Showing posts with label jewelry. Show all posts
Showing posts with label jewelry. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

the rings

ok ok ok, i know i said i wasn't going to share details of the wedding until i get photos back from cheyenne, but GUYS! i just can't help it!

first of all, hung decided he wanted a really cool ring.  nothing average from the jewelry store would do.  only a unique, never-been-seen-before style would do for him.  so we set our eyes on pinterest.  after many nights spent pinning mixed metal rings, metal and wood rings, hammered metal rings, brushed finish rings... just when i thought i had enough, we found a jeweler in california that would custom-make their plain silver bands with stones in-layed.  any stone we wanted, any finish we wanted, any thickness we wanted.  we were sold! a quick trip to the jeweler at the mall to find hung's ring size, and those things were ordered!  i told hung he could pick any stone he wanted... he picked emeralds.  no reason (i don't think?) other than he just likes the look of green.

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360 Jewels Elite was so easy to work with.  our rings were supposed to take 6 weeks to make and ship (we had 5 weeks to go), so they sent us "stand in" rings for the ceremony (for a small fee).  luckily for us, though, our rings arrived a week ahead of the wedding! let me tell you, it was hard to keep those things in the box, i just wanted to start wearing it right away. 

in order to get the style we wanted, i just ordered the brushed finish, silver with white-gold-plated pair of bands, specified the thickness (mine is 3mm, hung's is a whopping 10mm), specified the size, and wrote in the notes that we wanted emeralds in-layed flush with the outside finish of the rings.  they messaged me telling me the price of the stones, and the upcharge for hung's extra-thick band, and they sent me another paypal invoice, and we were good to go! 

while the rings we ended up with were pretty simple, they are still unique, and they are definitely "us".  i have decided to wear only my wedding band on my wedding finger, and i've moved the engagement ring to my right hand.  the engagement ring is pretty (it's beautiful, actually), but it's the wedding band that symbolizes our marriage, so that's the only ring for my wedding finger :)

cheyenne took some pretty cool photos of the rings too, so i can't wait to show you how those turn out too!

cheers.
jenn

p.s. what's the best part about these rings? we got them BOTH for under $200! we couldn't find a single one for under that price at the local stores, let alone TWO that are CUSTOM MADE.

Friday, August 8, 2014

custom wedding earrings from nuda designs

considering i purchased my wedding dress for a whopping $98, i figured i could splurge on the details.  when i told hung i wanted to do custom wedding earrings, i could tell his brain was on a tight rope. "um, sure babe, anything you want", but i know in his head he was thinking "omg, how much is THIS going to cost us!?"

it's not as bad as you think! i mean, i am the bargain shopper of our duo, and i'm happy to say that i got my wedding dress, shoes, custom earrings, and custom wedding band each for under $100. 

i'm no stranger to jewelry from nuda designs, as e.tittlemouse always has nuda jewelry for sale.  i was in love with these earrings, but i wanted a bit more sparkle. 

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luckily for me, gale is super easy to work with, and was happy to modify her design for my special vision! i have a ring i wear almost daily that's labradorite.  i randomly picked it out in a jewelry store in chinatown while on a friends trip to san francisco, unaware of the name of the stone. i just liked that it was a fairly neutral color (mostly gray) with iridescent hints of blue (little did i know hung's friends were onto something when the store was "sizing" my finger for the silly ring i wanted , sneaky girls!!!)

gale quickly sourced teardrop-shaped labradorite stones and went to work!  every few days i'd get an update on the progress (we certainly didn't get that service with the custom wedding bands we ordered on etsy, but we'll leave that story for another post...) when the earrings were finished, she dropped them off at e.tittlemouse for me, so i didn't have to wait for them in the mail.  obviously i picked them up RIGHT after work that same day, opened the box IN THE STORE, tried them on IN THE STORE, and skipped all the way home (ok i'm kidding about the last part, but still, i was excited). i tried them on AGAIN when i got home, AGAIN when hung got home, then i instagrammed them.

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while i wanted to choose a local artist to make my earrings, the good thing about jewelry, is that you can buy it from anywhere! check out the nuda designs website for more of her work, purchase it on sewbie.com, or contact her for a custom design.  obviously i'd recommend her to anyone ;)

the closer we get to getting married the more giddy i get (don't all brides feel that way?)

cheers, and happy friday!
jenn