Children’s Champions!

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Ashley Morgan Designs was honored to participate in this years Children’s Champions Event, an event that benefited at-risk children in the Bay Area! Ashley was able to generously donate a lovely pair of tourmaline drop earrings, set in waxy gold bezels.

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The proceeds from this raffle went to the two wonderful foundations who brought this event to life!

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“WWFC’s mission is to improve children’s self-esteem and self-confidence. We strive to do this by funding existing programs, and creating new programs, that provide children living in underserved communities with the gift of encouragement and self-confidence. When children believe in themselves and have others believe in them, they are able to develop the emotional, social, and physical skills that allow them to lead healthy, motivated, and inspired lives.”

For more information, visit www.wenderweis.org.

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“Fit Kids’ mission is to promote a healthy, active lifestyle among children in underserved communities through high quality youth fitness and nutrition programs. By providing our science based youth fitness curriculum at no cost, we offer increased opportunities for physical activity and inspire an early love of sports and fitness that will serve as the foundation for a healthy lifestyle. Furthermore, Fit Kids provides the framework to help children build positive relationships, self-confidence, independence and the ability to deal with adversity.”

For more information, visit www.fitkids.org.

Layers, Romantic Layers!


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YRB94Renowned fashion stylist Ken Downing from Neiman Marcus wants to infuse romantic layering back into jewelry.

During his latest fashion show at Neiman Marcus, he featured this philosophy through his artful use of Ashley Morgan jewelry—his models were strewn petite turquoise earrings, delicate bangles, and exquisite stackable rings.

Bright pops of color were flanked by the glitter of diamonds in Ashley’s latest collection. Fire opals ringed by diamonds shone while tourmalines effused a warm, rosy glow. Emeralds the size of coins rested in settings of yellow gold and white diamonds.

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To follow Ken’s mantra is to stop saving your fabulous pieces for fabulous events, and to permeate your whole wardrobe with glamour. Gone are the days when a statement opal necklace in hues of deepest cerulean was only for a gala—Ken believes that statement necklace should be worn proudly among layers of romantically draped pearls, set off by flashing rose-cut diamond rings, and complimented by dangling yellow diamond earrings.

After all—why wait for a special occasion when the very pieces you own can make any day special?

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Do It For The Love!

One of the most rewarding parts of my job is being able to  use my pieces to make a difference. When I can, I try to donate pieces towards charity auctions—the proceeds are then used to help those in need. I recently enjoyed attending the “Do It For The Love Rocker’s Ball”, and experienced such magic.

This event benefited “Do It For The Love’s” goal to bring children with severe challenges, people with life-threatening illnesses, and wounded veterans to live music concerts. Since 2013, they have granted over 600 musical wishes, bringing joy, hope and lasting celebratory memories in the face of severe illness or trauma. When I heard about this event, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. I was able to gave the attendees an coupon with a special invitation attached: Immerse yourself in the world of Ashley Morgan Designs. This world is rich with jewel-toned gems, raw diamonds, and waxy gold. Spend the day browsing Ashley’s virtual jewelry box, and discover tourmalines elegantly carved into graceful  leaves, earrings glittering with pave white diamonds, and delicately textured stackable rings.

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The winner of this prize was aptly named “Hope”. Hope and her husband are the catalyst for the creation of the Do It For The Love Foundation! Hope and her husband, who has ALS, met Michael and Sara at a music festival and spent the day with them backstage. They were even taken out on stage to dance! When they were called a month later, they were told that the foundation was being created because of the joy that Michael and Sara had felt when spending the day with this lovely couple.

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We sent her a selection of items we thought would be best for her, and she chose a gorgeous tourmaline and emerald ring. Both the tourmaline and the emerald have been delicately carved into leaves, and the shades of dark and bright green set each other off perfectly.

This whole event was such an inspiration to me, and I was so incredibly blessed to be a part of such a soulful night. To give back to the community in any way is the best way to ensure that hope springs eternal.

’Tis the season to do it for the Love!

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Rohit and Miwa’s Love Story

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This gorgeous, one-of-a-kind wedding ring is without a doubt Ashley Morgan’s specialty.

Rich with symbols and meanings special to the couple, this ring is truly custom made.

The groom, Rohit, hails from India, and the bride-to-be, Miwa, is from Japan. When this couple came to Ashley to design their ring, they knew it was important that their ring represent their relationship. They wanted the symbols to be a cultural meld—a true blending of two people. From the bride’s Japanese heritage  delicate cherry blossoms were selected, and from the groom’s Indian roots an intricate paisley print. An elaborate blending of these two prints covers the ring.

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The symbolism continues in greater depth nearer to the stones—the bride herself is an artist, and one of her projects dealt with basil seeds. The three smaller diamonds elegantly grouped near the large diamond are a representation of these seeds, which symbolize growth.

Later in her studies, the bride came across the concept of a “sound bar code”. Each individual sound bar code tells its own story. The notches nearest to the large circular diamond are the unique sound bar code of this couple’s own love story.

The story of this ring is so much bigger than the ring itself. This is a story of two worlds coming together and flourishing as one. The white gold shines with artistic inspiration, and the diamonds seem to sing with the sweetest strains of the music of love.

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Carla’s Love Story

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The symbolism truly runs deep in this gorgeous 18k yellow gold ring.

The gold itself represents the simple, pure love one can find in family. The hammered exterior represents the trials and tribulations that many families go through together in a lifetime.

Carla and Ashley began this process by talking about the transformation one goes through in life, and the healing properties of Ayurvedic power. Originating in India some 3,000 years ago, Ayurvedic healing is a system of medicine that has ties in certain stone-based therapies. Ashley designed this ring specially so that the sunlight can glance through the lovely, clear phenakite and touch the finger with the healing energies gleaned from the stone. Phenakite was an especially potent choice for this design: the stone is thought to have the ability to readily clear energy pathways in the body. It has also been known to easily clear and heal any chakra, while leading the wearer down new and exciting paths.

The symbolism doesn’t stop at the exterior of this one-of-a-kind ring—inside the ring there are dainty numbers inscribed in a lovely, winding labyrinthine pattern. The pattern of this labyrinth symbolizes the spiritual path Carla has taken through her life, one that evoked spiritual thought and deep introspection. The numbers  themselves are the dates of her parents birthdays, their wedding anniversary, and her own birthday all woven together gracefully to create something deep, beautiful, and meaningful. This inscribing was beautifully done by Top Notch Faceting—the same man who was responsible for the delicate facets put into the phenakite.

The process of creating the ring was almost as important to Carla as the ring itself. She met Ashley at a time in her life when she needed to hear an angel message—the words accompanying the angel wing necklace she bought from Ashley were just what she needed in that moment. They were words of support and love, and Carla ended up buying her sisters angel wing pendants as well. When Carla wanted to make a ring that was special and full of so much meaning, she knew Ashley was the right person to approach about the job. Carla says: “When I was working with Ashley, I felt like I was the only client in the whole world.” She added that Ashley has a capacity and compassion to take in the story that accompanied the ring, and hold all of that with true grace and respect for the piece.

This ring is so much more than just a piece of jewelry—it is a symbol created especially for Carla. When she looks at her finger she won’t only see lovely gold and a gem, she’ll see her family, her triumphs, her ever-buyout hope, and the love that she has in her life.

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Love is in the air!

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The season of Love is upon us!

We are devoting this time of year to remembering and celebrating the love in our lives, no matter what form that love may take.

To celebrate this month of love, Ashley Morgan will be sharing our Valentine’s story series!

These stories will be posted here in the blog section of our website–so stay tuned! 

In these blogs we will be sharing a few of the ways love comes into our lives here at Ashley Morgan Designs.  These are the stories tell tales of romance between couples, the deep bond within family, marriage to oneself, and how all this love translates into the gorgeous jewelry for which Ashley is so well known.

Shop Ashley’s top picks for Valentine’s Day!

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Dainty textured gold stackable Delight Band

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Luxe ruby and diamond eternity band

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Our elegantly hammered gold Kiss Ring

You can find these pieces and more here at www.AshleyMorganDesigns.com ,or find us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
Please reach out to us to schedule a private consultation: ashley@ashleymorgandesigns.com

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The Beauty of San Francisco

“It seemed like a matter of minutes when we began rolling in the foothills before Oakland and suddenly reached a height and saw stretched out ahead of us the fabulous white city of San Francisco on her eleven mystic hills with the blue Pacific and its advancing wall of potato-patch fog beyond, and smoke and goldenness in the late afternoon of time.”-Jack Kerouac

I recently had a discussion with someone about the unique beauty that is San Francisco. Our discussion covered respectable span of time, but seemed to be full of more questions than answers. What made San Francisco so different from other cities? Was it the location itself, lapped by the sea? Was it the beautiful lightness of city, both in color and in tone? I’ve met many a San Franciscan and talked about the pervasive feeling that simply can’t be found in cities like Los Angeles or New York. Was it the history? The knowledge that there were those who came here and found that this was literally the land of gold? My San Francisco, their El Dorado. 

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My inspiration comes from my lovely, ever-changing city. The raw-diamond slice pieces are like palpable pieces of San Francisco’s famous fog. The gold I work with is the golden sunlight that glances off the waters under the Golden Gate.

Kerouac couldn’t have put it more perfectly. Here, amongst the goldenness and the fog, in between hills and white buildings, I have found my muse.

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Fresh. Clean. New

The new year is the perfect time to clean out — or clean up — the old and bring in the new.

Ready to wipe the slate clean in 2017?

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Take your wedding ring and reenergize it by adding some stones or changing the setting. Revitalize your everyday earrings, rejuvenate that necklace you’ve been wearing for years! Start by scheduling a consultation with ashley@ashleymorgandesigns.com

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Gilded Gifting

With the holiday season in full swing,
I wanted to share some of my favorite go-to gift items.

Perfect for friends or loved ones,
here are some of my favorite Ashley Morgan holiday pieces.

 
Five Golden Rings! These stackable are effortlessly delicate. Pairing them with an engagement ring, or simply wearing a few of them together makes for a lovely layered look. 

Five Golden Rings! These stackable are effortlessly delicate. Pairing them with an engagement    ring, or simply wearing a few of them together makes for a lovely layered look.

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Our lovely North Star pendant: beautifully hammered 18k gold is set with a sparkling diamond to create a pendant that symbolizes the true north we always look towards as we move over life's bumps.

Our lovely North Star pendant: beautifully hammered 18k gold is set with a sparkling diamond to create a pendant that symbolizes the true north we always look towards as we move over life’s bumps.

» See the north star necklace

 

The hammered texture of the Kiss Ring lends itself gracefully to the design of this eye-catching 18k gold ring. Worn as easily during a night out as it is to a business meeting, this ring is exactly the kind of statement any fashion-savvy person should be making.

The hammered texture of the Kiss Ring lends itself gracefully to the design of this eye-catching 18k gold ring. Worn as easily during a night out as it is to a business meeting, this ring is exactly the kind of statement any fashion-savvy person should be making.

» See the hammered kiss ring

 

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These bright Sunburst Earrings are set with twinkling white pave diamonds set against glowing yellow diamonds. Delicate and detailed, these earrings are sure to brighten up anyone’s day!

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Is it a twinkling star deep in the sky or a gently formed flower with sun-kissed petals? 18k yellow gold is set with rose cut diamonds that reflect the true beauty of nature.

Is it a twinkling star deep in the sky or a gently formed flower with sun-kissed petals? 18k yellow gold is set with rose cut diamonds that reflect the true beauty of nature.

 

To schedule your own private consultation for custom jewelry pieces from Ashley Morgan Designs, please contact us: ashley@ashleymorgandesigns.com

 
 
 

The Thing About Tourmalines…

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Tourmalines grow and are cut like small crystal trees. These trees are then sliced, and each slice reveals a different intensity, depth, and striation. I love using these unique slices to create one of a kind pieces. Using pink tourmalines gives special meaning because it is said to represent a love of humanity, unconditional love, and friendship.

Gratitude

We are all grateful for different things. Some are grateful simply for beauty—the beauty of delicate dresses in Vogue’s hallowed pages, the majesty of the Golden Gate. Some find joy in the natural beauty of the sparkling stars of Orion’s Belt, or first pale golden rays of morning light kissing the edge of the Pacific.

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Gratitude is a light in and of itself—we all have much to be grateful for, especially during these troubled times. I’m so grateful for the people I meet every day through Ashley Morgan Designs. There are so many inspired, talented, helpful, and gifted people in the world, and I’m so grateful that I am able to come together with some of them to help make people’s wishes come true.
During this time of year when we all pause to give thanks, I like to take a moment and focus on those around me. It is by helping one another and supporting each other in whatever way possible that we are able to make our community—no matter how large or small—a happier, more loving place.

I wish you all a very happy and gratitude-filled Thanksgiving!

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November Nuances

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There’s something magical about the month of November, and knowing the holidays are drawing ever closer. Of course, the magic of November isn’t found in a single night. It’s the whole month: a month where lights begin to twinkle in windows, and wish lists begin to grow. A month of adding an extra blanket to the bed, hotter coffee in the darkened early hours of the morning. It’s layer upon layer of your favorite sweaters and scarves, the clack of your perfectly worn-in black leather boots over fallen leaves.

When I notice that my go-to etched pendant necklace is getting swallowed by my scarves and jackets, I know it’s time to start my favorite layering process. I slip on my stackable eternity band with its pave white diamonds and 18k yellow gold waxy finish and follow it with a simple textured rose band and another textured band in platinum. I put on a necklace dripping with tourmalines that have captured the vivid hues of a ruby and rose sunset, and add my simpler chain with its etched pendant. Finally, I slip on a gold hammered cuff bracelet, and a more delicate linked chain bracelet in waxy gold. The cuff bracelet brushes the sleeve of my favorite cream-colored sweater. The statement pieces of summer are tucked away, and I walk into the holiday season feeling chic, cozy, and carefree.