Lauren contacted me shortly after the arrival of Cody, her first child and the first grandchild in her family. She wanted to create a special piece for her mother to celebrate her new role as a grandmother. Her vision was a delicate bracelet featuring Cody’s birthstone and an engraved nameplate reading “Lolli,” which is the name her mother prefers over “grandma.” We designed her bracelet with the ability to add more stones over time as the family continues to grow with more children.
In the process of designing her mom’s bracelet, Lauren ended up falling in love with the Alexandrite stone so much that we decided to add a matching necklace to the order for her to wear. The result was an elegant set of custom jewelry that I fell in love with, too.
My favorite part of this custom project was learning about the gemstone at its focal point. I learned that Alexandrite is a rare gem that appears to change colors in different lighting. To the naked eye, the stones pictured here are a prismatic combination of purple, green, and blue – this is how they looked the entire time I had them in my studio. However, when photographed or placed under incandescent light, they become the reddish-purple that you’ll see here! Alexandrite is a great alternative to the traditional pearl birthstone in June if you’re looking for something a little different.
Congratulations to Lauren, Michael, “Lolli,” and the rest of your family on your new addition! Thank you for choosing J’Adorn Designs to create these very special pieces in celebration of Cody’s arrival.
One of my greatest joys as a jewelry designer has been having the chance to contribute to the weddings of friends & family in a very personal, tangible way. Olivia and Anthony have been friends of ours for years, and we’ve had the pleasure of watching their relationship grow from high school sweethearts to the young adult newlyweds they are today. The way these two adore each other is evident in every picture from their wedding day, and the jewelry I designed for Olivia was just icing on the cake of their beautiful love. It was my great honor to design custom wedding jewelry for Olivia + Anthony on their special day!
Olivia chose the Oval and Teardrop Bridal Earrings from our pre-designed couture jewelry collection to wear to her wedding at Celebrations by the Bay on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The earrings were a perfect complement to her engagement ring, which features an emerald cut diamond from Anthony’s grandmother’s wedding ring. We completed her look with an adapted version of our Something Old Pearl Bracelet, using sterling silver rather than reclaimed gold metal elements. The result was even more lovely than I could have imagined!
Photos courtesy of by Brooke Michelle Photography
This summer has been the best one for J’Adorn Designs yet. This is because I’ve had record breaking numbers of custom designs, and each suite of accessories seems to be even more beautiful than the last. I’m more than a little obsessed with my most recent commission and I’m thrilled to highlight them on the blog today.
I made this set of custom wedding jewelry for Jill, a fellow creative entrepreneur and the designer behind Tomahawk Design Co. Like many of my clients, Jill has sensitive skin, which made the quality & type of metals I used to make her wedding jewelry a high priority. We opted for 16k gold plated earring posts, which I knew would ensure her comfort for the duration of her wedding day – from first look to last dance. We also incorporated freshwater pearls in an adapted version of our Laurel Earrings in Gold & Blush and some tiny accent earrings for her second ear piercings.
The set was made complete by a two-strand bracelet of Swarovski pearls with crystal and gold connectors. The finishing touch (and my favorite piece of the set!) was Jill’s branch-y hairpin, which makes the perfect complement to the low, loose updo that she’ll wear on her wedding day. Scroll through to the bottom of the post for a sneak peek of Jill’s gorgeous hairstyle!
Congratulations to Jill (and Eric!) on her upcoming nuptials! I can’t wait to share her entire look, complete with dress, veil, shoes, and other fabulous details, in a later post.
(Photography by Nichole Meredith)
One of the great joys I’ve had since founding J’Adorn Designs in 2012 has been the opportunity to reconnect with old friends right before one of the biggest days of their lives. This was the case with Kimberly – a friend of mine from high school with whom I’d only kept in touch via social media since our graduation. Interestingly enough, the groom also graduated high school with us (although they didn’t begin dating until after college), so designing this bridesmaids’ jewelry suite had an especially personal element for me as a designer.
Kimberly’s family lived in France for a good portion of her childhood, an experience that clearly had an influence on her sense of style and elegant taste. While the bride opted to wear heirloom pieces on her wedding day, she commissioned me to design a varied but coordinated suite of custom jewelry for her bridesmaids. It was my great pleasure to create these special pieces for the women who stood beside her.
Many congratulations to Kimberly and Jesse! May the life you build together be just as beautiful as your wedding day.
Photos by Samantha Jay Photography
As promised in last week’s post, today we’re taking a look at the attendants’ jewelry we designed for Ryan and Brittanie’s wedding. Working with Brittanie to envision these pieces was a pleasure for me as a designer because it was so evident that her focus was on honoring the women who had stood by her all the way up to the aisle. Talk about inspiring! From her bridesmaids to her day-of coordinator, this bride wanted a thoughtful gift for each of her attendants, and the resulting jewelry suite was beautiful. Here’s a close-up look at the full collection:
Brittanie’s older sisters were her matrons of honor, and they wore sterling silver necklaces with gemstone pendants and Swarovski crystal accent beads to complement their royal blue dresses. These necklaces were a theme of the bridal party jewelry, with 5 of the 7 women wearing a variation of the necklace. Each one had a different pendant to create a matching but varied look that incorporated all of Brittanie’s chosen colors for the event. We varied the lineup of bridesmaids by giving a coordinating pair of earrings to the maid of honor, and a bracelet to another bridesmaid. Brittanie staggered the lineup of jewelry for well-coordinated mixture of styles that suited each of her best girls.
Brittanie’s flower girls were her beloved nieces. They each got one of these delicate floral cuff bracelets, customized to fit their toddler-sized wrists. The day-of coordinator, Kiley, was one of Brittanie’s mentors (as well as the wife of the ceremony officiant, who was a mentor to Ryan!). Brittanie wanted to be sure Kiley was honored just as much as her other attendants, so she gifted her a pair of these earrings from our shop. They were the perfect match to Kiley’s vintage-inspired dress and multi-stranded pearl necklace.
Congratulations to Brittanie and Ryan on your new marriage, and thank you for choosing J’Adorn Designs to create your custom wedding jewelry!
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