Trend Watch: Personalized Jewelry For Moms
Just this week, my baby girl (who is 4, so maybe notsomuch a baby anymore) officially started preschool. I have the (over 100) photos to prove it. We recently (as in last week) relocated to Southern California, so there are lots of changes to be dealt with in our household, not the least of which is starting school 5 days a week. Let's just say there were lots of "why 5 days a week" and "I just wanna be home with you"s being thrown around our house.
All of course, by me.
My daughter, on the other hand, was all but ecstatic to start at a new school and make new friends. I had a slightly harder time dealing with it because I've always been a WAHM (that's a work at home mom, for those of you scratching your heads. It took me several months to decode it, myself.) and my daughter has always been at home with me.
Until this week. Cue the totally out of control sobbing (by me, again, of course).
So, recently when I was watching The Bachelorette and noticed that Ashley Hebert was wearing a really adorable necklace with her name stamped on it, the gears in my head started turning. Then I noticed a few of my mommy friends wearing necklaces with their kid's initials or names on them. Suddenly, everywhere I looked I noticed moms wearing hand-stamped jewelry with their children's names on them and I realized that I was watching the growth of a trend! Not only that - but wouldn't this be a great way to keep the people that I loved close to my heart at all times? I had to know more.
So, I set out on a mission and tracked down the artist behind Ashley Hebert's name necklace, Christine McCrudden, who owns Q Handmade. Christine is a mompreneur, which makes her business all that more important to me - I love supporting women owned and run businesses. She was kind enough to sit down and share a little bit about her business and her inspiration with me! Here is what she shared!
Erika: How did you start Q Handmade, and why?
Christine: I fell in love with a necklace I bought over 3 years ago. I got so many compliments on it and wanted to make some for my friends and family. So I began researching precious metals (specifically silver and gold) and different distressing techniques. I played around for weeks until I found the right technique and look that I wanted. The first time I actually sold them was at a local MOPS boutique. I was selling organic onesies and thought I'd see if other gals were interested in my new necklace designs. I knew I had something when I sold over 5 times the amount of necklaces than onesies.
Erika: How long does it take you to create a piece?
Christine: From start to finish it takes about 20-30min.
Erika: What are your favorite pieces to make, and why?
Christine: I love them all. I am especially intrigued by the unique orders I get (phrases like "love what you do," "never give up," "strength & hope," etc.--things like that. Each necklace tells a story-- whether it holds the name/s of those dearest to your heart or a phrase or a verse. It's inspiring.
Erika: Your pieces are often seen on the Bachelorette. Tell us a little about Emily Maynard and Ashley Hebert's favorite necklaces.
Christine: First of all, I just have to say that I love Ashley and I'm so thrilled that her Q Handmade necklaces have become a staple for her wardrobe! Ashley has three styles. She wore her 001 Classic necklace with "Ashley" on the show for a while, but has mostly worn (and continues to wear) her 011 Sweetheart. During the show she had what I called the "Single Sweetheart" with just an "A" on it. Per her request, I just sent her another disc to add to it that says "JP."--so her sweetheart necklace is complete. Emily Maynard wears style 065 with Ricki's name on the large disc and an E on the small disc. I'm so grateful and honored to be listed as one of Emily's "favorite" things.
Erika: What is your most popular piece?
Christine: I would say any variation of style 065: a 1" disc with 1+ names on it, stacked right. Layered with a 1/2" disc with a name, date or initial on it. This is also my personal favorite. I wore this for a long time, but evolved into wearing two necklaces layered: I wear style 003 on a 16" chain with my two little boys' names on it, then on an 18" chain I wear the Sweetheart (style 011) with my hubby & my initials on them.
I personally love this jewelry trend for moms. The look is sophisticated and classy, and being able to have the people that you love close to your heart at all times is incredibly meaningful - something I think many moms will love. I am considering ordering some of these for the grandmothers in our lives for Christmas this year - I think they would be a huge hit and make a really thoughtful gift!
So tell me, what do you think? Have you seen this trend on other moms? Would you try it yourself? Share your thoughts in the comments!