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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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Jewelry for Maternity Photo Session

Baby Bumps and Baubles

This was an extra special styled shoot for Designer Ali.  One of her besties, Mary, celebrated the upcoming arrival of her first child with a “cravings” themed maternity photo session.  Ali chose all the jewelry, including our Amethyst Hair Comb, and even styled Mary’s hair herself!

Maternity portrait featuring a smiling couple. The mother-to-be wears a slate grey dress and matching gemstone jewelry

Elegant and Celebratory

Sporting a suit and stunning slate blue gown, Mary and Robby brought the sophistication to this decadently themed affair.

Maternity portrait of a mother-to-be wearing a slate grey gown and silver aquamarine jewelry to match. Handcrafted jewelry for a maternity photo session by J'Adorn Designs

And because elegance was already in the vibe, the jewelry was a breeze to pair!

Ali didn’t want to distract from the main focus of this maternity shoot.  The couple and their soon-to-arrive sweet baby boy needed to take the cake.  So, delicate touches of sparkle were in order!  Our best selling Crystal Spike & Pearl Accent Necklace made the perfect compliment to the gown’s neckline.

Maternity portrait featuring a smiling couple. The mother-to-be wears a slate grey dress and matching gemstone jewelry

Our Aquamarine Silver Vine Bracelet makes a big statement without feeling heavy or clunky.  

And trust us… “heavy” and “clunky” are two adjectives no glowing pregnant woman wants anywhere near them!  Delicate, breezy and etherial goddess of all natural beauty are acceptable descriptors.  So luckily, our botanically-influenced jewelry fits the bill!

Close up maternity portrait with a silver aquamarine cuff bracelet. Handcrafted gemstone vine bracelet by J'Adorn Designs.

Our wire wrapped jewelry is the perfect, crave-able push-present dream gift.  Each wire wrapped piece is crafted with one continuous piece of wire.  That mean, no gemstone or pearl will ever fall off.  And no rogue wire ends will poke your wrists, or scratch baby’s sweet skin.

(And if you’re eying up those aquamarine and freshwater coin pearl drop earrings, stay tuned.  They’re not in the shop yet.  But they will be soon!)

Maternity portrait of a mother-to-be wearing a slate grey gown and silver aquamarine jewelry to match. Handcrafted jewelry for a maternity photo session by J'Adorn Designs

Amethyst and silver hair comb styled with a half up half down hairstyle for formal portraits. Handcrafted accessories by J'Adorn Designs.

Hair combs are some of our very favorite pieces to style and share.

Our hair adornments are all heirloom quality, using our standard single-wire wrapping technique so none of the gemstones, crystals or pearls will ever come loose.  

Amethyst and silver hair comb styled with a half up half down hairstyle for formal portraits. Handcrafted accessories by J'Adorn Designs.

Maternity portrait of a mother-to-be wearing a slate grey gown and silver aquamarine jewelry to match. Handcrafted jewelry for a maternity photo session by J'Adorn Designs

Hair combs, especially this amethyst one, can be worn again and again for special occasions and celebrations.  Or, just on a Tuesday!  They add a pop of interest and sparkle.

Close up photo of a rose gold necklace with a crystal quartz pendant and freshwater pearl accent. Handcrafted jewelry for maternity photos by J'Adorn Designs

Undercut formal hairstyle with amethyst hair comb and aquamarine earrings with freshwater pearl drops. Sterling silver handmade jewelry by J'Adorn Designs.

Also, Designer Ali must be picking up some hair-styling tricks from the salon where her studio is!  Just gorgeous!

And sidenote: if you come see us at one of our pop ups or shows, we always are ready to play dress-up with your hair!  We bring pins and elastics to show our customers how easy it is to style our hair adornments.

Amethyst and silver hair comb styled with a half up half down hairstyle for formal portraits. Handcrafted accessories by J'Adorn Designs.

Close up maternity portrait with a silver aquamarine cuff bracelet. Handcrafted gemstone vine bracelet by J'Adorn Designs.

Congratulations, Mary and Robby, on your precious new addition.  These photos are a treasure.  Parenthood will look just as good on you as these baubles do!

Maternity portrait featuring a smiling couple. The mother-to-be wears a slate grey dress and matching gemstone jewelry

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Customized Coral Earrings for Sensitive Ears

The Beautiful Benefits of Custom

Here at J’Adorn, we have always prided ourselves on bringing our clients pieces they are going to love and treasure for a LONG time.  Custom jewelry is just one of the ways we’re doing that.

Designer Ali and her sketchbook with a custom client at the Bethany show

Designer Ali loves the creative process, and she knows that sometimes, certain clients have specific wants or needs.  And that kind of custom work is where the fun of collaboration and problem solving come into play.

Coral branch earrings with gold posts for stretched earlobes or sensitive ears; handcrafted beachy jewelry by J'Adorn Designs in Rehoboth Beach Delaware

At every pop-up show or market we attend, Ali always has her sketchbook in tow for on-the-spot custom jewelry consultations.  

Recently, at the Rehoboth Art League’s Outdoor Fine Art & Craft Show, Ali sketched out THREE different custom orders.  And we’re featuring the first one here on the blog today!

Its inspiration was our Coral Branch Earrings from the New Bloom Collection.

Long coral branch earrings with gold wires by J'Adorn Designs handcrafted earrings, jewelry made in Baltimore Maryland

During the show, a customer fell in love with our original Coral Branch Earrings and just had to have this look in her jewelry collection.  

BUT, due to stretched earlobes and sensitive ears, these showstoppers just weren’t comfortable for her to wear.

Coral branch earrings with gold posts for stretched earlobes or sensitive ears; handcrafted beachy jewelry by J'Adorn Designs in Rehoboth Beach Delaware

Our Solution: Shorten the already-lightweight earrings and use posts instead of lever-back earrings

Coral branch earrings with gold posts for stretched earlobes or sensitive ears; handcrafted beachy jewelry by J'Adorn Designs in Rehoboth Beach Delaware

Coral branch earrings with gold posts for stretched earlobes or sensitive ears; handcrafted beachy jewelry by J'Adorn Designs in Rehoboth Beach Delaware

We kept the branch design, intricate wire work and coral gemstones from the original design.  So, the overall aesthetic is the same.  But this modified pair will keep their new owner happily ear-ache free whenever she wears them!

And, as we start to transition into autumn, we’re hoping our new custom client loves wearing her “Pumpkin Spice Earrings” with scarves and sweaters, too!

Coral branch earrings with gold posts for stretched earlobes or sensitive ears; handcrafted beachy jewelry by J'Adorn Designs in Rehoboth Beach Delaware

Coral branch earrings with gold posts for stretched earlobes or sensitive ears; handcrafted beachy jewelry by J'Adorn Designs in Rehoboth Beach Delaware

 

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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.

Handcrafted jewelry for holiday gift ideas, fine craft fair at Rehoboth Art League, creative Christmas gift idea, custom jewelry by J'Adorn Designs jewelry made in Maryland

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!

Handcrafted jewelry for holiday gift ideas, fine craft fair at Rehoboth Art League, creative Christmas gift idea, custom jewelry by J'Adorn Designs jewelry made in Maryland

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!

Handcrafted jewelry for holiday gift ideas, fine craft fair at Rehoboth Art League, creative Christmas gift idea, custom jewelry by J'Adorn Designs jewelry made in Maryland

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.

Handcrafted jewelry for holiday gift ideas, fine craft fair at Rehoboth Art League, creative Christmas gift idea, custom jewelry by J'Adorn Designs jewelry made in Maryland

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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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