Don't you know when you want to take pictures of your family, but it's physically impossible to do so because you are most likely also taking care of them? Enter my dear friend Nicole, who is not only in love with CJJ (which is awesome and amazing because she's our perfect CJJ girl :) but she's also a very talented photographer!
A couple of weeks ago, she took some pics of me and the kids. I may be biased, but I think they came out beautifully. Check out more of her work here!
This year for Halloween, my nails got dressed up! With two kiddos to get suited, I couldn't harness the energy to think of something for myself. I was however, so inspired by everyone's obsession with nail art that I dressed my nails up quite a bit. Halloween naturally lends itself to ghosts and jack o' lanterns, so it wasn't difficult to think of designs.
In doing this, I also came to this wonderful realization that CJJ goes perfectly with more opulent nails! Because my designs are so simple and clean, a busier nail is an excellent compliment.
Check out my fancy hands putting the finishing touches on my daughter's monster costume below!
Who doesn't love a beautifully designed leather catch-all bag?
I have known Scabby Robot Designer Jill since 2007. She and I have been running accessories businesses with a passion for making pieces that are not only wearable, but durable too (ultra important, especially if you have little ones)!
It feels great to stay connected creatively with someone that I admire and love! We are a perfect pair, for friendship and collaboration!(Just check out the pics above, each of us rocking our styles).
That's why I am obsessed with Scabby Robot! Handmade in San Francisco by the lovely Jill. CJJ jewelry and Scabby Robot go together like peanut butter and jelly. Our designs are both simple and classic, easy and elegant.
Truly perfect for everyday, both made by hand, with love and care.
Can't decide to get gold or silver? How about skipping straight to rose gold? I have added some pieces to the collection, and I am obsessed! It's strong and glam, but less flashy than yellow gold. There is something so special about this metal. Whatever the style, it looks antique, like there is a greater story behind it, and let's face it, there usually is...
Two months after the Lights, Camera, CJJ post, my husband and I have finished editing two videos he shot for my website. One is the Fall 2013 look book that lives on the welcome page of the site and the other is a little piece he shot of me in the studio this past winter which is on the 'about' page. We are both really excited to have finally incorporated video into the repertoire here at CJJ and we look forward to generating more in the future. We're already brainstorming the Spring 2014 look book!
The song playing behind the look book is by a duo based in Copenhagen called My Bubba. The concept for the video, while a very simple one, fit perfectly with a jingle My Bubba wrote for a wedding. The edit of the video was finished for a week while we looked for a song that fit the video (quite a backwards way of working, I understand). Once we came across My Bubba, I knew we had found the sound we were looking for and it was only a matter of listening to a few songs before we found a jingle they wrote for a wedding. Without any exaggeration, we had to adjust only a few frames in the edit to make it fit perfectly with the song. Serendipitous to say the least. I couldn't be happier with how it turned out.
visit My Bubba!
(Click on each below to view.)
I got a notification on Facebook yesterday that IAMTHELAB.COM mentioned CJJ in a post. On clicking on the link, I saw a wonderful writeup along with scads of pictures of my pieces. It feels great for my work to be appreciated by both clients and press alike. Many thanks to the folks at IAMTHELAB.COM for the visit and kind words!
Check out the post here.
Lucky us, my family and I went to Aspen last weekend, just a little trip to get out of town and enjoy some beautiful greenery! First of all, the landscape is so gorgeous, I had no idea! It was such a pleasure for the kiddos to just play in the park, deluxe with grass and fountains (we are deprived of those things in the desert). I also got a chance to visit one of my favorite CJJ boutiques, Covet! Their dedication to craftsmanship and unique pieces makes me truly proud to be a part of the chic boutique!
Last week, I went Adorn to get my hair done, & what a pleasant surprise!My stylist Lori (pictured here) was completely decked out in CJJ! She's doing it perfectly too, check out her mixed metals, scallop earrings in sterling & the oxidized whirl necklace. There is nothing better than a gal who is enjoying her pieces!
(look at that smile)
Summer is almost over and EVERYTHING CJJ is 30% off until the end of August! I would love to make you something special, so take a look (there are some new pieces, try to find them) and use the coupon SUNSHINE at checkout! I cannot wait to receive and make your orders, as soon as I get back from Aspen this weekend. oooooh summer!
A few weeks ago, my friend from back east called me because her husband had lost his wedding band in the ocean! She asked if I could make them new ones, so of course I did! I love creating bands for my couples, and this is my 3rd time!
Lucy wanted a matching pair in sterling silver to go with her engagement ring, so I made a few and sent them along. See the one she chose in the photo that she sent! Lucy is also an excellent photographer, check out her work here!
I think the CJJ band looks perfect with her others, don't you? Some people renew their wedding vows, others, their rings...what a fabulous idea!
Did you know CJJ is on Pinterest now?! I am very excited about it! It seems like people are always raving about it, and I finally took the plunge, and it's SO MUCH FUN! It feels like window shopping and looking through magazine with your friends! It's awesome for inspiration too!
This past week has been full of exciting things (not to mention today's holiday, Happy 4th everyone), including our CJJ Video shoot! We draped our model in beautiful pieces (old and new) and hit the town! Here's a pic of some "behind the scenes" action, but be on the lookout for the reel deal coming soon!!!!
I just got back from a much need vacation on the East Coast. It was so wonderful to have a chance to relax with my family and be near the ocean. Surprisingly enough (or not), stepping away from the studio made room in my head for new design ideas, and there were many. I've already begun making changes to older pieces, and have new ones in my head...
Be on the look out for black diamonds, and mixed metals (of course)...
I recently finished a large order of Gold-Filled Saturn Rings. I had them all laid out on our kitchen table and was getting ready to package them and thought it would be fun to do a "guess how many jellybeans" contest with the rings.
We started with a large pickle jar, but only 2/3 of the rings would fit. So, we borrowed a large Ball jar, put all the rings in and took the photo to the right (click it to enlarge).
Guess how many rings are in the jar in the comments section on this blog post at cynthiajonesjewelry.com. The closest guess without going over (The Price is Right rules, of course) wins a 14k Gold-Filled Saturn Ring!! Good Luck!
Last week I was inspired to make a new little piece. I created a mid knuckle ring! It's really sweet! It sits on the top part of your finger past your knuckle. Does that make sense? I guess you could also put it on your pinky.....but the mid knuckle is way more fun!
I also found this photo of some celebs wearing mid-knuckle rings, and they look awesome! Kristen Stewarts are really similar to the saturn rings. Hmmm...
Summer seems to really be settling in here in Santa Fe. I was reading about jewelry trends this weekend and came across this awesome quote that I hadn't REALLY thought about before, so I wanted to share!
Welcome to the new Cynthia Jones Jewelry!
We started re-photographing batches of pieces as we put together sample trays for some potential new sales reps last month, and felt the new images were turning out so well that they needed a new site to show them off. Three weeks later, we've got a spiffy new site!
More than just a website overhaul, we also streamlined the collection and added some new pieces. Overall, the site runs far more smoothly and reliably than the previous version. Squarespace rocks!
On top of the new photos and site, we've been working on some video content which should be finished early this summer, as well as putting together a shoot for the spring/summer pieces.
–Cynthia, Sara & Bill