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Make Valentine’s Day Special

There’s no denying that the past year has been a LOT for all of us. One thing after another has challenged us, with seemingly no end in sight. But there have been some good things, too. More time for the ones we love, less “calendar pollution” and for me, I have a renewed purpose in living with intention – and making even the seemingly little moments in life special.

I’ll be honest – Valentine’s Day has never really been much on my radar. My husband and I laughingly call it “amateur night” because it feels like the night that couples go out on dates that are way too long overdue and end up enduring long waits, less than optimal service and prix fixe dinners. We typically stay in on Valentine’s Day and just do a fun date on a less crowded night.

This year, however, I’m unusually excited about Valentine’s Day, I think because we all need a little more fun and a lot more love in our lives. I’m here for the pink and the red and the glitter and the hearts like never before. It just feels joyful! From the crafts the kids are doing for school (homemade Valentines for their classmates and decorated boxes in which to receive them) to the way I’m choosing to get dressed in the mornings, I’m having fun with it – and I hope you are as well!

I also wanted to share a few of my favorite pieces to help make your Valentine’s Day more special. Whether you’re buying a little something fun for one of the gal pals in your life, getting a gift for your daughter or your mom, sending a wishlist to your husband or boyfriend or snagging a little bit of sparkle for yourself, here are some options that I think are worth getting all “heart eyed” for!

Our beautiful Napa Valley stretch bracelets in sparkling pink moonstone are the perfect pop of pink to throw on with your favorite arm candy stack
Pretty in pink! Pearls + pink add a subtle shimmer to any outfit with our square York earrings and our Charlotte earrings with a waterfall of coin pearls
Our handmade Catalina earrings in amethyst and in pink sapphire sparkle beautifully!
If you really want to wow them and you’re looking for a piece that can be handed down for generations, look no further than this burst of happiness in various shades of pink. Featuring pink tourmaline, rhodolite garnet, pink topaz and diamonds set in 14k rose gold, this limited edition earring is sure to become your fast favorite. Only two pair available!
For a lower priced Valentines Day gift option, our gold-filled beaded bracelets in various sizes are easy to pop on and look fabulous in a stack. For a pop of bright pink, look no further than our pink stingray cuff shown here. And for a wowser option that you can wear every day (and even shower in!) our 14k gold bracelets are a gorgeous statement piece.

Have a question about something you see? Drop us a line here and we’ll get right back to you! Buying a gift? Let us know and we’ll wrap it up special so it’s ready to gift.

However you are celebrating Valentine’s Day, I hope that it is special and filled with much joy!

Introducing Our Pritchard Hill Collection

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Our Pritchard Hill Collection was inspired by a Summer trip to the California wine country and our discovery of a lesser-known spot in Napa, Pritchard Hill.  Our collection features Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year, Marsala, where deep brownish-red garnet abounds. Check out a few of the highlights below and then hop on over to the website to see the full collection here.

Interested to learn more about Pritchard Hill? (You definitely should be!) read our blog post about our incredible visit to one of the premier vineyards there. You won’t want to miss those photos!

Pritchard Hill Photo Grid

Upper left: Vineyard soil
Upper right: Marsala Earrings in Garnet
Lower left: Boon Fly Necklace
Lower right: Wine Pour

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Yountville Earrings in Garnet, Champagne Citrine and Labradorite

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Sea Ranch Necklace in Garnet & Citrine

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Petaluma Earrings in Garnet, Citrine and Pyrite

The Judgment of Paris

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In 1976, Chateau Montelena shocked the world when their 1973 Chardonnay was rated above all other wines during a grand tasting, which has now come to be known as the “Judgment of Paris.” At a time when French wines reigned supreme, this stunning win helped to put California on the map in the world of wine. In the 2008 movie, Bottle Shock, beautifully tells this true story and is a must-watch for anyone who enjoys wine.

If you get the chance to visit the California Wine Country, a visit to Chateau Montelena is well worth your time. The grounds are absolutely stunning (and if you’re a wine club member, you can use their lovely Jade Lake for picnics!) and the wine is equally fine. Their Chardonnay is, of course, most famous, but all of their offerings are delicious, so don’t miss the rest. If you’re in San Francisco, but not able to make it North to taste, pop into the Westin St. Francis in Union Square, where Chateau Montelena maintains a small tasting room in the city within the hotel.

Inspired by the deep golden-yellow color of a glass of crisp Chardonnay, our Bottle Shock collection features rich golden tones that are both warm and mellow at the same time. Yellow and brown sapphires, rudilated quartz, gorgeous sunstone, sparkling silverite, champagne-colored mystic topaz and natural and white bone are all featured in this collection, which has a hip, but effortlessly chic vibe. Like a cool glass of white wine on a warm Indian Summer day, this collection brings good feelings with it as it illuminates your skin.

In the spirit of small companies with a big dream making a big splash in the world (and in Chateau Montelena’s case, changing the course of history!) take a moment to check out our new collection and learn a little more about what makes Andrea Montgomery Designs different. We are small by design, choosing to craft our pieces out of quality materials right here in Texas.

So, grab a glass of wine, get comfy and click here to peruse our newest collection for Fall (that will transition beautifully into Spring as well!)

Bottle Shock Photos

 

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Get Personal!

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Introducing our new collection of personalized jewelry. Inspired by heirloom pieces from her grandmother, Andrea wanted to offer a modern take on the classic monogram jewelry. Choose from a single initial with diamonds or a gorgeous girly script font large monogram with options in between (including a bracelet that looks amazing stacked up for a serious arm candy party!) These pieces look stunning alone with your favorite soft tee or layered up with some fun, long necklaces for more of a statement look. Whatever you’re looking for, we’ve got you covered. And these items are timeless, so they’re sure to be handed down for generations to come. So come on, express yourself!

Introducing our Mixed Metals Collection

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Contrast. It’s one of the keys to stand-out style. Velvet with jeans, lace with leather, gold with oxidized silver – opposites that look incredible when put together. In our latest collection, we are all about the contrast. We’re in love with the look of matte gold with shiny black and of hammered sterling with 24k gold.

New designs have been added to the website this week, so take a look around, think contrast, mix and match…and have fun!

Shop our new arrivals here

We’re on TV!

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.

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Late Summer Harvest

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!)

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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

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. (more…)