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The Story Behind the Dark and Smokey Collection

Every collection I design is an extension of what thoughts are swirling through my head at the moment. Sometimes I am conscious of what is driving the design process at the moment, and sometimes it is the process of design that helps me work through what is in my subconscious trying to get out. The Dark and Smokey collection is a perfect example of the latter.

Back in January, during the gem show trips I took,

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Why everyone should love copper jewelry

Recently, I was talking with one of my favorite photographers about why I work in copper jewelry, and it occurred to me that not everyone knows how cool this metal really is! So, for this week on the blog, I wanted to dedicate some love to my favorite material and hope you get a chance to appreciate what copper offers you a bit more (and if you are already a fan, I would love to know what draws you to copper in the comments below).

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A Bevy of Photshoots

One of the most rewarding opportunities I get in this business is to lend out jewelry to photographers and stylists to use in their shoots. Why this is exciting to me is because by lending out jewelry, I get to see how someone not involved in the design process styles my work. I also get lots of beautiful photos to share with you guys. Not every photoshoot is my branding, and that is part of what is so fun.

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BTS of our Roadtrip Photoshoot

This January I was excited to plan a collaborative photoshoot with McKenzi Taylor of Taylored Photo Memories. She and I had met right before Christmas at a show and were inspired to do a lifestyle shoot during a typically quiet time for both of us. I am always a mixture of nervous and excited when working on a new shoot, but I have to say McKenzi made me super comfortable from the start,

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Announcing a New Studio and Shop

Starting in February, Desert Daisy Jewelry will be available at the Work/Shop owned by Sister House Collective. Located at 208 South Maryland Parkway, off the corner of Maryland and Carson, the Work/Shop is open Mon-Sat from 11 am to 7 pm, and on Sunday from 12-5. If you guys aren’t familiar with Ashley of Sister House Collective, you should definitely stop by and check her out. She has made it her mission to carefully curate handcrafted goods with a social mission.

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Custom Designs

As we near the Holiday season, I thought I would share with you my favorite part to my job. Creating one of a kind pieces that are made from customer’s own stones. Custom orders are always more challenging for many reasons; each one requires a meeting with the client to decide basic design specifications, then extra precautionary measures to protect their item they are asking me to work with, and a whisper of hope that they will be happy with my final designs.

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What goes into building a jewelry collection

I recently launched my holiday collection (every day more and more items are up and listed in the shop), and I wanted to share a little of what went into creating this collection. If you regularly keep up with my blog, by now you have seen the posts about the photoshoot and the launch party, but today is more about delving into the inspiration and design process that went into this Holiday season.

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Holiday 2016 Launch Party

Image by Payton Altman

How many fun stories start out “this one night in a bar…”? Probably too many to count, but this one ends differently than you may imagine. One night, while out for a friend’s birthday, a local jeweler friend and I started chatting about how we wanted this holiday to be a celebration. How we were both planning collections that we were so proud of, and how we wanted to plan an event to share them with our friends and family.

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Behind the Scenes of the Holiday 2016 Photoshoot

I wanted to share a little of the magic behind the amazing photos from Kate Alison Photography that are now up on my website. What started out as a fun collaboration idea I couldn’t get out of my head, turned into such beautiful photos! If you haven’t checked out Kate’s work, you should do so! Her instagram is full of gorgeous NYC images and genuine couples in love. 

Kate and I met through a Facebook group called The Rising Tide Society,

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How to clean your natural copper jewelry

Many of my customers ask about how to keep their copper jewelry shiny and bright, and so today I am sharing my favorite method to clean, one that uses only natural ingredients you most likely have at home.

First thing you will need to do is make sure your metal is pure copper and not coated. Many jewelers use a sealant on their copper, and if this is the case, the below method won’t be as effective.

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Meet Emma

Emma Kelly Desert Daisy Jewelry

Owner and Designer of Desert Daisy Jewelry. Crystal enthusiast. Wanderer. Gypsy soul.

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