Do you make your own jewelry? Is it for sale?
I have been "making jewelry" since I was a little girl at camp. Making unique pieces of jewelry has always been something I've loved and now, into my adult years, I am really enjoying exploring different designs and the creative process. I do a lot of DIYs - you can find some here - and make things for friends and family. I also worked with Lauren Elan for about a year learning tips and tricks from her. I've sold a few items through the blog but don't have any official site set up for selling my pieces. If you ever see a DIY on Jolie Jouel that you like and want to buy, email me and I'll make you one!
Should I buy my girlfriend a yellow gold or white gold engagement ring?
My "How to Choose an Engagement Ring" post is by far my most viewed post. I am guessing a lot of guys are googling for tips and come across this article. If you had asked me this question five years ago I would have told you to err on the side of caution and go for white gold or platinum. (Remember Carrie Bradshaw's reaction to her yellow gold pear shaped engagement ring from Aidan?) But since then, gold has come back in a BIG way. Gold rings, necklaces, and bracelets seem to be the top choice for everyday jewelry for a lot of girls who used to be loyal to silver. The other trend that has popped up is that mixing jewelry base metals is totally acceptable. Throwing on a bunch of rings in both silver and gold is modern and cool. Heck, throw some rose gold in there for the most current look. But back to engagement rings. This really is a personal choice. You need to pay attention to what your lady friend is wearing most days. If she favors silver, then white gold or platinum is safest. If she only wears yellow gold, you know what to do. It can't hurt to subtly ask either. I have no doubt she knows what she wants and hinting at it once will be enough to get a clear answer. And like I said, buying her a white gold engagement doesn't mean she can't ever wear her gold costume jewelry again. Mixing and matching is more than fine, it's on trend.
I am on a budget but love investing in jewelry. Where can I shop for trendy pieces that wont break that bank?
I am a big believer in being able to find quality pieces in your price range. No piece of jewelry is worth starving for. It's just silly to buy something you can't afford right now and there are lots of great options for quality pieces at affordable prices.
I look to stores like Zara, Forever 21 and American Eagle for trendy, affordable pieces. I know these pieces wont likely last forever, the silver plating might wear off or start to dull. But sometimes I'll be pleasantly surprised at the quality! So for trendy pieces that might not remain in style too long - collar necklaces, monograms, nameplates - don't to break the bank.
I love online shopping for jewelry and thankfully this tends to work out well. It is far safer than online shopping for clothes because fit is more standardized and you can’t pin or tuck jewelry the same way you can with clothes. Sometimes with clothes what shoes up in your mailbox is much different that what you saw online. So check the sale section on sites like Piperlime and Shopbop. They carry designer pieces and you can sometimes get a great deal.
For online shopping I adore Catbird. I literally want every piece of jewelry from their store and they have a huge line of products with a big price range. I am especially a fan of their dainty stacking rings. Mr. Kate is another place I look for quality, hand made jewelry. Her stuff is a little more unisex and earthy, but I love that. Again, there is a range of prices so look for pieces you can afford. She was one of my first online loves.
I want to invest in one forever piece. What do you recommend?
For me, I am a rings and necklace kind of girl. Invest in a great statement necklace that you can wear with party dresses and jeans and a blazer. Gemma Redux is my go-to for statement necklaces. She uses high quality stones and mixed metals and all pieces are hand-made in NYC. Lauren Elan also has great statement necklaces with loads of color.
My second recommendation would be to invest in a great cocktail ring. I never feel quite complete without a sparkly bauble on my finger. Cocktail rings are great for a night out and equally great for adding some pizzaz to your daily outfit. Anita Ko, Jennifer Meyer, and Jennifer Fisher all make swoon-worthy rings.What are your top jewelry trends for 2013?
Love this question. First knuckle rings, animal pendants, boyfriend watches, anything with evil eyes, and layered dainty necklaces. (I love Vale Jewelry for dainty necklaces.)
What is your job?
What is your job?
I am a freelance writer and write mostly about fashion trends and interior design.
Who takes your photos?
My husband takes any photo you see me in. So if I am modelling jewelry then that's him behind the lens! I take all other shots.
That's it for now! Feel free to ask any additional question in the comments below.
Hope this has been helpful! ~ ashleigh