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How to Order Custom Jewelry

(( It’s easier than you think! ))

How to order custom jewelry + Easy custom bridal accessories for your wedding by J'Adorn Designs custom jeweler and modern jewelryPhoto by Madison Short

It’s no secret around here that I love to make custom jewelry and accessories. I view it as the ultimate win-win situation for the client (you!) and the designer (me!). The person ordering the custom jewelry gets to have a bespoke piece of handcrafted art to wear that is 100% suited to their desires. Meanwhile, I have the satisfaction of knowing that the jewelry piece(s) I made will be immediately cherished. There’s no better feeling for a creator!

If you’ve ever wondered about how to order custom jewelry and bridal hair accessories from J’Adorn Designs, this post is for you. I’m going to walk through each step of the custom jewelry design process, from inquiry to gift-wrapped delivery!

How to order custom jewelry + Easy custom bridal accessories for your wedding by J'Adorn Designs custom jeweler and modern jewelryPhoto by Madison Short

Step 1: The Inquiry

The first step in the custom jewelry process is as simple as a quick “hello.” Typically you would send me an email via the website contact form to express your interest. Here are a few inquiry examples:

  • “I am getting married next July and want to give my bridesmaids a meaningful gift to thank them for all of their wedding planning help. Can you make custom jewelry for each of my attendants according to their style?” (Answer: YES!)
  • “My wife and I are celebrating our 25th anniversary this fall and I want to give her a special piece of jewelry that she can wear every day.  I’m not sure what I want to give her exactly, but she loves the color blue and turtles.  Can you help?” (Answer: YES!)
  • “I’ve been searching for the perfect hairpiece to wear with my wedding hairstyle. I haven’t found anything I like in the stores. Can you help me design a hair vine that will work?” (Answer: YES!)

We’ll exchange a few messages to establish a general concept and make sure we want to work together.  At this point you’ll pay an initial retainer to reserve time in my design schedule. This amount can be applied to the final balance of your custom jewelry.

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Step 2: The Consultation

Next we start talking about specifics! I’ll schedule a meeting with you in person or via video chat, depending on your location & availability. You should bring any photos, color swatches, and ideas along if you have a specific or loosely conceived idea of what you want. If you’re not sure, we’ll have a conversation to figure it out together. I may draw some rough sketches during our meeting and will take copious notes.

How to order custom jewelry and easy custom bridal accessories for your wedding by J'Adorn Designs custom jeweler and modern bridal accessoriesPhoto by Madison Short

Step 3: Sketches & Design Proposal

After our consultation, I’ll follow up by sending you a final sketch of the piece(s) I’m going to make and a formal proposal with price estimates.  With your approval, I will send you an invoice for your order. Payment in full is due at this time.

How to order custom jewelry and easy custom bridal accessories for your wedding by J'Adorn Designs custom jeweler and modern bridal accessoriesPhoto by Madison Short

Step 4: Sit Back & Relax While I Work

At this point, we’ve finalized the design and you’ve paid for your custom jewelry to be made. I’ll get right to work creating the accessories you’ve commissioned. All you have to do now is wait!

How to order custom jewelry and easy custom bridal accessories for your wedding by J'Adorn Designs custom jeweler and modern bridal accessoriesPhoto by Madison Short

Step 5: Delivery

This is the most exciting part of the custom jewelry design process! Your jewelry will be delivered personally or by post, depending on your location and our agreement. The custom accessories you ordered will be freshly wrapped in a keepsake muslin bag and gift box, then finished with a satin ribbon in the color of your choosing.

How to order custom jewelry and easy custom bridal accessories for your wedding by J'Adorn Designs custom jeweler and modern bridal accessories

Step 6: Rock it

Whether you ordered custom jewelry for yourself or accessories for a loved one, all that’s left to do now is enjoy it!

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That’s it! Ordering custom jewelry can really be that simple! Send me a quick message to begin if there’s a special piece or set of jewelry you’d like me to make. I can’t wait to get started on your custom jewelry!

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Handcrafted Jewelry at Rehoboth Art League Annual Holiday Fair

Our holiday season starts this weekend at Rehoboth Art League‘s annual fine craft show!

This well established event is in its 34th year.  We are SO excited to have been accepted to showcase our handcrafted jewelry.  So excited, in fact, that we are debuting our new autumn-inspired collection at the show!

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If you’re local to the eastern shore, come by and see us!  The weather for this weekend is looking to be mild and sunny.  So, if you’re within a few hours’ drive, there’s still time to snag an airbnb and plan a weekend getaway.

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First, here’s all the important information you’ll need to know for the event:

  • Saturday November 3 & Sunday November 4
  • 10am – 4pm both days
  • Rehoboth Art League
    • 12 Dodds Lane Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

Also, we’ve got everything you need to know at our Facebook event page!

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(( This curated indoor event features only local fine artisans – no manufacturers or MLMs ))

Your $5 admission gets you an entry into the raffle, which will feature one beautiful item from each artist. And it supports the year-round efforts of the Rehoboth Art League in sponsoring art exhibitions, education and other programs that inspire community members to embrace the lifelong value of art.

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As mentioned above, we will be debuting our NEWEST collection at this event.  We’ve been working hard to prep for the holiday season and bring you pieces you’ll love to give AND receive!

Think: Fall-ing for Tassels & Black (druzy crystal) Magic

We’re going to release the full collection soon…  However, if you want to be among the very first to see it, get yourself to Rehoboth this weekend!

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We hope to see you down at the shore this weekend.  However, if you can’t make it here are the other holiday market events we’ve got on our calendar:
  • HERE. a pop-up shop, “Baby It’s Cold” edition
    • November 24 – December 16
    • Full details TBA on their website (we’ll keep you posted)
  • J’Adorn Holiday Trunk Show
    • November 24
    • Time & Place TBA
  • Makers Market at Green Spring Station
We are still adding events to the list, so keep an eye out for more coming soon!

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Finally (and maybe most thrilling of all), we currently have 4 spaces left for CUSTOM JEWELRY COMMISSIONS with guaranteed delivery by Christmas!

If you’ve been thinking that this is the year to give (or get) the gift of custom jewelry, now is the time to reach out.  The process is easier than you’d think!  In fact, we broke down all the steps right HERE.  And you’ll have a treasured heirloom that you can enjoy forever.

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Custom Jewelry Questionnaire

Custom jewelry project questionnaire for private jewelry commissions by J'Adorn Designs, Maryland custom jewelryLet’s start your custom jewelry project!

Thank you for your interest in custom jewelry from J’Adorn Designs! We’re looking forward to working with you on your special project.
Please take a moment to answer this short questionnaire to give us a better idea of what your specific needs are.



Thanks! We’ll send you a follow up email soon to continue your custom jewelry project!


Not sure what happens next?
Check out the breakdown of our custom jewelry design process right here!
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Our Jewelry Studio Team Has a New Member!

Welcome, Betsy!

Betsy Merena, new jewelry studio team member, marketing and copy writer for J'Adorn Design custom jewelry studio

Friends, I’m so excited share some big news with you today! The J’Adorn Designs custom jewelry studio has officially grown to a multi-person team, with the addition of Betsy Merena. Betsy brings her writing and marketing talents to J’Adorn along with the perspective of someone who has been a friend of the company since its inception. (Scroll through the photos in this post to see some fantastic throwbacks!)

This change is one that has been in the works for a long time and I’m thrilled that we can finally make it official. To help you all get to know our newest team member, I sat down with Betsy for a fun little interview. Read on for the full scoop!

Betsy Merena, new jewelry studio team member, marketing and copy writer for J'Adorn Design custom jewelry studio

For starters, tell us a little bit about yourself! 

  • I’ve got wanderlust like whoa!  My husband and I love to travel and make it a real priority, even and especially with our little one.  We’re heading to Portugal later this summer with some great friends (who are from there). We’re also big Disney fans and are DVC members, so we visit Disney World and take Disney Cruises often.
  • I’m an early riser and usually go to bed (to read for a bit) right after I put my daughter to bed.
  • I’ll skip coffee every time in favor of tea (a London Fog or an Iced Chai are my go-to orders at Starbucks).
  • Give me all the Bravo shows, please!  And podcasts are what get me through my chores and long drives (unless I’ve got something great on Audible).
  • If I could live anywhere, with no worry about expense, I’d live in Manhattan… up high with city views.  I love that city and feel more alive when I’m there. My husband feels the same way. And our three year old is musical theater and ballet obsessed, so when you ask her where she wants to live, she’ll tell you “New York” too. 
  • I also love to be on or near the water. I love to paddle board and am even pretty good at SUP Yoga.
  • I enjoy cooking and baking and we often do so from scratch together as a family.
  • I know every word to Hamilton, have seen it on Broadway (with a few original cast members!) and am ALWAYS up for a cabinet battle karaoke challenge!

Betsy Merena, new jewelry studio team member, marketing and copy writer for J'Adorn Design custom jewelry studio

If you were a piece of jewelry, what would you be and why?  

If I were a piece of jewelry, I think I’d be a pave diamond infinity ring.  Subtly elegant, classic, sparkly but not flashy. Diamonds because of how tough and strong they are.  In my life, especially recently, we’ve had a lot of struggle and loss. But I think and hope I am still shining.  The infinity part is key, because there is depth and beauty from every angle. Something I strive for is to be well-rounded and self-aware.  I try to be authentically and unapologetically myself in every situation, no matter who I am with. So no matter which way you look at me, you’re getting the same me!

What is your most cherished piece of jewelry?

Aside from my wedding rings… my mother recently passed down a locket to me that belonged to my great-grandmother.  And it is quickly becoming one of my go-to pieces that feels super special to wear. Like I’m wearing a piece of my family, a piece of history.  

It’s a round gold locket, about the size of the circle your index finger and thumb make when you touch their tips. On the front of the locket, my great-grandmother’s initials are engraved in a scrolled script; on the back, a floral wreath.  So, it’s beautiful to wear with either side facing out. Inside the locket are two photos. One is of my great-grandfather in his WWI Navy uniform. The other is of my own grandfather in his WWII Coast Guard uniform.

And actually, I just gave the piece to Ali because I’d like to have the locket set on a longer and slightly more delicate chain!  I am so excited to be able to hand this special locket down to my daughter someday and keep this piece of family history proudly worn.

new jewelry studio team member loves heirloom gold locket from great grandmother, J'Adorn Designs custom jewelry businessHow would you describe your personal style?  

I love a good neutral!  Skinny jeans, a casual top and some Tieks are my staple.  Topped off with some great jewelry, of course! Right now, I’m really into long necklaces paired with stud earrings.  That’s my usual everyday look (with shorts and sandals swapped for in the summer). When buying clothes, and really pretty much anything, I prefer to go for classic, timeless design in great quality pieces.  I’d rather spend more, have less and a use things for a long time.

What is your favorite gemstone?  

First of all, I love diamonds.  Basic, I know. But I’m a neutral girl most of the time and diamonds go with everything… even yoga clothes!  But, as far as color goes, I love a pale blue topaz or an aquamarine.Betsy Merena, new jewelry studio team member, marketing and copy writer for J'Adorn Design custom jewelry studioWhat gets you out of bed in the morning? 

Honestly, usually my three-year-old!  Partly because she is an early riser, but mostly because I LOVE spending my days with her.  I have always enjoyed young children and I am fascinated by childhood development and neuroscience, so I now as a mother, I get a front row seat to watch it all happen in real time.  I try to be intentional in everything I do, especially when it comes to parenting. My husband and I have made specific choices for our parenting style and, though it can be a challenge at times to keep from yelling and lead with empathy and connection always, I feel enlivened by the experience!

What are you most excited about in your new role as a member of our jewelry studio team?  

As my daughter, who just turned three, will be started preschool in September for a few mornings a week, I am excited to do something for myself again!  I have always loved to write and enjoy being creative in that sphere. So, I can’t wait to get back into a routine that involves regular writing tasks. I’m ready to start flexing those muscles again!

Betsy Merena, new jewelry studio team member, marketing and copy writer for J'Adorn Design custom jewelry studio

Welcome to #TEAMJADORN, Betsy! 

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Custom Jewelry

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