Do you know how much I LOVE making custom orders, especially when I know the custom beaded jewelry is a special gift for a special person?
This gift I was asked to custom design was like no other I've done. The purpose of the gift is to celebrate many years of marriage between a husband & his wife, and the two very special children they've created.
First, celebrating the marriage... the couple has a logo they use for their family business and homestead. It's a large M in the middle for their last name, with a slightly smaller C and a J for each of their first names on the sides. So as a focal for the bead embroidered cuff, they wanted me to create something similar to their logo.
Their two children were born in the months of March and August. So the color scheme for the beaded cuff needed to correspond with Aquamarine and Peridot. Where the color scheme got interesting was adding in C & J's birthstones Garnet for January and Sapphire for September. Initially I was "garnet-challenged" as the deep red wasn't playing well with the peridot and aquamarine. That was until I used both the garnet and sapphire as accent colors to add that pop of color without overpowering the color pallet.
Indeed, I think that was the right move because now I have faceted garnets and sapphire crystals to represent C & J, but their children who are their entire world are the focus of this beautiful cuff.
As I am out of town this week, at the time of writing this blog post, J has not yet given C her beautiful cuff. Hopefully when I return home, I'll have an e-mail hearing what she thought about the bracelet. C is an interior designer, so I really wanted to make a piece that was 100% easy to wear with an artistic flair.
From idea to clasp this piece was inspired by the love that these two have for each other. They have a very special relationship that continues to endure the test of time. Ups & Downs are the path of life and these two together hold each other's hand and embrace the adventure! Because let's face it, sometimes life takes us off roadin' - it's up to us to drop a gear and get back on track!
Happy Anniversary to C & J! My wish for you is many more decades of family adventures!~
|Designs by Dawn Marie|