Monday, December 30, 2013

Engagement Rings!

We were happily surprised to discover that earlier this month the blog Your Style Journey featured our sapphire and rose gold ring and our recycled gold and diamond ring in their round-up of "Unique Engagement Rings Under $1000!"

Thanks so much to Your Style Journey - definitely a blog worth following.
You can check out the post here:

Monday, December 23, 2013

Happy Holidays from Tula Jewelry!

With the warmest wishes of love and happiness this holiday season and beyond! Looking forward to sharing inspiration and beauty with you in the new year.
- Marisa

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Three Picks: Holiday Cocktail Style

Holiday parties galore! Festive celebrations with family and friends and co-workers, gift-giving and receiving, nog-swilling, mistletoe-hanging, carol-singing, and immersing yourself in the love and joy of the season. Stymied about what to wear to the next holiday cocktail party? We've pulled together a fantastic go-to ensemble to make it easy to be beautiful during the frenzy of the holidays.  
Diane Von Furstenberg, Madison Style, Tula Jewelry, holiday style
Sexy and stylish in black, red, white, and a splash of purple.

Diane Von Furstenberg's "Glenda" dress combines rock 'n roll (with its black leather details) with sophistication. You can find it here

Madison Style offers some of the most divine shoes in the world. "Dragonette" the sexy suede Italian-made heels from designer Jerome C. Rousseau are the ultimate.

And, Tula Design's own black and white diamond rings, a skinny, pave eternity band paired with a single sparkling black diamond, encircled by glimmering white diamonds. Truly stunning and elegant. Email me for pricing and availability on these beauties!

Happy holidays!
~ Marisa

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Three Top Picks:: A Vintage-Inspired Holiday

The energy and joy of the holidays is upon us and I trust you're all basking in the glow of early December's holiday spirit as much as I am!

With only a few weekends left before Christmas, no doubt your social calendar is growing increasingly full with parties and fetes and gatherings with loved ones to celebrate the season. And, of course, this requires a few new ensembles for every engagement, right?

While I will forever adore the little black dress for its simplicity and timelessness, sometimes a girl's got to mix it up and give homage to the greatness of the past and its classic, radiant style.

1 - Gold sequined vintage sheath dress with delicate inlay. The style is incredibly feminine and drapes beautifully, while the addition of the black collar lends an extra element of sophistication and refinement. This Burberry dress has a similarly glowing and gorgeous golden feel to it.

2 - A low-slung chignon is never, ever, ever flawless and gorgeous. Paired with the perfect red lip (I'd recommend MAC's Viva Glam 1 lipstick), you'll be the talk of the party.

3 - My Old Mine Cut diamond ring is the epitome of radiant, sparkling, vintage style! One of the earliest cuts used for engagement rings, Old Mine Cut diamonds were all cut individually by hand. While modern diamonds are cut with lasers to specific specifications in mass quantities, Old Mine Cuts are all truly unique and one-of-a-kind. These vintage diamonds are very rare and very difficult to find. This particular ring here is so original that it's already sold (as of today!) and no other quite like it currently exists. That said, I can keep my eyes open for another Old Mine Cut and create a new ring in the future.

Happy vintage-style holidays!
~ Marisa

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Black Friday ONE DAY ONLY Sale

Happy Thanksgiving! I'm incredibly thankful for all of you! Without your support and love of Tula Design, I could not continue with this passion. I hope the one day sale in my shop can convey, at least in some small way, my gratitude for your keeping me inspired and galvanized.

Hope you're all spending today with loved ones, relaxing and laughing and enjoying the bounty of life. And tomorrow, go to Tula Jewelry's etsy site and use the code Blackfriday to save 20%! It's just one day only, so treat yourself.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Fall Favorites!

The Santa Ana winds have overtaken Southern California, and it's warmer than usual here for the middle of November. Nonetheless, the fall styles beckon me and I've put together another assemblage of beauties you might adore!

1 - I've long loved the envelope clutch, as it goes from day to night and carries all of the essentials (phone, lipgloss, business cards, car keys). This one here is the Eaton clutch from Madewell. I especially love the gold bar detail and the mix of black and brown leather.

2 - The black blazer never, ever, ever goes out of style. Perfect over jeans or a dress and, in Los Angeles in particular, fantastic over a little fitted tee shirt, paired with a loose scarf, as the evenings get chillier. The Reveur Blazer from Anthropologie is available in black and brown - I'd suggest buying both!

3 - The queen of incredible nail colors, OPI offers everything from azure blues to sparkling metallics. They're my go-to nail polish and their gel neutrals not only last for weeks and weeks, but they're beautiful and minimal and complement absolutely everything.

4 - Tula Design's Trillion cut diamond ring, shown in 14K yellow gold, is available as a custom ring in whatever you desire - rose, white, or yellow - and in any size you need. Because of its prong setting, it's easy to stack with other skinny, petite rings, but also looks pretty wonderful on its own!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Four Fall Favorites

Without question, fashion influences my aesthetic, my style, and what I'm creating in the studio. So, I've decided to put together an assemblage of beautiful bits - something which may become a regular Tula Design post - bringing some of my favorite finds in fashion and hairstyles alongside a Tula piece or two!

I'm loving this delicious, oversize drapey cardigan sweater I spotted on, the tousled, loose coiffure looks perfect on every woman, and this incredible, feminine blouse from Michael Kors is just the right amount of sexy for day and night. My rose gold monogrammed Signet ring (also available in yellow or white gold) evokes the right balance of understated and heirloom-worthy - a bit of private school prep meeting 21st century sophistication. I can imagine it working wonderfully with each of these classic styles, modernized and effortlessly brilliant.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Autumn Sale + New Beauties!

In honor of the lovely, chilly, and beautiful autumn season, I'm having a bit of a sale in my Etsy shop! This sale includes ALL custom orders! Get a jump start on your holiday shopping or just go ahead and treat yourself - you know you deserve it.

I've recently added a few new beauties to the collection, such as this brilliant blue sapphire, surrounded by sparkling white diamonds. More being added every few days, so keep checking! Happy autumn!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Kind words and happy clients

I just received this lovely note from one of my clients, along with her gorgeous photos of the custom ring I designed for her. Thank you, Channa!  

She writes: "Thank you. This was my birthday present to myself, and I love all your original designs, as well as this custom job that you did for me. I hope to send many of my brides your way."

Happy clients always make me happy. 
Thank you for keeping me in love with and wholly inspired by what I do!

Friday, October 18, 2013

With the new season, comes new creations...

'Tis the season for gourds and diamonds! Autumn is officially here and while Southern California may currently be contending with some major Santa Ana winds and 80-degree days, I'm still very much inspired by the season, prepared for chilly evenings with a lush cashmere wrap, soft leather jacket, and a pair of pave diamond post earrings ...or short suede boots with a silk tunic, complemented by my new black diamond ring (shown here on a pumpkin stem)...or layers of long pendants, mixing a pave diamond bar with a single, simple bevel-set blue sapphire.

As I watch, from my Los Angeles studio, the new season beginning its changes, turning leaves, shorter days, longer nights,  my inspiration and creations organically change, as well. So stay tuned for new Tula pieces soon-to-be revealed in the coming weeks!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Hawaiian inspiration + relaxation

Every once in a while, you've got to get out of your daily ins and outs and find inspiration in a different time zone. Good for the head and the heart. I was recently in Maui, recharging, relaxing, reading, and finding inspiration in the centered calm of the aloha. New Tula Design pieces are destined to come of this recent trip, so stay tuned!
Relaxing on Kapalua Beach with my Tula black pearl bracelet.
One of my newest designs - the Tula Insignia ring. Available in rose gold (as shown), yellow gold, or white gold. Email me for details!

Reading in West Maui.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A happy Tula Design client shares her thoughts!

I'm delighted to share with you this blog post about Tula Design by lifestyle and fashion blogger Erika, who was looking for a ring to replace her wedding band. Here's the link.

This is what Erika has to say, among other things, about Tula Design: "The first thing that attracted me to her site was her amazing handmade and sustainable jewelry. Seriously, everything she makes is just beautiful." 

Thank you, Erika! So thrilled you love your new Tula band and are sharing it with the world.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Custom rings and tiny baby feet

As you know, I specialize in creating custom pieces - from engagement rings and wedding bands to pave diamond earrings, delicate pendants, and one-of-a-kind bracelets, all environmentally-kind in my production and using recycled gold and silver. (All my diamonds are obviously conflict-free.) Working so intimately with clients to create the perfect piece, I often feel a genuine connection with them; they quite often share images of their Tula Design jewelry with me once it's officially become a part of their world. Here's a beauty I'd love to share - a client's engagement and wedding ring, draped on the feet of their newborn babe! Too adorable.

For new and past clients, please feel free to share your photos with me! It's wonderful to know how much these Tula Design pieces are loved by you.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Druzy + Diamonds

I've been extremely busy in the studio lately, creating pieces for my fall collection. Here's a sneak peek at some new druzy and diamond post earrings I've just finished! If you're not familiar with druzy gems, they're known as "the stone of star dust," a collection of fine crystals on a geode fracture's surface. Not only are they exquisite, but they allegedly bring lightness and harmony to the wearer.

Monday, September 2, 2013

The story of emeralds

I recently made this14K gold bezel set emerald ring, along with its matching 14K gold emerald eternity band.  Absolute beauties together and perfectly symbolic of an enduring love, are they not?

And, in case you didn't know, the Ancient Romans associated emeralds with Venus, the goddess of love, believing the stones embodied fertility and faith while the Ancient Greeks wore emeralds to honor Aphrodite, their own goddess of love, fertility, and beauty. Also said to restore peace, clear the mind, and enhance clairvoyance, emeralds were Cleopatra's favorite gem! Wear this beautiful stone (also the birthstone for May) with the knowledge it is more than simply gorgeous, it carries a great history and restorative, mystical properties.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Happy Labor Day weekend (+ a few custom pieces to share!)

I hope you're planning for a long weekend of relaxation and fun!

A newly married client of mine just sent me these photos of her custom Tula Design rings and I felt compelled to share them with you all, as the photos are so gorgeous. Enjoy!

And have a safe and wonderful weekend.

xx - Marisa