2014 Blooms with Pantone's Radiant Orchid

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Imagine our surprise when Pantone announced 2014's "Color of the Year" as Radiant Orchid, and we realized that we had just made a large portion of our new collection's samples in this very shade. Our surprise then turned into delight as we did a little happy dance and thanked the holiday spirits for Jane's seemingly psychic abilities! We love Pantone's description of their selection for Color of the Year...

"An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society. An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

We personally couldn't think of a better color to represent 2014, as we head full-throttle into launching Rosebud, a collection full of Jane's creativity and originality. All of the pieces above are brand-spanking new and set in rose gold, which we find pairs beautifully with the pink undertones of the radiant orchid hued amethyst.

Cheers to 2014! xo

Introducing: the Rosebud collection

 Hi jewelry friends!

Over the past few months, we've been sharing in-house images of our newest collection, Rosebud, on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram, but I wanted to highlight some favorites on our blog.  After experimenting with silver in my HEX and Bubble & Squeak collections, I really missed working in gold!  So I dove right into designing a collection that was heavily inspired by estate pieces I owned and admired, which was something I had been itching to do for years.  I am thrilled with how the collection is coming together, and can't wait to have all the pieces up on our website (hopefully by the end of the year, stay posted).

In the meantime, I'm excited to celebrating Thanksgiving/Chankukah in a few days and am already looking forward to Christmas.  Only 1 month left!  Where has 2013 gone?!  Happy start of the holiday season everyone!

Love, Jane

 

It's safe to say that we are a little obsessed with how these bracelets came out. They are my gemmy interpretation of the classic ID bracelet style.

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Butternut Squash and Kale Lasagna

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Discovered by Cleo in the October issue of Real Simple magazine, this lasagna is downright addictive. Between our two households, it was made 4 times in the span of 2 weeks, and we foresee it being a recipe workhorse this winter. While delightfully easy to make, the original recipe was lacking in seasoning, so Cleo punched up the bechamel base with the addition of nutmeg, cayenne pepper, garlic powder and thyme. Perfect either for a cozy weeknight dinner or as a vegetarian option at a holiday meal, we guarantee this recipe's perfect marriage of sweet, savory, spicy and earthy flavors will become a favorite of yours too.

Ingredients

-6 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for the foil -6 tablespoons all-purpose flour -4 cups milk (skim, whole, goat...go with whatever works for you!) -Salt and pepper -Dried spices and herbs: nutmeg, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, thyme or sage -1 butternut squash (about 1 1/2 pounds), thinly sliced (preferably using a mandolin) -4 cups torn kale leaves (from 1 small bunch) -6 no-cook lasagna noodles -1 1/2 cups grated Gruyère (6 ounces)

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350° F. Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the flour and cook, whisking, until foamy, about 30 seconds. Whisk in the milk, ½ tsp salt, ¼ tsp pepper, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp thyme or 1/2 tsp sage (or both!) and 1/8 tsp+ of cayenne if you like a little extra kick. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 8 to 10 minutes. Make sure to taste test your seasoning and add more if needed about 4 minutes into the thickening process.
  2. Spread a fifth of the milk mixture in the bottom an 11-by-7-inch baking dish. Top with a layer of squash, a layer of kale, more sauce, and then 3 lasagna noodles. Repeat, ending with the remaining lasagna noodles and milk mixture. Top with the Gruyère.
  3. Cover the dish with buttered foil and bake until the filling is bubbling and the noodles are tender, 55 to 60 minutes. Uncover and bake for another 10-15 minutes, then feel free to broil until the top is golden brown, 2 minutes more. Let rest for 10 minutes before serving, if you can wait that long!

Insta Roundup: Sayonara Summer

Officially kicking off Fall this week made us realize how quickly Summer flew by! So we rounded up some of favorite moments in the form of Instagram snaps below.

Our Summer was filled with both excitement and some stress as we put the finishing touches on our new Rosebud collection and began a partnership with the Fragments showroom in NYC. Another notable happening was that we were invited to participate in a styled bridal photo shoot coordinated by Roey Mizrahi Events in NYC, and I was able to play model for a day with my real life fiancé. (Oh yeah, and I got engaged this Summer, almost forgot that that happened!) The photos are going to be featured on the ultimate wedding blog, Style Me Pretty, which we are so excited about! We aren't allowed to share photos from the shoot yet, but we will as soon as possible.

I would love for y'all to stay connected via Instagram or Facebook for lots of gem filled imagery and behind the scenes peeks at our newest projects! Happy Fall gem lovers,

Cleo

 

9.18.13 - Preparing blue topaz, green quartz and rose de France for new three-stone rings | 9.18.13 - Oodles of jewelry headed to the Fragments store in NYC

 

9.16.13 - A #regram of our customer showing off one of her incredible Twinkle Twinkle ring stacks | 9.11.13 - A gorgeous custom ordered Twinkle Twinkle stacking ring with pink tourmaline

9.12.13 - A collage of my Summer obsession: Jane's gemmy jewelry paired with sunsets! | 9.04.13 - Gearing up for Fall by matching our jewelry to the foliage

8.26.13 - My real life fiance and I pretending to be a bride and groom for a photoshoot with Roey Mizrahi Events | 8.21.13 - Playing around with classic and modern diamond bridal styles for #weddingwednesday

8.20.13 - Pulling together some dramatic bridal looks for our photo shoot with Roey Mizrahi Events | 8.14.13 - 50 shade of Jane Taylor blue to keep you cool on a Summer day

8.13.13 - Creating an "arm party" with some of our fun silver and gold bracelets | 8.05.13 - Getting ready to go on HSN with our Stately Steel Jane Taylor Elements collection!

7.26.13 - Ogling some on Jane's Bohemia collection from the early 2000s for #throwbackthursday | 7.25.13 - There's no better way to cheer yourself up on a grey day than playing with hot pink jewels!