"And I will bring [them] through the fire, refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, and I will answer them; I will say 'they are My people' and they will say 'the LORD is my God.'" Zechariah 13:9

 

As we celebrated New Year’s Eve last year, we had no idea we were ringing in the year I’d have to fight for my life. Breast cancer was something that happened to other people, and seemed to come from nowhere. I was busy being a wife, running a business and designing jewelry. Truth be told, I really wasn’t paying much attention. It was aggressive, and within 2 months of arriving (according to the doctors) was stage III c.

After my diagnosis in February, things started to happen quickly. My surgeon and oncologist knew there was no time to lose (at first it was thought to be inflammatory - later we learned that by the grace of God it was localized invasive). The following week my port was placed and I started chemotherapy. 16 rounds of chemo, a double mastectomy with reconstruction, 30 radiation treatments and 9 months later I’m happy to say I’m cancer free!

It sounds pretty simple, but it’s not. Refinement never is. It takes the messy to get to the beautiful, in both metal work and people work. It takes courage to walk through the fire - to see through the mess, knowing (and sometimes not recognizing) that what is dull will be polished into beauty. It takes courage to let the Heavenly Refiner do His work in you. It’s easier to watch Him work on someone else. 

The Lord has used this cancer crucible of mine to bring more dross inside to the surface, impurities exposed and skimmed off through the power of prayer. He can see a little more of Himself in this silver that is me. It has made me a better wife, daughter, sister, friend. It has made me a better Believer - a better designer and metalsmith. For nothing inside is left untouched when you have the courage of an open heart - when you’re open and willing to feel.

How thankful I am for the people who saw me at my worst and loved me anyway. Exodus 17:8-13 tells of Moses and the Israelites’ battle against the Amalekites. As Moses stood on top of the hill, as long as he held up his hands the Israelites were winning. But when he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. “When Moses' hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up - one on one side, one on the other - so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.” How thankful I am for those who held up my hands (sometimes literally, often through prayer, cards, meals, and other acts of love) when I grew weary of the battle. You kept my hands steady till sunset. I can feel the colors - and they feel beautiful.

xo,

My husband and I have had a long standing tradition of going to brunch every Saturday since I can remember (this past December marked 18 years of marriage!) We've had various eateries we've enjoyed throughout the years, but when we find something we really like, we tend to become "regulars" quite quickly and make it a weekly occurrence to satisfy our cravings. More often than not, the same is true of my weekend wardrobe! Call me a creature of habit and comfort, but if you happen to see me enjoying a Farmhouse Skillet Hash on Saturday I'll undoubtedly be wearing my favorite grey pullover. My Mirabel East/West Pendant, Colonnade Cuff and Mirabel Ring are my most loved everyday go-to jewelry pieces of late. And why not? They transition easily from day to evening, no questions asked!
xo, 
The first week of 2017 is upon us!  You've undoubtedly headed back to your normal work flow with fond memories of getting your holly jolly on with friends and family. You may even be awaiting your first snowflakes of the year, like we are here in Middle Tennessee. This outfit is just what you need to get back into the swing of your January routine. It combines the comfort of neutrals (mixed in just the right way) with the blue / greens of our favorite gemstone (Labradorite) in our Mirabel East / West Pendant. I love everything about this outfit. It's just what I need to feel cozy heading out the door to my next meeting and I hope it inspires you a little too! 
xo,

5 Reasons

December 15, 2016

 

1. Design 

You won't have to worry about seeing yourself coming and going.  Our jewelry is designed in our studio with you in mind. We understand that you want to look and feel truly unique (trends just aren't your thing) and d. Marlene jewelry highlights your authentic self.

2. The Process
So much inspiration goes into every piece of d. Marlene jewelry. There is a significant time investment for each piece during production, so I get to know every piece intimately. I often pray during the making process - over the piece during soldering with fire, for the ultimate wearer, as well as for personal inspiration. It's the lifeblood of what I do.


3. Craftsmanship 

No skin reactions allowed! Unlike mass produced jewelry, d. Marlene jewelry is handcrafted with higher quality metals which means higher quality jewelry. Each piece requires a significant time investment in production. 


4. Cost Per Wear
Quality over quantity! Consider the cost per wear for your purchases. You may buy something for yourself or someone else that will be worn only once for $30. But when considering cost per wear, you could purchase our Colonnade Cuff for example (which I personally wear everyday) for $170 and if worn just once a week the cost per wear is a little over $3!


5. Personalized Service
It's all about Connection. Not only does shopping small improve the local economy and keep the community unique, but you have the opportunity to personally know the person behind the product (as well as the person behind the jewelry bench) and receive personalized service! I love hearing your stories of why our jewelry is meaningful to you and how you wear
d. Marlene jewelry every day! ♥︎

When asked what's one of my go-to fall style picks, I'll undoubtedly answer "plaid". It reminds me of walks on crisp fall evenings with the sound of rustling leaves underfoot. Keep it modern by teaming plaid up with your favorite cropped trouser or cigarette pant. Copper plays an important part in this season's color palette. I've pulled out the copper tones in this plaid and played it up a bit with our Topaz Slice of Life Earrings and the tonal variations of the gemstone Bronzite used in our Ravenna Ring.
xo,
If you're like me, this season's off the shoulder trend is a bit intimidating. Probably because I feel a bit unprotected baring my Scots-Irish skin tone, but also because I always stick to the "modest is hottest" policy. But there are some off the shoulder options available that don't require a constant shirt check, while highlighting your necklaces + pendants beautifully. Here's the perfect outfit for a summer evening out at your local vineyard. I love how our Intrinsic earrings + cuff play off the cutout flats
(I may have to snag these cuties for myself!)
xo, 

Fresh Renewal

March 24, 2016

Dining Al Fresco

March 21, 2016

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One of our favorite treats when the weather turns warmer is dining al fresco. Think of it as a mini-vacation: fresh open air + room to breathe and take life at a slower pace. Here's the perfect outfit for dinner at a rooftop bistro, street side cafe, or your favorite restaurant's patio. Don't forget your scarf (and if you've followed us over on Pinterest, you know how I love scarves!) to wrap up in when the breeze turns a bit on the chilly side.
Happy Spring! 
xo,

With gala season upon us, you need to be able to easily transition from your day look to an amazing evening ensemble in a flash. Our Luxe Necklace can do just that (and so can our Gala Ring for that matter!) Pair the two together and you'll be one step ahead of the game when it comes time to make your quick change.

1. Luxe Necklace || 2. White Button Down || 3. Quilted Puffer || 4. Gala Ring || 5. Paige Jeans || 6. Leather Satchel || 7. Leather Boots 

1. Luxe Necklace || 2. Halston Gown || 3. Gala Ring || 4. Clutch || 5. Michael Kors Sandal