PHOTO SHOOT RECAP: The Sela Collection

As the humidity was settling in this August we pulled together an amazing team to shoot the new Sela Collection. We met early in the morning to try and beat the heat (HA!). We started outside working with the sculptures outside of the Waco Art Center. 

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Next we moved inside to the ceramaics studio. We loved the variety this space offered, from the blue accent wall, the amazing windows and even the lockers worked to bring The Sela Collection to life. 

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After the ceramics studio we moved upstairs to the library! LOVE this room, filled to the brim with amazing books and this wooden table we all wanted to take home. 

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We also tried shooting a few looks in the gallery, the lack of natural light combined with the harsh gallery lighting made this a little challenging but we were able to get a couple shots here as well. 

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That wraps it up! We cannot wait to share the entire collection with you on October 4th! 

We owe a big thank you to our favorite Waco photographer Jeff Jones, and to the Art Center for allowing us to use their space.  Thanks to Kaila Luna for keeping us organized and on schedule and to the beautiful models, Janie Leland and Sara Dicamillo. 

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EMJ: My Labor of Love

As we celebrate our TWO(!) year anniversary this month I thought I'd spend Labor Day reflecting on my own labor of love.

Sunrise in the studio.

Sunrise in the studio.

Sunrise is always my favorite time in the studio. It’s quiet. It’s a new day, and even though it’s cheesy, it feels like anything can happen. The studio in my house has been where I’ve spent most of my days - and nights - since starting EM Jewelry in 2015. It’s where I’ve labored over designs. It’s where I’ve made really beautiful jewelry that I’m incredibly proud of. It’s where I’ve made some really bad jewelry, too. It’s where I’ve received news of wholesale partners that made me (literally!) jump up and down. And it’s where I’ve been rejected or looked over. This studio is where I’ve grown as a businesses owner, a boss, and as an artist.

This craft is my labor of love.

As we prepare to launch our new collection in October, I am amazed by our steady growth. Especially as a business that was born from a forced relocation from Portland, Oregon to Waco, Texas when my husband was offered a job here in 2015. I didn’t know then what I would build, but I never let go of my drive to acknowledge and celebrate my call to create. Though our move to Waco meant my husband could fulfill his dream, it kind of felt like the end to my own. In Portland I was working for a jewelry designer and I thought it was the best job in the world. I felt frustrated at the idea of moving to Waco because there wasn’t another jewelry designer I could work for who was making a comparable product, and I figured I would have to switch careers or start something on my own. At the time all of my friends and family were encouraging me to start my own business. Part of me wanted to, but for a while I let fear keep me from even trying. Then one day my mom told me that I had the support of my family and my husband, and that I was the only one holding myself back. That really hit me, so that day I sat down and designed my first pieces of jewelry. They later become part of my first collection, Asper.

At that time I had no idea how to run a business, let alone if people would like my jewelry. But I knew I couldn't rest without going for it. 

It wasn’t long before I realized that Waco was actually the perfect place for me to start my jewelry business. Wacoans are looking for something to support and to latch onto and to grow with. I realized there was an audience here for something fresh, and there are so many millennials who are looking for that big city style and experience.

It has been two years of amazing growth and I have learned so much about myself as a person and an artist. Going from being the person who makes the jewelry someone else designs to actually being the lead from design conception to the finished product is more gratifying than I ever thought it could be! One of my favorite parts of the process is when I’m designing a new collection and I’m making a bunch of samples to test out. I know the design is complete when I try it on and I instantly smile. I know a design isn’t done until that smile. I can feel it in my gut.

It’s that gut feeling that reminds me jewelry making is what I am called to do. 

                                                                                        It’s certainly a labor, but a labor I love.

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Custom EMJ Scarf by Ann Finkel Art

We are pumped to be sharing some exciting news with y'all today!! We have, IN HAND, a custom EMJ scarf by Ann Finkel Art. Earlier this summer during a brainstorm session, we had the (genius?) thought of providing customers with a scarf option when they purchase one of our popular scarf clips. 

So we reached out to Ann Finkel Art. We've been following Ann's work on instagram for months, and are always drawn to her lovely use of vibrant colors and eye-catching designs. When we reached out to Ann we knew we wanted to make a custom scarf for our team and customers, but we weren't sure exactly how it would look. Luckily, Ann was eager to jump in and help us turn our vision into a reality! 

We're in love with the end result! What do you think?!

SHAPES: We chose to use shapes based on our jewelry designs from our most recent collection, OPIS II. We wanted the scarf to complement our line for a consistent look that would be recognizable to our customers. See where I found her inspiration for these shapes here.

COLORS: We worked with Ann to create this palette of classic colors that we hope with resonate with customers, especially as we enter the fall months.

FABRIC: 100% cotton for a lightweight feel.

Overall, this was a really fun project to do for our team and our customers. Ann was an absolute delight to work with. BESIDES, who doesn't need another scarf?! The answer: No one. Get yours here.

 

xo, Ellen

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tips & Tricks: How To Clean Your Jewelry

Let’s Get Our Shine On!

Summertime calls for extra pool days and weekend beach trips, so we thought we’d give y’all a few tips and tricks on how to clean your jewelry after it has been in chlorinated water or a salty ocean. With easy-to-find household ingredients and super simple instructions, you can keep your silver polished and your bronze and brass jewelry looking bright and shiny all summer long!

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PHOTO SHOOT RECAP: Opis Part II Collection

We had an absolute blast this past weekend on the Opis Part 2 Collection photo shoot in Waco, Texas. We had hoped for sun and clear blue skies and instead got clouds and a pretty intense wind chill (sorry models!), but the overcast sky ended up being the perfect backdrop for our new collection.

First stop: We started on a rooftop in downtown Waco where we could see the top of the Magnolia Market Silos!

Second stop: On our pre-shoot scouting trip we drove by a random building near downtown and were so OBSESSED with this pink marble wall that we pulled over immediately! When we went back with our models we were not disappointed in the look. Isn’t it beautiful??

Third stop: Our last location was in front of a bed of cactus (read: actually on the side of the road) because who doesn’t love a billowing cactus plant??

3 locations, 5 hours, and 60 looks later it was finally a wrap!

After spending the last few months in the studio designing and making jewelry, it was incredibly refreshing to finally be able to style the jewelry we’ve been working so hard to make for you! It was also gratifying to see how beautifully these pieces accessorize varying outfits and styles. Take a look:

We hope you’ll love the Opis Part 2 Collection as much as we loved the process of making it for you. Stay tuned for the collection launch this May!

Thanks y'all for reading!

-Ellen

Photos: Jeff Jones
Wardrobe: Wildland Supply Co. 
Models: Ava Sanjaro and Sara DiCamillo

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EM Spotlight: The Pepa Necklace
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What: The Pepa Necklace was made out of a desire to bring life and movement to bronze, a traditionally heavy metal. The organic shape of the bronze loop adds movement and functions as a fastener in the construction of the piece as the green marble stone adds weight and grounds the necklace. The lariat style adds playfulness, dimension and versatility. 

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How: This necklace pairs really well with skirts and dresses, as the bronze loop and green stone add length. 

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Renegade Craft Fair Recap.

EM Jewelry+Design was a vendor at Renegade Craft Fair this past weekend in Austin, Texas. Watch the video for a peek into the weekend.

Thanks to all who came out! 

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10 things I learned my first year as a small business owner!

It's been ONE YEAR since EM Jewelry+Design started! To honor all I've learned throughout that time, I've compiled a list of "10 Things" I've learned as a small business owner. I've learned through humbling experiences and joyous moments, and I'll probably be heeding this same advice for years to come. Certainly, I'll keep learning new things too! And I hope I never stop. 

Thank you so much for following along as EM continues to grow! 

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