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  • Valentine’s Day should be sweet and tender

    Valentine’s Day should be sweet and tender

    I remember when Valentine’s Day was sweet. Simple and innocent. Think all the way back to grade school and those hand crafted “mail boxes” made from tissue-paper-covered shoeboxes, to collect all of our valentines. Or the construction paper cards with “Be Mine” inscribed in crayon and a heart-shaped sugary treat taped inside. Remember those? Ahh the good ‘old days. Nowadays Valentine’s Day has become over-commercialized. For some it’s offensive, and for many they might be missing the point.

    At one time, I might have even been put off by the swelling Hallmark holiday.

    Maybe because I was a “late bloomer” of sorts, single until 38-years old, or maybe I’m just a cynic. But the simplicity of Valentine’s Day that I remember as a child, got lost somewhere along the way.. It’s about chocolate-covered strawberries and romantic little tokens of love.

    Ok, I confess. Maybe I’ve softened a little about the “holiday of love”. And maybe we really can get back to the sweet innocence I remember from childhood. If you have a sweetie (sisters, moms and BFFs included) and are looking for that perfect expression of love, I’ve got you covered. On January 30th I’m launching my Valentine’s collection. 14 beautiful, one-of-a-kind tokens of love.

    To be sure you don’t miss a thing, sign up for my VIP email list to get a reminder about all collection launches, and get first exclusive access to view and shop the collection.

     

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  • The Art I Create, the Jewelry You Crave

    The Art I Create, the Jewelry You Crave

    Designing jewelry to sell isn’t my strong suit.

    Which isn’t super encouraging when it comes to business profits.

    But when I do it right, my jewelry sells itself, literally.

    I’ve tried to design with you in mind, my customers I love so much.

    But when I do that, it takes away from the REASON you love what I create.

    I’m an artist.

    I always have been, and it’s the reason I do this for a living.

    You’re wearing and buying art that comes from my soul. The jewelry design comes from experiences in my life, things I see, things I dream...things that don’t exist until I bring them into being.

    So when I try to make a “sellable” collection, it totally flops.

    Which, I think is rather beautiful.

    My art knows when I’m faking it...and so do you - which is really cool to feel known and understood so well by my customers. Thank you for that.

    You can tell when it’s a “fake”

    Which is why I’m so excited to reveal this new collection.

    It features delicate jewelry that’s still bold and every bit as badass as my other collections.

    But I get it, some of it is just too big to love and wear everyday. So I challenged my design to be a microversion of other collections, other pieces.

    You’re gonna eat these up.

     

    This collection rocks for a few reasons.

    First, it’s totally wearable. Not that my other pieces aren’t - I really pride myself on the fact all my pieces are structurally designed to hang right and be lightweight even when they’re big.

    But these badass little babies go with everything. They really do.

    Maybe you’ve been eyeing up getting a matching set of earrings from me, but nothing seems to look right.

    Check these out.

    They literally go with everything I design, so you can have custom statement pieces and more standard everyday pieces to match.

    Second, they’re affordable.

    We all have that friend who compliments our jewelry and their heart sinks when we share the price. This collection is for your friend who loves your jewelry but isn’t ready to invest hundreds or thousands.

    Send them this link, they’ll be glad you did!

    You can give them as gifts without a second thought because they’re an affordable, subtle version of some of my classic magical elf queen designs.

    Finally, they’re part of my soul.

    Yes, each design you see is coming from my imagination into existence through precision, perspiration, and maybe a few profanities.

    But it’s all genuine, raw design. This isn’t a cookie cutter collection built to sell. I’m not good at that, remember?

    So, in typical artist fashion, I threw out the rule book and decided to create from my heart.

    That’s what you want anyway.

    Add these babies to your shopping cart and introduce a friend or two to a piece of my soul.

    If they’re anything like you, it will feel familiar.
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  • Returning from Tucson - What I learned about ethically sourced gemstones

    Returning from Tucson - What I learned about ethically sourced gemstones
    Who digs all this stuff out of the ground? Who cuts and polishes the stones? Are they real? Are they dyed or enhanced? Were the people involved in producing it treated well? Did they have ventilation where they were cutting? Did they get paid well? Were they children? Are these really rare or did they just say that? Is this synthetic sapphire or real? Why is that one $5 a carat and that one $15 per carat? What is involved in mining these? Does it damage the earth? Were harsh chemicals used? Were habitats destroyed?
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  • Pink? Not a fan

    Pink? Not a fan
    Jewelry for Valentine’s Day might be as cliche as it gets. So instead of following the traditional heart shaped jewelry and feminine pink charm bracelets, what if you went a little badass this Valentine’s Day?
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  • What to Do with Jewelry You’ve Outgrown or Never Liked in the First Place

    What to Do with Jewelry You’ve Outgrown or Never Liked in the First Place

    What to Do with Jewelry You’ve Outgrown or Never Liked in the First Place

    It doesn’t matter how you came by the piece, sometimes jewelry just doesn’t work for you. You love your grandma, but her bracelet doesn’t match anything you own, so it sits in your jewelry box.

    The diamond necklace your ex boyfriend gave you is gorgeous, but wearing it around your husband makes both of you feel a little weird.

    Maybe it’s the perfect ring from your mother-in-law, but it’s just not practical because you “ding” it on everything and ruined your favorite sweater because it snagged.

    You’re not the first person to be “stuck” with jewelry you can’t seem to love for the right reasons.

    I understand, which is why more and more people are coming to me to help resurrect their heirloom pieces from the graveyard of their jewelry collection.

    Here are a few scenarios where you might want to change something about what you currently have, but don’t know where to start.

    How to Keep the Sentiment and Ditch the Style

    Letting jewelry sit in a drawer makes my heart drop a little. Especially sentimental jewelry because it’s a record and memory of our lives.

    It’s given to us by people we love and reminds us how important we are to them. When you love the person, but don’t care for the piece, redesign is a great option.

    Sometimes I don’t have to completely start over if you’re open to creative ideas. For example, one customer had a bracelet from her husband she really liked, but would snag on everything.

    Instead of melting it down and making a new bracelet, I was able to repurpose the bracelet as two earrings instead! Now, she still has the same style and gold her husband gifted to her, she just wears them in her ears instead of on her wrist.

    How perfect is that? Here’s an example of a custom wedding ring redesign I’m especially proud of.

    How to Keep the Jewelry and Lose the Sentiment

    Other times, you love the piece, but it’s the person who gave it to you that you don’t care for. Maybe it was a gift from your ex or a friend you’ve fallen out with.

    In this case, you can come up with simple changes to make it your own. Things like switching out gemstones and using them for new pieces gives you the same style, but a different feel when you look at it.

    Plus, if you totally hate it - it’s fun to melt it down, start over, and make something that’s completely about you.

    So you can see why I hate when jewelry sits unworn for years. No matter what the story is, you can make something you enjoy wearing!

    Why Choose Allison Kallaway for Heirloom Redesign?

    You can bring heirloom pieces to almost any jeweler to have them redesigned or use the stones in a different setting. When you work with me, you get guaranteed quality craftsmanship and unique design.

    Nothing I create for my clients could be described as boring or ordinary. You’re really getting a custom piece of art that’s structurally perfect.

    My necklaces hang straight, no more adjusting or flipping things around. All my designs are structured to “wear” right, because that’s part of the challenge and technique. In order to make a “perfect” piece of jewelry, it has to be practical to wear.

    Have something in your drawer collecting dust? Get in touch with me today about your custom redesign options!

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