Designing Jewelry AND a Forever Home

Busy does not even describe the last year of my life! Selling a home, moving most everything to storage, relocating to a new city, making due in an apartment and continuing, or should I say struggling, to make jewelry, in addition to designing and building a forever home with my husband. If you read my Temporary Studio Blues blog, you already know about our relocation and how ecstatic we are to be back in Kansas City, and hopefully by mid October we will be in our new home.

Here is just a sneak peek at the progress. Best of all, my studio finally has walls and I can envision how amazing it will be to have a space of my own. I have planned and re-designed this room so many times, trying to get everything in the perfect place. Once all the benches, equipment and furniture arrive from storage I will be actively trying to position everything for optimal productivity. Stay tuned!

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The Simple Circle

“June” Simple Circle Earring

“June” Simple Circle Earring

The most basic geometric shape is the circle, and I use them regularly in my work. Finding inspiration for designs with circles are everywhere! Just look around and no doubt you will see at least one within your view. 

The possibilities of incorporating a circle in my jewelry are endless, and I know I will never make every design drawn in my sketchbook and swirling around in my mind’s eye!

The “Jane” earrings celebrate this uncomplicated shape in its purist form, making them an essential and elemental part of any wardrobe. You can find several designs incorporating the circle on my website here! I embellish a few with pearls and gold, I leave others unembellished and let them speak for themselves. Maybe there is a pair that speaks to you.

 Enough said, since Leonardo Di Vinci said it best:

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”

Jackie

Perfect Pearl Earrings

“Jackie” Pearl Earrings

“Jackie” Pearl Earrings

I LOVE these new silver and pearl earrings! They have become, my almost, every day earrings for daytime casual and dressier evening looks.

Pearls, in general, are my go to favorite gem because they are so simple, yet so incredibly versatile. I typically acquire pearls that have character, texture and organic shapes. Because no two pearls are identical, it gives them more interest and personality and they blend much better with my design aesthetic. Not to say that perfectly round pearls are not amazing, because there is no doubt that Mother Nature can wow us with her flawless creations.

These earrings, like many of my designs, begins with a basic idea, then I play with shape and form until I land on my version of perfection. The small but important details, such as the ear wire design, make these a beautiful success.

Embracing the design process, with all its challenges and triumphs, is so rewarding. Although I may not embrace every end result, I ALWAYS learn something new along the way.

You can find these little lovelies, that I named “Jackie”, on my website here

Cheers!

Jackie

Blue Jeans, Silver Shoes and Graphic Jewelry

My style

My style

Simplicity is the key to this winning style, if I do say so myself!

Graphic, minimal jewelry is best worn against a simple backdrop. Add too much pattern and the jewelry gets lost. I love this look for a casual daytime outing. Change into cute black heels for a little extra wow!

Check out my graphic necklace here! and these special earrings here!

Enjoy your day!

Jackie

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Camo, Chucks, White t-shirt and Pearls

My style

My style

Jackie Kennedy said it perfectly, “Pearls are always appropriate”, and I completely agree!

I wear pearls with just about everything. A little black dress, jeans and a sweater and yes, with my camo pants, Chuck Taylor high tops and white t-shirt!

Check here to see this necklace, and more of my unique, contemporary pearl jewelry.

Let me know how you wear your pearls!

Jackie

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Rewind Reflect Reimagine

Recently, I had a moment of clarity about my jewelry business and social media presence. It was in a static state and needed a makeover. Realizing this, I decided to take a step back, reflect, regroup and reimagine this multi-faceted venture. A daunting and challenging project. 

My first action was to withdraw from Instagram. It was clear I needed to master this channel, but I knew I couldn’t focus on this task if I was still engaged. I began thinking about the endless images I scrolled through every day. I had to wonder, what causes me stop, look and like an image or post? What possesses me to follow one person or business and not the next? Why would someone stop, like and comment on an image of mine or follow me?  What makes a person want to view my profile and click to my website? And with all the algorithm changes, how do I even get visibility? So many questions to ponder, and I needed expert advice to help answer them. 

With all the offers of free webinars promising to give you hints and tips to generate more likes and followers, I elected to take a few to see what I might learn, and boy I learned a lot! The presenters filled each session with great information and practical ideas to enhance your presence, with the goal of attracting more views, followers, and ultimately sales. I also dove into the feeds of people and businesses I admire, searching for a common thread or that “something” I was lacking in my images and commentary.

The “aha” moment came when I realized my posts had no personality, style, or context. They lacked interest and excitement and I was not present in any of my images. Who was I, other than another person making jewelry? Coming to that conclusion gave me such great relief! I look forward to incorporating what I’ve learned and moving in a new creative direction.

You can follow me @jackiejordanstudio to witness the transformation!

Cheers to a new adventure!

Jackie