Custom Crystal Vine Earrings in Silver

Our Crystal Vine Earrings have been on quite the transformational journey!

Or, to put it in a punny way: These Crystal Vine Earrings just keep on growing

Delicate crystal vine earrings, dainty silver sparkle earrings, custom artisan bridal earrings by J'Adorn Designs handcrafted bridal accessories

Pictured above is their third iteration.  Here, the crystals are wrapped in silver and feature a leaf triad instead of the opal drop of earlier versions.

New J’Adorn Bride Sarah saw these earrings (in their second version) on our Instagram feed and fell in love.

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This second styling of the Crystal Vine Earrings were for Portland Bride Ari.  Hers was the wedding that almost wasn’t.  We covered her heartbreaking/heartwarming story on the blog just a few months ago.

AND… Ari’s earring aren’t quite ready to nestle in the jewelry box just yet!  Her best friend loved them so much, she’s using them as her “something borrowed” for her upcoming wedding later this year.

Custom wedding earrings for a Portland bride's outdoor wedding, made by J'Adorn Designs custom bridal accessories

In the journey of these Vine Earrings, Instagram strikes again!  Ari saw J’Adorn Bride Rachel’s version, which inspired her to customize her own.

Bride Rachel (who lives in Germany) loved the look, but needed a shorter version.  She worked with Designer Ali, who recommended a shorter pear shaped opal drop, via email to create the perfect pair for her wedding day.  

We’ve got all of those details, including shots of her matching bracelet, here on the blog

Delicate crystal vine earrings, dainty silver sparkle earrings, custom artisan bridal earrings by J'Adorn Designs handcrafted bridal accessories

So, from the original pair in our Jewelry Shop, to Germany, then Portland and now to Ohio, we just love seeing this vine grow and grow!

Bride Sarah asked if they could be made in silver and with no drop (just the vine). Ali recommended adding the leaf triad to make the piece feel more complete, and Sarah agreed.

This specific customized pair features:
  • Delicate & Sparkly – the silver maximizes the shine factor!
  • Lightweight for all-day wear
  • Lever-back Closure – so dance your shoes off and know your earring will stay put!

Delicate crystal vine earrings, dainty silver sparkle earrings, custom artisan bridal earrings by J'Adorn Designs handcrafted bridal accessories

Warm and Glowing in Gold

Or

Icy and Sparkling in Silver

Which pair is your fave?  AND… What will these earrings grow into next?! Let us know what you think in the comments.  We just can’t get enough of these Crystal Vine Earrings.

(customize your pair here and keep the journey going)

Delicate crystal vine earrings, dainty silver sparkle earrings, custom artisan bridal earrings by J'Adorn Designs handcrafted bridal accessories

Silver vine photos by Britney Clause Photography

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Tassel Bar Launch Party

Welcome to the Tassel Bar

At the J’Adorn Designs signature Tassel Bar event, you get to play the role of designer and build the perfect pair of tassel earrings.  Or two or three… we won’t judge!

Tassel bar pop-up shop; design your own tassel earrings at local artisan events in Maryland with J'Adorn Designs custom jewelry and bridal accessories

Last month, in early February, we launched our first ever Tassel Bar event.  This fun pop-up event is one that we are hoping to bring to our stockist locations and other local boutiques this spring and summer (and beyond).

So, if you’re a local business owner (think: boutique, salon, studio, coffee shop, etc.), TAKE NOTES!  We want to partner with you and bring this fun and colorful experience to your venue.

Tassel bar pop-up shop; design your own tassel earrings at local artisan events in Maryland with J'Adorn Designs custom jewelry and bridal accessories

Never designed jewelry before?  Don’t worry, we’ve made it easy for you!
  1. Take a design sheet
  2. Choose your tassel color
  3. Choose your gemstone bead (or beads)
  4. Choose your earlier preference
  5. Bring your design sheet to Ali or Betsy
  6. Check out with your order
  7. Your custom tassel earrings will arrive (free of shipping charges) on your doorstep

For future events, we are working towards building the earrings on-site, so that those who place their orders early enough in the event will be able to take theirs home that day!  Of course, building the tassels you design takes time and care, and if we’ve got a queue of orders, we may not be able to fill them all during the event.  The early girl gets the jewels, as they say!

Tassel bar pop-up shop; design your own tassel earrings at local artisan events in Maryland with J'Adorn Designs custom jewelry and bridal accessories

We’ve blogged about our Tassel Collections before in the spring and fall of last year, but this Tassel Bar Event is something totally brand new.

Our Launch Event boasted a complimentary lip-color bar (complete with professional makeup artist), several kinds of bubbly, chocolates and a photo booth.

These tassels just inspire FUN.  So, you can be sure that any future Tassel Bar event is going to be packed with exciting experiences!

Tassel bar pop-up shop; design your own tassel earrings at local artisan events in Maryland with J'Adorn Designs custom jewelry and bridal accessories

In addition to our Tassel Table, this event featured a pop-up of our other jewelry collections, too.  Our druzies are always so loved and we were happy to show off some of our newest designs!

Can you spy the new WHITE DRUZIES with rose quartz drops?

(Of course you can, how can you miss them?!)

Tassel bar pop-up shop; design your own tassel earrings at local artisan events in Maryland with J'Adorn Designs custom jewelry and bridal accessories

Also, those Lemon Quartz Branch Earrings are another fan-favorite.  And be sure to stay tuned to our social channels… you may see them popping up in a couple new colors soon!

Have a special color you’d like to see them in?  Let us know in the comments OR contact us here!

Tassel bar pop-up shop; design your own tassel earrings at local artisan events in Maryland with J'Adorn Designs custom jewelry and bridal accessories

With spring just around the corner, our bright and cheerful tassels have us dreaming about warm, dusky evenings and blooming flora.  And, wedding season, of course!

We’ve recently had a couple spring bridal clients place orders for tassel earrings to gift to their bridesmaids (umm… best brides EVER!).  Consider us your one-stop-shop for adding all the finishing touches to your wedding look AND celebrating the best friends who’ll be standing with you on your big day.

Tassel bar pop-up shop; design your own tassel earrings at local artisan events in Maryland with J'Adorn Designs custom jewelry and bridal accessories

So, stay tuned for lots more Tassel Bar events popping up in Central Maryland (and the eastern shore) this year.

Don’t live nearby?  No sweat!  We’ve got lots of beautiful tassel earrings in our online jewelry shop.  And if you don’t see the color combination you’re dreaming of, let us know.  We take the “custom” part of our brand very seriously!

And, local business owners, let’s work together to bring the fun to your venue!  There are perks in it for you, too… just ask us!

Tassel bar pop-up shop; design your own tassel earrings at local artisan events in Maryland with J'Adorn Designs custom jewelry and bridal accessories

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Custom Crystal “Rocks” for a Wedding that Almost Wasn’t

Ari & Bryce’s wedding almost didn’t happen. 

A terrifying and near-tragic accident almost put the day on hold.  But, this resilient couple didn’t let anything, not even rocks, stand in the way of tying the knot!

Custom wedding earrings for a Portland bride's outdoor wedding, made by J'Adorn Designs custom bridal accessories

Rocks have played a major role in Ari and Bryce’s relationship.

They met in 2014 at their local climbing gym. Despite their busy schedules (Ari as a nurse practitioner and Bryce as a law student preparing for the Bar), they ran to the mountains every free moment they had and fell more in love with each new adventure.

Custom wedding earrings for a Portland bride's outdoor wedding, made by J'Adorn Designs custom bridal accessories

After Bryce passed the Bar, they headed out to Colorado for some serious rocks, adventure and a surprise proposal on top of Uncompahgre Peak!

With the mountains in their hearts and a new rock on Ari’s finger, the couple quickly jumped into wedding planning, and Ari fell in love with a special pair of J’Adorn Designs rocks! (Yes, yes… crystals are rocks!)

She saw the custom earrings we made for another J’Adorn Bride and asked if we could recreate a pair for her.  We were thrilled to revisit the design.  Her earrings are a custom twist on the Gold Crystal Vine & Opal Teardrop Earrings we carry in the Jewelry Shop.

Custom wedding earrings for a Portland bride's outdoor wedding, made by J'Adorn Designs custom bridal accessories

Two weeks before the big day, with the details well in hand, Bryce and his groomsmen headed out to Smith Rock State Park for a weekend of climbing the rocks.

On their last climb of the trip, Bryce took a 40 foot fall and sustained injuries to all four of his extremities, which left him temporarily wheelchair bound.  Miraculously, he did not suffer any permanent spinal or brain injuries!

But, with just a handful of days to go before the wedding, his surgeon suggested they consider postponing the big day.

Custom wedding earrings for a Portland bride's outdoor wedding, made by J'Adorn Designs custom bridal accessories

After a quick breakdown (because, of course, how heartbreaking!), Bryce and Ari decided that delaying their wedding just wasn’t going to be an option.  And their family and friends rallied around them to make sure their day would happen!

They held their rehearsal dinner at the skilled nursing facility where Bryce was recovering, and with the help of his brother, Bryce and Ari were still able to have a first dance… wheelchair and all

Custom wedding earrings for a Portland bride's outdoor wedding, made by J'Adorn Designs custom bridal accessories

It really is so easy to get caught up in the glitz and minutia of a wedding and forget what’s at the foundation of it all.  We love the perspective Ari brings…

“Dealing with such a near miss just days before our wedding helped us to realize that our wedding wasn’t about all of the little details that I had been stressing over weeks before. In the end, all that mattered was that we had each other.” 

Opal teardrop and crystal vine bridal earrings, custom wedding jewelry by J'Adorn Designs handcrafted bridal accessories

We feel so honored to have one of our pieces play a small role in the kind of wedding that reminds us all that weddings are about celebrating the beginning of a real flesh-and-blood life together.  A life of ups and downs, of betters and worses. And NOT about the details of throwing a party.

We are especially tickled to learn that Ari’s version of these Gold Crystal Vine & Opal Earrings were so loved by one of her best friends, that she will be using them as her “something borrowed” for her upcoming wedding!

If Ari & Bryce’s story captures your heart the way is has ours, go ahead and check out their wedding video. Bryce’s cousin (Kyle Vandever Productions) created it to share their beautiful story.


 

Photos of Bryce & Ari’s wedding by: BriAnne Elizabeth Photography

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Raw Crystal Bridal Jewelry with Vintage Vibes

Today, we’re showing off the custom set of bridal jewelry we created full of vintage vibes and stunning raw crystals.

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Bride Kylie found us on Instagram.  She fell in love with a post featuring our Deco Rose Gold Bridal Earrings, but the metal color wasn’t exactly right for her.  She reached out to us to see if it would be possible to get them in yellow gold.  

  • And as a custom jeweler, our answer is (almost) always YES!

What started as a request for customized earrings quickly grew into a full custom set of bridal jewels.  The raw crystals paired with a vintage style came together in the most romantic way.

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In the end, we created four elements for Kylie’s wedding look:
  • earrings
  • necklace
  • bracelet
  • hairpin set
Notice the vintage details in these pieces!  From the warm, yellow gold and deco-style embellishments inspired by the original earrings that caught Kylie’s eye; to the rough clear crystal quartz points and the more delicate clear Swarovski crystal “sprouts” (our signature element).

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vintage inspired yellow gold delicate chain bridal bracelet with raw crystal jadorn designs custom jewelry

custom vintage inspired yellow gold bridal hairpin set with raw crystal jadorn designs custom jewelry

custom vintage inspired yellow gold bridal hairpin close up with raw crystal jadorn designs custom jewelry

This set gives us all the romantic vintage wedding feels.  And we think raw crystals might be the most lovely wedding jewelry element since pearls!

We played with the contrast between rough + fine for a stunning effect.  The delicate chains on the necklace and bracelet set against the rough crystals give interest to the look.  And, the set ended up looking cohesive but not overly “matchy.”

Pure perfection!

And, in a time when rose gold is having a moment and white gold has been the standard, these warm yellow hues are refreshing (and just the right way to keep that vintage vibe).

custom vintage inspired yellow gold bridal full jewelry set with raw crystal jadorn designs custom jewelry

Kylie sent us such a sweet message when her vintage wedding jewels showed up on her doorstep:

“I wanted to let you know I got all of the jewelry and it is even prettier in person! I love it all…and I can’t wait to see it all put together on the wedding day!”

custom vintage inspired yellow gold bridal earrings with raw crystal jadorn designs custom jewelry

This bridal set has got our design wheels turning as we think about the next bridal collection.

  • Would you like to see any of these pieces make an appearance in the Jewelry Shop? Tell us in the comments!

Photo Credits: Bekah Kay Creative // Nichole Meredith Photography

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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.

heirloom locket redesign monogram family locket gets new life for the next generation

“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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