrist. I simply removed one of the vine links and added a small gold extender chain to ensure the perfect fit for her bridal bracelet!
A Rave Review for Customized Bridal Jewelry
When Rachel received her customized bridal jewelry set in the mail, she sent me an email to let me know just how much she loved it! She said:
“The earrings and bracelet are just beautiful!!!! Just what I was hoping for, if not even more beautiful in person!! I’ve shown photos to my best friend and my sister and they’ve described them as stunning and exquisite!!”
Sensitive ears don’t have to limit your bridal jewelry options. Here are my top 3 tips for choosing statement earrings for sensitive ears!
If you’re planning your wedding and have been looking for the perfect pair of statement earrings to match the dress of your dreams but have the “blessing” of sensitive skin (or, as I like to call it, “biological good taste“), chances are you’ve been frustrated by the selection of cheaply plated earrings at the bridal salons.
But having sensitive skin doesn’t have to limit your options! Your ears can sparkle as brightly as you want with a simple quality upgrade.
This post will guide you through 3 important features to look for when selecting statement earrings for sensitive ears. Additionally, you can click any of the photos in this post to shop my favorite picks from the J’Adorn Designs collection that fit the bill!
1. Choose earrings with sterling silver or real gold posts if you’re sensitive to metal quality and weight.
- A sturdy post with a secure backing will make sure your earrings stay put with minimal “swing” during the day.
- I always recommend a higher-quality precious metal for any pair of statement earrings for sensitive ears. Even if the earrings are not heavy, materials like sterling silver and real gold are gentler on the skin than base metals. Most of the earrings in my shop already feature sterling silver or gold filled components, but you can always ask for an upgrade too!
- If your earrings are heavy, high quality metals will help your sensitive skin be a little more forgiving of the weight and motion that might occur.
2. For dangle earrings, choose lever-backs over open hooks.
- Lever-back earrings, or hook earrings that close completely in the back, are a style that I always recommend for brides. This is because a closed earring is much less likely to fall out than one that is open! In my experience, they are also less likely to slide around inside your pierced earring hole, which makes for an extra level of comfort when wearing earrings all day.
- Once again, quality metals are key! Look for lever-backs that are sterling silver or at least gold-filled in quality. For a refresher course on metal quality & terminology, check out this previous blog post.
3. Choose earrings that are as lightweight as possible.
- It is possible to wear a pair of large-sized statement earrings for sensitive ears without lots of weight. (Just think about the feather earrings that were popular a few years ago!)
- Wire-wrapped styles are often lighter weight than solid metal frames with pronged stone settings.
- Alternative materials like lace, feathers, and even colorful acrylic are all creative options for adding a unique “pop” to your statement earrings without weighing down your earlobes.
If all else fails, you can always go custom!
If you’d simply like to save yourself the headache of testing every piece of jewelry against this list of criteria, you can always commission your own bespoke pair of statement earrings for sensitive ears! J’Adorn Bride Jill went this route and was thrilled with the results.
Whatever you choose, be sure to remember that it is possible to have the look and feel you want when it comes to your bridal jewelry!
I made this set of custom rose gold jewelry for #jadornbride Jami as part of a styled elopement giveaway last December.
The giveaway was called the Enchanting Elopement giveaway and it was the idea of a Baltimore-area wedding planner, Enchanting Events and Design. We collaborated with 15+ Baltimore-area wedding pros to help one sweet couple tie the knot.
It was the perfect way to end the year on a loving, philanthropic note!
In preparation for the big day, I invited Jami to my jeweler’s studio to try on pieces from my collection of modern bridal accessories and choose her favorite piece. I showed her a handful of earrings and she fell in love with my Double Crystal Teardrop Earrings in Rose Gold immediately. We both agreed that these sparkly rose gold earrings would be the perfect pair to stand out in her wedding pictures!
Jami also wanted a piece of jewelry that she could wear after her wedding in her day-to-day life.
Continuing on the rose gold theme and remembering a comment she made about a love for natural crystals, I made Jami a one-of-a-kind bracelet with a delicate chain and singular gold druzy stone. It was the perfect personal piece of custom jewelry to make her bridal look complete!
Jami and Brad are the quintessential Baltimore couple: their first date was at a Ravens game, both live & work downtown, and Jami works for Under Armour. They’re down to earth and have a deep pride for the city they call home. I was honored to make Jami’s custom rose gold jewelry and play a part in giving them the wedding of their dreams.
Cheers to the happy couple – toasted with a couple of Boh’s, of course!
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