Welcome to JAYSDESIGN!

JAYSDESIGN produces beautiful handcrafted jewelry in one-of-kind designs, adhering to the belief that true beauty is simple and flattering. Many designs include pearls, semi-precious stones, genuine Swarovski(tm) Crystal and sterling silver.

Please visit our Etsy shop to see our latest pieces available for sale. Shipping is free to USA and Canada.

Each design is entirely unique. Once it is sold, that's it. JAYSDESIGN does not take custom orders at this time.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

New Venture for JaysDesign

Jaimey/Laura here. I'm pleased to announce a new business venture for the artist behind JaysDesign. Jay officially has a Zazzle store now, featuring some of his other works of art, namely, his paintings and his drawings. Below is a nifty little gadget displaying the items listed so far. We'd love for you to check it out and don't forget to join the JaysDesign fan club while you're there! (Of course, I'm already a fan, lol.)

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Pearls, Glorious Pearls

The pearls we often see today are cultured, meaning the oyster is more or less forced to make the gem. With cultured pearl farms all over the world, this beautiful and timeless gem is now easily obtained.

The culturing process officially began in 1893 when the first pearl was "created" by Kokichi Mikimoto. Simply, a pearl is made by placing a tiny bit of shell or other debris inside the oyster. It is then coated in layers of nacre until a pearl is formed. After several months, the pearl is harvested.

It was Mikimoto's desire to see pearls around the throat of every woman, not just the wealthy. In developing the culturing process, he made that wish a distinct possibility. 

There are so many works of art out there featuring pearls. Several are posted below for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

This article was originally published at A Lady's Deception, (c) Laura J Miller, and is reprinted here with permission.
*For more info on Mikimoto and pearl culturing visit these sites: Cultured Pearls: History of MikimotoMikimoto KĊkichiCultured pearl

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Finally!! The Winners

I promised handcrafted jewelry winners for January-April and here they are*:

Tracey Harbaugh
Lori A Osterman
Amanda Devine
Jennifer Lyons

Thank you for being fans and followers!

Winners, please contact jaysdesign1[at]gmail[dot]com within 7 days with your mailing address to receive your prize. Prizes are random but all are valued at $10 or more. For examples of past prizes, check out these winner posts:

Stay tuned for the details of the new jewelry giveaway.

Congratulations, winners!!!

*Winners were selected using Random.org.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

A Change Here at JaysDesign

Hello, followers! Jay's sister here with an announcement.

Due to some extenuating circumstances, the monthly free jewelry drawing has been suspended. Many apologies for this change but it was necessary. Winners will be drawn and posted for January-April. This change will take effect May 1.

Thank you for your understanding and stay tuned for more details on a new prize drawing.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

The Last Winner of 2009

Hi! This is Jay's sister again. I'm here to announce the latest winner of the JaysDesign Fan/Follower Drawing.

The winner for December 2009 is....

Chelle Schalk!!

Chelle has won the lovely black onyx and sterling silver bracelet pictured here. It measures about 8 1/2 inches long. Each sterling link was made by hand with painstaking care and attention to detail.

Congratulations, Chelle! Please send an email to Jay at jaysdesign1 (at) gmail [dot] com to confirm your win. Don't forget to include your mailing address. Thank you for being a fan!

Remember, everyone, as the the number of fans and followers rises, so does the value of the prize. Tell your friends and family! And don't forget to check out the Etsy shop for more beautiful creations at fabulous prices. Shipping is always FREE to the USA and Canada. Everywhere else is only $3.50.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

November's Winner

Gail Wood is the fortunate winner of November's Fan/Follower drawing. Gail, please drop an email with your mailing address to jaysdesign1@gmail.com. Congratulations and have a great day!

Become a facebook fan or blog follower by December 31 to be entered in the next drawing. As the number of fans and followers rises, so does the value of the prizes. Gail's prize is valued at $15US. Tell friends and family; be a fan and follower for multiple entries.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Prize for November's Fan/Follower Drawing

We finally decided on a prize for November. The winner of November's drawing will receive the lovely pearl drop pendant pictured here. This pendant is an 8mm rice-shaped freshwater pearl with a Swarovski crystal bead as an accent on an 18 inch 0.925 sterling silver chain. The crystal is different colors in different types of light. It shows up pinky-peach under incandescent light, green under fluorescent light and smokey gray in natural light.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

October's Fan/Follower Winner

Hi, it's Jay's sister again. I am here to post the winner of October's drawing.

Congratulations to

Lauren Aquilina

(I hope I spelled your name right.) Please contact Jay at jaysdesign1(at)gmail(dot)com with your mailing address and ring choice; gold-filled or sterling silver; size 6 or 8. You have seven (7) days to respond.

Thank you again, participants, for a fun-filled month. Stay tuned for November's prize announcement. Remember, the prize will grow in value as the number of fans/followers grows. Tell your friends and family.

If you haven't voted in the blog poll yet, please do so. It is at the top of the right hand sidebar. Thank you.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Copper Craze (Blog Poll Alert)

Hi, all. Jay's sister Laura here. (Some of you may know me by the pseudonym Jaimey Grant.) I just wanted to share what Jay's been working on lately and introduce a blog poll.

It seems that copper jewelry has been gaining popularity. Jay has been playing with some ideas and experimenting with copper wire. To the left is a necklace made entirely of handmade copper jumprings, a bracelet of dyed freshwater pearls on handmade copper links, a ring of twisted copper wire, and a rough-cut amethyst wrapped in copper wire with a twisted bail. Below and to the right is a copper collar made entirely of handmade jumprings; the design is loosely based on European chainmaille.

We want your opinions on the matter. Please look to the right sidebar and answer the following question. Would you like to see copper jewelry added to the catalog at JaysDesign Jewelry?

If you have something additional you'd like to add, perhaps the reason for your selection, feel free to comment to this post.

Be sure to check out what's already in Jay's store: JaysDesign on Etsy.

Monday, October 19, 2009

The Prize for October's Drawing

Here it is, finally! We have chosen this charming pink coral wire-wrap ring for the winner of October's fan/follower drawing. This ring is made with a dyed pink coral bead that has been carved into a lovely flower. (The flower beads were purchased already carved.)

With this drawing, the winner will have a choice. The winner may select a sterling silver or a gold-filled ring in size 6 or 8.

If you are not a fan yet, you still have time to get an additional entry for this drawing. Just click the little "become a fan" button in the right-hand sidebar.

Have a great day!!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

New Shipping Policy In Our Etsy Shop

We have implemented a new shipping policy in our Etsy shop. All orders within the USA and Canada now ship for FREE and include delivery confirmation and insurance. Orders shipped everywhere else will be charged a flat fee of $3.50. Additional items in the same order ship for free, no limits, worldwide.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Etsy Shop Update

Our Etsy shop is officially open!! Stop on by to see us. New items will be added periodically. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, let us know.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Blog Announcement and Store Update

There will be some changes here at JaysDesign Jewelry.

  1. The blog will become more of an announcement/behind-the-scenes sort of venue rather than a place to list items for sale.

  2. We have been working on an Etsy store. The JaysDesign Jewelry Etsy shop will have its grand opening on October 15. Hope you can all be there!

  3. The monthly drawings will still be taking place. The winner will still be announced on the blog and added to the list in the sidebar.

  4. Due to so much of our time being taken up with getting the Etsy store running, we have yet to decide exactly what October's prize will be. Rest assured, there will be a prize, so hang in there.

That's all for now. Have a great day!

Friday, October 2, 2009

The Winner of September's Fan/Follower Drawing

We officially have a winner for the Fan/Follower Drawing for the month of September. The winner of the freshwater pearl daisy pendant is...drumroll, please....

Roseann Wills

Congratulations, Roseann! Contact us at jaysdesign1(at)gmail(dot)com with your shipping address within 7 days of this post to claim your prize. If you do not, the prize is forfeited until October's drawing.

Current fans and followers: Let your friends and family know about this drawing. As the number of fans and followers grow, so will the value of the prize. Thank you!

*Winner was selected using Random.org.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Swarovski Crystal Necklace with Matching Earrings

This 18 inch necklace is made with genuine Swarovski crystals in the color referred to as...(drumroll, please)...CRYSTAL. That's right, this crystal necklace is the color of crystal. The beads used here start at 4mm at the 0.925 sterling silver clasp and graduate to 5mm and finally 6mm at the center of the piece. If you look real close, you may be able to see the tiny clear glass seed beads in the design, as well.

This is a difficult necklace to capture on film. When the light catches these crystals they glitter like diamonds.

The earrings hang about 1 1/2 inches from the 0.925 sterling silver hooks. They feature the same graduated crystals in 3mm, 4mm and 5mm with clear glass seed beads.

This design will be made available in more colors at a later date. It is also a set that will be available in quantities greater than one (1).