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Hello, from Thinkin’ About Diamonds

Wearing the bracelet and earrings I made for my wedding

Me in handmade jewelry at my own wedding

Wearing the bracelet and earrings I made for my wedding

As a fairly new member of the Emmaline Bride Community, actively at least, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Liza, the owner and jewelry creator at Thinkin’ About Diamonds. Before getting a job at a bead shop in Cambridge, MA in 2007, the extent of my jewelry making endeavors stopped at friendship bracelets and hemp necklaces. I was pretty stellar at those and they are art forms in and of themselves, don’t get me wrong. But there is only so much creativity you can have there. Desperate for a job and spending money, I took the position at the bead shop. I would have to say that decision turned out far better than I could have anticipated. Working there, I gained so much knowledge and skills, it was impossible not to try to take my jewelry making past hobby level.

I started, as so many of us do, on Etsy. Seeing the endless choices of beautiful handmade jewelry available, I knew I had to try to carve out a niche for myself. A lot of my pieces are fairly delicate and simply. There definitely seemed to be a bridal vibe, if you wiOne of my bridesmaids in her handmade necklace and earringsll, to it. A friend also took me up on an offer to make the jewelry she would wear on her wedding day. This was a completely new challenge that I loved. As a perfectionist and a professional, I want every piece of jewelry I make to be perfect. There is no stopping at “good enough”. This feeling is ten-fold, however, when you are working on jewelry for someone’s wedding. Even a laid back bride wants things the way she wants them. There is a picture created in her head of how certain details will be and she will settle for no less. This is not a bad thing. Even the simplest design may take a few tries, between making the bride’s vision a reality and making sure there are zero flaws. Thus, I found myself squeezing into the bridal market.

My bridesmaids' braceletsSince that first wedding in 2009, I have made jewelry for a number of weddings – both brides and bridesmaids. I even made all the jewelry for my own wedding in October of 2013. Some of you may be thinking that is no surprise. However, as a perfectionist, I considered store bought, for myself, at least. My skills don’t extend to soldering. What if I wanted a necklace, earrings, or a bracelet beyond my personal capabilities? What if I wanted the same for my bridesmaids? There would have been no shame in that. We all have limits. And, like I said, all brides have specific pictures of how they want their wedding to look. I was no different. When it came down to it, however, I decided I could create my ideal wedding jewelry; and I did.

Bridesmaids' necklaces for a June 2014 wedding

This is not to say that I will only do wedding jewelry. I still love making all kinds of jewelry! When time (and money) permits, I love experimenting with new designs. Custom orders are always fun, as they get my creative juices going.

That’s just a little about me, Liza, the jewelry designer/maker/lover behind Thinkin’ About Diamonds :-)

Handmade Bridal Lace Clutches for the Wedding Day and Beyond

ANGEE W. Reverie Lace Clutch in Gray and Ivory for the wedding, honeymoon and beyond

Bridal and bridesmaids lace clutches make great travel clutch bags for the passport, boarding passes, and travel necessities

Have you ever met the black hole inside your handbag? It usually shows itself when you need to find something quickly, something like your passport and boarding pass in front of a tired and grumpy immigration officer…  Not exactly how you’d want to start your honeymoon travels indeed!

Fret not Dear Brides, your wedding clutch bag could be your solution to ban that black hole away forever!  Small in size and elegantly constructed on a snappy metal kiss lock frame, a bridal or bridesmaid’s clutch bag can be a great travel companion keeping all these travel knick knacks and important documents in check.

Whether it’s to hold your passport and boarding pass or your lip gloss and aspirins, you know that you won’t have to fumble into your tightly packed-to-the-brim large travel handbag when you need to flash out your documents at the airport immigration or at the hotel check-in.

So, make sure to include one into your wedding trousseau!

 

Painted Mason Jars

Hello, lovelies! I (Emma here!) adore mason jars like the next girl, but painted mason jars are my newest obsession. If you’re planning a shabby chic wedding or one with a vintage, cottage-y look, I recommend Beach Blues: Missy is amazing! These hand painted mason jars are one of my newest favorite handmade finds and can be made into instant centerpieces with a handful of flowers.

painted mason jarspainted mason jar vases

Painted Mason Jars

To view the entire collection, check out Beach Blues.

Gerbera Daisy Place Cards

Spotted: These delightful gerbera daisy escort cards tie in beautifully with the entire gerbera daisy invitation suite by VO Handmade. We love the pretty palette of colors for a warm welcome of spring!

Gerbera Daisy Place Cards

Gerbera Daisy Place Cards

Gerbera Daisy Place Cards

This style is shown in shades of red with black text, but custom colors are also available. To order yours (+ view more designs) visit VO Handmade.


-E.