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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.
 

Four Summer Travel Necessities

Posted by Amanda Paret on 21 July, 2015 0 comments

If you've been around here for long, it's no surprise that I love color.  Today I've picked four travel necessities that I really can't do without, and of course, they all come in amazingly vibrant colors!  As an interior designer, I value new experiences, other cultures and visual inspiration.  Travel is a great way for me to grow personally, as well as professionally, and so I try to take advantage of as many trips as possible throughout the year.  

For travel-savvy info on airfare rate and insider tips, I enjoy reading The Points Guy's blog.  If you want to learn how to get the most out of credit card points to fly for free or stay in luxurious hotels for very little, I would recommend spending some time on his website.

Once I've booked a trip, I begin to round up the items that I simply can't live without, and a few really great pieces that make traveling so much more fun.  (And you know for me, this means bright hues!)  Read on for four essentials I can't travel without.

 

1. Customized Passport Cover from Etsy Shop Owner, "designbysewandsew."  I got to choose the leather and the inside lining, and there are pockets for credit cards or Global Entry cards, and a flap for your airline ticket.  Truly, she's thought of everything!

2. An awesome statement necklace – Whether I am on an airplane, meeting with a client, or just headed to the grocery store, throwing one of these pieces on instantly brightens my mood and makes me feel like a million bucks. 

3.  Ara Collective Laguna Weekender & Pouch -- I got to meet the founder of Ara Collective recently, and it was absolutely delightful!  I love supporting other small businesses, and this company helps create jobs for the makers of these products, which I love!

4. Jackery portable extra battery – Being a designer, I am constantly pulling my phone out to take pictures or document something. This little thing charges my iPhone about 2-3 times before needing to re-juice. I don’t go anywhere without it.

Those are four of my favorite travel items right now--what did I miss?  Tell us in the comments!

A Study in Patterns: Chevron

Posted by Amanda Paret on 06 July, 2015 0 comments

 

Our chevron earrings are some of the most popular earrings in our shop, and today I'm sharing my thoughts on why I love this pattern and why I think so many of you all do, too!  Currently we have the Fearless Red and the Fearless Green earrings available.

 

This captivating pattern inspires a bit of boldness, and it's easily worn on our Fearless earrings to complete an outfit.  

You may or may not know that in addition to my jewelry business, I am a full time interior designer.  So when I think about this in terms of interior design, this bold pattern inspires movement, and I love that.  It's dynamic and visual, and I think that's what makes it so appealing to many people.  

In doing a bit of research about the history of the chevron stripe, I discovered that it has roots in the military, as the "V" was used to indicate an officer's rank. Over time, though, it has grown to be much more than an indicator of rank, and it can now be found on a wide variety of clothing and decor items.

One of my favorite Instagram feeds lately has been "@ihavethisthingwithfloors," which is a feed dedicated to incredible tile pattern design.  What I love about the few I selected below are the graphic contrast in the pattern and how they are so eye-catching.  Here are just a few chevron favorites:

 

What do you love about bold prints and patterns like Chevron?  I'd love to hear from you in the comments!

And also, if you'd like to receive special offers and be the first to know when new items are coming to the shop, I'd love to add you to our email list! Just scroll to the bottom of the home page and enter your email in the space provided.

 

Necklines, Necklaces and Pattern Mixing with Amanda K. Jewelry

Posted by Amanda Paret on 04 June, 2015 0 comments

 

Pairing necklines and necklaces can be a bit daunting sometimes, so we've pulled together several photos from our founder's Instagram feed to give examples of ways to wear your statement jewelry.

Amanda K. Jewelry is all about statement necklaces, and as you can see, no pattern or color is too bold!  Our mission is to invite women to connect with the Creator, the ultimate creative.


Since each piece is a custom vintage creation, most of the necklaces pictured above have sold.  However, Amanda K. Jewelry offers many original designs, and we've rounded up several similar pieces we think you might like!

Long & Simple Necklaces: The Prayer Necklace // Fine Feather

Medium Length: For the Love of Sun //  When Lightening Strikes

Shorter: The Strength Within // The Stars at Night (pictured, bottom right)

As you can see, patterns can be mixed and matched to varying degrees, like lace with leopard print, larger florals with skinny stripes, and colors can accent in a necklace or become the main event in an outfit.  Truly, the options are endless!

If you haven't signed up for our emails yet, now is the time to do it!  (Either use the pop-up to enter your email, or use the box in the lower lefthand corner.) You'll receive more in depth and exclusive tips on how to wear different necklaces with the necklines you find in your closet.  

Find inspiration in these photos, and feel free to follow our founder on Instagram, too!

Behind the Scenes - Sourcing at an Estate Sale

Posted by Amanda Paret on 01 May, 2015 0 comments

Ever wonder where we find the vintage pieces that are featured in our necklaces?  This is one of the most-asked questions that we get, and today I am giving you a behind the scenes look at a recent big estate sale find that was a treasure trove of jewels.

 

 

The sale was from the estate of a well-known women's clothing store owner in Dallas, Lester Melnick.  You can imagine I was thrilled to discover this, and knew it was a sale we couldn't miss.  One of the first sights upon entering the house were these brightly colored sofas and dimensional art.  He was definitely a fan of color! 

 

 

There were tons of funky details throughout the house, including these unusual barstools that tied into the decor in the adjacent living room. 

 

 

One of my favorite finds was this rare brass tea service set.  It had such a unique design and shape - vintage, yet so modern - and was unlike anything I have ever seen before!  It's a good thing I was on a mission and had a budget to stick to, or else this beauty would have come back to the studio with me and I'd have to find a way to use it on a necklace!  Kidding, of course. 

 

 

 

Luckily, there were mounds of vintage jewels down the hall to distract me.  The piles captured in this picture only represent about one third of all the jewels at the sale!  I had my work cut out for me.  

 

 

After lots and lots (and lots) of digging, sorting, and deciding, I narrowed it down to a handful of special pieces that caught my eye. 

 

 

 

A few stones are missing on the yellow and black clip on earrings, but it gives them such character!  I can only imagine the events these beauties attended, and the dresses they were worn with.

 

 

I already have some ideas for these unique pieces swirling around in my head, and can't wait to get to work.  Stay tuned to see what becomes of them!

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