Make a difference in another's life in honor of the mother who makes a difference in yours. Our latest limited-edition earring--just in time for Mother's Day--is an updated version of our vintage love knots, this time with a gorgeous golden banded interlace design, a symbol and reminder of connectedness.
A portion of each earring purchase supports your choice of three amazing and worthwhile organizations that work each day to change lives and serve others with compassion, kindness, and respect:
- The Cabbage Patch : a 106-year-old organization that reaches at-risk families and youth through recreational, educational, and service-based programs and opportunities from tutoring, mentoring, after-school classes, scholarships, and much more.
- Kentucky Refugee Ministries : providing resettlement services to refugees through faith- and agency-based co-sponsorship in order to promote self-sufficiency and successful integration into the community.
- The Healing Place : reaching men and women suffering from drug and alcohol addiction through one of the nation's most effective and hopeful programs, providing tools for recovery and restoring productive lives
Your gift will arrive wrapped and ready for giving with a note explaining the impact of the earrings and the specific charity they support. It is our hope that this small-batch style may be of service to the greater good, bringing love and light on this Mother's Day and beyond.
It's officially Derby season in the Elva Fields studio, and we'd love for you to be part of the most wonderful time of year here in the Bluegrass! Whether you'd like the opportunity to shop our jewelry in person or you're more interested in collaborating on a design to complete your look for the track or upcoming gala, a visit to the studio is just the thing!
We've set up a series of studio appointments on our site, with designated hour-long slots that allow sips and shopping for up to 2 people in our Crescent Hill spot. You'll have the place to yourself/selves and time to browse the ready-to-wear looks we've created or to commission a custom jewel from our collections of beads and vintage finds.
If you don't see a time that works for you from our listed appointment offerings, choose our "Set A Date" option, and we'll be in touch to find an hour that's a fit for your schedule.
We can't wait to see you soon and share in the Derby fun this year!
Emily and the Elva Gals
Appointments available here, from April 10th through May 3rd.
I wasn't yet eighteen when I graduated from high school. I remember sitting in the family room as my mother handed me a package that had arrived that day from Chicago, impressively wrapped and addressed by long-standing friends of my parents. Inside was an embossed gray box that read "Gucci" on its lid, and I looked up at my mom inquisitively, almost as though there may have been some mistake in recipient. She smiled, and I continued with the box, opening the lid to reveal crisp tissue that enfolded a beautiful silk scarf.
The pale pinks, golds, and soft olive greens were like nothing I'd ever seen before. The border of ropes and acanthus scrolls surrounded a central design of stately antique chairs, settees, and stools, furniture I'd only seen in my grandparent's house, or in my research on private collections for a paper I'd written on a dream career in the auction house industry earlier that year. Surely something this elegant couldn't be meant for me. "Where on earth would I wear something like this?" I thought to myself as I held the scarf out to admire it, and then looked down at my tennis shoes--I'm pretty sure I had just come from practice.
I folded the scarf, putting it back in the box and replaced the lid, and there it stayed until my sophomore year in college. I had been studying American Furniture as an Art History major, and I had--to my great delight--secured an internship at Christie's in New York for the month of January. Outfitted with new suits, jackets, and heels, I made my way to Manhattan, and, at the last minute, I tucked the gray box into my suitcase, just in case I had an opportunity to wear it. Somehow, the timing never seemed right, and I kept it hidden away in my suitcase during my time in the city.
Not even a year later, I found myself living in Paris for studies abroad, and the scarf came, too, ready for the fashionable adventures that surely awaited. Where else might a stunning silk scarf make its debut if not in the City of Lights? Though I made a trip to Hermès to purchase a small silk neckerchief for myself--the experience as much a souvenir as the scarf itself--the Gucci graduation gift never left its box that semester.
Fast forward through graduate studies in New York, endeavors as a growing jewelry designer in the south, births of two children, and, all the while, the scarf remained unworn...until another trip to Paris presented itself with a dear friend a few years ago.
As I went to put some final things in my bags before heading to the airport, I noticed a worn square orange box from Hermès with a hand-written note atop sitting next to my luggage. I sat down, realizing my mother must have snuck this last-minute gift in to my bedroom before saying "bon voyage," and I read her card with a smile. She explained that she and my father had purchased the enclosed scarf as a gift for my grandmother, and that my grandmother had worn and loved it many times before eventually passing it back to my mother to enjoy. Now it was mine to keep and perhaps take on this trip. I did, along with the long-folded and unworn Gucci scarf.
That trip to Paris marks a turning point in many ways for me--I subtly came to several realizations during the course of those ten days. I rediscovered my passion for travel, I found pleasure in aimless wandering again, in spending time alone, and in the things I've always loved but had maybe forgotten. I was confident in my dress in a way I don't think I'd considered before (something about being in Paris inspires choices you'd likely not make at home, but it completely works there somehow) and I wore both scarves with such ease that I laughed about how long it had taken me to do so before. Maybe I was finally becoming that woman I was convinced I would never be. The irony is, I wore one of the scarves with tennis shoes.
Later, my mother graciously added another scarf to my collection, a Gucci design of my great-grandmother's that has the most glorious butterflies, leaves, and mushrooms across its silk twill surface, and I faithfully wear each of the scarves as often as I can. Whether draped lightly over my shoulders, tied in a knot at the side, wrapped twice around the neck, twisted as a belt, under one of our statement necklaces like a beautiful backdrop, or even tucked around a favorite handbag, they're a way for me to bring that long-awaited touch of sophistication and elegance to my every day. A way to keep those I love close. A way to honor the style that is my own, that came in its own time, and that will surely deepen in the years ahead. And maybe even be passed along to my own daughters who will find their own ways to wear and enjoy these treasured heirlooms one day.
I hope you'll enjoy the collection of vintage scarves I've curated over these past months for our Spring Collection. Some hail from famed fashion houses like Gucci and Hermès, others have no label at all, but are simply lovely nonetheless. Each is reminiscent of the designs I own and love, and they've been selected with timeless style and unique elegance in mind, qualities I love as much in the jewelry I create as in life itself.