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The Portland Collection by Navona Handmade

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The Portland Collection by Navona Handmade

I'm so excited to share the latest collection of jewelry I created for Navona Handmade! But first, a little about Navona: WHO WE ARE Three friends from art school who decided to pursue our artistic passions as a group. We meet regularly to discuss, critique, and encourage each other.  Bethany is our potter, Julia is our fiber artist, and I'm the jeweler. WHAT WE DO Take a short trip together twice a year to someplace new and inspiring, and create a collection of jewelry and home decor based on our experience. Yes, we built a business around taking vacations together,...

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Custom Design Story: Maria and Billy

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Custom Design Story: Maria and Billy

Maria and Billy went on their first date at 15, at an ice skating rink. After dating on and off over the years, things started to get serious in 2013. Maria approached me about an engagement ring first, because she wanted to make sure she got the kind of ring she was hoping for. She sent me a few images, and also some sketches she had done. We figured out her ring size and put together a list of likes: two-tone rings, bezels, beaded details, and twist shanks.   I love when women reach out to me first to make sure I...

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Check out the New Custom Design Form

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Check out the New Custom Design Form

Ready to order a custom piece of jewelry? Fill out my brand new Custom Design Form and I'll get started on your bespoke piece right away! Maybe you're talking about getting engaged, but you don't want to seem pushy to your significant other? Fill out the Custom Design Form and send your SO to www.christinealaniz.com. I'll have all your info on file for when they're ready! xo, Christine

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Custom Design Story: Fern Choker Necklace

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Custom Design Story: Fern Choker Necklace

Maria asked me to create a custom fern leaf necklace for her. I've always been drawn to ferns because of how they demonstrate fractal geometry. This scaled, graduated design is perfect for computer-aided design. Using CAD gives me the precision to design a perfectly tapered leaf pattern, replicating the mathematical perfection found in Mother Nature.   I designed this necklace to have a curling, gently curved leaf centered along a delicate box chain. With an oxidized finish layered on top the sterling silver, the mathematically precise graduation of the fern leaves is especially prominent. xo, Christine

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Fall for the Arts Festival 2018

Fall for the Arts Festival 2018

Come try on all the jewels I've been creating for Navona Handmade! You can visit our booth this weekend at Chestnut Hill's Fall for the Arts Festival. We'll be showcasing our latest collection, the Portland Collection, this weekend at the Fall for the Arts Festival in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia. Here are the details: When: This Sunday, September 30th from 11am - 5pmWhere: Chestnut Hill, PA. The show is on Germantown Avenue, between Willow Grove and Rex AvenuesWhy: It's going to be a beautiful fall day, and you want first dibs on our new collection! xo, Christine

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