Topaz & Pearl Blog

What's my birthstone? A month-by-month guide
Birthstone jewelry is a beautiful personalized gift to yourself or a loved one. I make raw birthstone jewelry with options for every month, including customized necklaces to represent your family. This guide will help you find birthstones by month. Click on the name...
How to pose for lifestyle photography: Tips for getting candid and natural photos
Learn how to pose in photos to bring out the essence of who you are.   Whether you're planning a lifestyle photoshoot for your business or your family, you want images that look natural, not staged. I bet you want those fun, casual photos that...
Becoming a Nomadic Business Owner: What I've Learned in 14 Days of #Vanlife

My name is Julia and I'm the owner, maker, and solo-preneur behind Topaz & Pearl jewelry. Two weeks ago, I started traveling full-time while operating my business from my tiny home on wheels (a Ram Promaster self-converted into an RV). I'm traveling the U.S. with my fiance and our pup while running my handmade jewelry business as my only job. I'd like to show other creative entrepreneurs that being your own boss is the ultimate key to the adventurous lifestyle you desire (you know, if that's your kind of thing)! This blog post is a glimpse into what I've learned in the first 14 days of running my business nomadically and #vanliving around the southeast.

Mother's Day Virtual Shopping Event: 6 Days of Deals and Online Trunk Show
This year we're having an online Mother's Day Event like never before!
Customize Your Gemstone Necklace
Create a special gift with our customizable gemstone necklaces. We have a wide selection of birthstones and crystals to make a beautiful modern piece of personalized jewelry.
Sustainable Jewelry: How Topaz & Pearl Prioritizes Sustainability
This article is an overview of how our jewelry brand incorporates sustainable practices into our designs, facility, packaging, and more.
How to Style Solid Seed Bead Hoops
Our solid color hoops are made with tiny glass seed beads which bring a fun twist to a classic style. The best part is they are available in so many colors! This style guide will give you ideas for how to style hoop earrings in a variety of ways: dressy, casual, and workwear.
Not All Who Wander Are Lost: How a Road Trip Inspired My Jewelry Design Career
A few years ago, I took a road trip that changed my life. Without that experience, I wouldn't have the awesome jewelry business that I have today. I never expected my life to look like this, but now it feels like I was being directed here all along. This is how living on the road prepared me to start a jewelry business.
Behind the Bench: Upleveling and Experimenting with New Techniques
I recently had two amazing experiences that helped develop my skills as a designer. First, I spent a day behind the bench at Melody Jean studios. Next I headed to Chimera Art Space for a two-day intensive class in enameling. This blog gives you a behind-the-scenes look at these beautiful processes!
How I Quit Fear (and My Job) To Travel Full Time Before Becoming an Entrepreneur
At 23 years old, I quit my job and left everything behind to hit the open road. I traveled for eight months living out of my Camry with one goal: pursue happiness. This is the story of how I began that journey and my advice for making big changes in your own life.
Fire Fundraiser
Give back to heroes fundraiser will help raise money to support first responders and their families in the wake of the Kincaid Fire in Sonoma County.
Modern Bohemian Style: Summer 2019 Trends We Love
If you’ve been following Topaz & Pearl for a while now, you know that I am not one to follow a trend. In fact, as a designer I’m usually trying to break away from them. But I’ve gotta say, there’s...
Gold Plated, Gold Filled, and Solid Gold Jewelry: What's the difference, and what's best for you?
In this blog post, you'll learn the differences between gold plated, gold filled, and solid gold jewelry.  This guide will help you understand how gold jewelry is priced, and how to choose the best option for sensitive ears.
Garnet is the Birthstone of January and So Much More: The Stone of Love & Connection
This post gives a brief history of the stone garnet, which is the birthstone of January (or for the modern astrologer, the stone of Aquarius).  We most commonly see garnet in it's deep red hue, but the more rare forms of...
Shop-Small Gift Guide Part 2: Gifts for Travelers, Road Trippers & Free Spirits
What type of gift do you get a wanderer or a free spirit?  She's on the move and has to be selective about what she brings along.  Shopping for her can be tricky but lucky for us, I spent 8 months traveling with little...
Shop Small Gift Guide 2018: Gifts for Boss Babes, Professionals + Entrepreneurs
She's the boss lady, the trailblazer kicking ass creatively and professionally.  Why not give her a gift that celebrates all her ambitions?  This list of gifts for entrepreneurs and professional women are products are from small businesses and handmade crafters. ...
Boho Fall Fashion: The 4 Best Colors for Fall + How to Style Them
This is your guide to the best colors to amp up your autumn vibes. I'm giving you tips on how to style each color to maximize your splash.  This list is packed with 18 product recommendations from online retailers that can...
Shop Local Jewelry in Sonoma County: Topaz & Pearl Now Available at Boho Bungalow Boutiques!
Topaz & Pearl is now available in our first retail location, the Boho Bungalow boutiques in Occidental and Sebastopol, CA!
Comparison Hangovers: The Importance of Keepin' It Real Fashion Ads
Your head is throbbing and you're irritable. You look in the mirror, poking at your puffy eyes and examining the dark circles underneath them. You're totally and completely hungover. Again. Your stomach is tight and you shrink back into bed,...