This summer has been the best one for J’Adorn Designs yet. This is because I’ve had record breaking numbers of custom designs, and each suite of accessories seems to be even more beautiful than the last. I’m more than a little obsessed with my most recent commission and I’m thrilled to highlight them on the blog today.
I made this set of custom wedding jewelry for Jill, a fellow creative entrepreneur and the designer behind Tomahawk Design Co. Like many of my clients, Jill has sensitive skin, which made the quality & type of metals I used to make her wedding jewelry a high priority. We opted for 16k gold plated earring posts, which I knew would ensure her comfort for the duration of her wedding day – from first look to last dance. We also incorporated freshwater pearls in an adapted version of our Laurel Earrings in Gold & Blush and some tiny accent earrings for her second ear piercings.
The set was made complete by a two-strand bracelet of Swarovski pearls with crystal and gold connectors. The finishing touch (and my favorite piece of the set!) was Jill’s branch-y hairpin, which makes the perfect complement to the low, loose updo that she’ll wear on her wedding day. Scroll through to the bottom of the post for a sneak peek of Jill’s gorgeous hairstyle!
Congratulations to Jill (and Eric!) on her upcoming nuptials! I can’t wait to share her entire look, complete with dress, veil, shoes, and other fabulous details, in a later post.
Are you in on the druzy trend? These sparkly gemstones, in all their shapes and sizes, have been taking the jewelry world by storm for the past two wedding seasons (at least!), and the design possibilities seem to be endless. Whether you’re a total newcomer to druzies or have already started a collection of your own, you’re bound to learn something new in this latest edition of the “Know Your Bling” series. (And if not, you’ll still get to feast your eyes on some really sweet eye candy!)
What is a druzy? The word “druzy” (or “drusy” as our friends across the pond would say) comes from the geological term “druse,” which refers to the phenomenon that occurs when a fine layer of crystals grows on a gemstone, usually in a vein or other fractured surface. It’s the same effect you’d see in the geodes you may have purchased from the science store at the mall when you were younger.
Druzy in Jewelry
In the jewelry world, druzies are a favorite for their ability to add a lot of sparkle to a design. If you look closely at a druzy, you will see countless little facets that catch the light from every direction. Because they come in many different shapes, colors, and sizes, they also offer a lot of versatility for jewelry designs. Even the crystal facets come in different sizes, so you could choose a more rough looking stone for an edgier style, or one with finer facets to create a more delicate effect.
How I use druzies Because I aim for a happy mixture of wearability and glamour in my designs as a jeweler, I tend to let these stones be the stand-alone stars of the pieces I use them in. I’ve experimented with various methods to mount the stones, from a full wire wrap to a more minimal floating design. I’ve even added a chain tassel for a pair of custom bridesmaid’s earrings; but generally I don’t overcomplicate things when I use these lustrous stones.
Here’s a look at a few of my favorite druzy designs from the J’Adorn Designs collection. Tell me which one is your personal favorite in the comments, then click on over to the shop to claim it as your own!
Today we’ve been given the great honor of being a Highlighted Vendor on The Big Fake Wedding’s blog! Click over to their website to read the full write-up and learn a bit about lead designer Alison’s journey as the owner of J’Adorn Designs.
“It was SUCH a joy getting to know and work with Alison from J’Adorn Designs in Baltimore. It is difficult for me to believe that she is a self-taught jeweler as her intricate designs are pure artistry. Alison’s attention to detail – and sweet personality! – make her a dream to work with. For all of you brides-to-be out there, I encourage you to consider working with J’Adorn Designs to create something special for your special day…and for all of those special ladies who will be by your side (mamas, grandmamas, bridesmaids, flower girls).”
-The Big Fake Wedding Baltimore Team
We are pleased to announce that J’Adorn Designs has been hand selected to be a vendor for the Big Fake Wedding’s event in Baltimore, MD, on July 23rd, 2015. BFW events take place across the country and we are thrilled to have been hand selected for their production in Baltimore.
For those unfamiliar with the event, The Big Fake Wedding is a bridal show alternative in the form of a big, fake wedding, which gives brides-and-grooms-to-be the unique opportunity to see the work of local wedding vendors in action. There is a ceremony, reception, catered meal, and Tunnel of Love where guests get to meet and collect goodies from participating vendors. J’Adorn Designs will be the official jeweler of the event, providing jewelry for the bride and her bridesmaids.
While our specific jewelry designs for the Baltimore BFW will remain a secret until the event’s big reveal, here’s a little teaser of the styling you can expect to see from those of us putting together the details:
Will you be one of the “wedding guests” in attendance? Leave us a comment and we’ll look for you in the Tunnel of Love!
Happy Friday, friends! Today we’re pleased to share with you this lovely winter wedding and the custom jewelry that we created for it. Kristen and Dustin were married in the month of December, so their wedding look incorporated seasonal colors like dark red, white, and evergreen.
We provided a light pink rosette fabric bracelet for the bride, which complemented the delicate lace flowers of her dress nicely.For the bridesmaids, we created double-stranded necklaces using Swarovski pearls, gold elements, and a maroon rose side-pendant to coordinate with the color of their dresses; the effect was stunning. Check out all the photos of Kristen & Dustin’s elegant winter wedding after the jump!