What do you do when you fall in love with a necklace that’s way out of your budget?
This is the question that brought J’Adorn bride Michelle to my door!
Like many newly engaged women do, Michelle was flipping through a bridal magazine for inspiration when a gorgeous sapphire necklace caught her eye (pictured above, left). She was a woman obsessed; she just had to have it!
But she was crestfallen when she learned that her dream necklace was both unavailable for purchase and valued at over $75,000.
Thankfully, she mentioned her jewelry dilemma to her hairstylist, Erica Cote of Silver Immersion. Erica is also one of my closest friends in the wedding industry. She referred Michelle to J’Adorn Designs, suggesting my custom jewelry services to help recreate the wedding day look of her dreams.
I met with Michelle to discuss the important design elements from the original necklace that she wanted to include:
Precious metals and stones (white gold, sapphires, and diamonds)
A center stone large enough to really catch the eye
A vintage-inspired halo setting
These elements served as the starting point for my custom design process. We also decided to add a pair of matching earrings to the necklace design, so Michelle would have a coordinated set to cherish & wear for years to come.
I chose lab-created sapphires for Michelle’s necklace and earrings set because they would allow me to create a perfectly matched set. Natural sapphires develop over long periods of time and typically are mined in small sizes. But lab-grown sapphires are grown in a “boule,” or large mass of stone, which is then cut into smaller counterparts.
The sapphires in Michelle’s jewelry set came from the same boule, so they are identical in color, quality, and chemical makeup.
After choosing the settings, stones, and classic rope chain for Michelle’s custom sapphire wedding jewelry set, I cut notches in the setting prongs to make a “seat” for the stones.
This ensured the perfect fit, which I adjusted around the stones by hand.
The final result was a gorgeous set of custom sapphire wedding jewelry even more radiant that I imagined. I can’t wait to see pictures of Michelle wearing her custom jewelry on her wedding day.
But the best part for me as a designer is knowing that I gave my client exactly what she wanted – a stunning set of jewelry that is 100% uniquely hers.
Today I’m taking a little break from sharing about my custom jewelry and bridal accessories to share a bit about my life off the jeweler’s bench as a creative entrepreneur.
Photo by Elizabeth Nord Photography
When I’m not behind my jeweler’s bench creating crystal hair vines and modern jewelry, I am an active member of the creative entrepreneurs’ community in my home city. The hub of this part of my life is The Rising Tide Society, a worldwide movement working to empower and educate creatives in the spirit of “community over competition.”
The Rising Tide Society recently hosted its annual online conference, The Rise Summit, with a live webcast from its main offices in San Francisco. In between live sessions, the Summit aired a collection of pre-recorded short videos from community leaders. I was honored to have been selected as a featured speaker among the other powerhouse leaders who contributed.
In my video, I shared three practical tips for practicing mental health and self care as a creative entrepreneur.
I’m well versed in the importance of self care as a creative entrepreneur from personal experience. In the future, I hope to share more about my own journey toward mental health here on the blog. For now, here is a look at the video I recorded as it aired on the live webcast during The Rise Summit!
Three Mental Health Tips for the Creative Entrepreneur:
A well stocked “toolbox” to draw upon in times of struggle
A closer look at the inspiration behind the smallest new pair of stud earrings in my shop!
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.
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!
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.
I’m pleased to share that J’Adorn Designs is a new member of the Wedding Chicks preferred vendors’ network!
Check out the J’Adorn Designs portfolio on the Wedding Chicks site. And if you’re planning a wedding, be sure to follow along with their Inspiration page! I’ll be contributing content regularly along with other members of their elite network of wedding vendors!
A closer look at the inspiration behind the trendy bridal necklace
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!
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!)
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!