Introducing J’Adorn Gives

I’m officially naming a facet of J’Adorn that has been a priority from the beginning.Modern jeweler J'Adorn Designs, Maryland custom jewelry

Meet J’Adorn Gives – an initiative straight from my heart!

When I founded J’Adorn Designs to sell my handcrafted jewelry back in 2012, I knew that I’d have to reinvest every penny I made back into the business to keep growing. But I also knew that I wanted my company to be a force for good in the world.

I wanted to make philanthropy part of my business model as soon as it was financially feasible. 

J'Adorn Gives: creative philanthropy at a Maryland custom jeweler, J'Adorn Designs

I had my first chance to give back through J’Adorn Designs in 2014. 

My hair stylist invited me to donate jewelry to her salon’s annual fundraiser for suicide awareness and prevention. This was especially close to my heart, as I had recently lost a childhood friend to suicide. So, I knew I needed to jump at this chance to make a difference.

Art Fundraiser for Suicide Prevention, Maryland jeweler gives to suicide prevention benefit

I made this custom jewelry set especially for the fundraiser. Then I designed the display and brought it to the salon for the silent auction.

It made me so happy to finally be able to give with J’Adorn Designs! 

J'Adorn Gives: How one Baltimore custom jeweler gives back through creative philanthropy

Since that first silent auction, J’Adorn Designs has donated jewelry or gift certificates to lots of other local, national, and international causes.

Some of the causes J’Adorn Designs has given to include:

Philanthropy has always been a foundational value of my custom jewelry business. J’Adorn Gives is simply naming this priority.

I hope you will join me in future endeavors to make the world a more beautiful place through J’Adorn Gives!

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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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