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Capsule Jewelry Collection: Beach Vacation

Capsule Jewelry Collection: Beach Vacation

If you've whittled the contents of your closet into a capsule wardrobe (check out a few of my favorite capsule wardrobe guides at Un-Fancy and Anushka Rees/formerly Into Mind), you know the benefits. More space, less mess, and fewer decisions to make every day. Why not apply this streamlining to your jewelry collection as well? When I'm heading out of town, I make a mental list of the places I'll be spending most of my time. Then, I can figure out how to pack just a few key pieces of jewelry that work in every situation. My style for the...

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Tropical, Botanical Jewelry for Summer

Tropical, Botanical Jewelry for Summer

When the temperatures hit the 90's and all you can think about is being in a pool, it might be time to add some tropical flavor to your wardrobe. I usually stick to a black, white and burgundy based capsule wardrobe á la Un-Fancy, but I like to switch out my accessories for the season. This week, I'm designing a Monstera Leaf Pendant and a pair of Fan Palm Drop Earrings as summer additions to my wardrobe. Check out my shop next week if you want to grab these for yourself! xo,Christine

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New Magnolia Circle Drop Earrings

New Magnolia Circle Drop Earrings

I oxidized and finished these Magnolia Circle Drop Earrings that I designed last week. They're the latest addition to the Magnolia Collection. I'm currently test wearing these before listing them online. xo, Christine

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Statement Earring Inspiration: Designing the Magnolia Circle Drops

Statement Earring Inspiration: Designing the Magnolia Circle Drops

My favorite everyday earrings are the Magnolia Stud Earrings. Based on the center pistil of the magnolia flower, these studs are geometric and high-contrast, yet simple and small. I love them so much that I wanted to create a more dramatic version for going out at night. I envisioned large dangle earrings with a radial pattern and a simple French wire ear hook at the top. I milled the first prototype of the Magnolia Circle Drop Earrings, and decided that the simple spoke design wasn't cohesive enough with the center of the earrings. This test wax confirmed that the size...

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10 Diamond Shapes for Engagement Rings

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10 Diamond Shapes for Engagement Rings

Ever wonder what all of the different diamond shapes are? Today we're going to talk about ten of the most common shapes. This first image shows ten different shapes of diamond, all approximately 1 carat. You can see that they appear to be very different sizes, yet they're all the carat same weight. Carats are a unit of weight specific to gemstones. Round - This is the most classic, timeless shape. Because round brilliant diamonds are perfectly symmetrical, they have the brightest sparkle of all the gemstone shapes. Oval - A close cousin of the round, ovals give you a...

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