Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Our new website is finally here. It is at the same web address - http://www.JeanneJohngren.com
Now you can buy from us, write reviews of products, keep a wish list and stay in touch by signing up for our newsletter (and we have many more features coming soon.)
Please stop by and let us know what you think!
Friday, October 15, 2010
Hello Everyone! We've been busily designing a new website which should open up within the week. We'll be porting this blog material over to the new site and continuing on with new weekly posts. Thanks for your patience. We'll post the new location for this blog shortly.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
I am one of those people who appreciates the seasons. I like the idea of 70 degree weather and low humidity all year long, but in reality, California would just make me lose track of time (even more!) So though I do not appreciate the current high temperatures and cloying humidity that have blanketed the East Coast of the United States, I do love that the weather changes.
As a jewelry designer, I love taking a concept and working it in new directions. Our designs have seasons. They develop and change over time: we just love juicy color combinations and we keep playing with new ones. Some combinations are moody, some are happy, some are sophisticated and some are positively regal.
We are about to launch our re-vamped website so stay tuned for more images of our new directions, coming soon!
Thursday, May 20, 2010
I am a jewelry designer and a big fan of the jewelers who work around me. We know each other from exhibiting at the trade shows in Las Vegas, New York, Philadelphia, Anaheim, Tucson and elsewhere. We all use the same paint and canvas -- gemstones and metal -- but we have each developed our own language of symbols.
Creating jewelry is an art form and we all see the world through a different lens. Jewelry artists give the gift of their particular creativity, their aesthetic, to every object that they bring into existence. Jewelry is portable, wearable sculpture that elicits feelings of delight in the viewer and in those who wear it.
I am honored and humbled by my recent appointment to become the next president of The Contemporary Jewelry Design Group. I very much look forward to engaging with my fellow designers to increase their visibility among the jewelry-loving public.
I have been working with Marylouise Lugosch, Executive Director of the CJDG, to re-shape the vision for the group as we head into the digital age. To that end we have re-designed the CJDG website, working to make it a destination for those who love jewelry. It is a growing repository of designer profiles, stories of inspiration, gorgeous images, shopping guides, and observations on new directions in jewelry. We hope to inspire our visitors to find out more about each of the CJDG designers and their work. I am very much looking forward to working with the new board -- Vicente Agor, John Petet and Mark Schneider to expand the reach of this terrific group of designers.
The Contemporary Jewelry Design Group was founded in 1989.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Mother's Day is upon us! And our Showstopper earrings are part of the Contemporary Jewelry Design Group's Mother's Day Gift Guide.
If you are looking for something glam, these will do the trick. They are glorious faceted white topaz discs. Light and sparkly, they will brighten up a face. They have a quarter carat of diamonds and are set in 18K white gold. Available at Max's!
Friday, April 16, 2010
I have never been to Minneapolis, but I am very much looking forward to my first trip at the end of the month! I've been putting the finishing touches on some pieces and am booking my flight. We're doing a Trunk Show on Friday April 30th and Saturday May 1st, 10am-6pm.
If you are in the MN area, come visit at:
The Shops at Excelsior & Grand
3831 Grand Way, St Louis Park, MN 55416
Thursday, April 1, 2010
The Quattro was originally designed as an exploration of the relationship between squares and circles. While examining this topic, I came across the expression "squaring the circle." It is a reference to an impossible mathematical problem that involves finding the area of a square and a circle and having them be equal. It is an unsolvable problem because the value of pi is indefinite. So, it turns out that the expression "squaring the circle" is a metaphor for doing something logically or intuitively impossible.
I liked the metaphor. When I worked in the film industry, it seemed we were always trying to do the impossible -- shut down the Brooklyn Bridge in the middle of the day, fly a helicopter to pick up a singer off of a small island in the East River in the middle of the night, stop traffic in the middle of Times Square.
We were often told by the NYC Mayor's Office of Film & Television that we could not do what we wanted. And then we had to come up with a way around it. We shot the scene on the Brooklyn Bridge at 4:00 in the morning (and changed the script accordingly). We found the best helicopter pilot, Al Cerullo, in NYC who the Mayor's office would allow to pick up a person on an island in the middle of the East River. (It was said that Al could hover an inch above an egg in high winds and not crack it.) We went ahead and stopped traffic in Times Square but just for very short periods of time, 15-30 seconds, and then cut the sequences together to make the scene appear seamless.
Working in the film industry taught me that what you think is impossible, is not necessarily unachievable, you just have to come up with another way to do it. And in the end, the Quattro, can be a reminder that the seemingly impossible is often highly possible.
Both pendants pictured above are available at Max's in Minneapolis.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
The wedding ring was not always the emblem of choice to indicate marriage. Before the adoption of the wedding ring, necklaces were given as a symbol of devotion in a marriage proposal or ceremony. In cultures outside of the U.S., including India, Nepal and certain African countries, particular kinds of necklaces are still in use to tell the world that a woman is no longer single or available.
I liked the idea of a necklace to indicate that a woman was married, and began to think about what one might look like. Our Mirabelle necklace came to mind. I thought using a circle shape would echo the idea of a wedding ring. The combination of square faceted stones and round sculptural mandala, creates an intriguing path for the eye to dance over.
This necklace really does feel like an heirloom to me, something inherited from a great, great grandmother who came from across the ocean.
In researching the origin of necklaces as symbols of marriage, I came across this Apache Indian wedding poem written for the 1950 western film Broken Arrow and thought I would share it.
Now you will feel no rain,
For each of you will be shelter to the other.
Now you will feel no cold,
For each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now there is no more loneliness,
For each of you will be companion to the other.
Now you are two bodies,
But there is one life before you.
Go now to your dwelling place,
To enter into the days of your togetherness.
And may your days be good and long upon the earth.
Monday, March 29, 2010
This pair of Dangle Mandala Earrings continues to be very popular for us. The stones are burnish-set so that they lie flush with the 18K gold surface of the earring. In addition to the blue sapphire pair pictured above, we make them in diamond, ruby, orange and pink sapphire. It is a dainty dangle that somehow is right for both the office and every day as well as a little sparkle for when you go out on the town. It seems to lie just right on most everyone I have seen try them on (which is saying something for earrings!)
These earrings were recently featured in Princeton Magazine's Bridal issue.
The Mandala symbol that we use in our jewelry represents harmony, balance and focus. We hope it lends some of these qualities to each and every wearer.