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Save the Date!

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Join us next week at one of our FAVORITE markets of the year – St. Martin’s Joy of Giving!  The market starts with a preview party Tuesday, October 21st from 6 to 9pm.  $15 tickets get you a first look at all of the goodies for sale and appetizers, making it the perfect girls’ night out with your friends!  The fun continues with free admission shopping on Wednesday, October 22nd from 9am to 5pm and Thursday, October 23rd from 9am to 3pm.

Merchants offering fabulous gifts for everyone
on their Christmas list, stylish clothing, one-of-a-kind accessories,
unique home décor, jewelry and much more.

Tuesday Early Bird Shopping Night – Enjoy an evening at the Market and get a sneak peek
at the fabulous items for sale.

Daily Silent Auctions featuring donations from the fabulous merchants
ECW Pantry items for those busy autumn days when there’s no time to cook!

 Delicious boxed lunches, morning and afternoon snacks,
coffee and beverages available at Café St. Martin’s.

Package check to safely store your purchases while shopping.

For safety reasons, no strollers, carts or wagons allowed.

All proceeds support ECW Outreach initiatives in support of women and children.

Get more information on their website here.

We’re on TV!

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Houston-based stylist Natalie Weakly knows trends.  In fact, she makes it her business to know them.  And even better, to help you know them – and how they best work for you.  You may remember her from our “Friend Friday” post about her.  Natalie loves clothes and jewelry (especially ours – she’s got great taste, right?) but what she’s passionate about is helping you find the clothes and jewelry that work for your look and lifestyle.  A self-proclaimed “color obsessed” gal, she has expert opinions on what colors look great – from your closet to your logo to your living room walls.

This morning, Natalie was on Great Day Houston to talk about Fall fashion trends and that includes jewelry.  (Sidenote:  We LOVE Great Day Houston.  Deborah Duncan is adorable and her show always has such helpful tips.  It’s not the first time we’ve been on it and we love it every time!)  Since layering is such a hot trend right now, but also one that is soooooo much harder to accomplish than it seems, she chose that to talk about.  And our jewelry is perfect for layering!

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The layered look featured today on Great Day Houston

From Top to Bottom:  
Letter Charm Necklace
Large Bar Necklace in Labradorite
Pave Diamond Scrollwork Necklace
Labradorite Large Gem Drop Beaded Necklace
Labradorite Bezel Necklace

One great feature about our jewelry that is really helpful in the quest for creating that layered look is that many of them are available with extension chains that allow you to make them longer or shorter, depending on what you’re pairing them with.  While that chain costs a little more because of the extra materials and labor, most of our customers rave about the fact that it makes their pieces that much more versatile, so on a cost-per-wear basis, its totally worth it.  Another great thing about layering is that you can use one newly purchased piece to give new life to some old pieces that you’re not wearing right now.  Toss them on together and voila – an entirely different look.  With delicate pieces that are specifically created for their mix-and-match appeal, layering our designs is a natural and effortless look.

Of course, while layering jewelry looks effortless, it actually takes a little bit of trial and error and it is by far one of the most often asked questions that we hear from our customers.  We hear it all the time… “Help!  I can’t figure out this layering thing!”  And we are definitely here to help.  Looking at a few pieces on our website and not sure how well they will work together?  Drop us a line and ask – we’re happy to assist – and to customize things for you.  Consider us your bespoke jeweler.

As a jewelry designer, I think they key is not to be afraid to play around with it.  Try things on.  Play with varying lengths and colors.  Find what works best for your skin and your desired look.  And then, go for it!

PS – If you missed the TV segment today, click here to watch it online!

Late Summer Harvest

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Introducing our newest collection, the Late Summer Harvest.  Lustrous labradorite with flecks of blue, green, purple and grey along with stunning sunstone in a gorgeous burnt orange sky color are featured throughout the collection.  Neutral colors of smoky grey pyrite and white freshwater pearls are offset by pops of turquoise.  With this mix of colors, these designs are perfect for taking you from Summer to Fall in your wardrobe.  (Sidenote:  We could NOT be more excited that Fall is almost here.  Bring on the pumpkin flavors and cooler weather!)

Check out our most recent designs on our website here and let us know in the comments below – which is your favorite and how would you wear it?

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Pretty in Pink

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Today, we launched new designs - the Pink Sapphire Collection. Summer is the perfect time to get pretty in pink!  These fresh designs will spruce up your Summer wardrobe with a touch of sass and a dash of sweetness.  Click here to shop the full collection.

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Carmel Chandelier Earrings in Pink Sapphire & White Freshwater Pearl

 
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Balboa Bracelet in Turquoise with Pink Sapphire and White Freshwater Pearl Drop

 

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Beaded Gem Drop Necklace in Pink Sapphire

 

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Santa Barbara Necklace with Labradorite, Peruvian Opal and Pink Sapphire

 

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Mill Valley Earrings in Pink Sapphire

 

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B9327-GV-PSA-PYR-web Kentfield Bracelet in Pink Sapphire, Pyrite and White Freshwater Pearls

 
 

Hello, Summer!

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Introducing our latest collection that is sure to keep you cool during these hot Summer months!  With glimmering shades of pink, blue, sea foam green and iridescent grey, these designs look amazing with white jeans and a tank top or with a strapless Summer dress.  Check out the new collection on our website here.

 

Classic With a Twist

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Introducing our newest Summer collection:  Classic with a Twist.  This collection features genuine white freshwater pearls in every design, creating the perfect Summer look.  While pearls are a definitive classic, we’ve put a modern twist on them with these fresh designs, making them a modern version of an elegant classic. Pearls are the birthstone for June, so these designs are also perfect for the fashionista celebrating her birthday this month or the lady in your life who has just had a baby and wants to show off the birthstone of her new little blessing.

Check out the new collection here.  We want to know. . . What is your favorite of the new designs?  Comment below!

 

New Designs for Spring!

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We’ve added lots of gorgeous new designs to the website this week!

This faceted smoky quartz and gold vermeil necklace is 36″ long, making it extra versatile.
Wear it long for a trendy look or double it up for a perfect jeans and t-shirt pop of style!

Check out all of our new arrivals here.

 
 

Trunk Show Today!

 

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Still need a gift for Mom?

 

Join us TODAY at a pop up shop…
just in time for Mother’s Day!

 

Shop Andrea Montgomery Designs jewelry,
along with other Mom Owned Businesses and support
local moms while finding a gift for yours (or yourself!)

 

Saturday, May 3rd from 11am to 3pm
at Langford Market’s West Ave location
2800 Kirby Drive
Houston, Texas

 
 
 

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner!  Not sure what to get her?
Don’t worry. . . we’ve got you covered!  We’ve put together a handy gift guide for you with a few ideas.*

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 1.  Emerald Cut Smoky Quartz Necklace - This necklace is simply chic.  We are in love with the unique emerald cut on this smoky quartz.
It is classic and looks amazing paired with everything in her closet.

2.  Simple Beauty Earrings – Whiskey Quartz - These earrings are a rich whiskey color and look great on everyone
and when the light catches the checkerboard facets. . . stunning!

3.  Lombard Bracelet - Slightly casual, but effortlessly hip, this bracelet blends gold vermeil and freshwater pearls,
wrapping around three times for a look is stand-out lovely.

4.  Gem Drop Necklace – Swiss Blue Topaz - Simple, clean and gorgeous, the quality of this crystal-clear blue topaz
is undeniable and gives an elegant look.

5.  Burke Bracelet – Chrysophase & Diamonds - The perfect blend of hip and dressy, this bracelet adds a chic statement &
a fabulous pop of color to your favorite watch or layers of other bracelets.

 

*To ensure delivery by Mother’s Day, please place orders by Saturday, May 3rd.

For more gift ideas, check out our website at www.andreamontgomery.com.
Still not sure what to pick?  Let her decide for herself – we’ve got gift certificates, too!

 

Help Children & Win a Free Necklace!

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If you read our blog or follow us on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, then you know about our friends in San Francisco who are fighting to bring their adopted son, Miles Jephte, home from the Congo.  If you have no idea what I’m talking about, check out my blog post about it here.  If you want more background on the family and their specific situation, check out their blog, In the Time Between.  I’m passionate about helping them bring their son, who has been legally adopted as of December 2012, home.  Finally.  I’m also passionate about the countless other children who have been legally adopted and yet are being denied exit letters by the DRC government, whose precious little lives hang in the balance as their “forever parents” wait patiently with loving arms for their children to be able to come home.  I’m passionate about the U.S. Government using their resources to engage in a dialogue with the DRC to help these U.S. families and these children in limbo, rather than ignoring the situation entirely.  One way to draw their attention to this matter is to sign a petition that has been drafted asking them to take notice.  Yesterday, I shared that link with you all via my blog, Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram.  So did countless other people who have been touched by this situation in one way or another.  In the past 24 hours, 54,000 signatures have been received on the petition.  54,000.  In a day.  That number boggles my mind.  People care.  People are concerned.  People. . . are using their voices.

It’s time to take this to the next level, friends.   We need even more signatures. I know how it is – you read stuff on a blog or on Facebook and you’re moved. . . for a moment.  Your heart skips a beat or cracks just a little and you honestly, genuinely feel something for the people you’re reading about.  But, there is just so much out there.  So much heartbreak.  So many causes.  So many stories of injustice that our minds start to swirl with the thoughts of them all and we just get overwhelmed.  And when I get overwhelmed, sometimes I just shut down.  I hate to admit it, but it’s a self-preservation thing for me and sometimes I just cannot engage.  Or, I don’t have time.  Or, I honestly think I’ll do it later.  I know how it is. . . and I don’t want you to do that in this case.  Signing this petition takes under 30 seconds and makes your voice heard on behalf of these little children.  Still, it’s a time investment, even if it is 30 seconds, and so – I’m going to give you a little incentive – a chance to win our popular faceted teardrop Swiss blue topaz gem drop necklace shown here:

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Here’s how to win:  First, go sign the petition here.  (This is on the honesty policy – I’m going to trust you that you did it.)  Then, do one or more of the things listed in the Rafflecopter link below the necklace photo to be entered into the giveaway.  Don’t forget that you can do more than one of them to be entered more than once.  The contest ends at midnight EST on Sunday, April 6th.  Good luck!

{Update:  This contest is now closed.  Congratulations to Brandee on her new necklace!  Thanks to all of you who entered and thanks, most of all, for helping this sweet family!  Congress has taken notice because of your efforts on the petition and has contacted the DRC government in support of these families.  Praise!}

 

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