Vintage Jewelry Repair :: Turquoise Statement Necklace

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From time to time, I get the opportunity to use my jewelry skills to give new life to an old piece that’s seen better days. I love projects like these because they tie my love for vintage to my creative work, which usually involves making brand-new items. Some projects are more intricate and involve a complete redesign while others, like this, simply need to be restrung to be ready to wear again!

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This piece came to my studio from a friend of mine who found the necklace while thrift shopping and thought it would be the perfect birthday gift for his sister. The only problem with the piece was that the stringing thread was clearly falling apart and it needed to be restrung with something sturdy.

The stones (real turquoise – beautiful!) and golden clasp were in great shape, so my job was easy. I chose white natural silk thread to restring the necklace in a nice heavy weight. The beads were large, so I wanted to make sure that they wouldn’t pull apart the knots and come unstrung with regular wear and tear.

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So, with just a little TLC and some new thread this timelessly beautiful necklace is ready for action again!

Do you have a favorite piece of jewelry that could use a little refurbishing? Maybe some pretty earrings with tarnished hooks or a bracelet whose elastic is shot? I’d love to give new life to your old favorites. Send me an email for information on pricing and available repair services! 

Xo, Ali

Love Is Brewing :: Coffee Themed Bridal Inspiration

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I recently had the opportunity to collaborate with some stellar D.C. area wedding professionals to create this awesome coffee-themed styled shoot full of inspiration for all you caffeinated brides out there. The shoot took place at Cervantes Coffee, a warehouse that made the perfect setting for the urban chic look we hoped to achieve. Here’s a look at some of my favorite shots…

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For the bride, I created a necklace of clear Swarovski crystals, ivory Swarovski pearls and sterling silver elements in a lariat-style design. [Look familiar? That's because this was a revisited version of the bridal set that I made for Abby last summer!]

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Following the theme of pearls in various hues inspired by coffee and the industrial setting, I created a longer necklace for the maid-of-honor using Swarovski pearls in ivory and beige with hematite beads and gold-filled metal elements. This necklace echoes the lariat style of the bride’s necklace with a different color palette and length. I love this pairing of the necklace with a chambray top and black dress.

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The styling of this bridal inspiration shoot was simply gorgeous, down to every last detail. I can practically smell the coffee brewing!

Thanks so much to our photographer, Megan Chase Photography, and our partners in the shoot:

Flowers and Planning:  EightTreeStreet
Jewelry:  J’Adorn Designs

Other Participating Vendors:

1. Spoons: Milk and Honey Luxuries 

2. Hand-stamped coffee theme hanging tags: Charonel Designs

3. Printable “Love is Brewing” sign: Borden Specifics

Models: Anna Joy Lees, Rebecca  and Jesse Baskin

Small Business Saturday

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I love being a small business owner and am so thankful to every one of you who makes it possible for me to do what I do. Now through Sunday night I’m offering 10% off all of the earrings in my shop, including 11 new pairs of stud earrings that are making their debut today, as a small token of my appreciation.  They make perfect stocking stuffers!

Happy shopping, and thank you for supporting small businesses like mine!

Xo, Ali

Upcoming Events :: Howard County Farmers’ Market

photo (19)Happy Friday, friends! It’s been a busy week here at J’Adorn – juggling bridal orders, making new pieces for my upcoming gallery show, and working through some hiccups with my wholesale supplier. There’s been a lot going on, but I’m pushing through and still having fun! That’s a sign you’re in the right line of work, right? :)

After a couple weeks away, I’m excited to be back at the Howard County Farmers’ Market again tomorrow. It’ll be at the usual place at the usual time – 9:00am to 12:30pm at the Glenwood Library. My lovely friend Melissa will be joining me at my table and likely modeling some jewelry. Come pay us a visit and pick up some fresh local food for the new week. See you there!

Xo, Ali

Pretty Little Things :: Found Vintage Earrings

VintageEarringGroupI spent this past in Philadelphia visiting my college girlfriends. It was a lot of fun and a great chance to relax with friends whom I don’t see nearly enough. On Saturday morning we spent some time at the South Philly Flea Market and I found some really beautiful treasures that I can’t wait to repurpose for my jewelry creations.

VintageEarring2The first pair of earrings that caught my eye was a beautiful antique rhinestone set with an art deco style. I’ve been pretty much obsessed with rhinestones all summer after seeing The Great Gatsby. These earrings were clip-ons that I could easily remove the backings from, so I knew I could come up with a really cool piece or two using them. I’m thinking about an asymmetrical necklace with pearls and maybe some cup chain. What do you think?

VintageEarrings1The second pair that I couldn’t put down were these screwbacks with pear shaped, marquis, and emerald cut rhinestones. Pear is one of my all time favorite cuts (my engagement ring has a pear-shaped focal stone because my husband is boss!) and I love how the different shapes were worked together to make a floral design. I’m still figuring out how I’ll use these in a new piece, but I know that when inspiration hits it’s going to be pretty awesome!

I also snagged a couple of old white shutters at the flea market that I’m planning to rework for jewelry display purposes for my stand at the farmers’ market and upcoming craft shows. Once those are all finished I’ll share them here too!

I hope you all had a great weekend and an excellent start to the new week, friends!

Xo, Ali