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Taking Inspiration from Nature

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Taking Inspiration from Nature

My client and her fiancé both love the outdoors. They got engaged (with a unique, custom #christineoriginal engagement ring) while hiking at Big Bend National Park, and they plan on being married among the Redwoods (SO. ROMANTIC!). To celebrate their shared passion, I designed their wedding rings to reference both mountains and trees. Her double chevron wedding ring subtly alludes to the mountains, while his ring has a scenic treeline design. Lovely, right? If you're looking for a unique engagement ring, or you want to take gemstones you already have and make a special, new piece of jewelry for yourself,...

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WJA - The Awards for Excellence 2020

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WJA - The Awards for Excellence 2020

  From the Women's Jewelry Association: "WJA Announces Lineup of Speakers and Sponsors for Virtual 2020 Awards for Excellence July 27 Keynote presenters include notable authors and a TED Talks speaker on corporate leadership. WJA will also host sessions on diversity and mentorship. Event sponsors include Natural Diamond Council, Boston Consulting Group, Citizen, Forevermark, and Jewelers of America The Women's Jewelry Association (WJA) has announced its keynote speakers for its online 2020 Awards for Excellence celebration, taking place at 7 pm EDT on July 27. Jim Hemerling of the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Dolly Meese of Brighthouse (a BCG...

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New Headshots with Kerasan R. LaMar

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New Headshots with Kerasan R. LaMar

I've been in need of an updated head shot, so Kerasan R. LaMar of Kerasan R. LaMar Photography recently took my portrait. He focuses on wedding photography and portrait photography in Philadelphia, and we've collaborated a number of times. As he chatted and coaxed smiles of me, we meandered from the Macy's Wanamaker Building to City Hall in Philadelphia, using the historic architecture as a simple, classic backdrop. I'm loving this new photo!  

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Engraved Memorial Locket

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Engraved Memorial Locket

My client's father passed away earlier this year. He wanted a piece of custom jewelry to give to his mother; a keepsake to keep her late husband close to her heart. We decided on a 14kt gold-filled locket with a delicate floral pattern on the front. Inside, two small, personal photographs fit. On the back, I engraved the words "Arise, my beloved, and come". Jewelry is almost always used to signify a major life event: births, birthdays, holidays, marriages, anniversaries, deaths. Jewelry speaks volumes, even when you don't have the words to voice your emotions. And it keeps our loved...

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A Golden Hour Photo Shoot for Navona Handmade

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A Golden Hour Photo Shoot for Navona Handmade

Recently, I collaborated with Philadelphia wedding photographer Kerasan R. LaMar, of Kerasan R. LaMar Photography. We've done several photo shoots together in Philadelphia, and he has a knack for coaxing authentic smiles out models for all of his portrait photography and head shots. For this photo shoot, I decided to use the more organic, handmade silver jewelry that I create for Navona Handmade. These accessories have texture, toughness, and a rustic feel that I love! Every year we make two collections of fun and fresh handmade goods that make perfect gifts. These shots include some of my current favorite stacking...

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