As we near the Holiday season, I thought I would share with you my favorite part to my job. Creating one of a kind pieces that are made from customer's own stones. Custom orders are always more challenging for many reasons; each one requires a meeting with the client to decide basic design specifications, then extra precautionary measures to protect their item they are asking me to work with, and a whisper of hope that they will be happy with my final designs. Despite the added stress, there is nothing I enjoy more. The meaning behind the design is almost always fascinating to me, and I strive to make sure I do the work justice in the final execution stages.
Not every custom design is so intricate, but they all make me happy. They push me as a designer and open my mind to new directions my work can go. I often tell customers to drop me a line if they want something they do not see on my website. Below are three examples of items that were inspired by previous designs of mine, but went into a different direction.
The first was created for a client who was headed to Joshua Tree for a sound bath for her birthday. So cool, right? We wanted to have the quartz for amplification, moonstone for intuition and a little magic. After that we decided to darken the copper so we could use a sterling chain to complete it.
The third picture is a custom designed for a photographer friend of mine. She is the one who shot the beautiful Holiday Ice Princess photos, and I wanted to design something from that collection, but something more her style. I used an off center triangle, smaller amethyst points and made the metal work more delicate, but darker than usual. I personally love how it turned out, and may be adding something like this to the collection.
The middle pic is not a custom, but it was the inspiration for the design below. This client had wanted to set her twin crystal amethyst into something changeable and versatile like the caged druzy design she had seen on my instagram. The beauty of this caged design is that with a little adjusting of the chain, you can wear it four different ways.
The ring below was another fun one to set. This was a customer's own quartz point with these stunning black inclusions in it. We wanted to create a giant banded ring that protected the crystal but also showed it off.
This last one is a small sliver of quartz that was found locally. It was so smooth in shape I wanted to up the texture of the copper and love the way it turned out.
All of the above designs are just a few of the many I have been lucky enough to make for my clients. I would be happy to make one for you, just send me an email, or a message through Instagram and we can start the process. Just a reminder as well, I am only accepting customs (for Christmas delivery) through Nov 30th. After that, I will be reopening customs come January of next year.
I recently launched my holiday collection (every day more and more items are up and listed in the shop), and I wanted to share a little of what went into creating this collection. If you regularly keep up with my blog, by now you have seen the posts about the photoshoot and the launch party, but today is more about delving into the inspiration and design process that went into this Holiday season.
This whole process began in September. I had barely finished launching my fall collection when I started kicking around ideas for what would make up the Holiday line. I had in my head the large scale, hauntingly beautiful ice caves of Sweden. While I have never been, it is high on my list of places to go, and living in the desert this seemed something so strange and wonderful I had to explore it more.
A simple google search reveals hundreds of images like the ones above. Walls of ice, blue glows and iridescent beauty. It didn't take me long to go from there to putting together a vision of an ethereal beauty who would live in a place like this.
She is a little mysterious, bewitching. She isn't a frail flower, this woman has to survive in an extreme environment. What does her jewelry look like? Elegant, simple but statement. She adorns herself in literal versions of the beauty around her.
After identifying this muse, I put together my mood board, and the whole collection started forming from there.
The hardest part was getting together enough small quartz points to make this collection happen. I normally do most of my crystal buying at the start of the year, so I had to reach out to a few sources to make this happen. I also went to a few local gem shows and spent hours (seriously, hours) searching through piles of quartz points to find just the perfect ones.
I then began grouping them into clusters of 3, 4 and 5. I am always partial to odd numbers, so most of the items in the collection have 3 or 5 points you can see. I wanted to incorporate elements of previous designs as well, and the triangle pendants and circular chokers were a natural layer to add in.
All of this culminated in the photo shoot. It is important to me to show how the jewels are intended to be worn according to the artist, and I hope the images Kate Alison Photography captured help to show the inspiration and mood of the collection well.
All in all, I am thrilled with the way months of sketching, sourcing, creating and photographing turned out. This holiday collection is one I am proud of.
How many fun stories start out "this one night in a bar..."? Probably too many to count, but this one ends different than you may imagine. One night, while out for a friend's birthday, a local jeweler friend and I started chatting about how we wanted this holiday to be a celebration. How we were both planning collections that we were so proud of, and how we wanted to plan an event to share them with our friends and family. You guys may know this jeweler, Nicole of NikDreamer.
This chit chat over a glass of wine stuck with us both, and a month later we had planned our launch party. Immediately, we knew the location we wanted to host it at. Retail Therapy is a cute local boutique that has a wonderful side room (available to rent for meetings, events, even dance classes). I had hosted an event there in the fall, and knew it was perfect for our party.
We invited family and friends, clients and some local bloggers (see the lovely Lindsey of TheNomisNiche in the above right pic) to come see the debut of our new jewels.
In addition to this, we had photographer Payton Altman come by and snap our photos so we could share the evening with those not able to attend. She did a great job capturing the vibe of the place as you can see here. Be prepared to see some more pictures from her next week, as I will be delving deeper into the inspiration behind this collection and the creation of these gems.
We were also lucky enough to have a guest drop by, Marianne Tanada (@thefashclass) who took amazing photos for blogger Graciela (@dizzyspangle). Below are just a few of the beautiful shots she shared. You can see so much more, and get a peak behind the inspiration for the collection on Graciella's blog post here.
Overall, we had a wonderful turnout, spent time with friends new and old, and finished the night energized for the upcoming season. Thank you to all who came out and supported us on this special evening. You are why I am so passionate about what I do.
I wanted to share a little of the magic behind the amazing photos from Kate Alison Photography that are now up on my website. What started out as a fun collaboration idea I couldn't get out of my head, turned into such beautiful photos! If you haven't checked out Kate's work, you should do so! Her instagram is full of gorgeous NYC images and genuine couples in love.
Kate and I met through a Facebook group called The Rising Tide Society, a group of professional creatives who believe in community over competition. She had been planning a galaxy inspired wedding shoot, and I was lucky enough to create a mini collection of jewelry for her bride to wear in those pics. As luck would have it, Kate was coming through Vegas shortly after her shoot, and we decided to meet in person. It didn't take long to realize that she was the perfect person to shoot my Holiday Ice Princess collection. We pulled together some of my favorite Las Vegas creatives, and I love how it all turned out.
The dynamic duo of Kate Eissinger and Tanya Evans are seen here working on the hair and makeup of our model Jenni Anderson. These girls are the dream team and work together at Atelier by Salon Salon. (Kate is also the hair wizard responsible for my vivid colors). I love seeing how she will bring new ideas to life. One of the things about Kate is that she is always learning new techniques and so every project with her is exciting. Tanya is a bundle of creative energy and never backs away from a challenge. Armed with her blue mascara, she transformed Jenni into an icey dream, complete with sparkly face jewels and blue finger tips too.
We shot at a beautiful boutique, Gypsy05, located at Tivoli Village. Thank you to General Manager Tracee, who was so kind as to lend us her space for a few hours. The gorgeous hand dyed maxi dress Jenni is wearing is also from the store.
And because I can't get enough of these gorgeous photos, here are just a few of my favorites from the day. Head over to the Holiday 2016 lookbook to see the full collection. Kate really captured the mood of the collection in both her photography and her editing.
And because I can't believe just how much magic she created, I have to share this behind the scenes look at photographer and model.
Owner/Designer for Desert Daisy Jewelry. Crystal Enthusiast, Wanderer, Gypsy Soul.