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"Extra Special" is The Jewelry Trend for 2018

Jade Jagger Carved Sapphire Ring

Year after year we swing back and forth from "SILVER is the new Gold!" or "Delicate Jewelry is IN for Spring!"but this latest trend is the one I am most excited about. In fact, to me, it's not a trend at all. It's just finally gained more momentum because Art Jewelry is now more available than ever before.

Art translates in a very different way from a Trend...it's personal. Like a painting that grabs you the moment you see it, THIS is what we're talking about with the "Extra Special" jewelry trend. 

It's Attachment. Jewelry that speaks to you when you see it. Moves you. Maybe it's a sentimental piece, maybe it was made by someone that you know...or maybe it's a reason you can't even explain.

Here are a few examples of jewelry that speaks to me:

Carved Gemstone Rings by Jade Jagger

Jade Jagger Carved Emerald Ring

 

Enamel Earrings

Turquoise Enamel Diamond Earrings Teardrop on the Laura James Jewelry Blog

 

A Vintage French Buckle Ring

French Diamond Gold Buckle Ring on the Laura James Jewelry blog

Monica Sordo Stone Choker

Art Jewelry by Monica Sordo Agate Choker Necklace on the Laura James Jewelry Blog

Gold Gryphon Cuff Bracelet by Sopho Gongliashvili

Gryphon Gold Cuff Bracelet by Sopho Gongliashvili on the Laura James Jewelry BlogSopho Gongliashvili Gryphon Bracelet

 

 

And there ya have it...a few of the many Extra Special pieces of jewelry out there that inspire me. That I would love to have. That I will keep on my running Wish List. 

How about you? What are some pieces of jewelry that move you?

xox-

Laura

 

A Willing Time Traveller
Harry Potter Time Turner Necklace


I recently came across an article"Collecting Is About More Than Just Stuff" that answered a big question for me: WHY am I a Collector?

Many of us collect something...and for me, it's Jewelry (big surprise!), especially jewelry with a vintage date :).  Bits of the article really resonate with me and shed light on why I have been collecting Jewelry all of my life. Well, I learned I am basically Preserving Memories. For What? I assume, when my brain (which is already overloaded with everything from the ins and outs of being a wife, mother to a spirited three year old, and a business owner) fails me in the memory department, I can count on something to instantly transport me back in time. Watching my toddler grow in leaps and bounds right before my eyes has made me more aware of Time than ever, and, believe me, I am a willing Time Traveller!

I credit my parents, who presented me with my first "real" piece of Jewelry for my 6th Grade Graduation, as the originators of my love for collecting Jewelry. It was a delicate, sparkling turquoise Blue Topaz ring set in gold. Two small, heart-shaped stones and two small diamonds. I have still never seen another color like it to this day. I cherished that ring, I was proud of it...proud that I was now responsible enough to be trusted to take care of something nice. Which only lasted a few years when my precious ring found its way to the Ocean Floor in the Florida Panhandle. It's been 20+ years and I am still not over losing it! The memory of this ring being my first, but also my first loss. The stinging memory (that keeps me aware and careful of what I am wearing to this very day!) is as clear now as it was all those years ago...
          I am diving under the shallow waves, frantically feeling deep into the sand, uncovering seashells...but not my Ring. The pit in my stomach. The helplessness I feel as I realize I am no match for the Tide, burying my precious treasure on its floor with all of the others. Why, why did I think it was a good idea to switch the ring to my other hand in the middle of the Ocean?! The security of it being on the other finger, which it fit more snugly on, that's Why. But, then that rogue wave hits me, and the ring falls from my fingertips just as I am transferring it to the safety of my larger finger...gone. Where's a Metal Detector when you need one?!

Like a song, Jewelry transports me through the years. I am instantly "there". Just touching the pearl choker necklace in my jewelry box, it's suddenly 1995 and I am excitedly opening its velvet gray box with my parents looking on, just before we jump in the car to my High School graduation...                                                                   My first real set of Pearls! I am overjoyed. This means I am an adult, at last, right? My dress is a soft off-white silk with a ruffle at the bottom that hits just above my knee. My strappy patent leather sandals are uncomfortable, but I can mush through since they are luckily not high heels. I can't stand it when my feet hurt, and since I'll be on them for hours, no staggering heels for me! My hair is long down my back and I am not, I repeat, not excited about putting on that generic navy blue cap and gown with its gold tassel hanging in my face! Uggg. A Uniform. An absolute death sentence for Creatives....

Ok, I am sure by the length of this post (if you are still reading this!), you definitely get the point! Wow, that was a fun trip down memory lane, thanks for humoring me and coming along. I think I could use one of those Harry Potter Time Turner necklaces pictured above!

How about you? What transports you through time?
xox- Laura

p.s: click here for the article that I mentioned at the top of this post

photo: Harry Potter #TimeTurner Necklace

Laura James Jewelry Has Moved Online!
My local charlotte jewelry business is moving online! Follow Laura James Jewelry to find out where we'll be popping up next around Charlotte.
Laura James Jewelry Has Moved Online!

What? Laura James Jewelry has Moved?!

Yes, it's true! After operating my storefront for 7 glorious years on East Boulevard in Historic Dilworth, I decided the time was Perfect.

  • Perfect for utilizing my years of experience in reworking jewelry for other people...by up-fitting my own handmade business I founded back in 2005

  • Perfect for embracing this incredibly fast-paced online shopping world... by jumping right on that digital train. 

  • Perfect for getting the extra time to spend actually designing and crafting...the very heart of the reason I began Laura James Jewelry 11 years ago. 

  • Perfect for additional time to offer specials, giveaways and more to you guys...the very reason I have been able to have this business all of these years. 

  • Perfect for making shopping Laura James Jewelry as easy as Amazon...FREE Shipping and fast turnaround. :) 

There are so many other reasons this decision is perfect for me that I could list, but I don't have enough space on this page!

What will be the hardest part? Missing the daily interaction from you. So many of you have become extended family to me, and I assure you that I am not going anywhere. I am actually going to be much more accessible and you will likely see even more of me!

How? I will be all around! Physically and Online. Pop Up Shops, Trunk Shows (let me know if you'd like to be added to the list to host!), Holiday Events, you name it. Online I'll be selling right from this website as well as Facebook and Instagram.

AND the possibility of another studio space open for such events if I find just the right fit...

So, please stay tuned, and make sure to get on our Email List http://bit.ly/1t7BQa2 where you can be notified first where I am popping up next...not to mention all of the fabulous deals and steals I have planned for you!

Thank You for growing with me...

I can't wait to see what's around the corner for us!

xoxo-Laura