Momma Told Me: Jilzara Premium Clay Bead Jewelry Review and Giveaway~ 4/23

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Jilzara Premium Clay Bead Jewelry Review and Giveaway~ 4/23

Momma Told Me: It's not the size of the sparkle, but the spark behind it.

I've always been an eclectic mix of tomboy and girly girl. When I was in kindergarten I'd often get into fights over the Pretty Princess silver tiara, simply because it was the most coveted (I'd never be caught wearing it). My love of all things sparkly has only blossomed through the years. I adore sparkles, glitz, and glam; but don't care much for wearing it. Let's face it, Diamonds may pay the mortgage, but they won't keep me arm at night. Retract that, I could buy a dozen down comforters with said theoretical diamonds, but I'd still be alone. You get the point; I've stressed time and again (as nice as sparkly things are) the jewelry I actually pull out of my jewelry box to wear is often a unique statement piece that will garner compliments and turn heads. So many women get caught up in karats and cuts, when I feel if I were to receive a safety pin bracelet from my special man, it would be far more meaningful.
Luckily accessorizing doesn't have to come to that. Most men feel lost when buying jewelry for the women in their lives. It seems every holiday I am called to help my father wade through a sea of jewelry for his mother, sister in law, or girlfriend. As lost as the poor man seems, I am often just as much confounded. Gifting jewelry is an intimate thing. To do this successfully you must know a little something about the person being gifted, and their style. Or you can skip the long line of cookie cutter pendants from Kay Jewelers and gift something handcrafted and truly unique. Jilzara, which arguably sounds more like a mythical lizard monster, exists to satisfy the whimsy in every woman. With handcrafted premium clay beads, no piece is ever truly identical, and all are limited edition. I recall messing around with polymer clay and bead layering as a teenager, but Jilzara blows my humble attempts out of the water.
bead bracelet
You may not recognize the name Jill Manzara, but she pioneered the art of clay beads for modern jewelry nearly 10 years back. Today her and her daughter (don't you just love a mother/daughter team?) work tirelessly in their studios to create intricate hand rolled beads that are guaranteed to last through decades of wear. Unlike pretty painted synthetic beads, these hand designed beads are actually layers of rolls spliced together into round and square beads. The traditional round clay beads are strung and displayed on a high quality cording with the Jilzara brand stamp, while square beads are mounted in lead and nickel free castings that add tangible weight and quality to the overall pieces. I'll admit, when I hear 'clay beads' I don't jump to place an order- but there was something captivating about my first Jilzara encounter that sent me online to explore a little more.
premium clay beads
One of the things I especially love about Jilzara is the accessory pieces are titled by collection in order of mounts/facets. That is to say while a particular arrangement of beads on a bracelet may be titled 'Medium Crystal,' the various colors and patterns of actual beads available within that style are numerous. I received a Medium Silverball bracelet in Navy, and this is hardly the best way to introduce the piece seen in the header. With beautiful paisley and lace prints that remind me of fine porcelain, the wide beads on this bracelet are each unique in pattern. I'll admit, I was weary of the 'stretch' wear, but the nylon cording fed through the heart of the bracelet is especially giving and durable. Still, I prefer the brands other fixtures like the below Square Wrap and toggle options. One thing I love especially about my Jilzara pieces if the soft feel of the buffed clay and the tiny imperfections in the designs that remind me of the impressive creativity and patience that went into engineering each and every one.
We gifted some Jilzara pieces to family this past holiday season and I have to say they were the talk of the gift exchanges. I had to convince a few aunts that these were indeed traditionally crafted clay beads, not painted imitations. We inevitably ended up browsing the brand's online catalog, where I heard many remarks about how reasonable the pricing was, given the weight and quality of the pieces we had in hand. The brand's new Bangle Charm Bracelet also caught several eyes; we thought these would be wonderful mother/daughter sets to build and collect over time. In all, Jilzara is a delightfully whimsical American jewelry brand that offers something for every style. Some of the bold patterns and colors might intimidate the average male shopper, but the unique design and time put into each bead on those pieces make them an especially meaningful gift to me! Stop by and browse the current Spring collection today, and be sure to check out the double strand watches; they're simply gorgeous.

What Daughter Says: I adore the girly prints and frilly patterns of Jilzara's handmade premium beaded jewelry!



I've included the above graphic to better illustrate the time and process involved in crafting each bead; isn't it amazing!

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45 comments:

AMBER EDWARDS said...

Oh goodness! Those bracelets are gorgeous! I love the Bangle Charm Bracelet and the watches are awesome!!!

Jeanna Johnson said...

I like the Medium Crystal Bracelet!

Jenn Mitchell said...

I like the square stretch bracelet

cjabdelnour said...

I LIKE THE Petite Silverball Bracelet.
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Dorothy Teel said...

I like thbe JILZARA Holiday SIlver Ball Bracelet

irishgirltara said...

i like the crystal bracelet in navy :)

ReInventing Lolli said...

I like the Vintage Bracelet.

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Fawn said...

I like the Medium Keepsake Bracelet in Black/White
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melmorgan4 said...

I like the Medium Keepsake bracelet

Shelley Zurek -- Still Blonde after all these YEARS said...

http://jilzara.com/shop/collections/bracelets/square-wrap-bracelet

Holly Thomas said...

The medium keepsake bracelet.

Jodi Horsley said...

I really like the Square Wrap Bracelet!

Aliesiar said...

My favorite is the crystal bracelet

Melissa Pezza said...

I would like the keepsake necklace!

suburban prep said...

I like the crystal bracelet in Navy

Kele Wassum said...

I Love the petite keepsake

SavingsInSeconds said...

I like the bangle charm bracelet. Love this company, am totally checking these out for Mother's Day.

Linda Kish said...

I like the Vintage Bracelet

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Larissa said...

Large Bead Antique Bracelet

Andrea said...

I like the Petite Silverball Bracelet in Fresco.

eclairre said...



I Love the petite keepsake

June M. said...

I am not sure whether I like the Crystal Bracelet or the Pink Ribon the best. Both are beautiful :)

Nancy Brumfield said...

Pink ribbon petite silverball bracelet

Bo said...

I like the Holiday Petite Silverball Bracelet!

Carrie Phelps said...

My favorite is the Fresco Square Stretch Bracelet.

Tammy S said...

I love the Square Wrap Bracelet. It is very much my style. Super Cute! I could totally rock it! :)

scottsgal said...

I like the petite keepsake bracelet

Vera Khule said...

I like the square wrapped bracelet.

LesleyfromWI said...

Cyrstal Bracelet

Jennifer T. said...

I like the Medium Silverball Bracelet in Mosaic.
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CAMWinters said...

#403010 Crystal bracelet is my favorite.

JRFrugalMom and Family said...

My favorite is the Medium Silverball Bracelet

barkergirl33 said...

I like the 'Square Stretch Bracelet' the best but the 'Bangle Charm Bracelet' is a close second! (Raine on RC buzzyngabe@yahoo.com)

Michelle said...

I love the medium silverball bracelet in tea berry and the square wrap bracelet in peacock teal!

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Michelle said...

I love the medium silverball bracelet in tea berry and the square wrap bracelet in peacock teal!

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Sherry said...

I like the Petite Keepsake Bracelet.

deb c said...

I like the Medium Keepsake Bracelet

LeeAnn said...

I LOVE the Bead Cap Bracelet in Blossom!

Samantha D. said...

I really love the crystal bracelets in navy, lime and purple. Very pretty, but not to fancy so I could wear it almost any day :) very colorful and well designed.

j skidmore said...

Jilzara has some beautiful pieces! I love the square stretch bracelet!

j skidmore said...

Jilzara has some beautiful pieces! I love the square stretch bracelet!

janetfaye said...

I like the Square Stretch Bracelet.

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Elizabeth said...

I really like the Petite Silverball Bracelet in Blossom. They are all so cute though!!

callbr549 said...

I like the Square Stretch Bracelet.

Lana Bradstream said...

I like the Crystal Bracelet

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