contemporary bridal {on a budget}

One of my favorite characteristics of Austin it its laid-back, unpretentious, and unassuming lifestyle.  I also prefer to translate this into choices for a bridal band.  Here are a few great options that fit into your lifestyle, and compliment your sense of style, while not breaking the bank.  Now what are you going to do with all of that extra money!


rebecca overman - sterling silver and diamonds - $290

yasuko azuma - black rhodium and diamond band - $385

melissa joy manning - yellow saphhire ring - $540

kamofie - textured band with three diamonds - $565

yayoi forest - twinkle ring - $480

carla caruso - tiny polkadot with sapphire - $191

sarah graham - black steel and congnac diamond - $675

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The Reason

Any of my friends can tell you that I am a firm believer in “everything happens for a reason”.

Exactly one year ago this month I found myself a victim of the downturn in the economy.  Honestly, I knew it was coming and had been preparing for it over the previous 4 months, but it did not take the panic out of the moment one bit.  I cannot say that I would have taken the plunge willingly instead of being forced into that new reality, yet there I was, thankfully surrounded by my amazingly supportive friends and family, and one pretty special man, trying to figure out how to make it on my own.

I began small, focusing on what I knew – simple elegant jewelry and craftsmanship.  What began as a focused line of jewelry and a select group of artisans has now blossomed into a quaint retail store in eclectic South Austin and burgeoning wholesale line run out of my studio in the back.

Just one year later I sit around in my shop & studio and really can’t believe this is my life!  Some nights (usually Friday’s) I am in the store late, making jewelry and watching re-runs on the computer, but other days I get to sleep in and go to yoga before starting my day.  It was, and continues to be, a lot of hard work, but at the end of the day I am so fulfilled.

Because I can’t say it enough – my deepest gratitude to everyone that lent a hand, a kind word, their expertise, and undying support.  I only hope that soon I am able to repay the favor, if I have not already.  This adventure is only greater because you all share in it with me!

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