We’re Popping Up: Mother’s Day Monarch Fest

Our good friend Dawn, over at Silver Linings Lavender, is hosting a Mother’s Day Monarch Festival and we are excited to be popping up as a vendor this weekend.

You may recognize Dawn (or her logo)… she is part of our Tuesdays Together group for The Rising Tide Society.  Silver Linings and J’Adorn also have an on-going collaboration of essential oils and diffuser bracelets!

Mother's Day Monarch Feast event image Here’s what Dawn has to say about the inspiration and purpose for the monarch festival…

  • Monarch butterfly populations have been drastically declining.
  • Their caterpillars only eat one type of plant, called milkweed. As human development grows, milkweed habitat disappears. You can help by planting milkweed in your yard and even creating pollinator gardens.
  • Come to our event and purchase a milkweed plant or even learn to care for some free milkweed seeds and enjoy the beautiful weekend with your favorite mom!
  • Proceeds from the event will benefit Monarchwatch.org.

Need more information?  Here’s a link to the Facebook event!

J’Adorn Designs will be there with a table full of our favorite styles for spring and summer.   We’ll also have our TASSEL BAR in tow!

Want a sneak peek?!  Check out these photos from last weekend’s pop up at MayFair Market

J'Adorn Designs custom jewelry druzy pendant necklace for sale at Monarch Festival in Westminster Maryland

J'Adorn Designs custom jewelry tassel bar, design your own gemstone tassel earrings at the Monarch Festival in Westminster Maryland

J'Adorn Designs custom jewelry pop up shop in Catonsville Maryland, Preview for Mother's Day Monarch Festival jewelry for sale in Westminster Maryland

Jewelry Photography: BaM Co Create

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Our First Craft Show of the Spring!

We’re popping up at MayFair Market in Catonsville!

Get your Mother’s Day gifts, treat yourself, and learn a new skill or two

J'Adorn Designs artisan jewelry is coming to MayFair Maker's Market in Catonsville Maryland for a craft show, Spring jewelry pop-up shop featuring artists from Baltimore

We’re Bringing J’Adorn Designs Jewelry to Maker Practice!

This Sunday, May 5th, come see us at MayFair Market in downtown Catonsville!
Whether you’re still searching for the perfect Mother’s Day gift or you’ve been dying to experience TASSEL BAR for yourself, we’ll have lots of colorful options for you to shop!  This pop-up is one you don’t want to miss, featuring some of Baltimore’s finest makers.

Spring craft show in Maryland featuring jewelry artisan J'Adorn Designs; artist Alison Jefferies brings custom jewelry experience to maker's market with the Tassel Bar, a design-your-own custom jewelry experience

Some highlights to check out: 

  • The Tassel Bar: a design-your-own custom jewelry experience!

  • New tassel jewelry colors for Spring

  • Vintage J’Adorn treasures at reduced prices

  • Art & handcrafted goods from local artisans

  • Mini workshops & live demos

Craft show in Catonsville Maryland welcomes custom jewelry artisan J'Adorn Designs with spring accessories and design-your-own tassel earrings at the Tassel Bar

Register for the MayFair Market craft show HERE (it’s free!) 

You can also sign up for a workshop during the craft show for a fee.

Blue and green tassel earrings by J'Adorn Designs artisan jewelry, for sale at Catonsville craft show MayFair Market

The artists and makers featured at MayFair Market include:

MayFair Market craft show features spring tassel jewelry and custom design your own tassel earrings by J'Adorn Designs in Catonsville, Maryland

We hope to see you there! 


(But, if you can’t make it… You can still snag a last minute Mother’s Day gift from the Jewelry Shop! Remember, all orders over $50 ship free!) 
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3 Easy Ways to Pack Your Jewelry for Travel

Spring is finally here, and with it comes warmer weather and vacation season!

How to pack jewelry so it won't break while you travel, pro packing tips for jewelry and accessories, by J'Adorn Designs custom jewelry

One of the biggest challenges of packing for travel can be knowing how to safely pack your jewelry. We all know the frustration of untangling a necklace chain after it’s been jostled in a suitcase, and the heartbreak of losing an earring from your favorite pair.

We want you to confidently take your jewelry along on all of your adventures (and, tag us in your photos on Instagram with #jadornyourlove!)
With that in mind, we’re sharing 3 easy ways to pack your jewelry for travel, using items that you likely already have at home!

Tip #1: Use straws to keep necklace chains from tangling

This trick for packing a necklace tangle-free is inexpensive and customizable. And, since straws come in multi packs, you can pack several necklaces to have plenty of style options!

Here’s how to use straws to pack jewelry without tangling:
  • Use a standard sized straw for shorter necklaces (16-18 inches). 

For thin bracelets, we recommend using paper straws.
Here’s how it works:

First, use a pair of scissors to cut the straw to approximately half the length of the bracelet.
Next, gently slide the bracelet into the fitted paper straw with the clasp ends sticking out on either side.

Lastly, close the bracelet’s clasp so the straw can’t slide off. You’re done!

Tip #2: Use Glad Press ‘n Seal to Pack Flat

Use this common pantry item to safely pack your jewelry – even the most fragile pearls and druzies! 

Here’s a step by step guide showing how to use Glad Press ‘n Seal for packing your jewelry:

First, cut a length of the film and lay it out flat, sticky side up.

Next, lay out all of your jewelry on the sticky film, making sure to leave enough space between pieces to create a seal.
After the jewelry is in place, use your fingers to gently press each piece into place on the sticky surface.

Lastly, cut a second length of film to match the size of your bottom piece. Carefully place the second layer, sticky side down, onto the first piece and jewelry.

Gently press the top layer of Press ‘n Seal down to seal (get it?) the jewelry in place.
  • Start at the outer edges, smoothing the adhesive as you go
  • Work your way inward, pressing gently
  • Create a protective seal between each piece of jewelry and gently press the top layer around each item

Now you’re all ready to add your packed jewelry to your suitcase!
Bonus Pro Tip: We recommend sandwiching the sealed jewelry layer between scarves or soft pieces of clothing to keep it cushioned while you travel. 

Tip #3: Reuse the Your Jewelry’s Packaging

Did you know that at J’Adorn Designs we choose our packaging carefully so our customers can reuse it?

It’s true! Because we care about the planet and extending the life of your jewelry investment, we provide packaging for your accessories to keep them safe in storage!

Here are a few ideas of how you can reuse the packaging we provide for J’Adorn Designs jewelry:

If you’ve purchased a piece of Tassel Jewelry from us, you know that we send them in plastic tubes to keep the tassels from fraying. We want you to save these tubes to keep your tassels in top condition whenever you’re not wearing them!
So, when you travel with your tassel jewelry, just slide them into their tubes and place them in their original hard paper box. 

The final step is securing the lid in place.
(We like to use a hair band for this, since we’ll need them during the trip, too!)

Our finer jewelry comes with upgraded packaging that you can also reuse for safely traveling with jewelry. 

Simply place your jewelry in these heirloom quality boxes, like the pink bracelet box with microsuede lining pictured above.

We love to use our upgraded microsuede pouches for the safe keeping of earrings and delicate necklaces!

The fabric divider inside the pouch provides a separation for earrings so they won’t knock into each other and chip.
This is especially vital for druzy gemstone jewelry because the tiny crystals are so fragile.

This pouch also works great with a fine pendant necklace to keep its chain from scratching delicate gems and pearls.

Now that you have all of our best tips for safe jewelry packing, you’re ready to jet set with all your favorite jewels in tow! 

How to pack your jewelry safely for travel and storage, professional jewelry care tips by J'Adorn Designs custom jeweler in Maryland

Safe travels, and don’t forget to tag us when you take your J’Adorn jewels on your travel adventures!

You can use #JADORNYOURLOVE on all social platforms

(and we love to reshare!) 


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Custom Crystal Vine Earrings in Silver

Our Crystal Vine Earrings have been on quite the transformational journey!

Or, to put it in a punny way: These Crystal Vine Earrings just keep on growing

Delicate crystal vine earrings, dainty silver sparkle earrings, custom artisan bridal earrings by J'Adorn Designs handcrafted bridal accessories

Pictured above is their third iteration.  Here, the crystals are wrapped in silver and feature a leaf triad instead of the opal drop of earlier versions.

New J’Adorn Bride Sarah saw these earrings (in their second version) on our Instagram feed and fell in love.

gold crystal vine and opal teardrop bridal earrings jadorn designs custom jewelry

This second styling of the Crystal Vine Earrings were for Portland Bride Ari.  Hers was the wedding that almost wasn’t.  We covered her heartbreaking/heartwarming story on the blog just a few months ago.

AND… Ari’s earring aren’t quite ready to nestle in the jewelry box just yet!  Her best friend loved them so much, she’s using them as her “something borrowed” for her upcoming wedding later this year.

Custom wedding earrings for a Portland bride's outdoor wedding, made by J'Adorn Designs custom bridal accessories

In the journey of these Vine Earrings, Instagram strikes again!  Ari saw J’Adorn Bride Rachel’s version, which inspired her to customize her own.

Bride Rachel (who lives in Germany) loved the look, but needed a shorter version.  She worked with Designer Ali, who recommended a shorter pear shaped opal drop, via email to create the perfect pair for her wedding day.  

We’ve got all of those details, including shots of her matching bracelet, here on the blog

Delicate crystal vine earrings, dainty silver sparkle earrings, custom artisan bridal earrings by J'Adorn Designs handcrafted bridal accessories

So, from the original pair in our Jewelry Shop, to Germany, then Portland and now to Ohio, we just love seeing this vine grow and grow!

Bride Sarah asked if they could be made in silver and with no drop (just the vine). Ali recommended adding the leaf triad to make the piece feel more complete, and Sarah agreed.

This specific customized pair features:
  • Delicate & Sparkly – the silver maximizes the shine factor!
  • Lightweight for all-day wear
  • Lever-back Closure – so dance your shoes off and know your earring will stay put!

Delicate crystal vine earrings, dainty silver sparkle earrings, custom artisan bridal earrings by J'Adorn Designs handcrafted bridal accessories

Warm and Glowing in Gold

Or

Icy and Sparkling in Silver

Which pair is your fave?  AND… What will these earrings grow into next?! Let us know what you think in the comments.  We just can’t get enough of these Crystal Vine Earrings.

(customize your pair here and keep the journey going)

Delicate crystal vine earrings, dainty silver sparkle earrings, custom artisan bridal earrings by J'Adorn Designs handcrafted bridal accessories

Silver vine photos by Britney Clause Photography

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What is Crystal Jewelry?

Crystal Crash-Course!

We use the word crystal a lot around here to describe our jewelry designs.  But, we know that word gets used widely and we want to give YOU a crash-course in crystal-ology as part of our Know Your Bling series!
Welcome to Crystals: 101

crystal jewelry styling with jadorn designs custom jewelry

Each piece of J’Adorn Jewelry in the photo above (and, every photo in this post, really) features at least ONE type of crystal.  There are multiple elements that the word includes.  

So, let’s break them down!

crystal spike necklace earrings by jadorn designs custom jewelry

First up: Crystal Quartz

Quartz is a type of gemstone.  Crystal (or more specifically, “rock crystal”) is the colorless variation of this stone.  In our designs, we often call the pointed rough quartz stones on our necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and headpieces “crystal quartz spikes.” 

The spikes take center stage in our stunning Rough Crystal Spike Haircomb.

crystal earrings; druzies, rose quartz, crystal spikes dangle earrings by jadorn designs custom jewelry

Second:  Druzy Crystals

The name “druzy” refers to the effect when minerals crystallize and form a sparkling, sugar-like layer on a stone.  Most often, that stone is quartz.  It’s the same phenomenon you see inside the cavity of a geode.  Our druzies are cut to highlight the sparkles, with the entire top surface covered in these crystals.

In this series of photos, we’re highlighting white, champagne and black druzy elements.  However, we have a rainbow of druzy colors available in the Jewelry Shop!

crystal jewelry examples, crystal spike necklaces, druzy pendant necklace, swarovski crystal vine earrings by jadorn designs custom jewelry

Finally: Swarovski Crystals

These are actually man-made gems manufactured in Austria. They were first created in 1892 when a man named David Swarovski invented a machine for making precision-cut, beautiful, high quality lead glass crystals using quartz, sand, and minerals.  The exact proportions of these raw materials is a company secret, and they use this specialized manufacturing process to produce brilliant crystals. 

Here at J’Adorn, we sprinkle Swarovski Crystals into our designs as often as we can.  They are eye-catchingly luminescent and come in just about every color imaginable. (And girl, you know we love color around here!)

We love the shimmer they bring to each piece, especially these delicate bracelets.

swarovski pearl and crystal branch earring flat lay jadorn designs custom jewelry

We know it’s nearly impossible to choose, BUT do you have a favorite type?  Or, a favorite way they are featured in our jewelry?

(one possible answer is: when they are combined in the same piece!)

We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!  We want to make more of what YOU love most.

crystal jewelry flat lay jadorn designs custom jewelry

Photos by Katherine Elizabeth Photography
Information sources: Here and Here 

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