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Summer Jewelry Trends 2018

From PVC to crystal and blown glass, nothing says Summer like... Transparency! According to Vogue, PLASTIC Jewelry takes center stage this Summer:

PVC jewelry for Summer 2018 Trends | Laura James Jewelry

A shell on a gold chain?! Absolutely. I can't wait to show you the stunners I unearthed in the sand on a recent beach trip. They are just begging to be worn long like this one in the middle:

Summer Jewelry Trends with Shells | Laura James Jewelry Blog 

Enjoy the Sun (wear screen!) and happy Summer!
xo-Laura 

photo cred: Vogue

Birthstone Jewels (You'll Actually Love!)
Astrology is meaningful to a lot of people...but coming across an on-trend piece of Birthstone jewelry has been, in past, quite tough. Luckily, there are plenty of ideas out there now to choose from!
Birthstone Jewelry | Jewelry Blog | Cool Birthstone Jewelry | Laura James Jewelry
For those of you who reach for the cosmic...you can now make it a keepsake.
 
Here are 12 jewels by month that you will *actually* want to wear, I promise!
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January: Garnet
Modern Garnet Bar Earrings | Laura James Jewelry
February: Amethyst
Amethyst Birthstone Jewelry | Astrology Jewelry | Laura James Jewelry Blog
March: Tourmaline
Tourmaline Necklaces | Birthstone Jewelry | March Birthstone |Astrology Jewelry | Laura James Jewelry | Jewelry Blog
April: Diamond
Catbird Rosecut Diamond Stack Ring $438
Catbird Rose Cut Diamond Ring | Birthstone Jewelry | Laura James Jewelry Blog
May: Emerald
Emerald Studs by Embers $68
Artisan Emerald Stud Earrings | Laura James Jewelry Blog | Birthstone Jewelry | Emerald Earrings
June: Pearl
Modern Pearl Earrings | Gold Pearl Dangles | Birthstone Jewelry Pearl | Pearl Girl | Laura James Jewelry
July: Ruby
Jaipur Ruby Bracelet $675
Ruby Birthstone Jewelry | Ruby Bracelet | Laura James Jewelry Blog
August: Peridot
Vermeil Peridot Ring by ToOriginal $38
Birthstone Peridot Ring | Laura James Jewelry Blog | Peridot Birthstone
September: Sapphire
Sapphire Charm Ring by Sachi $273
Sapphire Birthstone Ring | Sapphire Stack Ring | Laura James Jewelry Blog | Birthstone Jewelry
October: Opal
Opal Stud Earrings by A Sweet Pear $330
Opal Stud Earrings | Birthstone Opal Jewelry | Laura James Jewelry Blog
November: Citrine
Pearl Citrine Drop Earrings | Citrine Birthstone Jewelry | November Birthstone Jewelry | Laura James Jewelry
December: Turquoise
Turquoise Vermeil Diamond Studs by LA Kaiser $85
Turquoise Stud Earrings | Laura James Jewelry Blog | Turquoise Birthstone | December Birthstone
These aren't your average Birthstone Jewelry options, right?! So many pretties to choose from. Enjoy...and love that you can wear your birthstone with excitement :).
xox-Laura
photos by artists listed
It's Baaaaackkkkk. The Choker Trend!

Love it or hate it, the Choker Necklace trend is back with a vengeance this year! All over the runways, but with some unique twists...

2018 Jewelry Trends and the Choker | Laura James Jewelry Blog

Lots of ideas there, but I prefer these delicate alternatives: 

Choker Jewelry Trend | Laura James Jewelry | Jewelry Blog

The Gold Choker is Back! | Jewelry Trends 2018 on the Laura James Jewelry Blog

What's your preference? Not ready to take the dive, yet? I actually have several necklace options that can be worn as almost chokers in my latest MidCentury Necklace Collection... in case you want to gently jump on the bandwagon!

Enjoy :)

Laura

 

photos via pinterest

"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

 

The Creative Brain

There is nothing more fun to me than being in the "Zone".

The feeling of creative flow for me is just like no other! When I am in this space, I can and only want to create all day long. Inevitably, I do have to stop at some point to take care of the people in my life...but, at times I really think I could just keep going for days! Especially because this state of mind isn't always readily available.

Creatives can be lauded for their talents, but what so many people don't know is that it can take days or weeks (or longer!) for a single creative idea to come through. These are the times when I get out rather than try to push through. I look for inspiration in other mediums like visiting the local art gallery or simply just getting outside. Nature and Architecture are both are huge sources of inspiration for me, and luckily are all around. 

When I recently returned from a nice long sabbatical to the Beach, it was completely necessary that I took that break. I didn't even try to think about creating. I was just soaking up the sun, the sand, the salt, my daughter and my family. It was amazing. But, it was eventually time to return to my craft. 

Now, here I am, finally caught up at last with my life that was on hold while I was away... and I had maybe my most creative idea in a very long time. I am really just so excited with the direction my mind went this week when I looked at a tray of semiprecious Watermelon Tourmaline and Aquamarine stones. I have had these stones for...ages. I have not known what I was going to do to really showcase their beauty, until this week. 

Introducing...my latest Semiprecious Bar Collection!

Gold Bar Necklaces with Semiprecious Stones by Laura James Jewelry

What do you think? Just plain yummy, right?!

I am so glad I took that break so that my brain could come up with these fresh new designs. Available very soon...just in time for the Holidays :).

Stay tuned, and thanks for reading!

xo-Laura

 

Vacation State of Mind

Photography by Laura James of Laura James Jewelry

photo taken by Laura James

 

Nothing refreshes me quite like a visit to the Ocean. Specifically, a very clear blue Ocean with sugar white sand! I frequent our family Florida retreat as much as I can, soaking up the relaxation and inspiration so that I can emerge fresh, renewed, and ready to tackle what's next. It's really the only way for me! 

I loved pulling out my camera to capture this shot at Sunrise this morning. The mix of colors was just what I was hoping for. I am continually inspired by the Ocean and the Beach! It was also fun to vary from my normal Product photography to Landscape photography. It's always nice to try a new route :)...I am already counting down the minutes till the Harvest Moon tonight to see what I can capture!

Where's your Vacation State of Mind?

A Jewelry Collector's Story

Gemstone Collection

As far back as I can remember, I collected jewelry.

It all began with my Father, giving jewelry to my Mother and me to mark occasions like birthdays and anniversaries. He always picked out interesting pieces  on his own- one of my favorites being a band of square channel set rubies for a birthday. I was used to seeing bands with round diamonds, so I especially loved that this was different. I think that began my quest for collecting jewelry.

I was lucky that we travelled as a family when Summertime came, and I began to seek out unique jewelry every new place we went. The thrill of the hunt for designs that I'd never seen before was always at the forefront of my brain, no matter where we went. I loved when I could take home something that was different and marked the occasion or place that we'd been. Everytime I wore it, I was instantly transported back to the place where I had found it, and got to relive the experience of where we had been. 

Years later, and I still love to collect jewelry. It's absolutely the very first thing that I think about when a Birthday arises... but these days I seem to settle for more practical necessities. Not to mention, my life is becoming more streamlined and clutter-free...so if I am going to buy something, it's got to be pretty special. And who has time anymore for that kind of search?! Maybe one day soon I'll devote an ENTIRE AFTERNOON to searching solely for a new sparkler to add to my collection. That would be amazing. I mean, the odds that I would be able to just focus on that are... slim to none. Just too many other online distractions to click on to lead me astray -like my four year old needs new cowgirl boots...but maybe one day it'll happen. I sure do love the hunt!
xox-Laura

 

Door Jewelry Has Arrived!

 

Since the Holiday wreaths are off (most of) the doors...my front door has never looked so bare! Now what?

Bee Door Knocker Design Sponge on the Laura James Jewelry Blog

Well....what more perfect way is there to announce the fabulousness within your home than with an eclectic door knocker (door jewelry, in my mind!) like one of these pretties? I must, must have the Bumblebee!

Eclectic Door Knockers I Laura James Jewelry Blog

Now off to paint my door pink :). Valentine's Day is on the horizon, right?!

xox,

Laura 

p.s. grab your own Bumble Bee here for under $50 :)

 

photo cred. of bee by design sponge

 

Wallpaper How-To Tutorial

Wallpaper How To on the Laura James Jewelry Blog

I LOVE Wallpaper. Love it. The idea of transforming a single wall, small space or even a shelf with a fun pattern just makes me smile.

However, the idea of installing it myself has been too daunting to put into words. Then, Remove-able Wallpaper came out and I thought, this is PERFECT for me! But, the patterns are not as diverse at the moment so...I thought, the time is now to find out just how to install my own Wallpaper so that I CAN when I WANT to at some point in the near future!

Luckily, I found a fabulous tutorial online- so, here ya go!

Wallpaper Installation by Lovely Indeed:

Start by trimming the white edges at the printed trim lines. It helps if you have a nice wide open space, so clear out the floor or a large table in the room where you’ll be working. Then flip your first wallpaper panel over and dampen the back side with a wet sponge. You’ll want to hang it after about 10 minutes of being damp.

DIY Wallpaper Installation from Lovely Indeed on the Laura James Jewelry blog

While the wallpaper is sitting and soaking the water, start applying your wallpaper adhesive to the walls. (Here’s where the process differs from lots of other wallpapers we researched — the adhesive goes right on the wall.) Roll or brush on a coat of adhesive in the area where your panel will go up. When the adhesive is on, apply your first panel to the wall. Be careful that you hang your first one (especially) straight — use a level or a plumb line to ensure that you’ve got it nice and even. Smooth the wallpaper on the adhesive. The Murals Wallpaper pieces come with some extra pattern printed on all sides for overlap, so once the first piece is hung use a razor blade to cut into the corners and cut away the excess. You can use a straight edge like a yardstick or a ruler to press the paper into a corner while you cut. Also cut away any paper that is covering light switches, etc.

 

Lovely Indeed Wallpaper Installation on the Laura James Jewelry Blog

Once the first panel is up and trimmed, use a squeegee or a similar flat-edged tool to smooth out any air bubbles. Smooth them toward the outside edges of the wallpaper. If any excess glue seeps out, wipe it away quickly with a damp cloth. Start the process again with your next panel. When you’re hanging your next panel on the wall, you’ll have to make sure that the patterns match up as you hang. There will be some overlap in the pattern; this is okay. Get this next panel hung and adhered. If you’re hanging around a window or a closet, it’s easiest to hang the full panel and then trim the general window area with scissors, being careful not to leave a couple of extra inches around the window frame to work with. Once the paper is adhered, use the same razor technique as you did in the corners to trim around the window.

Lovely Indeed Wallpaper Tutorial on the Laura James Jewelry Blog

Then you’ll need to go back and trim your overlapped spots. Use a straight edge and cut the two overlapped papers, being careful not to cut too far to one side or the other — you want to cut in the middle of where they’re overlapped. Remove the excess paper from both sides. Then use a seam rolling tool (we used a brayer) to roll over the seam and ensure that it’s nice and flat. Repeat the process with every new panel of paper until your wall is covered!

 

Tutorial by Lovely Indeed. Murals Wallpaper featured. 

Jewelry Armoires for Us All

If you are reading this Jewelry blog, chances are that you, too, are also just as in love with jewels as we are at Laura James Jewelry! What starts as a sentimental gesture from a loved one can morph into a full-fledged love affair with all things Jewelry and Jewelry-related. We know, it happened to us, too!

As collections of any kind mature over time, the space to contain them often becomes an issue. I mean, you can only find so much space in a glass or lacquer box, no matter how many drawers it may have!

So, for those of you who struggle with just where and how to contain your Jewelry collections, here are a few nice options out there to check out below.

Enjoy!
xx-Laura

 

*Our Current FAVE!

This Campaign-style Jewelry Armoire from Hives & Honey is sleek and fabulous with its Mid-Century style...available in both White and Dove Gray for $209.99 via HivesandHoney.com.

Hives and Honey Campaign White Jewelry Armoire Storage Chest on the Laura James Jewelry Blog

A mirrored lovely from Abbeyson Living... $500 via Houzz

Abbyson Living Mirrored Jewelry Storage Chest Armoire

This wood + mirrored jewelry cabinet is just $159 via WorldMarket.com!

World Market Wood Jewelry Storage Chest on the Laura James Jewelry Blog

 

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