Monday, July 31, 2017

Real talk about being a "mom boss" with Pinhole Press

Hey hey! Pinhole Press (@pinholepress) asked me to write a little (unpaid!) piece about being a mom + entrepreneur and it's live today. It's a short read, with a few shout outs and some real-talk. There are a few shout outs - @marlaaaron @jewelsbygrace @margaretcross @graydaystudio @metiersf - and some real talk. THANK YOU to all of you who are sticking around to support my work through the child-rearing years. You know who you are. And thank you to Pinhole Press for finding me. I've been ordering from them since Severen was born, and now I use a few of their products for my business, too. Love 'em.

Thursday, June 22, 2017


ANN ARBOR TRUNK SHOW ✨Dear Golden is hosting Jean Jean for a day-long trunk show this Saturday, June 24th. I will set up with the full Cachet and ES FUI collections, piles of vintage and antique accessories (including lots you have never seen before), and most of my gemstone rings. ✨If you are local and are considering an engagement ring in the shop, this is a GREAT opportunity to see your favorites in person. If you plan to stop by to try on diamonds, kindly contact me in advance so that I can be sure to bring your top picks and their appraisals for your review 💍 Also, if you have antique jewelry that you want to know more about, bring it in and we can look at it together when there is down time 🔍 Psst. There MAY be rosé after 5 PM (wink wink).

Friday, June 2, 2017


WEEKEND SALE! Take 15% off the entire shop through Monday. Your checkout code is:

     JUNESALE15 🏷

Jean Jean will donate 15% of sales this weekend to the National Resource Defense Council, an organization of environmental crusaders who use advocacy, litigation, and research to fight for the good of us all.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Mother's Day Is Coming!

Mother's Day is coming up soon, my friends. I know, because I look forward alllll year to getting crèpes and coffee in bed! If you are looking for a little something to gift this year, we have the Cachet Collection is ready-to-ship in over a dozen designs. Personally, I think that Cachet no. 4 would be a perfect choice for the courageous, unflappable, even-keeled Mama in your life. The image of a cliff weathering a tempestuous storm is an apt symbol for the role of motherhood, non?!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Jean Jean CACHET COLLECTION: Victoriana for the modern woman

The Cachet Collection is a captivating range of double-sided, Victorian wax seal replicas, cast in fine metal from rare sets of 19th century (ca. 1840s) French and Italian matrices. Made start to finish in Michigan.

"Cachet" is French for a "seal affixed to a letter or document," which was the purpose of the original seals. Victorian men and women would keep a seal (or set of seals) at their desk, right next to their ink and pen, paper, candle, and wax. The seals were functional tools but also tiny works of art.

Look closer! The seals are intricately detailed with images and mottos about friendship, love, suffering, luck, and choice. Some of them are incredibly sentimental and moving, others are more lighthearted and witty. The messages of these seals are just as relevant and meaningful now as they were 150 years ago - perhaps even more so.

For the Victorians, choosing which seal to use on the outside of their letter was a very personal and important choice, inspired by the contents of the letter and the recipient. News of a death in the family required a somber seal, a word to a lover something tender or playful, something to an acquaintance or business partner perhaps just the day of the week. The choice is equally personal today: which charm is right for you? As a busy mom and business owner, I wear Cachet No. 4 every day: I strive to be fast and efficient (like the racing greyhound) and also calm and steady (like the cliff in the storm). On a good day, I might even be both at once - just like my charm!

The Cachet Collection is supremely wearable, gift-able, and collectible. Each pendant charm comes with custom ticketing complete with macro photographs of the seal and a meaningful translation. Chains available as well as classy Jean Jean gift bags. Diamond-studded versions are rolling out right now and rings are coming super-soon. Come see me!