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Erin McDermott Jewelry {Giveaway!}

Happy Friday! I hope this week has been kind to you. I am really looking forward to the weekend and my normal weekend routine. I am in desperate need of a farmers market trip, some yoga and a good house cleaning session. I’m also running a 5K Saturday morning so pray I survive that. I would love to PR but there are no guarantees for me at that distance. It totally depends on how my body is feeling that morning and whether or not I’m on. Fingers crossed that I’m on! I’m hoping that all this CrossFit I’ve been doing will help with the high intensity of racing a 5K.

I am very excited about today’s post. A couple of months ago Erin McDermott White of Erin McDermott Jewelry reached out to me about sampling some pieces of her jewelry and possibly hosting a giveaway on my blog.

I happily agreed for several reasons. First, Erin’s jewelry is beautiful, unique and striking. Second, Erin lives in Charlotte and works out of her home studio…which just happens to be walking distance from the gym. And finally, Erin is incredibly warm, friendly and clearly passionate about what she does. And you know I support going after your passion and doing things that make you fulfilled and happy. Especially when that translates into the work you do.

I visited Erin’s studio a few weeks ago and talked to her about how she got her start in jewelry making, what inspires her and even got to see her in action.

Erin became interested in making jewelry while she was a student at the University of Virginia. She received a Masters in Elementary Education and a Bachelors in Studio Art. She spent some time studying at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and took jewelry classes as part of her curriculum. She shared with me that she learned everything from design to welding – pretty cool, huh? She came back to Charlottesville and apprenticed with some local artists and began to make her own pieces. She first started selling her jewelry at the Charlottesville market and things have taken off from there.

Erin’s jewelry has been featured in Real Simple, Garden & Gun, Style Me Pretty, Charlotte Magazine and more. She works with a mix of semi-precious stones, sterling silver, glass, freshwater pearls, wood and other unique materials when creating her jewelry. She frequently travels to markets across the East coast in search of inspiration and new materials. I was pretty amazed by her collection of stones alone.

Erin was so generous to make two pieces for me. We discussed doing a turquoise stone on a gold chain because I wear a lot of turquoise jewelry but I don’t have anything in gold. At the last minute, we got the idea to incorporate the purple and I love it. I’ve worn the necklace several times and have received so many compliments every time.

The second piece was a disc necklace. I have wanted one for a long time but the hardest thing was deciding what I wanted it to say. I ended up abandoning English words in favor of the Sanskrit mantra, “Om Namah Shivaya.” Simply put, it means “I bow to Shiva.” This explanation from Meditation Is Easy describes it this way, “Shiva is the supreme reality, the inner self. It is the name given to the consciousness that dwells in all. Shiva is the name of your true identity – your true self.” And if we want to get a little crazier, “According to Hindu mythology, there are three Gods who run this creation. The Brahma – who creates the universe, the Vishnu – who preserves the Universe, and Shiva – who in the end destroys the universe. Though Shiva is considered a destroyer, Shiva also symbolizes the inner self which remains intact even after everything ends.” I picked it up yesterday, put it on and haven’t taken it off. It’s absolutely perfect.

And perhaps the best part of visiting with Erin was meeting her English Bulldog, Sukie.

Erin has offered to give away a piece of her jewelry to not only one, but TWO Peanut Butter Runner readers. All we ask is that you check out her website and tell us what item you would like to have. Also be sure to check out her blog for a peak at how she finds inspiration and to see new pieces. She’s also on Facebook and regularly posts new items and updates. And just an FYI…Erin is so creative and does tons of custom work too. She works with a lot of brides for wedding day jewelry and bridesmaids gifts.

Here are the rules…giveaway open to US residents, one entry per person and you have until midnight on Monday, August 13 to enter.

Happy jewelry-ing! Have a great weekend!


{ 377 comments… add one }

  • 1
    alli August 10, 2012, 5:46 pm

    i love the delicate hadley necklace!

  • 2
    Katie August 10, 2012, 5:46 pm

    I love the color block necklace! have a great weekend :)

  • 3
    Lauren August 10, 2012, 5:48 pm

    The Hadley necklace. Remind me of my rings – yellow engagement ring and platinum wedding band.

  • 4
    Taylor August 10, 2012, 5:50 pm

    oh my goodness her jewelry is beautiful. I would love one of the disc necklaces! i especially love the hope, joy, and love one! or the hadley. or all of them :)

  • 5
    Erin August 10, 2012, 5:52 pm

    I love the Amelie Earrings. They’re so delicate and beautiful.

  • 6
    Kate August 10, 2012, 5:52 pm

    I love her necklaces – especially the color block and notting hill.

  • 7
    Stephanie August 10, 2012, 5:53 pm

    My favorite is the Red Rooster Ruby necklace. What a great color!

  • 8
    Rebecca August 10, 2012, 5:53 pm

    I love the Jimi Hendrix Guitar Strap Bracelet. It is so cute and fun. Perfect new accessory for going back to school!

  • 9
    Rachael August 10, 2012, 5:54 pm

    Im torn between the zoey necklace and the gold’s nest earrings. I love them both…..if I won one, I might buy the other! I do have a birthday coming up?….. :-)

  • 10
    Courtney @ Fitness With A Fork August 10, 2012, 5:55 pm

    Her website is looks great! I would love to have the ‘Bubbly Champagne Earrings’! Have a good weekend!

  • 11
    Jamie August 10, 2012, 5:58 pm

    the everly earrings- beautiful!!!

  • 12
    Karen August 10, 2012, 5:58 pm

    What beautiful jewelry! It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I think mine is the Crocodile Tears Turquoise Necklace.

  • 13
    Gaylemarie @ GMRuns August 10, 2012, 6:00 pm

    All of it! I love all of it! Even if I don’t win I am definitely going to order something! The calm breeze necklace and the gold star & hope, joy, love disc necklaces are both awesome!!

  • 14
    Caitlin August 10, 2012, 6:02 pm

    Wow! I love all of Erin’s earrings! Especially peach sherbert!

  • 15
    Courtney G. August 10, 2012, 6:04 pm

    Wow! What beautiful jewelry. My favorite is the Lucky Horseshoe and Imagine Disk Necklace. My 5 yr old has been riding for 6 months now. Seeing her joy and successes really motivates me.

  • 16
    AnnaGrace Strange August 10, 2012, 6:07 pm

    I love the Watermelon Garden Earrings! So beautiful!

  • 17
    Leah August 10, 2012, 6:07 pm

    Amazing giveaway! I am in love with the La Rambla Turquoise Studs, simple and bold at the same time. Beautiful!

  • 18
    Sarah August 10, 2012, 6:07 pm

    Amazing! My eye caught on the Lombard Street Necklace and won’t let go…

  • 19
    stephanie j. August 10, 2012, 6:07 pm

    The be present disc necklace is gorgeous. Beautiful jewelry!

  • 20
    Katelyn Ridenour August 10, 2012, 6:08 pm

    I would pick the Everly earrings. They are so fun and colorful!

  • 21
    branny August 10, 2012, 6:13 pm

    the first 1 I looked at had a small horseshoe attached to it and said the word inspire. I would love that since I have horses.

  • 22
    Jessie August 10, 2012, 6:14 pm

    I love her Amelie earrings. The the amazonite stones against the gold metal are gorgeous! She is a true artist!

  • 23
    Faith August 10, 2012, 6:15 pm

    Wow, Erin’s jewelry is beautiful and right up my alley! I love all of her turquoise pieces- turquoise is my favorite- the Zoey is gorgeous- but I really love the Silver Pearl and Dream necklace too! So so pretty.

  • 24
    Jackie August 10, 2012, 6:15 pm

    Cool giveaway, thanks!
    I love the Brooklyn Bracelet. I’m getting married in October so I’d probably engrave it with my fiance and my initials because I’m cheesy like that ;)

  • 25
    Bess @ Bess Be Fit August 10, 2012, 6:16 pm

    I love the Vintage Skeleton Key Necklace!! It’s unlike anything I have so I’m really drawn to how unique it is :) Loving her website! Will like her on Facebook now as well. Good luck on your 5k tomorrow, I am SURE that CrossFit will have trained you well to dominate!

  • 26
    Cate August 10, 2012, 6:18 pm

    I love the stella necklace!

  • 27
    Emily August 10, 2012, 6:20 pm

    I love the Hadley necklace! Simple and classic, and it’s great that the gold and silver combo would go with everything.

  • 28
    Shelly @ EpicOrganic.net August 10, 2012, 6:20 pm

    Love the disc necklaces! I would go with the “Create, Joy, Love” disc necklace. Beautiful and inspiring!!

  • 29
    Lauren August 10, 2012, 6:21 pm

    I love the “Calm Breeze” necklace :) Everything is so beautiful.

  • 30
    Andrea August 10, 2012, 6:21 pm

    I really like the Color Block Necklace. Great stuff, Erin!

  • 31
    Katy August 10, 2012, 6:22 pm

    I love all of Erin’s jewelry- it is so hard to name just one! I loved the Hadley necklace first. Thanks!

  • 32
    Erica August 10, 2012, 6:23 pm

    I am a current UVa student and I am so happy to hear a fellow Wahoo has been able to make a successful career out of her passions. Looking through the website and it’s so hard to pick a favorite! Everything is beautiful…But, I love the ocean and think either the long fish or senibel island necklaces would be great in order to have a piece of the ocean with me year round.

  • 33
    Courtney August 10, 2012, 6:24 pm

    I really liked the Abbey Road and Notting Hill necklaces. What beautiful jewelry!

  • 34
    Jw August 10, 2012, 6:27 pm

    The Solitary necklace is so gorgeous in its simplicity. I live in Concord but I go to school in Charlotte so I’d love to rep a local artist!

  • 35
    Julia August 10, 2012, 6:28 pm

    swooning over the Zoey Necklace.. so beautiful! All of her things are. Awesome giveaway!

  • 36
    Meghan August 10, 2012, 6:30 pm

    The Zoey necklace! So pretty

  • 37
    Raffi Darrow August 10, 2012, 6:35 pm

    I love the Imagine Necklace. And a close 2nd would be the Tanzania necklace. Beautiful!

  • 38
    Kristy@RunTheLongRoad August 10, 2012, 6:35 pm

    fun giveaway! i’d like the Calypso Turquoise Necklace!!!

  • 39
    Lori August 10, 2012, 6:37 pm

    I love the cannes necklace! It is beautiful and I have never seen anything like it! Everything she makes is stunning!

  • 40
    Morgan August 10, 2012, 6:41 pm

    The coral create necklace is stunning. Everything was gorgeous, what a talented artist!

  • 41
    Allison August 10, 2012, 6:43 pm

    So pretty!! I love the cabo coral ring!!

  • 42
    Laura August 10, 2012, 6:43 pm

    Wow, all her stuff is beautiful!! i love the personal story, too. How do you pick just ONE thing?! what immediately jumps out at me are her statement necklaces…the color block and kauai necklaces are beyond gorgeous and would spruce up even a white t shirt! oh, i hope i win! if not, i might just purchase anyway :)

  • 43
    JennyV August 10, 2012, 6:45 pm

    Calm breeze necklace Is gorgeous

  • 44
    Amy August 10, 2012, 6:47 pm

    Gorgeous jewelry! Thanks for sharing. My favorite is the Notting Hill necklace!

  • 45
    LeAnne August 10, 2012, 6:47 pm

    I would love to have the “Lucky Clover” necklace. All of her pieces are beautiful!

  • 46
    Donna August 10, 2012, 6:49 pm

    I’m obsessed with the necklace you have, I love the turquoise and purple combo! Looks like the New Zealand necklace, my favorite on the site! Hope you have a good, restfull weekend!!

  • 47
    mb August 10, 2012, 6:50 pm

    Love it all, but my favorite is the calm breeze necklace.

  • 48
    Aly August 10, 2012, 6:51 pm

    i love the lucky clover necklace – it is so delicate and pretty!

  • 49
    Melissa August 10, 2012, 6:53 pm

    I love the Stella necklace

  • 50
    Christa August 10, 2012, 6:53 pm

    I absolutely love the love & imagine turquoise disc necklace, i would definitely wear it often.

  • 51
    corrina August 10, 2012, 6:55 pm

    I like the Central Park Coral & Turquoise Earrings!

  • 52
    Abby August 10, 2012, 6:57 pm

    I LOVE the Abbey Road necklace! But everything is beautiful, thank you for introducing us!

  • 53
    Krystina August 10, 2012, 6:59 pm

    I would actually love the Om Namah Shivaya necklace! It’s one of my favorite mantras. I also love the “Be Present” necklace. Erin is so talented.

  • 54
    Tyler Black August 10, 2012, 7:03 pm

    I love the Kauai necklace! She has some truly beautiful pieces!

  • 55
    Sarah August 10, 2012, 7:05 pm

    Oh my goodness, I love all of the earrings! I think my favorites are the gold everyday earrings or the joyful teardrop. They are beautiful but simple enough to go with anything.

  • 56
    Suzette August 10, 2012, 7:09 pm

    I love the “swanky” necklace!

  • 57
    amanda August 10, 2012, 7:09 pm

    I love the Stella necklace – so simple and beautiful!

  • 58
    Jenn August 10, 2012, 7:11 pm

    What a cute picture of a girl and her dog. I love all the jewelry – especially the Kauai Necklace, it is definitely a statement piece.
    Have a great weekend.

  • 59
    Liz Nova August 10, 2012, 7:12 pm

    Ohmygoshh how can I pick just one?! My favorite necklace would be the Inspire, Hope, White Pearl Disc Necklace. The necklace looks so timeless and could go with everything in my closet!

  • 60
    Lauren August 10, 2012, 7:12 pm

    love the be present and be love necklaces!!!

  • 61
    Amanda August 10, 2012, 7:13 pm

    LOVE the little birdie necklace!

  • 62
    Marisa August 10, 2012, 7:14 pm

    I love the swanky necklace!

  • 63
    Megan August 10, 2012, 7:16 pm

    What beautiful jewelry! I like the coral create necklace! Very pretty!

  • 64
    Blakely August 10, 2012, 7:20 pm

    I would love to win the Color Block N