KJ Couples: Paisley & Brett

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We love your love! That is why we have decided to reach out to a few of our amazing Kasia Family members, new and returning, to tell their stories. Love is powerful, beautiful, diverse and worthy of honoring through your unique story. By sharing these openly with you, we intend to spread joy in a time when we need it the most. We understand the privilege it is to be a part of your story, and we hope the sincerity of these couples will reflect the very special relationships we aim to have with everyone who walks through our doors (whether in-person or virtually).

Next up, we have Paisley & Brett, the sweetest east coast natives with a zest for love and life together!

When did you know that your partner was THE ONE?

I don’t think either of us have a specific moment in knowing the other was “THE ONE”, but instead, it was a combination of small things over the years we were together – we share a zest for life and each other’s dreams, we have so much respect for each other, and have the best time doing all things together, big and small!

What is one thing you love about your significant other?

Brett is so selfless for the people he loves. He will truly bend over backwards, hop on a plane, build a headboard when the one you want doesn’t exist (haha!), and put his crew before himself. It’s very admirable, how deeply he cares!

What is an activity you love to do together?

While we love to travel, some of our favorite moments together are simple weekend mornings – Brett and I will go to the gym together, pick up our two Goldendoodles (Eleanor and Rigby), and walk around South Park with a cappuccino in hand! We love our neighborhood, and those calm mornings together as a family are so peaceful!

How did you two meet? (Give us as many details as you’d like!)

Brett and I met working the same summer job at a pool store! We had worked together for a few years, however, I worked in the retail shop and he was one of the pool boys servicing the pools. When Brett graduated college and began managing the retail store, we spent a lot of time working together and quickly realized we enjoyed each other’s company! Fast forward to spending a lot of time together exploring New York City (where I was working and studying), and the rest is history!

How did he/she propose?

Brett and I love taking our dogs, Eleanor and Rigby, to the golf course near our house during sunset. The golfers are gone, which means it’s a beautiful place for the pups to run and for us to enjoy the weather and the view! We were there one night in December when Brett popped the question. We kept it a secret for a few days so that we could share the news with our families in person, as we were flying back to the East Coast for the Holidays! It was such a special time.

How does Kasia Jewelry fit into your story?

I’ve been a fan of Kasia Jewelry for years, even before we moved to San Diego! I tried on a few of Kasia’s designs at a pop-up years before I got engaged (a friend and I went to the pop-up as she was looking for rings at the time), so once Brett and I got engaged, there was no question in my mind that my wedding bands would be designed by Kasia! We had such a fun time visiting the studio and building my stack. Kasia and Sara helped us in choosing the Half Dicha and the Dani band! The Dani band reminds me of sunshine and radiance, I smile every time I look at it!

Photos by Lauren Turner.
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Modernized Art Deco Styling

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Dare to dip into the world of Modernized Art Deco? You’ve come to the right place. 

We love playing with opposite attractions and timeless is the name of the game when it comes to our design and styling methods here. This makes our Art Deco pieces a true staple in the collection. With a vision in place to create pieces which intersect both a modern concept and a vintage-inspired design to withstand the test of time, we’re happy to offer stylings which redefine what timeless means. 

What is Art Deco?

The Art Deco fashion movement is something that originated in the 1920s and gained momentum by the early 1930s after being showcased in the Paris Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes circa 1925 as a new wave design. This new style was meant to represent modernism turned into luxury fashion as a way of symbolizing wealth and sophistication in a nontraditional, yet elegant way. The Art Deco style is one that’s easily identifiable through often clean or simple shapes combined with geometric (remember our Ballerina Inspired Designs blog post?), symmetrical stylings and incorporation of color. Specifically in the world of fine jewelry and sprinkled throughout our collection, it can be found in more of a metal-forward or bold design often incorporating a very geometrical, structured style which leans into that recognizable Art Deco look. 

Now make it modern

The staple Art Deco look is one that’s historically withstood the industry's ever-changing trends; but what happens when you take something so iconic and add a modern twist? 

Pure magic. 

Tying in the elements that make this archetypal style so identifiable along with cuts and shapes that may otherwise not be associated with the classic “Art Deco” look create a level of uniqueness unlike any other. Our collection features several of these Modernized Art Deco styles including staple collection bands such as our Aja band and Ero band or rings such as the Astro ring and Hana ring


Now there is nothing we love more than versatility when it comes to bands, which is why many of our Art Deco inspired pieces are stylized as bold wedding bands, alternative engagement rings, or powerful right hand rings. The options are endless when it comes to ways of incorporating these modernized yet timeless pieces to your story. 

  

“Create Your Own Story”

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KJ Couples: Annelise & Alberto

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We love your love! That is why we have decided to reach out to a few of our amazing Kasia Family members, new and returning, to tell their stories. Love is powerful, beautiful, diverse and worthy of honoring through your unique story. By sharing these openly with you, we intend to spread joy in a time when we need it the most. We understand the privilege it is to be a part of your story, and we hope the sincerity of these couples will reflect the very special relationships we aim to have with everyone who walks through our doors (whether in-person or virtually).

Next up, we have Annelise & Alberto, two spontaneous free spirits who's love radiates loud!

When did you know that your partner was THE ONE?

I knew Alberto was “the one” pretty instantly. It was love at first sight, and I even told my mom (very confidently) that I was going to marry him after our second date, where we went out to dinner and talked so much we closed down the restaurant without even realizing it. After being kicked out, we went to our local cash-only dive bar and danced the night away until that place closed, too. I knew that life was going to be very different from that point on, because I realized that I had met my soulmate. I truly felt, and still feel, like the luckiest human ever.

What is one thing you love about your significant other?

I adore Alberto’s compassion for others (he is an Oncologist!) and his humor, which is literally unmatched. I love how secure he makes me feel in our relationship. Like everything else could be going wrong in my life, or career, or whatever; but things are somehow still so great because he loves me and I love him.

What is an activity you love to do together?

We love to go to concerts together, whether they be planned for months or on a whim the morning of! Live music has always been one of our shared loves and there is no better way we like to spend our time than dancing together!

How did you two meet? (Give us as many details as you’d like!)

Alberto and I met at a mutual friend’s birthday party, which was taking place at a bar in Pacific Beach. I saw him from across the group and thought he was the cutest boy I had ever seen. I saw him walking towards the bar, so I strategically high-tailed myself over there to intercept (I had to do some serious mental geometry to ensure I would arrive at just the right barstool, at just the right time). I told him that he looked like RL Grime (a DJ) and I am pretty sure that flattered him, because that night we ended up going to a Warehouse party and danced the night away until 4 am. We realized we lived 2 blocks away from each other and were inseparable ever since.

How did he/she propose?

Alberto proposed when we took a trip to Italy to visit his family, and his homeland (he was born there!). He took me to a little town in Northern Italy near his hometown named Arquà Petrarca after the famous poet, Petrarch. We went to a viewpoint where we could see rolling green hills of Northern Italy wine country. He asked to take a photo of me, and when I turned around he was on one knee. He read me a poem in Italian that we had dissected earlier, and asked me to be his wife. It was the hottest summer day in June, the cicadas were almost as loud as my thoughts, and it was truly, the most perfect, poetic, and immeasurable day of my existence.

How does Kasia Jewelry fit into your story?

My sister and now brother-in-law got their wedding bands from Kasia, so I had always had my heart set on a Kasia ring when the time came, because well, they are ~perfection~.  Alberto and I went ring shopping and absolutely fell in love with the Gemma ring, which was an antique-inspired, high set moonstone center surrounded by diamonds- it was so unique, - just like us - which we loved. Kasia was so incredibly lovely to work with and I have always appreciated how unique her designs are. The Gemma ring really spoke to me, and although I narrowed all the ones I tried on “down to three” to try and retain some semblance of surprise when the proposal came, I knew in my heart the Gemma was it, and so did Alberto. Fast forward to 6 months later, we excitedly made our way over to KJ again to pick out our bands! We did this so early in relation to our wedding, because we literally couldn’t wait; and now it takes everything we have not to wear them “for fun” while going grocery shopping! Kasia’s rings symbolize everything that I loved about falling in love with Alberto: the ebbs, the flows, the soft, the sharp, the beauty inside, and out.

Photos by  Blake Hogge.
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Styling Like No Other

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What makes us different? 

If we're starting your stack from scratch - we strive to understand your style and aesthetics. If we're working with an already existing piece - we then pay close attention to build cohesive and harmonious pairings.

It’s a perfect storm mixed with personal touch that separates your experience at Kasia Jewelry from the rest. Above all else, we want to find the perfect addition that fits YOUR story. You will work one-on-one with a KJ stylist, and we will ask questions to understand your needs, lifestyle, and all around personal taste. Our stylists are true artists, and with a collection as expansive as ours, we can help style ANY ring - no matter how unique!

Visit us in-person or on the screen.

Close by or far away? We have an answer for both! We are pleased to host styling appointments - both in person at our Solana Beach Showroom and virtually from anywhere in the world.

If you are meeting with us in person, you will enter a true playground for adults. You’ll be offered a glass of bubbly, and will feel at ease in an open and inspiring environment. No need to be overwhelmed by all of the options, we will guide you in the right direction as you have some fun playing with jewels!

If you are meeting with us over video conference, we replicate the same experience you would receive in-person at our showroom. Grab your beverage of choice, and prepare to be blown away! We take an existing ring from our collection or samples that is similar to your own, and show you how your favorite bands would look when paired with the ring. Of course, we’ll give you our professional opinion of pieces we think will look best. You may just surprise yourself with what you fall in love with!

You’ve got mail!

If your schedule is just too busy for an appointment, simply fill out the form on this page with images of your ring (top and side profile view while on), budget, timeline, and any inspiration photos you might have. This will allow our stylists to best assist you. We’ll then be happy to send over pictures and videos via email of your favorite bands so that you can see a real visual of how the pairing will look once it comes to life. 

We love the way jewelry can hold so much meaning. Regardless of how we connect or what you’re looking for, we will help you build a story that is reflective of that special significance or time in your life. We truly have pieces that fit into each and every style, so what are you waiting for? Let’s play!

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KJ Couples: Lauren and Garrett

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We love your love! That is why we have decided to reach out to a few of our amazing Kasia Family members, new and returning, to tell their stories. Love is powerful, beautiful, diverse and worthy of honoring through your unique story. By sharing these openly with you, we intend to spread joy in a time when we need it the most. We understand the privilege it is to be a part of your story, and we hope the sincerity of these couples will reflect the very special relationships we aim to have with everyone who walks through our doors (whether in-person or virtually).

Next up, we have Lauren & Garrett, two fun-loving LA natives with such a special story.

When did you know that your partner was THE ONE?

Lauren: There was never a single “aha” moment for me, it was more subtle. After having the privilege of dating him for as long as I had, I couldn’t imagine going through life's future big milestones without him and I knew I wanted him to be my family for life. 

Garrett: As with Lauren, I can not pin point an exact moment I knew she was the one I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. But there was one moment when I knew that I definitely liked Lauren and wanted our summer camp romance to last more than one summer. It was halfway through Bruinwoods, the summer camp where Lauren and I met, and one of the 4th grade campers in my group, Quinn, also was friends with Lauren. One lunch time at camp he really wanted to show both Lauren and I the piece of pottery he had painted. Campers over the summer never do this and the ease at which Lauren and I reacted to his out of the ordinary  request was something I remembered. Quinn was so excited to show us this pottery and we both went along and encouraged this camper’s excitement. I even have a picture from this moment: 

What is one thing you love about your significant other?

Lauren: One thing is so hard! He’s literally the best person I know, but one thing that always stands out is the way he shows up for the people he cares about. He’ll always be there, go the extra mile without asking and is so thoughtful. Also it doesn’t hurt that he runs his own bakery,  Tommy and Atticus (@tommyandatticus), and will leave fresh baked goods on my nightstand as little good morning surprises.

Garrett: Picking one thing is so incredibly tough, so I’ll pick one primary thing and then two close seconds :) Throughout life Lauren experiences everything with so much passion that I love simply watching Lauren experience all of life’s highs and lows, especially since we joke that I am robot, who’s emotions barely fluctuate. One day I wish to be half as excited about anything as Lauren is simply eating a Din Tai Fung soup dumpling.
I love that Lauren has unconditionally supported me as I have pursued my baking passion. I love that Lauren continuously challenges both of us to grow into the best versions of ourselves.

What is an activity you love to do together?

Lauren: We love to do a lot of things, really anything to be honest. Of course we love traveling, backpacking and eating at new restaurants, Garrett is a baker after all. I will say some of my favorite moments with him are simply doing the most mundane things like going to the grocery store. When you’re with the person you love the most, the mundane things are opportunities to create beautiful memories.

Garrett: With my baking schedule, we don’t get to do nearly as much anymore. But backpacking with Lauren is one of my favorite activities to do with her. Just the two of us being in nature and having everything that we need to survive on our backs is a fun experience. Coming to the camp site and setting up everything is always fun and we each have our role and things we are best at during the process. Not having any cell service and simply cooking, playing camp games and talking with her is always a great activity..

How did you two meet? (Give us as many details as you’d like!)

We met at a camp for UCLA Alumni and their families called Bruin Woods. Lauren was working at the Bear and Grill, which is like a snack shack,  and Garrett was a Kodiak counselor which meant he was paid to play kickball with 9 and 10 year olds. Garrett would strategically make his campers meet outside of the Bear and Grill so he could casually run in to “get a gatorade” but really he just wanted to say “sup” to Lauren. Garrett has always been super smooth (lol). After that summer ended,  Lauren was convinced Garrett would never talk to her now that he was an “adult” (that’s what happens when you graduate college right?), but Garrett had other plans. After “hanging out” for the first couple of months after Lauren went back to UCLA Garrett was tired of being introduced as her friend and officially asked her out. Fast forward a casual decade and that’s where we are today, newlyweds running a local South Bay Bakery.

How did he/she propose?

Garrett: It was early in the pandemic days, April 2020, and I had the ring and was ready to propose. I wanted to get out of the house + Lauren and I love hiking so I thought a beautiful hike would be a great way to pop the question. The state was talking about closing hiking trails so I knew I had to do it before that happened. I knew of a cool trail in the Angeles Forest that overlooked Los Angeles. We were driving up the Angeles Crest Highway and not only was it packed with people, but the mountains were COVERED in snow.  When does it even snow in LA, let alone in April!?  Needless to say we were not dressed appropriately and the hike I had planned was at the top of the mountain and there was so much snow we couldn’t even get to the trailhead. So we had to pivot. I suggested pulling over and enjoying the snowy view. Luckily Lauren did not push back, other than the fact that she wanted to find a spot where no one was (we’re both pretty COVID cautious) which worked out perfectly for what I had planned. After some driving we found a spot, walked out to a beautiful overlook and I popped the question! Then we went back home and I had coordinated a special dinner from Bavel complete with a nice bottle of champagne to celebrate!

How does Kasia Jewelry fit into your story?

Lauren: I honestly feel that Kasia Jewelry has played such a big role in our engagement and into our general wedding  story. Garrett and I went and looked at rings together, which was SO MUCH FUN! I never thought I would want to do that (pick out a ring with my partner), but I can’t recommend it enough. Kasia Jewelry’s store is so cute, and the experience there was so welcoming, comfortable, and more special than any other store we went to. During our visit looking for an engagement ring the designer, Kasia, even came out and helped us find the perfect ring which really felt so special.  I was stuck between two rings and I remember her saying to put them on and look at myself in the full length mirror. I did that with both, and she and Garrret both said I lit up when I looked at myself with the Ariel ring - and they were right. It was perfect.

Kasia’s work is so nuanced, original, and unique but somehow still manages to be timeless and universal. Going into the appointment I thought I wanted a standard solitaire oval diamond with a thin gold band, but ended up with the most beautiful salt and pepper diamond, surrounded by small pear shaped diamonds. The ring is INSANE. It’s nothing I had ever seen before and like nothing I thought I wanted. But going into the store and trying on different rings really changed everything for me and I am so thankful both for the experience and my stunning ring.

I get so many compliments on the ring and still, 2 years later, catch myself just staring at it smiling. My engagement ring is so unique and different and is a beautiful symbol of our relationship. 

Don’t even get me started on the wedding bands, both of ours are equally stunning and were the perfect way to commemorate our commitment to each other.

 

 

Photos by Katie Edwards.

 

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