Photo shoot days are my favorite days. It’s the time when everything we’ve been working on comes together. I love getting to style the looks to complete the vision.
We kept our crew extra tight this year to keep everyone safe – just family plus our lead interior designer, Audrey, who also doubled as a model this day.
Being a small business we all wear multiple hats and this day was no exception. Jana was our photographer, but she still had to keep the interior side of the business moving.
Our niece and PR guru, Kourtney, was on set taking care of multiple projects, assisting with photography, lighting, and styling and keeping everyone on track. Our niece Kayla was make-up and hair artist as well as a model.
Jana’s daughter Isla likes to get in on the modeling action and is a natural!
By early evening the rest of the family was spilling in and my son Drew played guitar as we finished up our day.
From our family to yours – We hope you have a great Spring season! To check out our full Spring ’21 Lookbook, visit nestjewelry.com. And use code SPRING to shop our styles with free shipping!
NEST is truly a family business – we enjoy traveling together, and we’re usually working while we play! We decided Mexico would be the perfect backdrop for our Fall 19/20 photo shoot. We love the culture, the climate, the people, and of course the food!
Our destination was Hotel Xcaret Mexico, an eco-friendly all-inclusive resort situated next the jungle and the Caribbean Sea.
We were able to spend a full day relaxing on the beach, in the ocean, and on river – kayaking, paddle boarding, and making sand castles.
We followed our relaxing day at the beach with an all-day trip to Xcaret theme park. A few highlights from the day included leading a flamingo parade, touring an aviary and butterfly pavilion, climbing real Mayan ruins, making authentic Mexican chocolate, feeding conservation program sea turtles, and viewing rescued manatee.
Our evening entertainment, Xcaret Mexico Espectacular, took us through the history of Mexico with live music and dancing. We were able to enjoy a backstage tour beforehand to see the work that goes into the costumes and props. They keep the designs historically accurate down to the smallest details. One of the dresses took over six months to hand bead. Talk about couture!
Finally, it was the day for our shoot! We started early hoping to beat the bright sunlight for better images – but the sun rises early when it’s August in Mexico! Jana’s daughter, Maddie was our only model this season. She’s the only one that can get up at the crack of dawn and be ready in five minutes. Oh to be young and beautiful!
There was no shortage of amazing backdrops. Jana was our photographer while I styled with whatever collective apparel was available.
Jana’s youngest daughter of course wanted in on the action as well.
We got some great shots, and then gave in to the sun’s hot rays and called it a wrap. Adios Mexico! Hasta Luego!
View the final Look Book here, and enjoy free shipping with code: FALL!
One of our favorite parts of designing a collection is getting to see the final product on a beautiful model, being worn just how we imagined. Follow along for an exclusive Behind The Scenes of this Spring’s photo shoot!
This season’s collection features natural Chrysotine, Amazonite, Larimar, Blue Lace Agate, Turquoise, Jade, and Opal stones as well as Freshwater Pearls and hand carved Mother-of-Pearl – always luxuriously handcrafted in our Dallas, Texas studio.
We chose to shoot our campaign at none other than Julie Soefer’s studio – she’s our go-to for all of our photography needs. Her new studio was designed by NEST Design Group and it was rewarding to get to personally see how well the space functioned!
Our models for the day started getting picture perfect bright and early! Did we mention two of the three models are part of the family? Kayla (the blonde) and Maddie (the brunette) were great additions to our photoshoot. This truly is a family affair!
After hair and makeup (thank you Victoria Callaway!), we started putting together looks. With the help of our stylist, Marzi, we put together the perfect blank canvas for our pieces that transition from daytime to poolside.
Shooting jewelry is truly an art. Janette and Jana were standing by with their keen eyes to adjust every detail – we at NEST pride ourselves on perfection!
After a long day of work, we were thrilled to kick our feet up and have a drink or two. To check out our full Spring ’19 Lookbook, visit nestjewelry.com. And use code SPRING to shop our styles with free shipping!
The NEST Team
Festive parties and get-togethers officially kick off with Thanksgiving dinner. This holiday may be focused on food and family, but don’t forget fashion from the Thanksgiving menu! Keep it simple with these no-fuss jewelry options layered over an all black ensemble. Our multi-strand tourmaline necklace is a gorgeous shade of merlot with a little metallic pop – not to mention it’s the perfect length for sit-down events. Pair with a hammered gold cuff and our black druzy clip-ons for the complete autumnal look.
Office Holiday Party
Ahhh, the office holiday party. This is where a professional look is best, but can also be an opportunity to step up your accessory game a notch or two. Let’s be honest – there will be a few coworkers who take the holiday theme a bit too far with their red and green festive-ness. We think the perfect players for this event are our apatite and pave pieces. The blue, black, and bit of sparkle make for an elevated look that’s a bit unexpected but definitely says “holiday.”
“Wild Card” Party
There’s always one “wild card” party you get invited to and have not a clue what to wear. For the growing in popularity “ugly Christmas sweater party,” we suggest going to your not-so-basic gold statement earrings. While your sweater screams “festive” your accessories will be whimsical yet wearable. We know you’ve been eyeing them – this is your excuse to add them to your collection!
Charity events are in full swing around the holidays, and you may feel overwhelmed picking outfits for every event without repeating. Our tip? Let your accessories – not the dress – do the talking. Pull out your tried and true black gown, and pair with this show-stopping amethyst set. All eyes will be on your rich-hued jewels, and you will definitely make a statement. We adore this deep purple set with the gold-trimmed details, and we know you will too.
The holiday season is in full swing and so are your cocktail parties scattered throughout your calendar. Don’t worry about what you’re going to wear – stick to your favorite neutral pieces in your closet and add new statement earrings to change it up. While red is the classic choice, we also love the deep green malachite stones – green is an unexpected choice for the holidays but such a fashion-forward pick. Pair with a red lip to complete your look!
Whether you’re attending a church service or spending quality time with family on Christmas Eve, we think the easiest accessory to throw on is a long pendant necklace. We love this winter white bone tassel piece with hints of gold – it’s the best way to keep your look classy but fashion forward. Complete your look with classic gold hoops (the perfect size!) and a simple but bold ring.
New Year’s Eve
New Years Eve – the last party of the year with the most va va voom! Skip the usual sequin number for some sparkly jewels instead! Our black horn and crystal set is the best way to add some pizazz without going overboard. The crystals reflect light and will shimmer all night, and you will be glad you chose to end your year in these NEST pieces!
We’re seeing it everywhere from cowboy booties to peasant tops – there’s no doubt the American Southwest is an important influence this season. Our go-to that plays into the trend is none other than our multi-colored beaded necklaces. The combination of malachite, turquoise, lapis, tiger’s eye, and horn gives this accessory a southwestern feel while still being incredibly wearable.
Available online at Neiman Marcus ($295 |$395)
Want a neutral option? Arrowheads are always a unique addition to an ensemble.
Forget past associations of charms being only for bracelets – our new favorite charm accessory? The charm statement necklace of course! True to the NEST brand, we use collections of natural stone and horn pieces in our handmade necklaces – giving it a nostalgic heirloom feel.
Available online at Neiman Marcus ($395 | $350)
Like to stay one step ahead of the trends? Add these charm rings to your line up for an über-stylish look.
WE’VE GOT THE BLUES
Blues are having a major moment – our very favorites being the rich royal and playful peacock hues. Go for a classic statement necklace with natural stones for an organic feel this season.
Try mixing different shades of blue in your wardrobe for a chic monochromatic look. These blue drop earrings are sure to elevate any ensemble.
This season’s pearl update is here – and in the most gorgeous shades of grey. We love the subtle but chic hue in these chunky necklaces. Layer over a cozy sweater for a put together laid-back look.
Available online at Neiman Marcus ($395 | $350)
Want a little more va-va-voom? This mother-of-pearl carved owl set is this season’s best conversation piece.
Carved Owl Mother-Of-Pearl Tassel Pendant Necklace – Available online at Saks Fifth Avenue ($395)
Its no secret animal prints are a fall staple. Our take on working the trend into your everyday outfits? Add our beloved spotted horn accessories into the mix! Use to complement a classic neutral outfit or style with bright colors and patterns if you’re feeling fashion-forward.
Can’t get enough? You won’t regret having all of these classics that will stay relevant throughout the seasons.
I just sat down in front of my calendar and somehow the end of April is nearing and May is just around the corner! For me (and many others) May is a busy month filled with weddings, graduations and of course, Mother’s Day. While all of these are joyous occasions, I realize that each of them calls for a new outfit and of course a gift! Eek! These life-changing moments deserve something really special and I am certain that Mother-of-Pearl was put on earth just for this purpose. Pearl is feminine and light which makes it so easy to wear for all the fun festivities that May brings. I have decided to make my spring shopping quick and easy by wearing Mother-of-Pearl with all of my outfits AND I am giving beautifully boxed pieces as my gifts. Here are my top choices:
For attending graduations I will do a long necklace and statement earrings -–
Mother-of-Pearl Disc Station Necklace – Available online at Neiman Marcus ($395)
Mother-of-Pearl Chandelier Earrings – Available online at Neiman Marcus ($295)
For Mother’s Day I need the original NEST Cluster Necklace and a pair of Gold Hoop Earrings –
Mother-of-Pearl Cluster Necklace – Available online at Neiman Marcus ($395)
High Polish Hoop Earrings – Available online at Neiman Marcus ($95)
For the wedding I plan to wear a pink champagne-colored dress and accessorize with a white and pink pearl combo. Mixing colors keeps your look fresh and current while the elegance of pearl keeps you looking classic and put together for any occasion. (I literally do not leave my house without a statement ring.)
Two-Strand Mother-of-Pearl Necklace – Available online at Neiman Marcus ($395)
Pink Mother-of-Pearl Statement Ring – Available online at Nest Jewelry ($295)
White Mother-of-Pearl Stretch Bracelet – Available online at Nest Jewelry ($95)
Now that my looks are covered, we can focus on the gifts. For the graduates I am sending earrings, earrings, and earrings!
Pink Mother-of-Pearl Chandelier Earrings – Available online at Nest Jewelry ($295)
Grey Mother-of-Pearl Clip-On Earrings – Available online at Saks Fifth Avenue ($195)
White Mother-of-Pearl Statement Earrings – Available online at Stanley Korshak ($150)
Pink Mother-of-Pearl Open Teardrop Earrings – Available online at Stanley Korshak ($125)
For my girls who aren’t earring fanatics, I would choose this super cute charm pendant necklace with a matching bracelet –
Mother-of-Pearl and Amethyst Charm Bracelet – Available online at Neiman Marcus ($295)
Long Mother-of-Pearl Pendant Necklace – Available online at Neiman Marcus ($295)
My favorite options for Mother’s Day gifts are the Grey Mother-of-Pearl necklace with matching earrings, or if your momma is more of a classic woman then you can’t go wrong with a Cluster Necklace –
Long Grey Mother-of-Pearl Disc Necklace – Available online at Saks Fifth Avenue ($395)
Statement Grey Mother-of-Pearl Drop Earrings – Available online at Saks Fifth Avenue ($150)
Mother-of-Pearl Petal Cluster Necklace – Available online at Neiman Marcus ($395)
We hear from a lot of you that you want clip earrings and we listened! We currently have an entire collection of Mother-of-Pearl Clip Earrings so all the world can enjoy a beautiful NEST statement earring with more styles to come.
We send each of these beautiful pieces to you with love and hope that you will BE BOLD – WEAR NEST – and MAKE A STATEMENT!
We can’t get enough of the statement earring. You’ll be sure to turn heads in these fun, easy-to-wear options:
1) The Tassel Earring
Turquoise Tassel Earrings. StanleyKorshak.com – $125
Large Turquoise Fringe Earrings. StanleyKorshak.com – $250
2) Everything PEARL
Pink Mother-of-Pearl Chandelier Earrings. NestJewelry.com – $295
Starburst Mother-of-Pearl Earrings. SaksFifthAvenue.com – $195
White Mother-of-Pearl Mini Chandelier Earrings. NestJewelry.com – $195
White Mother-of-Pearl Statement Earrings. NestJewelry.com – $150
3) All Things Gold
Polished Gold Hoop Earrings. NeimanMarcus.com – $195
Sleek Horn Drop Earrings. SaksFifthAvenue.com – $295
[Horn Hoop Earrings in cover photo available at Anthropologie.com – $298. Photo from Anthropologie]
The start of New York Fashion Week has me reminiscing on my recent trip to the Big Apple. My days are filled from sunrise to sunset with buyer and editor meetings but I love the energy of the city. Lotte New York Palace is my favorite place to stay.
Every morning I sip my earl grey tea while taking in the view of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in a quiet room high above all the noise.
I’m always eating on the go and the Lotte New York Palace has the cutest French style bakery, Pomme Palia. I’ll grab a croissant and refill my earl grey tea and I’m off!
First stop – Hearst Tower
This was truly a dream for me! I met with editors from Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, Town and Country, O Magazine and Elle. Our statement earrings and Horn Choker Necklace were their favorite pieces from our spring line.
After leaving Hearst I grabbed a quick bite at Bergdorf Goodman Café.
Next stop – Meeting with the owner of Julian Gold
Julian Gold has been offering customers the best designer selections since 1945 and we are thrilled our line is available throughout their four locations in Texas.
Now it’s time to hail a taxi! I have a long ride to Brookfield Place to meet with Saks Fifth Avenue. Their new downtown office is sleek and modern and has sweeping views of the Hudson River. They also loved our statement earrings and Amazonite Statement pieces.
For my last meal of the day I lucked out and came across a hidden burger joint in Le Parker Meridien. It was absolute burger perfection.
The next day I had several morning meetings before I had to jet off to the airport. There is never enough time in New York City!
First stop (Day 2) – Buyer meeting with Intermix
Intermix is known for mixing on-trend pieces in unexpected ways. Again, it was all about the statement earring. The buying team loved our Mother of Pearl Chandelier Earrings so much they had to try them on. 🙂
My last stop was in downtown Manhattan to meet with Halsbrook. Our bold pieces blend well with the classic clothing carried by this online boutique. Their turquoise-toned office is super cute and I always enjoy catching up with them.
With my trip wrapped up, I start sketching new designs on the flight home. New York City gets me so inspired! I am already looking forward to my next visit.
NEST Jewelry’s Creative Director and Co-Owner, Janette Wilkinson, sat down with Neiman Marcus to discuss her vision behind the brand.
(You can find the original blog post at www.blog.neimanmarcus.com)
Neiman Marcus: Tell us about your journey toward becoming a renowned jewelry designer.
Janette Wilkinson: It happened mostly by accident. Since a very young age, I have always loved fashion. My earliest memories are of playing in my grandmother’s costume jewelry. I grew up in a small town in Oklahoma, so I didn’t have access to fashion outside of magazines and catalogs. I was pretty good at math and science, so I was encouraged to pursue engineering. I graduated with a degree in electrical engineering and then worked in the semiconductor industry for ten years. I really enjoyed working in semiconductor, even though I wore a protective suit that covered me from head to toe—not so fashionable.
The first pieces of jewelry I designed were just for myself. Red coral jewelry was a big trend, and I wanted a coral necklace that had a bold scale, but was still simple. I couldn’t really find what I was looking for, so I decided to make it myself. One day I was in Neiman Marcus NorthPark shopping for a gift and five people stopped me to ask where I had purchased my necklace. I immediately called my sister, Jana Erwin, and the next thing you know we were partners in a jewelry business we named NEST.
NM: And the name NEST, where did it come from?
JW: When Jana and I began brainstorming the name of our jewelry line, we wanted something that emphasized the natural, bold, and simple nature of our pieces. We were traveling around the world collecting things and bringing them back home to create our collections. We felt like birds gathering their natural materials and bringing them back home to create their nests. In that discovery, the name NEST was born.
NM: We love family-owned businesses. Tell us how you and your sister decided on partnering together to create NEST Jewelry.
JW: My sister is an accredited Interior Designer and was running her own high-end design firm in Houston. She understood the details of starting a company, which allowed me to focus on the fashion. Although she is our CEO, it is nice to have another creative eye to look over the pieces that I am working on. We have gradually turned NEST into a family business. I have a very close family that enjoys working, playing, and even traveling together! We have vacationed together in some beautiful places including Greece, Scotland, Mexico, Costa Rica, The Bahamas, and many beaches, mountains, and lakes across the U.S. Our vacations always end up being a great time for vision planning, and over the years my nieces gained interest in listening to our business meetings. After my oldest niece graduated from college, she started working for us, helping with production and also PR. And my younger niece often models our pieces.
NM: Where do you find inspiration designing new collections, season after season?
JW: Nature — every piece of jewelry we make has some sort of natural element. Over the years we have used stone, wood, horn, bone, metals, leather, stingray, and even shark’s teeth. We keep our materials authentic. When we select stones, we let their inherent beauty begin the design process. After we determine the perfect cut of stone, we begin enhancing it with hand-trimmed gold, hand-knotted silk, or we add other natural products like horn. Our customers often tell us that they love the way our pieces feel as much as they love the way they look. The natural energy that the stones carry and the attention to detail and handmade quality truly come through.
NM: Hard to narrow it down, we know, but what is your favorite NEST piece?
JW: Definitely our Cluster Necklace! We’ve created this style in many different colors of turquoise and jasper, mother-of-pearl, and even horn. The NEST Cluster Necklace is the definition of a statement piece!
NM: Can you give us a sneak peek into where you think the fashion industry is headed and how NEST fits into that world?
JW: I think there is such an appreciation and longing for things that are made by hand with natural materials and for pieces that have a story. Jewelry needs to feel special and unique, and that is exactly what we do!
Big or Small – Short or Tall – Statement necklaces are for everyone.
[Teal Apatite & Wood Collection available at NeimanMarcus.com]
Over the years I have converted many skeptics to love the statement necklace. I have heard it all, “I love big jewelry but it just doesn’t look good on me,” to “I’m too small,” or even “I’m too big.” At NEST we make sure there is something for everyone. To take the guesswork out of it I have selected a few statement necklaces that look amazing across the board. These pieces are so easy to wear and will help ease you into the wonderful world of statement necklaces. I promise you will thank me.
Rose Gold Pendant Necklace – This necklace will elongate your neck and the soft rose gold color looks amazing on all skin types. This is a win for anyone. It’s just a great, easy-to-wear piece that will go with anything in your closet.
Horn and Gold Ball Necklace – The natural variations of the horn looks fantastic with light or dark hair. The short length makes it easily worn with any neckline. Also, since these large beads are horn they are super lightweight!!
Amazonite Petal Necklace – You will not find a more flattering necklace than this Amazonite Cluster Necklace. Truly. The soft pale blue/green is flattering to all skin types and hair color. The natural rounded teardrop shape brings out all your best facial features. This color is great all year round, from brightening up your linen to adding a punch to your basic black.
I want you all to take a leap of faith, live on the edge, and buy a statement necklace! For the next week we are offering $50 off of these three necklaces using the coupon code: STATEMENT .
As always we love you and thank you for loving your NEST!
BE BOLD – WEAR NEST – MAKE A STATEMENT
Spring is almost here and that means one thing…short enough sleeves to wear a ton of bracelets!! I LOVE this look! To wear it like a pro make sure to have various widths and materials. I like it best when worn with two to three widths of our horn bangles then add a skinny metal bangle or even the bi-cone stretch bracelet.
You can also keep it interesting by keeping all the materials the same but having a variety of shapes and sizes. The monochromatic look is very chic and super easy to wear.
Want to take the guesswork out? Great! We have put together a couple of stacks for you. Our Ebony Wood Bangles and our famous Mixed Horn Bangles mix well with almost any look and are great starter sets. They’re also the best bang for your buck because you can wear the bracelets as individuals, put on a few, or rock the whole thing!
If you want to jazz these up even more you can add a wide bangle. Just have fun with these! You can’t go wrong.
Maybe you already own some of our Skinny Bangle Sets that are essentials to any NEST collector. No need to get an entirely new stack, just add one or two Hammered Bangles in either gold or silver. Whatever the mood is for the day, NEST has a bangle to fit it!
Now it’s time to get shopping! Enjoy 10% off anything on our site from now through April 30 by using the code: STACK. THANK YOU for being NEST collectors. We love you!
At NEST we believe jewelry should be bought the same way you buy art. This is why we call our customers “collectors.” Each piece we make is designed to go along with current trends while also remaining classic so that you can easily add to your collection. Here are three simple steps to buying accessories you will wear forever:
1. Make sure you LOVE it.
We’ve all been there; we like a piece and we think we can make it work so we take it home and then it sits in the box or tucked away in our closet until we get rid of it. Don’t do that! If you love it the day you get it then you will always find yourself picking it up out of the jewelry box first. Take our iconic Chunky Necklace for example. We have made this necklace in every color imaginable for what seems like an eternity. You might think I would be over it but I still wear mine ALL THE TIME. It’s easy, eye-catching and definitely unique.
2. Mix and match.
To keep things interesting I suggest not always buying matching sets. I would pair our new Leather Horn Drop Statement Necklace that has a raw, tribal look with our simple Brushed Gold Bi-cone Stud Earrings. I like that the earrings don’t take away from the dramatic necklace. Although, if you want to dress this up then I would add our Horn Disc Cuff with the shiny gold, sleek edges. Don’t be afraid to mix metals!
3. Stock up on essentials.
The best way to keep your collection working from season to season is to have good basics that you can wear with anything. These are my top picks. I also call these my “travel pieces” because I can pack light and still have everything I need from day to night.
Long Gold Twist Necklace – $350
Gold Hammered Half Ball Stud Earrings – $95
Gold Hammered Dome Adjustable Ring – $95
Long Horn Teardrop Pendant Necklace – $195
Organic Horn Drop Earrings – $125
Horn and Gold Bangle Set – $250
Gold Hammered Thin Hoop Earrings – $95
Gold Hammered Curve Cuff – $250
After you build your essentials and mix and match like a pro, then it’s time to get a piece that will turn heads. My pick for this season is our Red Coral and Horn Link Necklace.
We want you to have a blast stocking up! Now through March 15, enjoy 20% off your entire purchase using the code: SPRING. Can’t wait to see your collections!