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Equestrian Brass Collection

Posted by Amanda Inman on 17 March, 2019 0 comments

Have you seen our collection of statement necklaces featuring vintage horse brasses? We first discovered these delightful brass treasures buried in antique shops and estate sales and markets, and knew they would make for a fun collection.



Not only do they have a storied past, but each is unique and beautiful and makes for a lovely conversation point. Whether you have interest in all things equestrian or just simply love one-of-a-kind statement jewelry, we think you'll love this line.

With origins in ancient times, horse brasses were thought to be an amulet of sorts, meant to protect from evil forces. Brasses have been discovered of Pre-Roman origin, and thought to have been introduced to England through a Far East tribe settling there, and then later reintroduced by returning members of the Crusades who had accumulated the as souvenirs from Eastern countries.



Paintings and tapestries dating from the late 17th century show horses adorned with brasses. Most brasses that are found today were made between the years of 1860 to 1890, with the largest manufacturer ceasing production in 1910. So we know they're old! What I have found to be cool about them is that each is unique in its symbol or design. Over 1200 designs have been documented, and they have significance about when and where they were made, as well as the owner of the horse and their occupations.
For example, one that we have shows an anchor and capstan wheel, which refers to a Naval horse.

We have another that shows what looks like a deer, which looks like a brass design that was from a Wiltshire Estate in England.

We also have a daintier chain design, one of which features a brass with a peacock, which would have been a colonial-type brass.




 
What a unique way to wear a piece of history! As with any of our other vintage and antique pieces, I'm always wondering what the story behind them is... who wore it, when, what was the meaning behind it. If these brass medallions could talk, OH the stories they would tell. I'm just sure of it.



We're always finding other brasses tucked away in forgotten places, so more will appear in the shop soon. If you love the concept, but want a specific emblem or figure on your horse brass, don't hesitate to reach out! We can be on the lookout or reserve one just for you! In the meantime, check out our collection online here, and many others at Titch & Burt's Mercantile, a boutique shop in Waco, TX.
 
 

Guest Post: Ellen Elizabeth

Posted by Amanda Inman on 19 October, 2018 0 comments

This is the beginnings of a regular blog series that I've always dreamt of doing: guest posts written by new and loyal amanda k. jewelry customers alike.  I am fascinated by the idea that often women have decided that they "can't" wear bold pieces, statement necklaces, bright colors.  For whatever their reasoning, for some it's an internal struggle that exists because of some lie they are believing about themselves or the world around them.  It is my hope that through something as seemingly trivial as jewelry, we can speak some truth into the lives of women and build up rather than tear down.  And perhaps some of us will come away challenged to try something new in the process. 

Please help me welcome our first guest post written by Ellen Elizabeth, a dear friend and loyal customer.

"My Amanda K jewelry makes me feel ConfidentBeautifulSecureValuable. "

When I first moved to Dallas, Amanda and I were in a small group together.  She always wears her jewelry.  Always.  And I admired it – it was beautiful, unique, and eye-catching.  But those weren’t things that I was comfortable pursuing for myself.  I was raised in a faith tradition that taught us to be plain.  We drove black cars (occasionally navy blue, or a dark green if you were really daring!).  We couldn’t wear makeup or any jewelry – even wedding rings were forbidden.  Our hairstyles were simple.  Especially as women, we were taught to be gentle, meek, and mild; never stand out, and never draw attention to yourself.  But it never quite made sense to me.  I saw the world around us that God created and it had so much beauty – flowers, sunrises, and sunsets.  Our garden produced a bounty every year, and I saw so many colors and textures there – crisp green pears, red-ripe strawberries, the smoothness of a watermelon, the rough green leaves and silky tassel of corn.  And I didn’t understand why we had to deny ourselves when God  had created this beautiful world all around us – didn’t he want us to enjoy it? 

 

We all appreciate beauty on some level.  If you have ever admired a sunset over the ocean, smiled at a baby in the grocery store check-out line, browsed through an art gallery or museum, or based your online dating swipe on how hot the fellow is (or isn’t…) – then you have pursued beauty.  Deciding what to wear every morning takes an intuition of what colors, styles and shapes work together.  Everyone one of us picks out furniture and some sort of décor for their home, chooses what color vehicle to purchase, has certain styles of clothing they would never purchase.  Very few people would purchase a house with lime-green walls and move in without repainting.  All of these involve making decisions based on factors that aren’t intrinsically practical– that’s where the creativity, and style come in.  We know what we like and what we don’t (though this can change over time).           

 

Growing up, the pastor’s wife had peacocks.  And we would admire those beautiful birds when they put on their mating show, scooping up any discarded feathers.  And another pastor’s wife kept a flower bed full of beautiful blooms.  But if I used fabric with brightly-colored flowers to make a dress, or added lace or buttons to my dress, that would have created a scandal.  There were rules upon rules to be followed.  Nobody could really explain why – it’s just how we did things.  And sometimes, maybe I think we do the same thing with ourselves.  We make rules without really having a reason, and then we stick to them – something like “It’s just not me to wear a big necklace”, “I will stand out too much if I wear bright colors”.  And because we judge ourselves so harshly, we assume others will judge us as well – “If I wear something that stylish, will people think I am shallow?”     Rules are easy to follow and give us a quick checkpoint to make sure we are on track (and a way to compare ourselves with others).  But Christianity has never been about rules, though people have tried to distill it down to that, time and again (Pharisees, anyone?).  Christianity is about relationship, and relationship provides freedom that rules never can, but it comes with a greater level of responsibility to examine your heart.  Because the proudest woman in the room may certainly be the simplest in her attire.  And the humblest one may the loudest.     

 

 

Genesis 1:27 tells us that people were created in God’s image.  And as his image-bearers, one of the things that gives us is his gift of beauty.  And we have a responsibility to use the gifts that he has given us (Matthew 25:14-30). 

We were placed in a beautiful world – mountains and valleys, rivers and lakes, zebras, tigers, and parrots – the list goes on and on.  God gave us this world to enjoy.  But as his image bearers, we also have those gifts of creativity inside of us – to express through pottery, painting, sculpture, music, and other ways.  Amanda expresses her gift by making unique jewelry.  And part of embracing our status as an image-bearer is finding ways to live out that creativity that He gave us.  Boldly, without apology, with a freedom to break away from the masses, and be ourselves.  Being willing to blaze a trail, if that’s where our path leads.  That may mean buying a piece of jewelry that is a little bolder than you would normally wear.  It may mean signing up for a class to learn the skills to steward your gifts better (or even experimenting to find out what your gifts are).  Because as we embrace and make time and space to express our own gifts, we become more supportive of those around us embracing theirs.

 

As the old saying goes, beauty is certainly in the eye of the beholder.  We all have a different sense of style and beauty, we have been given passion and inspiration to create different things.  What dreams are in your heart, ready to be birthed into the world?  It’s certainly a messy endeavor – new life always is.  But the process is exhilarating.              

 

I love how encouraging Ellen is in her words on beauty.  I did no prompting when I asked her to write, yet she spoke directly of the things I've pondered for years.  And so much of these thoughts are where my business and creativity stem from.  See my about page if you're curious on any of that. 

I want to thank the always amazing Susanna from Southern Pines Photography for our beautiful photos and a fun afternoon interview that felt more like hanging out with friends.

Until next time, lovelies!

 

 

 

Birthday Cake and Updates

Posted by Amanda Inman on 02 October, 2018 0 comments

This past week was a big one. My husband's birthday happened (and thus birthday WEEK celebrations) and we announced that we put a collection of amanda k. jewelry in a new shop down in Waco.  We posted about these things on Instagram, and had an overwhelmingly positive response from our followers.  If you don't follow us there, hop to it!  We share all the latest news there, and more of our lifestyle that we are working on branding.  And stay tuned for a name change happening soon!

The shop that welcomed us this weekend was Christi's, owned by Christi Proctor, formerly of Trading Spaces on HGTV.  I had connected with Christi while I was a student at Baylor when she spoke at a meeting our ASID group held.  She remembered me when I went by her store back in August, and we struck up a conversation about my jewelry.  She loved my equestrian necklaces in particular, because she had owned a horse herself. 

The vibe of her store (and her custom bedding line Moon Rein!) fit perfectly with our jewelry, so we're giving it a shot!  If you're in Waco or nearby (likely visiting Magnolia) then make sure to stop by and take a look. Her sister store Titch and Burt's Mercantile next door is also a great place to get unique gifts and home items.  There are so many great little local spots to shop in Waco now, and these little places are right there at the top of the list. 

 

Our birthday week celebrating my wonderful husband Chase included this delicious banana cake with brown butter cream cheese frosting, which I had intended to make to try to replicate our wedding cake.  I agree with Sally, why has it taken me this long to try brown butter cream cheese icing?!  We made this cake gluten free using Namaste GF Perfect Flour blend.  It's a dense and decadent treat, and my husband loved it!

wedding cake

Wedding cake by Feastivities, Flowers by I Do Floral & Decor, Wedding photography by Bow Tie Media

My cake, using my vintage inspired jadeite cake stand!

Since we were asking about it several times over on Instagram, I decided to share the recipe I used.  Make sure you visit her site to get the full recipe!  Now I can't wait to have our wedding cake that our moms saved for our 1 year anniversary... it's coming up soon!

 

This week will seem a bit dull compared to all the celebrations last week, but honestly, I'm quite ok with that.  This introvert is ready for some down time.  :)

 

 

Exciting News! We're reviving some classics.

Posted by Amanda Inman on 19 April, 2018 0 comments

We have some exciting news!

These Classics earrings are probably THE most complimented earrings I've ever made, and I literally wear them with anything and everything. (Statement necklaces included!!)

They were one of the first things I made when I started this business (9 years ago?! gasp.) I've never been able to remake them, UNTIL NOW.

So here's the exciting news: We've decided we're going to revive a few of our classic and original designs, starting with these!  I have a limited number of them available, and they're up on the website as of tonight! They're $60, which is a steal considering how much I know you'll wear them. (Wink.) Go get your pair before they sell out! xoxo #amandakjewelry

 

Make a Bridal Statement

Posted by Amanda Paret on 27 April, 2017 0 comments

 

Often, when a bride wants to make a fun or playful statement on her wedding day, she opts for the colorful or funky shoe.  But we'd like to point out (ahem) that this trend is rarely visible except for the occasional special shot by the photographer when getting ready.  What about choosing a statement necklace for a more modern and unique look, that would actually be seen and admired by everyone?

We may be biased, but it has been our experience that statement necklaces add elegance to any outfit - the signature element that completes an entire "look." What girl wouldn't want to add a touch of elegance to her bridal ensemble?

One of our brides that selected a stunning blush statement necklace for her wedding day said this, "I've been to wedding after wedding, and every bride looked the same to me.  And none were very memorable.  I wanted a more modern, elegant look that added another layer of 'wow' factor to my dress."  And we couldn't agree with her more.  By choosing the right statement jewels for your frock, you will enhance the beauty and details of the dress, rather than detracting from it. 


 

Oh, and did we mention one of our pieces would count for your "Something Old"?  Each necklace features a vintage element that we have hand picked during our treasure hunting adventures. 

Want to wear a statement necklace with your dress, but don't know where to start?  Send us a message and we'll work with you to design and hand-craft your very own one-of-a-kind accessory based on your unique details and specifications.  We also love making special gifts for your bridal party, too!  These bracelets were a custom order for a client who gave them to her bridesmaids.  How sweet would it be to give them as a "Will you be my bridesmaid?" gift?

 

And don't forget to have your photographer capture some fun images featuring your wedding day details!  We have to take a hot minute to brag on our talented friend Susanna Simpson, of Southern Pines Photography, who captured these STUNNING images of a bride wearing one of our favorite pieces (which is still available for sale, ladies! Go snag it while you can!)  Her artistic eye and attention to detail and candid expressions is a true talent, and we can't recommend her enough.  If you're looking for a wedding photographer, you simply must check her out!

 

Flowers by Gardenia.

Dress by Blushing Bride Boutique.

Settee by Gold Dust Vintage Rentals.

Event by Katie Frost Weddings.

Venue: Hawthorn Hills Ranch.

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Santa Fe for Travel and Inspiration

Posted by Amanda Paret on 30 January, 2016 0 comments

Earlier this Fall, I had the opportunity to travel to Santa Fe, New Mexico for an inspiration trip for my interior design work.  You'll probably notice that many times the design elements of my jewelry lines as well as the interior design work that I do cross over.  I love the bright colors, interesting textures and rich history of vintage jewelry pieces as well as design elements.

 

Here are just a few highlights from our trip: 

 

Santa Fe Travel Highlights from Jewelry Designer Perspective

 

This is a performing arts center and concert hall near the historic square.  I love the terra cotta roof, shell detailing at the entrance and the gorgeous carvings along the roof line.  This was truly a beautiful building.

 

Santa Fe Travel Highlights from Jewelry Designer Perspective

 

We spent a lot of time in the arts district and stopped in many local shops like this textile store to source rugs, accessories, jewelry, clothing, and other home items.  I love all the colors and textures found in stores like this one!

 

Santa Fe Travel Highlights from Jewelry Designer Perspective

 

These hand-painted bowls boast many bright color combinations, which I love to translate into both jewelry and interior design work.  We found these bowls at Casa Nova Gallery.

 

Santa Fe Travel Highlights from Jewelry Designer Perspective

 

And how fun is this beaded turtle?  I enjoy finding just a little bit of whimsy each day to keep life exciting.  I think this turtle would be a fun, unexpected touch in just the right room.

 

 

We walked up and down Canyon Road, a beautiful walk-able street lined with art galleries in little houses and cottages.  Each gallery was brimming with inspiration.  The one shown above had colorful art hanging outside, and low doorways with painted lintels. 

 

 

And how amazing is this door?!  I was drooling as we passed by, and had to snap a quick picture.  The color palette and motif were perfection.

 

And of course, the sunrises and sunsets were stunning.  This was my view every morning from my balcony: 

 

 

I came back from Santa Fe this fall recharged and inspired, ready to begin working on new collections as unique as the items we found on this trip.  Be sure and shop our new Peruvian Spike necklaces that would fit right in to the shops in Santa Fe!

 

Enjoying these travel posts?  Check out my trips to San Diego and Fredericksburg and also my Travel Necessities.

 

Vintage Inspired Bracelets in Colors Great for College Game Day!

Posted by Amanda Paret on 03 November, 2015 0 comments

 

We've recently launched a new section of our shop for a little something extra this Fall. Check out the equestrian-inspired bracelets that come in a variety of colors.  These would make great Game Day accents for your favorite college football team!  

 

Like all of our products, each bracelet is uniquely made, just as each woman who wears our pieces is one-of-a-kind.  Choose from eight different colors and styles of stones.  

 

 

The white enamel chain is reminiscent of an equestrian look, which is a hint of more things to come. The lobster clasp ensures that your bracelets stay put, and they also add a little gold bling.  

 

These bracelets stack wonderfully, and they also make great gifts for the holiday season.  Each bracelet is available for $20, which we are exited to offer.  We want twenty-somethings and women of all ages to wear Amanda K. Jewelry, and we love to offer this new option!

 

Shop here, or share the link with a friend!

Entrepreneurship and The Rising Tide Society

Posted by Amanda Paret on 21 September, 2015 0 comments

Today I wanted to go in a little different direction and share with you about one of the new groups of people I've been able to connect with in the entrepreneurial world.  I thought those of you who are also managing your own businesses would love to learn more about a group that supports us and is an encouragement to me.

The Rising Tide Society was introduced to me by my friend Elizabeth Hambleton, of Hambleton House Studio.  On the second Tuesday of each month, entrepreneurs across the country gather together for local meet-ups and discuss a topic provided for them by The Rising Tide Society.  Elizabeth and I had just been discussing over coffee how hard it has been to be a creative entrepreneur, and the various struggles we had encountered along the way.  

It's tough being out there running a business on your own. Not only are you the owner and CEO of your company, you are the accountant, the CFO, the Marketing Director, the Supply Manager, the public relations team, and in a creative business, you may even be your own photographer and design team. Wearing all these hats can be challenging, overwhelming, and lonely all at the same time.  Elizabeth and I shared with each other how we were looking forward to being a part of a community of other small business owners where we could ask questions, receive feedback, and collaborate. 

The first time we met up, it was great to see so many new faces of people who are wanting to connect with other small business owners.  We met back in June at Oddfellows, and the consensus among the group was how incredibly refreshing and encouraging it was to meet other company owners.

We've covered topics about Instagram, the customer experience and gathered ideas for other areas where we tend to struggle in business.  Truly, it has been so much fun getting to hear others' viewpoints!  The best thing about the heart of the movement has been #CommunityOverCompetition, which essentially means that we see the value in choosing to cultivate community as business owners, rather than cut-throat competition.  We each have different experiences and knowledge to share, and can build each other up by cultivating real relationships with other creative professionals.

To see if there is a #TuesdaysTogether meet-up near you, click here. The Facebook and Instagram communities are also a fun, beautiful and encouraging way for social media platforms to connect with others in business. I have been inspired and challenged in many ways through these connections.

I'd love to hear if you've been to a Tuesdays Together meet up in your neck of the woods, or if it's something you'd be interested in learning more about.  If you're in the Dallas area, leave a message for me here or email me, and I'd love to connect with you at our next meeting so you can have a familiar face!

I'll be sharing how Amanda K. Jewelry got started six years ago in upcoming blog posts.  I hope that it inspires and encourages you if you're on the fence about starting your own business.  

Custom Summer Statement

Posted by Amanda Paret on 28 August, 2015 1 comment

I recently dropped off a super fun and bright custom piece with a customer in California, and can't stop thinking about how stunning it is!  No, I normally do not make cross-country personal deliveries, but this one was created for a dear friend and colleague, and I happened to already be traveling to see her for a business trip anyway, so it worked out.

Because I am often asked about the process behind the making of statement necklaces and the jewelry we sell, I wanted to take you on a little tour of what the process looked like for this particular piece.  If you are considering working on a custom piece with us, this will give you a small glimpse of what to expect. 

We briefly discussed the materials she might want, but mainly focused on color.  The piece that we were designing around was the beaded circle element shown below.  Though it isn't vintage, it held special meaning and represented a particular style that she has branded for herself and her business called Hacienda Chic.  The beaded circle is actually a piece she picked up several years ago in Africa on a trip that was focused on finding ways to design and build sustainable housing in different communities there. 

Today I'd like to share what the process is for making a custom piece:  

1.  First, my customer shares the piece with which they want to design a custom jewelry piece around.  We discuss how they sourced it,  and why it's meaningful to them. My jewelry line is all about making meaningful connections with the past through our jewelry.  We talk through styles that the client wears, as far as what colors are in their wardrobe and the style and length they generally prefer.  I love to hear if the client has anything specific in mind, but I typically prefer not to see any of their inspiration photos, simply because it clouds my vision when trying to design a necklace!

2.  Once I have the conversation with my client to get a feel for what they want, then it's time to get started!  I do ask for a $100 deposit to start the process, with the rest of the payment due upon completion.  

3.  Next up is the design process!  As I begin to think through the beads that I already have on hand, I may also go and purchase a few more options that would coordinate well with the client's piece.  This portion of the design work is highly therapeutic and creative to me.  I love letting my imagination run with possibilities!

4.  After I've laid out two or three options that include the custom piece, I will take photos and price the various options.  I send these ideas over to my client and we talk through any questions or thoughts they may have.  I have to admit, sharing this work for someone who is designing a custom piece can be a little nerve wracking, because ultimately I want my client to be happy.  But I have had wonderful experiences with my clients and designing custom pieces is such a fun part of this job.

5.  Once the client decides on a piece, I will finish it up and either make a local delivery or ship it off once payment is complete.  Pricing for these pieces generally runs along the lines of my other pieces, and it really depends on the beads that I use to complete the new design that will determine the price, in addition to the cost of my time.

 


 

 

To work with me on a custom piece, please contact us here.  If you have additional questions that are not answered on our FAQ page, please don't hesitate to reach out!

Color Crush: Blush [A Trend Study]

Posted by Amanda Paret on 04 August, 2015 0 comments


We've been loving the blush color trend this summer, and we wanted to share some of our inspiration that we've found in the Amanda K. Jewelry line and around the web in this light-pink, summery hue.


Our necklace
With Grace and Dignity
 
offers a mix of blush and gold colors that are incredibly unique and royal-looking.
 

These  J. Crew shorts are "perfect," according to Cup of Jo, and they come in the "just right" length of 5 inches.


See more of this Amanda K. Jewelry Blush and Bashful Vintage-Inspired Necklace in our shop.  It is a perfect statement necklace to pair with a simple dress.


We love what Casey posts--beautiful flowers, photos and inspiration via Casey Leigh Wiegand's Instagram


Light Pink Coral Beads and Swarovski Crystal are part of the stunning Carry On piece.


This gorgeous Monogram Hand Towel, simple white with blush accents would make a thoughtful and personal gift or a treat for yourself!


And last but not least, our Goddess Divine necklace boasts both chunky beads and dainty details to accent the blush color in this statement necklace. 

Where do you find color inspiration?  We love to keep our eyes out for beauty everywhere.  For daily doses of color, follow Amanda on Instagram.
 
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