A Note on Custom Orders

Good Morning - happy Monday everyone!  

One of the many benefits of hand-crafting all of our own jewelry is that we can always do our best to customize our jewelry to your exact needs.  We recently completed a customization for a client, and wanted to walk you through the process of what we can do.

We were contacted to make a combination of pieces (below).  For custom orders, it's definitely better to have an idea of what you're looking for - give us a color, a pendant (or no pendant), and an approximate length; and we will see what we can find!

Client wanted this pendant to match - 

Client wanted this pendant to match - 

these jasper gemstones for a statement necklace.

these jasper gemstones for a statement necklace.

Next we see what we can do from a supply standpoint - really this is when we are able to see A) what the final design will look like, and B) whether or not we have the capability to make what you are look for at this time.  As you can see below, we played with different gemstone accents, and pendant shades to get what would look the best.

Finally, we make a mock-up of what the final piece will look like (below).  Before we finish off the piece with a clasp, we will send you photos so that you can make any changes you would like and give a final approval before shipment!

There you have it!  It's actually a fairly painless process to make sure you receive the MILLER MAE DESIGNS jewelry of your dreams!  Feel free to get the process started by contacting us at info@millermaedesigns.com; and we will get back to you within 24 hours.  

The Ethiopian Cross or Coptic Cross

From jewelry to fabric, it's safe to say that you've probably seen these symbols around the fashion world for about the past year.  As the Ethiopian cross becomes a part of mainstream fashion, it's important to know what we're wearing and why this symbol is important.  

The exotic design of the cross stems from the combination of the elaborate Christian Crosses and the stunning Egyptian Ankhs.  Ethiopia was the second country in Africa to convert to Christianity, and the Christian Orthodox faith has been a stronghold of the culture ever since.  In fact, Ethiopia has some the strongest roots in Christian faith across the world.   To wear the Ethiopian cross is a show of your unwavering faith - the designs representative of the beautiful hearts of those in the Ethiopian church.  The cross shows up in Ethiopian culture in three main forms: the processional cross, the hand cross, and the pendant cross; the pendant being the most popular as it is given to each person after their Baptism as a symbol of their faith.

These crosses have an anatomy as well, and the picture below outlines the most common structure of these crosses.

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As always, we promote fashion that is culturally aware - the symbolism of our pieces are just as important as their beauty.  As the world becomes more and more of a single, global civilization, it becomes important to share these cultures so as to hold onto them and to not lose them into obscurity.  

If you want to read more on Ethiopian crosses and the culture surrounding them, here are some links for you to try.  

The Cross: Artform of Ethiopia - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0N3nJ6AlYg
Christianity in Ethiopia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christianity_in_Ethiopia
Coptic Cross - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coptic_cross
The Coptic Cross - http://www.seiyaku.com/customs/crosses/coptic.html

Gems We Love for Spring - KYANITE

Multifaceted, blue and just otherwise simply stunning, Kyanite is a gemstone that we simply cannot get enough of in our Spring 2016 line.  Most of the worlds Kyanite is found and mined in the USA and Brazil.  It can be found in a multitude of colors ranging along the blue-green spectrum (although an orange variant was recently discovered in Tanzania).  

For this season, we've focused on the more traditional blue varieties; although as you can see, there is nothing traditional about this stone!  I've fallen in love the unusual straight crystallization that fuses the geometric with the organic in such an artistic way.  

For you metaphysical lovers out there*, Kyanite is unusually awesome in that it does not retain any negative energy - you'll never have to cleanse your stone or pendant.  It is also supposed to aid in meditation as the stone and its structure is all about energy alignment.  Understandably, this also helps in finding inner peace and balance.

Anyway, get excited as we're bring a multitude of beautiful Kyanite your way this Spring! (Sneak peek at a piece below!)

*Legal note stating that I am not suggesting metaphysical properties serve as a substitute for medical or health-related information.

HOLIDAY SPECIALS 2015

This is really going to just be a short blurb - we have a new section of Holiday Specials for this 2015 season!! We've added markdowns to some of your favorites, and some of our most gift-able pieces.  It's not going to last forever, so click/tap on the photo, and check them all out!

LOS ANGELES & UNIQUE LA MARKET

So this is more of "flashback" post from early May - I just realized that I never wrote a post about our travels out to Los Angeles!  Anyway, we heard back in March that we one of the vendors chosen to participate in the Unique LA market, and were supper excited to travel out there as neither Kim nor I have been in the city (and no, the airport does not count).  

Can I just say, that we would both move out there today if we could!  The weather was amazing - we did get some rain, which the city desperately needed.  Getting to say goodbye to the dense humidity here in Raleigh was amazing.  We loved the more open landscape, and maybe we got lucky, but the traffic really wasn't all that bad.  We had an AMAZING time at the Unique LA market, and love meeting all of the wonderful customers and other vendors at the event - it was such a great success!

Anyway enough chitchat, here are the photos from the trip (sorry about the quality of some, all were taken with my phone, and lighting wasn't always the best)!

Obligatory photo from the plane - loved the view as we crossed the Rockies!

Obligatory photo from the plane - loved the view as we crossed the Rockies!

Our finished booth at the Unique LA market - loved the space! 

Our finished booth at the Unique LA market - loved the space! 

Beautifully colored rose given to Kim at our Mother's Day brunch - the restaurant was giving out free ones to all of the Mothers, so precious!!

Beautifully colored rose given to Kim at our Mother's Day brunch - the restaurant was giving out free ones to all of the Mothers, so precious!!

We drove up to the Griffith Observatory (unfortunately didn't have time to hike to the sign).  I hoped out of the car to take this photo of the city.  I absolutely love the landscape/terrain here!

We drove up to the Griffith Observatory (unfortunately didn't have time to hike to the sign).  I hoped out of the car to take this photo of the city.  I absolutely love the landscape/terrain here!

Driving down Rodeo Drive (because, why not)

Driving down Rodeo Drive (because, why not)

Best taco place, ever!! We were in LA for four days, and ended up eating here twice.  The place is called La Escuela Taquería, and it is in West Hollywood.  Soooo yummy!

Best taco place, ever!! We were in LA for four days, and ended up eating here twice.  The place is called La Escuela Taquería, and it is in West Hollywood.  Soooo yummy!



Styling for Spring

Finally, Spring has arrived!  Although it's come with some dreary weather for us, I am excited to get back to warmer temperatures soon.  In honor of the changing seasons, we've styled some of our Miller Mae Designs Spring 2015 jewelry with this flowing Nanette Lepore Drifter Dress - the spring shift equivalent of Bohemian elegance.  I had a great time styling and playing at photographer, and Barrett had a great time modeling, so here are the photos!

Pop-up Shop at Helena Fox Fine Art Gallery

Back in December, we had the honor of being hosted for a two day pop-up shop at the Helena Fox Fine Art Gallery in Charleston, SC.  Charleston is one of our many favorites with its rich artistic culture and distinct Southern charm (not to mention some AMAZING seafood).  Anyway, it has come to my attention that I completely forgot to post some photos of the place, so here goes!

Going over the iconic bridge coming into downtown Charleston - love the architecture!

Going over the iconic bridge coming into downtown Charleston - love the architecture!

The Helena Fox Fine Art Gallery down on Church Street.  I tried to get a photo without a car parked out front, but if you know Charleston, you know that parking is a scarce commodity there! 

The Helena Fox Fine Art Gallery down on Church Street.  I tried to get a photo without a car parked out front, but if you know Charleston, you know that parking is a scarce commodity there! 

Ready to go - it was amazing being able to be surrounded by so much awe-inspiring art.  The walls were literally covered in stunning paintings.  

Ready to go - it was amazing being able to be surrounded by so much awe-inspiring art.  The walls were literally covered in stunning paintings.  

The last grid showcases some of the pieces and details of our set up.  We truly had an amazing time, and meet some wonderful people.  Charleston, we are definitely coming back - maybe sooner than you might think! (wink, wink)