Tuesday, November 28, 2006

designer of the day: jewelry by understated designs

the designer of the day today is someone i've had a little design crush on for at least six months now: lori yohe of understated designs). she does beautiful work & specializes in finding really lovely quotes to incorporate into her pieces, which isn't a new idea, but i think she does it better than anyone else.

my favorite is the 'lovers' pendant, which is a gorgeous hammered gold (or silver) circle with two different chains, diamonds set into the circle, and a quote by elizabeth browning, which reads "i love you not only for what you are, but for what i am when i am with you." it's very high on my christmas wish list.

if you ever need a really sweet gift for a mom or grandmother, she has some gorgeous pieces that would fit the bill beautifully. i love the 'naomi' pendant, which reads "a mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary." just think of all the brownie points you'd make with a gift like that!

or heck, buy one for yourself. lori also designs custom pieces, so you could do something like a cuff bracelet (not yet available on the website, but pictured above) with a line from your wedding vows, or put a quote you've always loved onto a pendant.

understated designs is offering a 10% off promotion right now as well (or 15% off if you order 4 or more pieces). if you buy directly from lori, her pieces range from about $200-500...depending on the type of metal (most are available in silver or 14K white/yellow/rose gold) and whether there are any gemstones on the piece.

if you want to order for christmas, lori needs custom orders by 12/6...but items in stock wouldn't have to be ordered that early, i'm guessing. you can reach her at info@understateddesigns.com - just mention you saw the 10% discount here, and she'll apply it to your order.

happy shopping!!