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.

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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.

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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.

Falling Into Autumn

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.”

-Emily Brontë

In California, the shift from Summer to Fall is subtle, but distinct. The night air grows slightly crisper. The green leaves begin their gradual change to yellows, oranges, and reds; and as always our golden hills stay golden.     Engagement Ring, Custom Jewelry, Diamonds, Ring, Fine Jewelry

Of course, for me, it’s not nature’s changes that make the seasons feel different-it’s back to school season! Now that my younger daughter has started kindergarten, I’m the proud recipient of two sets of stories, completed assignments, and lovely art projects.

It was this beautiful art that inspired my latest project-pendants that are made by hand-engraved etching on 18k gold.

Gold, Necklace, Custom Design, EngraveWhen my older daughter came home with this picture, I immediately knew I wanted to capture this once-in-a-lifetime moment–the moment my older daughter helped her sister as she entered into a “big girl” classroom for the first time. Both the picture she drew and the pendant capture that sweet love between sisters. I am so excited to start a personalized line of these pendants so that other parents turn their child’s artwork into can make a treasured memory as well! We all know how fast these moments slip by in the endlessly flowing stream of our busy lives. I’m so glad to have this sweet memory preserved as I watch my girls grow up.

Please contact me to find out how you can submit your own child’s art and have it turned into a timeless memory.

I think the back-to-school vibe is contagious-there’s something that feels new and fresh about the Fall. I can’t wait to dive in and see what inspiration this season holds for me!

Warmest Regards, Ashley

What’s New: Wilkes Bashford Custom Design

Sketch, Custom Jewelry, Custom Design, Engagement Ring, RingA source of inspiration this fall is the work I have been doing with Wilkes Bashford. I have been thoroughly enjoying being able to work privately with clients, and I’ve been able to design some lovely pieces. I recently worked with a woman who came to me with a three-stone diamond engagement ring.
Engagement ring, Custom Design, Diamonds, RingThrough a private consultation I learned that she wanted a lighter, more delicate ring. The end result was a thinner, chic ring that has an elegant feel to it. I also designed a matching stacking wedding band, which she felt completed the look.

 

What’s New: September Bloomingdales Trunk Show

Trunk Show, Bloomingdales, Fine JewelryI am preparing for our trunk show with Bloomingdales in Boston! I will be heading to Boston for the show in late September, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be working once again with Arlene Mcleod. These shows are such a wonderful way to interact with customers outside of the Bay Area, and I’m always inspired by the work that comes from meeting with new clients.

 

 

A Reflection of Love

I can’t believe it’s already August! Summer has kept us busy with family, friends, and special projects. My heart is full with inspiration!

Meanwhile at our studio, sketches for the new collection, special custom projects, and inspiration boards fill the space. I’ve been focusing on developing new pieces, and updating past ideas.

Perhaps it’s the time of year, but creating custom engagement rings has also kept me quite busy. This is truly one of my favorite aspects of the job. These requests are deeply touching and exciting. Every couple has their own journey, and it’s such an honor for me to use my skills to help capture the romance in the fine details of an engagement ring. As with all of my custom projects, I love the design process because I get to know the individuals and help create special time capsules that they will treasure forever. Sometimes the stories are grand, others are simple truths, but all of them are so important and special – it’s a privilege that they share these details with me.

With that in mind, I want to share one of my recent projects with you:
My clients got engaged under their favorite tree that has a swing – a simple, and sweet reminder of their adventures. We sat down and created a beautiful collage, a board full of stories and personal touches. This ring (below) is the product of that process. I incorporated a “V” shape on the side of the ring that symbolizes their spot under the tree.

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As I look back on these recent projects, I am reminded that an engagement ring is more than art, fashion, or style. It serves as a symbol, a token, and a reflection of love and commitment. Love knows no bounds, and is endless. My hope is that my designs reflect their story, and the ring serves as a constant reminder of their love.

Sincerely,

Ashley

“THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THINGS IN THE WORLD ARE FELT WITH THE HEART” – THE LITTLE PRINCE