J’Adorn Sparkles at Baltimore Museum of Art!

What an exciting season this has been for us here at J’Adorn Designs! From winning the 20 on the Rise Award to welcoming our new team member Betsy, this has been a year of rapid growth and new developments for our little artisan jewelry studio.

And the announcements don’t stop there. We have another one to share! 

Starting now, you can now shop J’Adorn Designs handcrafted jewelry and hair accessories at the Baltimore Museum of Art!

Handcrafted jewelry by Maryland jewelry artisan J'Adorn Designs featured at Baltimore Museum of Art

We’re thrilled to add the BMA’s gift shop to our esteemed list of stockists. If you’re a local friend of J’Adorn, be sure to stop in and see us in their display case!
And just in case you’re curious which pieces to look for, here’s a look at the pieces that are currently for sale at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Earrings

Rose gold tassel earrings, handcrafted jewelry by Maryland jewelry artisan J'Adorn Designs featured at Baltimore Museum of Art

The BMA curated a great selection of earrings featuring a combination of gemstones, druzies, freshwater pearls, and rose gold elements.

Gold druzy earrings, handcrafted jewelry by Maryland jewelry artisan J'Adorn Designs featured at Baltimore Museum of Art

Gold and blue druzy earrings, handcrafted jewelry by Maryland jewelry artisan J'Adorn Designs featured at Baltimore Museum of Art

Necklaces

Gold druzy and raw crystal pendant necklace, handcrafted jewelry by Maryland jewelry artisan J'Adorn Designs featured at Baltimore Museum of Art

They continued the druzy jewelry theme with our Crystal Spike & Druzy Necklace. And they also fell in love with our raw crystal pieces, like the Pink Crystal Spike Necklace with Freshwater Pearl Accent.

Raw crystal pendant necklace with freshwater pearl accent, handcrafted jewelry by Maryland jewelry artisan J'Adorn Designs featured at Baltimore Museum of Art

Bracelets

Crystal quartz and freshwater pearl bracelet, handcrafted jewelry by Maryland jewelry artisan J'Adorn Designs featured at Baltimore Museum of Art

When it came to bracelets, the Baltimore Museum of Art wanted something a little different. They liked our Chunky Crystal & Pearl Link Bracelet, but requested a customization: rose gold metals.
Since we’re custom jewelers at heart, we were happy to oblige! And we love the thought that the Baltimore Museum of Art has a piece of J’Adorn Designs jewelry that’s exclusive to their shop. As of this blog’s publication date, you can’t find this bracelet in rose gold anywhere else!

Hair Accessories

Raw crystal hair comb, handcrafted jewelry by Maryland jewelry artisan J'Adorn Designs featured at Baltimore Museum of Art

When we first met with the Baltimore Museum of Art, it was our hair accessories that caught their eye. With headpieces gaining popularity outside of the wedding industry, they were excited to add some to their lineup! They selected pieces with the material themes of raw crystal and rose gold elements with these three pieces from our collection:

Crystal and pearls rose gold vine hairpin, handcrafted jewelry by Maryland jewelry artisan J'Adorn Designs featured at Baltimore Museum of Art

Raw crystal and rose gold hair pin, handcrafted jewelry by Maryland jewelry artisan J'Adorn Designs featured at Baltimore Museum of Art

If you’re in the Baltimore area, we hope you will stop by the Baltimore Museum of Art this season! 

And if you’re a retailer who would like to carry our line in your shop, send us a message today! We would love to hear from you!

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J’Adorn Designs is Popping Up This Fall!

We’ve got a whole lineup of great local events, markets and pop up shops we’re participating in this fall. Our FIRST event is already underway in Annapolis:

HERE. a pop up shop

logo for Here: a pop up shop
Here’s the important details you’ll need to join in the pop up shop fun!
  • WHEN? NOW through October 7 daily;  10am-6pm
  • WHERE? 186 Main Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
  • WHAT? HERE. a pop up shop is featuring lots of goodies, including clothing, home goods, art, accessories, and more from local artisans and makers!
And here’s a great idea: Enjoy some of this beautiful fall weather and make a whole day of it by the water in Annapolis!
Or, stop by after work for happy hour & a little shopping with your friends!

gray tassel earrings and coral and green tassel bracelet jadorn designs custom jewelry

The J’Adorn baubles at this fall pop up shop include some fan favorites from our Tassel Collection as well as some boho-vibe pieces that you can’t find anywhere else!  (Not even on our website!)

boho earrings jadorn designs custom jewelry

Here’s what else is on our EVENTS CALENDAR for this fall… and keep a lookout for more events and dates to be added in the coming weeks:
  • HERE (a pop up shop) — September 21 – October 7
  • Rehoboth Arts League Fine Craft Show — November 3 + 4
  • Makers Market at Green Spring Station — December 8
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20 on the Rise: Alison Jefferies Wins Designer Award!

top creative entrepreneur jewelry designer Alison Jefferies, J'Adorn Designs custom jeweler and bridal accessories

Alison Jefferies was recently named a top designer by 20 On the Rise, a curated list of 100 creative entrepreneurs to watch!

We are so proud to share that our CEO and custom jeweler Alison Jefferies won a spot on the list of Designers in this list of rising stars!

20 on the rise finalist Alison Jefferies, Top Designer, emerging creative entrepreneur

So, what is 20 on the Rise? 

20 on the Rise is a list of creative entrepreneurs to watch, curated by The Rising Tide Society, Gusto, Peerspace, and HoneyBook.

According to their website:

“20 on the Rise is a celebration of individuals who are making waves and raising the tide, rocking their respective industries through hard work and creativity.” 

20 on the rise finalist Alison Jefferies, Top Designer, emerging creative entrepreneur

Contestants were nominated anonymously by their peers. The winners were selected based on: empowerment, impact, purpose, and passion.
20 on the rise finalist Alison Jefferies, Top Designer, emerging creative entrepreneurHere is an excerpt from Alison’s 20 on the Rise profile. It explains the heart behind what she does through her work as the owner of J’Adorn Designs and in the community.
  • 20 On the Rise: What are you best known for?
  • Alison: My custom accessory clients know me best for my warm and intuitive customer service and excellent craftsmanship of their commissioned projects. My potential clients who have come across J’Adorn Designs online know me for bridal accessories and upscale custom designs for both weddings and major life events. The designs I make are known for their combination of elegance, simplicity, botanical elements, comfortability, and quality craftsmanship.
    My TuesdaysTogether community knows me for my empathy and desire to make our resources available to everyone in the group. They know me for my genuine interest in how each of them is doing, and for my willingness to share my own expertise with them.
    Friends and family know me for my empathetic and sensitive nature, my passion for women’s rights and equality, my quirky sense of humor, my love of world languages and cultures. (I’m fluent in German!) [They also know me] for my undying love/obsession with bunnies.
    My hope is that everyone who knows me will know me as a trustworthy and caring person with a love for life and desire to share that love with them in tangible and intangible ways. I hope that the world knows me as an ally who looks for opportunities to serve them and make their lives better.

    20 on the rise finalist Alison Jefferies, Top Designer, emerging creative entrepreneur

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Our Jewelry Studio Team Has a New Member!

Welcome, Betsy!

Betsy Merena, new jewelry studio team member, marketing and copy writer for J'Adorn Design custom jewelry studio

Friends, I’m so excited share some big news with you today! The J’Adorn Designs custom jewelry studio has officially grown to a multi-person team, with the addition of Betsy Merena. Betsy brings her writing and marketing talents to J’Adorn along with the perspective of someone who has been a friend of the company since its inception. (Scroll through the photos in this post to see some fantastic throwbacks!)

This change is one that has been in the works for a long time and I’m thrilled that we can finally make it official. To help you all get to know our newest team member, I sat down with Betsy for a fun little interview. Read on for the full scoop!

Betsy Merena, new jewelry studio team member, marketing and copy writer for J'Adorn Design custom jewelry studio

For starters, tell us a little bit about yourself! 

  • I’ve got wanderlust like whoa!  My husband and I love to travel and make it a real priority, even and especially with our little one.  We’re heading to Portugal later this summer with some great friends (who are from there). We’re also big Disney fans and are DVC members, so we visit Disney World and take Disney Cruises often.
  • I’m an early riser and usually go to bed (to read for a bit) right after I put my daughter to bed.
  • I’ll skip coffee every time in favor of tea (a London Fog or an Iced Chai are my go-to orders at Starbucks).
  • Give me all the Bravo shows, please!  And podcasts are what get me through my chores and long drives (unless I’ve got something great on Audible).
  • If I could live anywhere, with no worry about expense, I’d live in Manhattan… up high with city views.  I love that city and feel more alive when I’m there. My husband feels the same way. And our three year old is musical theater and ballet obsessed, so when you ask her where she wants to live, she’ll tell you “New York” too. 
  • I also love to be on or near the water. I love to paddle board and am even pretty good at SUP Yoga.
  • I enjoy cooking and baking and we often do so from scratch together as a family.
  • I know every word to Hamilton, have seen it on Broadway (with a few original cast members!) and am ALWAYS up for a cabinet battle karaoke challenge!

Betsy Merena, new jewelry studio team member, marketing and copy writer for J'Adorn Design custom jewelry studio

If you were a piece of jewelry, what would you be and why?  

If I were a piece of jewelry, I think I’d be a pave diamond infinity ring.  Subtly elegant, classic, sparkly but not flashy. Diamonds because of how tough and strong they are.  In my life, especially recently, we’ve had a lot of struggle and loss. But I think and hope I am still shining.  The infinity part is key, because there is depth and beauty from every angle. Something I strive for is to be well-rounded and self-aware.  I try to be authentically and unapologetically myself in every situation, no matter who I am with. So no matter which way you look at me, you’re getting the same me!

What is your most cherished piece of jewelry?

Aside from my wedding rings… my mother recently passed down a locket to me that belonged to my great-grandmother.  And it is quickly becoming one of my go-to pieces that feels super special to wear. Like I’m wearing a piece of my family, a piece of history.  

It’s a round gold locket, about the size of the circle your index finger and thumb make when you touch their tips. On the front of the locket, my great-grandmother’s initials are engraved in a scrolled script; on the back, a floral wreath.  So, it’s beautiful to wear with either side facing out. Inside the locket are two photos. One is of my great-grandfather in his WWI Navy uniform. The other is of my own grandfather in his WWII Coast Guard uniform.

And actually, I just gave the piece to Ali because I’d like to have the locket set on a longer and slightly more delicate chain!  I am so excited to be able to hand this special locket down to my daughter someday and keep this piece of family history proudly worn.

new jewelry studio team member loves heirloom gold locket from great grandmother, J'Adorn Designs custom jewelry businessHow would you describe your personal style?  

I love a good neutral!  Skinny jeans, a casual top and some Tieks are my staple.  Topped off with some great jewelry, of course! Right now, I’m really into long necklaces paired with stud earrings.  That’s my usual everyday look (with shorts and sandals swapped for in the summer). When buying clothes, and really pretty much anything, I prefer to go for classic, timeless design in great quality pieces.  I’d rather spend more, have less and a use things for a long time.

What is your favorite gemstone?  

First of all, I love diamonds.  Basic, I know. But I’m a neutral girl most of the time and diamonds go with everything… even yoga clothes!  But, as far as color goes, I love a pale blue topaz or an aquamarine.Betsy Merena, new jewelry studio team member, marketing and copy writer for J'Adorn Design custom jewelry studioWhat gets you out of bed in the morning? 

Honestly, usually my three-year-old!  Partly because she is an early riser, but mostly because I LOVE spending my days with her.  I have always enjoyed young children and I am fascinated by childhood development and neuroscience, so I now as a mother, I get a front row seat to watch it all happen in real time.  I try to be intentional in everything I do, especially when it comes to parenting. My husband and I have made specific choices for our parenting style and, though it can be a challenge at times to keep from yelling and lead with empathy and connection always, I feel enlivened by the experience!

What are you most excited about in your new role as a member of our jewelry studio team?  

As my daughter, who just turned three, will be started preschool in September for a few mornings a week, I am excited to do something for myself again!  I have always loved to write and enjoy being creative in that sphere. So, I can’t wait to get back into a routine that involves regular writing tasks. I’m ready to start flexing those muscles again!

Betsy Merena, new jewelry studio team member, marketing and copy writer for J'Adorn Design custom jewelry studio

Welcome to #TEAMJADORN, Betsy! 

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