Artful and Personalized Silver Jewelry: Joseph Allen Designs

by on Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

Joseph Allen Designs makes wonderful personalized silver jewelry The hand-stamped silver jewelry you can get is either made with a hammered or satin finish. There are SEVERAL designs you can pick from, and each necklace can be hand-stamped (better than just an engraving, that isn’t as deep) AND lets you add a pearl or a Swarvorski crystal or birthstone (in any corresponding color.)

I received a piece customized for me. I went with a hammered look because I think that looks more arty. I picked a somewhat simple oval design (it took me a while to decide which shape I liked best) which I can wear long, and then even layer with another tiny/shorter silver necklace.

For the hand-stamping, I wanted a phrase that would be personal to me. That means, I wasn’t looking for just a simple word. I was even looking into some Latin and French phrases. But I settled on a phrase from a poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson. It’s, “drink the wild air.”

Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air…

Considerations by the Way from The Conduct of Life (1860, rev. 1876) by Ralph Waldo Emerson (No, I haven’t read the whoooole thing. But I have always appreciated Emerson’s poems. I almost went to a college out East just because it was named after him. I know – some girls follow boys, and some girls follow dead poets. I’m odd like that.)

What that phrase means to me is to be more present in the moment and take advantage of every opportunity that is living in that beautiful moment. I think it’s a powerful, wonderful daily reminder which is why it’s a good inscription for a silver piece of jewelry that I can wear daily. I love this piece a lot, although I will note that the hammering effect can make it hard to read lots of words. The more words you try to fit on a piece (and each piece lets you know what amount of character’s will fit, I was pushing it with this one) the smaller the font will be. I went sans pearl and sans crystal, because I’m just not big on that stuff all the time.

But I like that you can use several birthstone crystals for a piece, and you can get names stamped – like the names of your children. This is great hand stamped jewelry for moms.

Every piece is made from Argentinian silver, and comes with a polishing cloth and a jewelry pouch.

Here are some of my favorites from the Satin Collection:

The Forever Circle

Little Bird

Always Heart

And here are some favorites from the Hammered Collection:

Happiness with Disc Hammered

Happiness Hammered (I selected this shape.)

Shop at: Joseph Allen Designs

Later today I’m posting up a giveaway for ANY piece of jewelry from his site!

Disclosure: I received an item to review but was not momentarily compensated in any way for my opinion.

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