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BEHIND THE DESIGN WITH AMANDA OF LUV AJ






Which pieces do you suggest for everyday wear? Which piece for making a statement?
For everyday wear, the Deal Ear Cuffs are my favorite. They’re small enough that they won’t overpower a look and they’re perfect to add to an existing ear-party with your other stud earrings. For a more statement piece, the Jett Bangle is the winner. I like to wear pairs of cuffs together, and these heavy-duty metal pieces feel strong and cool.





There are some less traditional pieces, for example the Hynde Chain Accessory – how can a more conservative fashionista pull these off without leaving her comfort zone?
What’s cool about these hair clips is that they’re so versatile – you can wear them in your hair a million ways, or clip them to the lapels of your button-up or jacket. The chain is quite dainty and the pearls are subtle enough that the hairpiece is something to embrace. It’s easier to wear than expected, trust me!

BEHIND THE DESIGN WITH AMANDA OF LUV AJ

Which pieces do you suggest for everyday wear? Which piece for making a statement?

For everyday wear, the Deal Ear Cuffs are my favorite. They’re small enough that they won’t overpower a look and they’re perfect to add to an existing ear-party with your other stud earrings. For a more statement piece, the Jett Bangle is the winner. I like to wear pairs of cuffs together, and these heavy-duty metal pieces feel strong and cool.

There are some less traditional pieces, for example the Hynde Chain Accessory – how can a more conservative fashionista pull these off without leaving her comfort zone?

What’s cool about these hair clips is that they’re so versatile – you can wear them in your hair a million ways, or clip them to the lapels of your button-up or jacket. The chain is quite dainty and the pearls are subtle enough that the hairpiece is something to embrace. It’s easier to wear than expected, trust me!

BEHIND THE DESIGN WITH AMANDA OF LUV AJ 




Pearls are clearly one of your favorite motifs for this collection; what inspired you when you were approached with this collaboration?
Pearls are everywhere right now – [and] these classic pieces are taking a much more modern twist. I typically work with chains and metal elements only, but I thought it would be perfect to introduce pearls in the mix in time for Holiday.






What inspires a motif for you when designing a collection?
Super gold, bold, and layered… that’s the Luv Aj way of thinking, and I love theLuv Aj x JewelMint collection because it totally embodies that. It’s a more lady-like take on our signature pieces, so both the Luv Aj and JewelMint girl will love what we came up with.








Up next: Amanda give us some tips on how to style these badass pieces. Stay tuned!

BEHIND THE DESIGN WITH AMANDA OF LUV AJ 

Pearls are clearly one of your favorite motifs for this collection; what inspired you when you were approached with this collaboration?

Pearls are everywhere right now – [and] these classic pieces are taking a much more modern twist. I typically work with chains and metal elements only, but I thought it would be perfect to introduce pearls in the mix in time for Holiday.

What inspires a motif for you when designing a collection?

Super gold, bold, and layered… that’s the Luv Aj way of thinking, and I love the
Luv Aj x JewelMint collection because it totally embodies that. It’s a more lady-like take on our signature pieces, so both the Luv Aj and JewelMint girl will love what we came up with.

Up next: Amanda give us some tips on how to style these badass pieces. Stay tuned!

Today is the day we fall in Luv!

Meet Amanda Thomas, the designer behind L.A. cult jewelry brand Luv Aj and JewelMint’s brand new collaboration, Luv Aj x JewelMint. You may remember her from her days on the JewelMint Collective, or maybe you’ve seen celebs and fashionistas alike sporting her simple and edgy designs. Either way, you’ll want to check out this brand new collection, combining Luv Aj’s tough edge with JewelMint’s signature femininity.


Check out the collection here. And be sure to stay tuned for more exclusive behind the scenes content with Amanda!

Today is the day we fall in Luv!

Meet Amanda Thomas, the designer behind L.A. cult jewelry brand Luv Aj and JewelMint’s brand new collaboration, Luv Aj x JewelMint. You may remember her from her days on the JewelMint Collective, or maybe you’ve seen celebs and fashionistas alike sporting her simple and edgy designs. Either way, you’ll want to check out this brand new collection, combining Luv Aj’s tough edge with JewelMint’s signature femininity.

Check out the collection hereAnd be sure to stay tuned for more exclusive behind the scenes content with Amanda!

 What’s pearly white and gold all over? Find out when our new exclusive collab goes live TOMORROW.

 What’s pearly white and gold all over? Find out when our new exclusive collab goes live TOMORROW.

Save the date: September 18th

 A new exclusive JewelMint collab is coming up!

Save the date: September 18th

A new exclusive JewelMint collab is coming up!

BEHIND THE DESIGN: GOLDEN HORN FOR AROUND THE WORLD

Q: How has your home country and native culture influenced your designs?
A: Turkey is a country with deep historical and cultural roots that also strives to be modern. Our designs reflect this integration of timeless stones set in modern ways.

Q: What do you love most about Turkey?
A: Its architecture. We are influenced greatly by the Ottoman architectural style.

Q: How would you describe Turkey’s signature style? 
A: As great as London or Paris! Istanbul’s fashion week has become world renowned and it’s a testament to Istanbul’s influence on the world market.

Q: How would you describe your design aesthetic? 
A: Timeless. Clean. Tectonic.

BEHIND THE DESIGN: GOLDEN HORN FOR AROUND THE WORLD

Q: How has your home country and native culture influenced your designs?

A: Turkey is a country with deep historical and cultural roots that also strives to be modern. Our designs reflect this integration of timeless stones set in modern ways.

Q: What do you love most about Turkey?

A: Its architecture. We are influenced greatly by the Ottoman architectural style.

Q: How would you describe Turkey’s signature style? 

A: As great as London or Paris! Istanbul’s fashion week has become world renowned and it’s a testament to Istanbul’s influence on the world market.

Q: How would you describe your design aesthetic? 

A: Timeless. Clean. Tectonic.

BEHIND THE DESIGN: GALLERIA ARMADORO FOR AROUND THE WORLD

Q: How has your home country and native culture influenced your designs?
A: Greece is a sun kissed country all year long. So, dressing up is a daily ritual for Greek women and wearing jewelry is essential. Let us not forget that the Greeks were manufacturing jewelry since 2.500 BC. So we are making jewelry that any chic woman would wear. The use of religious elements such as crosses is also essential in our collections. And let’s not forget the greek evil eye which we try to update every year.

Q: What do you love most about Greece?
A:  The sun, the amazing weather, the island, the smile and the happiness of Greek people.

Q: How would you describe Greece’s signature style? 
A: Laid back but at the same time bold.

Q: How would you describe your design aesthetic? 
A: Fashion forward.

Q: Do your pieces feature unique materials or design processes? 

A: We make high end silver jewelry, so we try to use the best materials—We only use star quality cubic zirconia stones and the best craftsmanship. So even if our jewelry is vermeil, it has the allure of an expensive diamond piece.

BEHIND THE DESIGN: GALLERIA ARMADORO FOR AROUND THE WORLD

Q: How has your home country and native culture influenced your designs?

A: Greece is a sun kissed country all year long. So, dressing up is a daily ritual for Greek women and wearing jewelry is essential. Let us not forget that the Greeks were manufacturing jewelry since 2.500 BC. So we are making jewelry that any chic woman would wear. The use of religious elements such as crosses is also essential in our collections. And let’s not forget the greek evil eye which we try to update every year.

Q: What do you love most about Greece?

A:  The sun, the amazing weather, the island, the smile and the happiness of Greek people.

Q: How would you describe Greece’s signature style? 

A: Laid back but at the same time bold.

Q: How would you describe your design aesthetic? 

A: Fashion forward.

Q: Do your pieces feature unique materials or design processes? 

A: We make high end silver jewelry, so we try to use the best materials—We only use star quality cubic zirconia stones and the best craftsmanship. So even if our jewelry is vermeil, it has the allure of an expensive diamond piece.

BEHIND THE DESIGN: BEATRIZ PALACIOS FOR AROUND THE WORLD

Q: How has your home country and native culture influenced your designs?
A: I think it is or certainly was in the past a part of Spanish culture for the women to be creative and self sufficient. Traditionally in Spain, Madrid also had the greatest supply of materials for dress making and design. Also, my mother has had a strong influence in my work since I was a little girl by creating my own pieces out of the beads and fabric left from my mother’s more elaborate designs. So I guess it is something I have always been around due to my mother and also my city.


Q: What do you love most about Spain?
A: If the solar system was Spain, the dinner table would be the sun which everything rotates around. When I am in the process of creating a new collection, I bring the work as it develops home to my parents’ house and discuss the pieces with my mother and sisters. These are the things I love most about Spain, the culture of family and food.

Q: How would you describe Spanish’s signature style? 
A: This is a very difficult question to answer because the culture and history of Spain is so deep and rich. I would say that the signature style would reflect the Baroque and modernist architecture and a bold use of color and materials.

Q: How would you describe your design aesthetic? 
A: I have made jewelry now for the past fifteen years and the influences in my work have been varied and quite diverse. More recently, my aesthetics have been influenced by modern art at the turn of the last century in Europe such as Suprematism in Russia and the Art and Craft movement in Scandinavia and Britain.

Q: Do your pieces feature unique materials or design processes? 

A: The design processes are unique in the sense that the prototypes are created as single pieces of art. Each of these works are hand crafted by myself and a small group of seasoned artisans at my workshop in Madrid. It takes at least three months to develop each collection after the elements have been decided. The pieces are created from raw materials such as camel bone and semi precious stones.

BEHIND THE DESIGN: BEATRIZ PALACIOS FOR AROUND THE WORLD

Q: How has your home country and native culture influenced your designs?

A: I think it is or certainly was in the past a part of Spanish culture for the women to be creative and self sufficient. Traditionally in Spain, Madrid also had the greatest supply of materials for dress making and design. Also, my mother has had a strong influence in my work since I was a little girl by creating my own pieces out of the beads and fabric left from my mother’s more elaborate designs. So I guess it is something I have always been around due to my mother and also my city.

Q: What do you love most about Spain?

A: If the solar system was Spain, the dinner table would be the sun which everything rotates around. When I am in the process of creating a new collection, I bring the work as it develops home to my parents’ house and discuss the pieces with my mother and sisters. These are the things I love most about Spain, the culture of family and food.

Q: How would you describe Spanish’s signature style? 

A: This is a very difficult question to answer because the culture and history of Spain is so deep and rich. I would say that the signature style would reflect the Baroque and modernist architecture and a bold use of color and materials.

Q: How would you describe your design aesthetic? 

A: I have made jewelry now for the past fifteen years and the influences in my work have been varied and quite diverse. More recently, my aesthetics have been influenced by modern art at the turn of the last century in Europe such as Suprematism in Russia and the Art and Craft movement in Scandinavia and Britain.

Q: Do your pieces feature unique materials or design processes? 

A: The design processes are unique in the sense that the prototypes are created as single pieces of art. Each of these works are hand crafted by myself and a small group of seasoned artisans at my workshop in Madrid. It takes at least three months to develop each collection after the elements have been decided. The pieces are created from raw materials such as camel bone and semi precious stones.

BEHIND THE DESIGN: BETTY CARRE FOR AROUND THE WORLD

Q: How has your native country influenced your designs?
A: My country, Brazil, and its culture have greatly influenced my designs in several aspects, such as the variety and brightness of the colors and the fun and happiness of its people. Those are exactly the characteristics that I love about Brazil.
Q: How would you describe your signature style of jewelry?
A: To describe my style is to describe Brazil’s with all the above, plus the sophistication and beauty of the Brazilian women, harmoniously combining all the natural stone colors with the brushed 18k green gold.
Q: Do your pieces feature unique materials or design processes?
A: All of our pieces are 18k gold plated over brass and nickel free, with natural stones and crystals. 
BEHIND THE DESIGN: BETTY CARRE FOR AROUND THE WORLD
Q: How has your native country influenced your designs?
A: My country, Brazil, and its culture have greatly influenced my designs in several aspects, such as the variety and brightness of the colors and the fun and happiness of its people. Those are exactly the characteristics that I love about Brazil.
Q: How would you describe your signature style of jewelry?
A: To describe my style is to describe Brazil’s with all the above, plus the sophistication and beauty of the Brazilian women, harmoniously combining all the natural stone colors with the brushed 18k green gold.
Q: Do your pieces feature unique materials or design processes?
A: All of our pieces are 18k gold plated over brass and nickel free, with natural stones and crystals.