I am sure you have it - a box or a drawer where you keep the jewelry that you don't wear. Ever. These are jewels that have a special meaning to you - whether they were inherited from Aunt Betty, a wedding day gift from your in-laws, or a high school graduation ring - but you can't put them on. They are too fussy, too colorful, too plain, too manly, too girlie - you get the idea.
One of my favorite things to do is play with clients' "unwearables" and recreate them into pieces that they will love and adorn themselves with. Here's a recent example.
The earrings are a classic ZAIKEN motif, but slightly larger, as the diamonds my client had were larger. Imagine from a box of "unwearables" to this pair of gorgeous earrings.
Think about your collection of "unwearbales"...what would you make? Contact me to get the ideas flowing - - email@example.com.
This is a new series I am working on, sharing the behind the scenes story of how a piece comes to life. I have been asked many times about my inspiration and design process, and how I go about sourcing and creating one of a kind pieces. I hope you enjoy this developing series, and drop a line with any suggestions or thoughts...after all, this series came from your questions!
Flushed cheeks. Accelerated heart rate. Mind racing with possibilities. It's an unmistakable sequence of feelings that I have come to recognize when I see certain materials, specifically stones in their natural state that have been formed over millions and millions of years, deep in the layers of earth. I can't quite describe the level of excitement that overcomes me, other than to say, it doesn't happen like this in any other part of my life (husband and sons excluded). I become completely arrested by the stones, and that's when I know this is going to be good.
There's no doubt that jewelry holds a powerful story for many of us. Whether it's a signet ring you inherited from your nana, or a statement pair of earrings you bought for your self to celebrate a promotion, that piece of jewelry becomes part of your life's narrative.
When my sons were very young and I would have to travel for a night or two and be away from them I would wrap one of my bracelets onto each of their wrists and tell them to wear it and think of mommy's arms wrapped around them. It was a comforting and special ritual that we shared; when I returned, they would put the bracelet back on to my wrist, until the next trip. When it came time for me to travel for one whole week (an extremely long time for a 5 year old) to the Couture Show, my youngest son Kenz made a beaded plastic bracelet for me to wear while I was away....so that I would remember him. That bracelet is priceless to me, and as my sons grow up, I look forward to getting more pieces of jewelry to add to my collection from them, especially as they move on from plastic beads...
Some of the favorite jewels many of my friends and clients have are the ones they were given in times of celebration from their significant others and/or their children. With Mother's Day coming up, we've had several requests from our clients to help them not end up with a gift certificate for dry cleaning as a their gift (true story), or a toaster oven (also a true story). We put together this beautiful assortment of jewels to help.
While I think that most mothers believe that the greatest jewels of their lives are their children, a little sparkle goes a long way as a visual reminder of that love.
And, just because mothers day is a week away you haven't missed the boat - you can always make a move to stand out and give some sparkle at another time of the year. Surely your mom will appreciate the effort, no matter the time.