Up Close: Tiny Pearl & Crystal Stud Earrings

A closer look at the inspiration behind the smallest new pair of stud earrings in my shop!

Tiny crystal pearl earrings, small bridal stud earrings, custom jewelry by J'Adorn Designs

If this pair of earrings looks familiar, you may remember it from the custom bridal jewelry set I made for J’Adorn bride Jill!

The first time I made this pair of stud earrings it was part of a custom bridal jewelry set.  My client Jill wanted a pair of small coordinated studs to wear in her second ear piercing on her wedding day. She asked for something simple to complement her customized Laurel Earrings in Gold and Blush without overpowering the whole look.


Tiny crystal pearl earrings, small bridal stud earrings, custom jewelry by J'Adorn Designs


They were the perfect piece for Jill!

I thought that their simple design would make them a super versatile accessory to wear in almost any context.  I also remembered that multiple clients have requested more stud earring options.  So, it made perfect sense to recreate this pair of crystal and pearl stud earrings for my  new collection!

Tiny crystal pearl earrings, small bridal stud earrings, custom jewelry by J'Adorn Designs

These stud earrings are one of my favorite pairs to wear personally. Their simple design makes them a lovely and comfortable pair of earrings to wear with my everyday wardrobe. I also love to wear them in my second ear piercing to complement my favorite drop earrings on a date night or special occasion.

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Up Close: The Bridal Choker Vine Necklace

A closer look at the inspiration behind the trendy bridal necklaceGold bridal choker vine necklace with pearls and crystals, by J'Adorn Designs custom jewelry and modern bridal accessories

One of my favorite pieces in the new collection I created for 2017 is the limited edition Bridal Choker Vine Necklace.

This necklace is as delicate and lovely as its wirework is intricate. Here’s a closer look at my inspiration as a designer as I made this handcrafted piece for my new collection of jewelry and modern bridal accessories!


Bridal Choker Vine Necklace, Wedding Choker, Couture bridal fashion by J'Adorn Designs
One of the biggest jewelry trends this year has been the return of the choker.

Because I draw inspiration as a designer from the fashion world, I knew that I had to make a “nod” to the trendy choker necklace when I designed my new collection. However, I also knew that the plastic “tattoo chokers” of my middle school years just wouldn’t fit for J’Adorn Designs as an upscale jewelry brand. (Or, frankly, in the wardrobe of most women over 25!)

Gold bridal choker vine necklace with pearls and crystals, by J'Adorn Designs custom jewelry and modern bridal accessories

Handcrafted wire vines have long been a staple element in my bridal accessory designs, so it came naturally to extend that signature style to my first choker necklace.

I made the Bridal Choker Vine Necklace with the same golden wire as the vine-style hairpieces from my collection. I used freshwater pearls and Swarovski crystals to adorn the branches of the choker. Then, I finished the piece with a delicate gold filled chain that clasps in the back. It’s a dramatic, stunning piece of wedding jewelry that would make the perfect focal piece for a fashion-forward bridal ensemble!

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New Collection of Jewelry & Bridal Accessories Is Here!

Last week was a pretty big deal at the J’Adorn Designs studio!

I finally unveiled my new collection of jewelry and bridal accessories on Friday – which also happened to be my 30th birthday! I celebrated the big day by sending out a special gift to my email BFFs in the morning and throwing a virtual party on my Instagram page all day long. It was a great day of celebration that included three of my favorite things: cake, champagne, and beautiful jewelry! 

New collection launch, jewelry and bridal accessories by J'Adorn Designs

 In case you missed the announcement, here are some highlights of the new collection you’ll want to check out! 

2017 bridal accessory trends, new jewelry and wedding accessory collection by J'Adorn Designs

I’ll be sharing a bit about each piece from the new collection here on the blog in the coming weeks. Today I invite you to check out the full collection over in my online shop (and let me know if you have a favorite!)

Upscale Fashion Jewelry and Bridal Accessories by J'Adorn Designs custom jeweler design studio

All photos by Madison Short 

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3 Ideas for the Best V-Day Ever

Whether you’re snuggling up to a sweetheart, planning to celebrate with the gals, or want to give yourself a little love, I’ve got you covered with this guide.  Scroll on for 3 tips to have the best V-Day ever! 

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Lots of folks these days dismiss Valentine’s Day as a commercial holiday designed to make single people feel bad about themselves. I won’t weigh in on that debate… However, I do think there are so many other relationships in our lives that deserve celebration! A holiday that honors love shouldn’t be limited to romance alone. With that in mind, I curated this list of outside-the-box ideas to have a great V-Day regardless of your relationship status.

View More: http://madisonshort.pass.us/jadorn-designs1. Show Some Love to Your Gal-entines

Even if you’re single, chances are you’ve got at least one girlfriend who always has your back. What better day to show her how much you appreciate her friendship than on the holiday of love?

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A few ideas to get your Galentine’s celebration started:

  • Surprise her with flowers. Order an arrangement of her favorite blooms to be delivered to her workplace, or meet her for happy hour with flowers in hand. Bonus points for a thoughtful gift, like the universally-loved rose gold + druzy pendant necklace that matches practically any outfit.
  • Plan an old school sleepover. Remember when you were young and would stay up late on a Friday night with your best girls, watching movies with your favorite junk food? Revive the beloved tradition with some grown-up adaptations. Maybe set up a champagne cocktail bar instead of sodas. Hire a mobile spa technician for pedicures & massages (no more DIY!) Spend the night in a swanky hotel together instead of sprawling out on couches. The sky’s the limit here!
  • Go out dancing. That salsa bar you’ve always wanted to try out isn’t quite as intimidating when you’re with your squad. Get dressed up, take a lesson, and dance the night away together.

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If there’s a young girl in your life, you can make V-Day just as special for her. With her parents’ permission, take your mini out for ice cream, invite her over for a girly movie night, or offer to host a makeover party for her and her friends. You’ll be a hero and she’ll always remember that V-Day is about more than romance.

A couple of gift ideas appropriate for a young girl are the Ivory Rosette Hairpins (pictured) from my collection and a coordinated Rosette Bracelet with custom sizing for a child-sized wrist.

Best V-Day Ever 3 tips for a non-romantic celebration, welcome gift by Marigold & Grey, curated by J'Adorn Designs, photo by Madison Short

3. Give Yourself a Break!

Have you been burning the candle at both ends? Maybe you just need a night off from your responsibilities? One of the best V-Day ideas I can think of is the gift of self care.

If you’re in a relationship, tell your S.O. ahead of time that you’d like a little “me time.” This will give him/her time to adjust expectations and maybe even get you an appropriate gift, like this custom gift box by Marigold & Grey.

If you have kids, this will likely take more coordination, but I’d encourage you to make it a priority anyway. We’re better equipped to love others when our own proverbial tank is full. And you deserve it!

If you’re flying solo, you’ve got carte blanche here. Set aside some time for a fulfilling activity and enjoy your evening. Treat yourself to that pair of earrings you’ve had your eye on. Turn off all your devices and check out for a few hours. I’ll toast your awesomeness from afar with a hefty glass of champagne!

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However you spend February 14th, I hope it’s a day in which you know that you are loved.
Here’s to making this the best V-Day ever!

P.S. – I want to see how you’re celebrating your best V-Day ever! Tag your posts with the hashtag #JADORNYOURLOVE!

All photos by Madison Short

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Most Popular Jewelry Photos: My 2016 Best Nine

Happy New Year, friends! 

I’ve been easing my way back into the normal routine of making my custom and modern jewelry this week after a whirlwind holiday season! But before we blaze ahead into 2017 (and it’s going to be a GREAT year, let me tell you!), I want to take a moment to look back on the most loved photos from the J’Adorn Designs Instagram page in 2016 and reflect a bit on each one. So without further ado…

My 2016 Best Nine:
Most popular jewelry photos of the year!

Most popular jewelry photos by J'Adorn Designs custom jewelry and bridal accessories

 

1. Self Portrait from My 5th Anniversary Photo Session

One of my very favorite projects from 2016 was the anniversary photo session that I had the chance to plan & style with A. Griffin Events to celebrate my own 5th wedding anniversary.  The gallery has been submitted for publication so I can’t share too many details yet, but my style inspiration was an elegant interpretation of one of my favorite rock-n-roll music videos with a nod to the Art Deco and Art Nouveau eras.

And even though the photos by Bekah Kay were to-die-for gorgeous, the best part was being able to take a few hours with my partner during one of our busiest seasons of life to celebrate the life we’ve been building together for the past 5 years. This photo represents the joy of looking back on all those moments, knowing all that we’ve enjoyed and overcome together, and realizing that we’re even more in love today than we were on that sunny October day when we said, “I do.”

Art Deco Sapphire and Rose Gold Anniversary Fashion EditorialPhoto by Bekah Kay Creative

 

2. Custom Bridal Accessories for a Boho Baltimore Wedding

Last year broke all my previously held records for custom bridal accessories with more brides commissioning custom jewelry and hairpieces than ever before! 2016 was also the year that I added hair accessories to my lineup of modern bridal accessories, including bridal combs, flower girl clips & bobby pins, and customized bridal hairpin vines. This was one of my personal favorite sets of the year because the bohemian bride who wore it selected a combination of altered pieces from my pre-designed bridal jewelry collection and made-from-scratch custom accessories to meet her exact needs.

Custom bridal accessories for boho Baltimore bride, modern wedding jewelry by J'Adorn DesignsPhoto by Nichole Meredith Photography

 

3. A Bayside Wedding for High School Sweethearts

This was another one of my favorite weddings of the year. Not only because of the stunning bridal jewelry that I got to make for Olivia, but also because she and her groom, Anthony, are close friends of my family. I have known these two sweethearts since their last year of high school, and they were just as in love then as they are today!

Their wedding at Celebrations at the Bay was on a beautiful summer day. We danced all into the night as these two celebrated the marriage they had been looking forward to for years. Brooke Michelle captured this intimate moment between the newly minted Mr. and Mrs. just moments after their ceremony. The joy of that moment is almost palpable.

High school sweethearts married at the Chesapeake bay - Custom bridal jewelry by J'Adorn DesignsPhoto by Brooke Michelle Photography

 

4. The Prettiest Gold Druzy Earrings

This pair of simple, sparkly gemstone earrings were in my very first bridal jewelry collection! They continue to be a perennial favorite for brides, bridesmaid jewelry, holiday gifts, and stylish women of all ages. I have my own pair of these neutral druzy earrings that I wear almost every day because they match so many different outfits! This photo is one that I’ve used multiple times in my Instagram feed because it captures those crystal facets so perfectly.

Neutral gold druzy earrings, champagne colored gemstone bridal earrings by J'Adorn Designs modern custom jewelry

 

5. A Statement Necklace to Have and to Hold

In my work as a custom and couture jewelry designer, my goal is to create jewelry that honors and reflects the most important moments and relationships in life. The accessories that I design are made to be worn, handled, gifted, and loved!

This photo comes from a wedding style photo session in early 2016. I collaborated with A. Griffin Events (she’s one of my favorites!) on this cool beachy wedding editorial. When I received the photo gallery from Lauren Werkheiser, I was simply blown away. She captured not only the beauty of this oceanic statement necklace, but the sentimentality I hope to inspire with each accessory I create.

Beach wedding statement necklace, modern gemstone and sea glass necklace, beach wedding inspiration by J'Adorn Designs custom jewelryPhoto by Lauren Werkheiser Photography

 

6. Showing My Sweet Tooth at The Bridal Event in D.C.

There’s no gentle way to put it: I am a sugar fiend. A sugar fiend who also loves cocktails! Both of these things were in abundance at The Bridal Event D.C., a unique party thrown by Grace of Bridal Bellhop and Jasmine of Jasmine Smith & Co. The Bridal Event involved a mock ceremony, a wedding photo session, and live demonstrations of all the vendors’ services who participated in the event. I had a blast at the party mingling with my industry friends and potential clients. I even got to enjoy a helping of gourmet cotton candy from Fluffness and a custom mixed cocktail from Mixin’ Mimi. What can I say? The job has its perks!

The Bridal Event DC 2016 Washington DC Wedding Inspiration, Jewelry Designer Alison Jefferies of J'Adorn DesignsPhoto by Evan Sanderson

 

7. Community Over Competition at Tuesdays Together Annapolis

It’s no secret that I’m an active member of The Rising Tide Society, an international movement that seeks to educate, connect, and empower creative entrepreneurs in the spirit of community over competition. I attend local Tuesdays Together meetings almost every month of the year in my home state of Maryland.
(I have some excited news related to this coming soon…!)

We took this photo at one of the monthly gatherings in Annapolis back when the organization had its headquarters on West Street downtown. This venue came to mean a lot to me during 2016 because I was lucky enough to spend a few months co-working there with RTS founder Natalie Franke and her team of genius young women. The office recently closed with RTS headquarters moving to San Francisco at the end of December, but I will never forget the sense of belonging and empowerment I received from this place and my friends who worked there for that season.

Rising Tide Society Annapolis Office Tuesdays Together Local Chapter of Creative EntrepreneursPhoto by Natalie Franke

 

8. Green Druzy Earrings and Oceanic Wedding Inspiration

This photo is another one captured by Lauren Werkheiser at the cool beachy wedding editorial from photo #5. I love the way the direct sunlight illuminates the inside of the mint green druzy gemstones along with the highlights of its facets!

Beach wedding jewelry, mint green druzy earrings for a seaside wedding by J'Adorn Designs modern bridal jewelryPhoto by Lauren Werkheiser Photography

 

9. Celebrating Love in Every Form

I came to a big realization in 2016. I want to use my custom and modern jewelry business to actively celebrate love in every form. It’s true that many of the handcrafted accessories in my collection are perfect for weddings and even made specifically for that purpose. But I also want to be clear that J’Adorn Designs is not exclusively for brides.

Love comes in many forms, including romance but also friendship, family, and self-love. The jewelry and hair accessories that I make are meant to celebrate love in every single shape, color, gender, orientation, and type of relationship.

The photo session that this image came from was inspired by the song “How Sweet It Is.” It was by far the most published editorial featuring my work this year. It’s meaningful to me because it shows the beauty, depth, and singularity of each individual love story. If there’s a relationship that you want to honor with a tangible keepsake that can be cherished for years, let’s talk!

How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You Interracial Romantic Wedding InspirationPhoto by Corinne Kensington Photography

 

Raising my glass to all of your love stories and a successful new year!

With love, Ali 

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