Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Original, Whimsical Jewlery by ELM Designs #Review and #Giveaway


Part of MBP's St. Patrick's Day Guide


Not only am I decking out my house in green for St. Patrick's Day, I am also wearing a lot of green. That's not really out of the norm for me. Green is one of my favorite colors, and since I have green eyes, I tend to wear green pretty often. Did you know that the color blue was originally associated with St. Patrick's Day, though? That's right! Wearing green for this holiday came about after shamrocks were used to explain the Holy Trinity to the Pagan Irish, because of their three leaves. Green uniforms were also worn by the Irish to make a political statement in the 1798 rebellion, and wearing a shamrock on your clothing became known as 'wearing of the green.' Today, the color green is widely associated with St. Patrick's Day.


I love wearing green, even though I'm hardly Irish, and also love Celtic symbols. Celtic knots elude to there being no beginning or end, reminding us of a timeless nature of our spirit. Celtic knots are beautiful, and said to even be mystic- given as gifts of luck, love and longevity.

I have been wanting to add a Celtic knot piece of jewelry or two to my personal collection for qute some time, and thought that St. Patrick's Day would be an appropriate time to find the perfect piece and show it off! As luck would have it, I found ELM Designs a few weeks ago, and fell in love with some gorgeous Celtic-inspired jewelry pieces. ELM Designs is owned by Erin-Lynn McAleer, an NYC girl, living in Columbus, OH. Erin knows a thing or two about jewelry, as she is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology and has a degree in jewelry design. 

Erin and I teamed up to showcase some of her beautiful jewelry designs here on MBP, and I was thrilled that she wanted to send me a piece of jewelry to review and share about!

My package and a personal note from Erin of ELM Designs.


My package came bubble wrapped, and also induvidually packaged in a plastic zip bag.

Just by taking a sneak peek of the beautiful piece of jewelry that Erin sent to me, I knew I was going to love it. Erin sent me a gorgeous Celtic Knot Necklace, which features four green beads, and the Celtic knot charm on a wire chain with clasp.

Beautiful necklace, featuring a gorgeous Celtic knot charm, and different colored green beads on a lightweight chain.

The necklace is strung together on tigertail wire, a thin, yet heavy gauge wire that is often used in jewelry-making.

Green malachite beads along with smaller silver beads are used on either side of the Celtic knot charm.

The necklace looked beautiful laid out against the green runner on my dining table, but I knew it would look even more beautiful, adorning my neckline! I couldn't wait to wear it! I pulled out one of my favorite olive green colored tops, and paired the Celtic knot necklace with it. The top is pretty simple, so to add the necklace to my outfit really added another layer.

The green beads match my shirt almost perfectly- don't they look great worn together?

The necklace is truly lightweight, which I love, because it sort of makes it feel like the charm and the beads are just sort of floating against my body. The silver and green combnation is striking, and beause the tigertail wire is so thin, the eye is really drawn to the charm and the pretty beads. 

The necklace is eye-catching, and compliments my eye color very nicely!

When I wore this necklace for the first time, I wasn't feeling my best. I have been fighting a nasty cold for several days, and when I feel like this, I don't want to fix my hair, or put on any makeup. To tell you the truth, for a couple of days, I didn't want to do much of anything but snuggle and nap with my three-year-old son. I knew, however, that if I made an effort to make myself up a bit, I might feel a little bit better. So, I put the Celtic knot necklace on from ELM Designs, and it really did make me feel pretty (even without the makeup and hair), and more like myself, amid the sniffles.

My husband really loves Celtic symbols, so it was no surprise to me that he really took to this pretty necklace and began asking me questions about where it came from. I was excited to share about Erin and her business, and even hinted that a necklace like this would make a great gift for my mother-in-law, who also loves green, and Celtic symbols.

ELM Designs features all sort of beautiful jewelry! 
Take a look...

Black Tie - Fireworks Necklace - Swarovski crystal and silver
Black Tie Fireworks Necklace


Stuck in Time - Custom Steampunk watch parts necklace - Copper Circle
Stuck in Time Necklace


Glass Vial of Gears - Necklace - Steampunk
Glass Vile of Gears Necklace


Alice in Wonderland Charm Bracelet - Steampunk
Alice in Wonderland Charm Bracelet


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Fairy Coat


All of Erin's designs through ELM Designs are original and unique. Even with the Celtic knot necklace that she sent to me, the coloring in the beads are all different, so no two necklaces would be exactly the same. Erin's Steampunk line is really fun, and all of her designs are timeless pieces to be treasured by their owners. Jewelry is undoubtedly a go-to gift, and there are lots of special occasions around the bend, such as Easter, and Mother's Day, and even graduation! If you're looking for a one of a kind gift to give to someone special, be sure to check out all of the gorgeous options from ELM Designs. Many pieces can be customized to your liking!

Want It? Buy It!

Head on over to ELM Designs to look through all of Erin's beautiful jewelry, and gorgeous Fairy Coats! You can also connect with ELM Designs on Etsy and ELM Designs on Facebook! Can't find exactly what your heart desires? Just contact Erin and strike up a conversation- she'd love to hear from you and would be glad to assist you!

Want It? Win It!

One lucky MBP reader will win their own beautiful Celtic necklace from Erin and ELM Designs! Just use the Rafflecopter entry form below to enter for your chance to win! Giveaway is open to US residents, 18 and older. 

Special thanks to Erin-Lynn McAleer of ELM Designs for allowing me to review and share about one of her beautiful designs, and for offering this fantastic giveaway for our readers!

Good luck!



22 comments:

  1. I love the Brushed Love Necklace, and the Time in a Bottle Steampunk necklace!

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  2. I am celebrating St. Patrick's Day by having some green Sugar cookies with Corned Beef and Cabbage!

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  3. I like making my homemade Corn Beef and Cabbage and homemade Irish Soda bread to go with it!

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  4. I like the Stuck in Time - Custom Steampunk watch parts necklace - Silver Oval

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  5. I just wear green so I don't get pinched, lol, other than that I don't really celebrate it.

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  6. I make my green Decorated Sugar cookies and make Corned Beef and Cabbage!

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  7. I like the Key to Time - Small Steampunk Key

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  8. https://www.etsy.com/listing/89010642/stuck-in-time-custom-steampunk-watch?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=api&utm_campaign=api Stuck in Time. Thank you, Jerri Davis

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  9. What a neat site. My favorite is the Time In A Bottle - Steampunk Necklace

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  10. We will be going to the St. Patricks Day parade next week!

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  11. I decorated my living room with St. Patrick's decorations.

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  12. I am going to be Watching the wonderful parade with my sister and my niece! It will be fun!

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  13. I am going to be making my Shamrock Sugar Cookies this weekend!

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  14. I will be spending the Day eating Corned Beef and Cabbage!

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  15. I will be going to the Parade of Saturday and going out to lunch with my family!

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  16. I will be making my Shamrock Cookies tomorrow and having family over for Corned Beef and Cabbage on Sunday!

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  17. I am going to have a nice day with my St. Patrick's Day dinner!

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  18. St. Patrick's Day is over and I went to the Parade and had a nice Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner with my family!

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  19. I had a wonderful St. Patrick's Day with my sister and my niece and nephew!

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  20. WOW! Beautiful jewelry pieces I must say. It is nice to see the latest summer jewelry collection. The earrings, the bracelets and the ring all are just wonderful. I personally like that perfect platinum diamond ring displayed above.

    antique jewellery

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  21. I don't wear much jewelry, but I love just about every piece you posted! My favorites are the hand-stamped ring, the & necklace.. and if I were a mom, I would absolutely want the necklace with my kids' handwriting.

    Beautiful Bracelets

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