Friday Finds - Jiayin Designs Jewelry Giveaway

August 12, 2011

UPDATE: We have a winner, #11- gghadden!
Congrats Gina! I know you will love your beautiful necklace.


While my friend Kelly was waiting to travel to bring home her daughter from China, her mother gave her a very special gift—a sterling silver charm hand cut by a Beijing jeweler with her daughter’s Chinese name. She wore it everyday while she waited to travel and when she was in China—with no idea of what it would eventually lead to.

Mama Charm
Photo Courtesy of Jiayin Designs

When their dear friends in Beijing, Chinese natives doing mission work, were looking for a way to supplement their income, Jiayin Designs was born. Together, they have come up with a way to not only bless adoptive families through a very special way to celebrate their children’s history, they employ Chinese artisans some of whom have no other source of income and support some pretty great work there.

The direct translation for jiayin is “good and beautiful news,” and it’s the word used in Revelation for the phrase translated into English as “the mystery of God.” It seemed like the perfect name for their new project.

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Photo Courtesy of Jiayin Designs

Go check out Jiayin Design’s website to see not only some of the beautiful charms but some of the other things they sell now like handmade dolls from Hunan Province and traditional tiger purses.

AND, just to make this Friday Find a little more fun, I am hosting a giveaway for Kelly. She will be giving away a custom charm of the winner’s choice. You can choose a name, a special phrase or word-the choice is yours.

Click HERE to view all of her beautiful creations.

All you need to do to enter to win is leave a comment.

Giveaway will end Sunday night, August 14th at midnight. I will post the winner some time next week.

Good luck and enjoy your weekend.
{I set this one to autopost before we left for Cape Cod. Gotta love that feature. See you all next week. Hopefully I will have a lot of fun beach photos to share.}





75 comments:

Aleasing said...

Their designs are beyond beautiful!!!

Tammie T. said...

The charm is beautiful! I am sure this would be a treasured gift for my sister if I were to win. Have a great trip to the beach! :)

Jboo said...

Wow -- so beautiful. Love those dolls too!

Have a fun weekend.

Janet

Amy said...

Have fun on the Cape. Hopefully, the beautiful weather holds!
What a beautiful website, Thanks for posting the contest.

Anonymous said...

Hi. I like reading your blog. My 8 year old from Jiangsu province would probably love one with her name (or else Mama will wear Mama proudly).

Thanks, Theresa in Canada

Faith Hope Love Photography said...

So beautiful!! I just love when you share your good finds!

redmaryjanes said...

Have fun in Cape Cod. Take lots of pictures (wink)!

Dawn said...

Love it Lisa. Lily's Chinese name is Jiayan (meaning colorful and beautiful). Have a wonderful time in Cape Code.

Dawn said...

oops, I meant Cape Cod, LOL!

Karen Balsamo said...

What beautiful things!

GGHadden said...

Oh I love those charms & since our Mia is from the Hunan province it is only fitting that I get her a doll from there too :)
Good luck to us all!!

Brandi Hyland said...

I just ordered one of these beautiful Niu Niu dolls in honor of our daughter's first gotcha day. I can't wait to see it! And these charms are so special. :)

Brandi

Cora said...

What beautiful dolls! Love all of her things I will have to book mark that site for later! thanks for sharing.

Nicole said...

All of their goodies are beautiful ! Have a great week at the beach! Nicole

Anne said...

Have a great beach trip!

my3 kids said...

Very cool...love the designs!!

Janice

kerri said...

Bokmarking the site, the dolls are so beautiful. Can't wait for your beach photos, we are cotttage country bound today, can not wait.;)

My Little Monkey said...

OMG.... I never win these things lol but WOW I would love to have one of those charms. How beautiful. Hope you are enjoying your vacation =)

~ Kelly

Rachel said...

What a beautiful charm, gonna go check out the site now:) Have a great vacation!

Sandy said...

The charms are beautiful and the dolls are so cute. Lisa, you always bring us such cool things!
Blessings!

Teri said...

What beautiful designs!

The Princess's Mommy said...

Love the charms and the dolls are just precious!

Have a great time at the beach!

Blessings,
Monica

Amy said...

Have a great weekend trip!! Love those necklaces!! I'm headed over to their site now!
~Amy
www.babybellylaughs.blogspot.com

The Gang's Momma! said...

Love their stuff... winning a charm would give me a good head start on Christmas shopping for the Grandmas :)

And those dolls? FOLK, really. They are cute here... But in person, so.much.cuter. I LOVE them.

Andi said...

The dolls are adorable! And excited to know there is a place I can order my daughter's name. Thanks for sharing.

4D said...

What a great enterprise! I love the pieces they make.

Keep smilin!

Ellie said...

what a beautiful store! i love the story behind it too :)

xo ellie

Melody Lietzau said...

I have wanted one of these for as while now but husband has not gotten the big hints I have left :)

Katy said...

That necklace is so beatuiful! Thank you for sharing! I wish I had little girls I could buy the dolls for. One day! :)

Patricia/NYC said...

Wow - beautiful!! LOVE that necklace!!

Enjoy your beach time! :)

ELeeds said...

How lovely. Love hearing the story behind things like this.

elliotts said...

Beautiful! Have a great beach trip!

Gail said...

LOVE the necklace and the story behind it!!!

Hope you're enjoying all your beach time Lisa!

xoxo

Jenny Diedrich said...

Beautiful stuff. Love it!

Terri said...

Oh my goodness these are fabulous!!!

Love reading about how she started making the necklaces.

Have fun on your mini vacation!

Cindy said...

Such cute dolls!
The charm is a treasure.

Jewels of My Heart said...

The dolls are just breathtaking.
Have a wonderful weekend....

Mélanie said...

So nice...

My daugther chinese name is Jiayi and this is why I stopped when I saw Jiayin.

One Happy Mama said...

Love the charm ... I'm in!

Carissa said...

such beautiful charms and love hearing the story behind it!

Heather H. said...

Ooh, I'm all about jewelry (and purses). Keeping my fingers crossed that maybe this time my name will get pulled out of the hat. ;)

Have a great little vacation!!!!!

Heather

Carole said...

Hello Lisa,
I've been looking for something like this for a long time. Thank you for sharing.

Carole

Sharie said...

Lisa these are beautiful. I wore a Virgin Mary charm for years until I got my "Mother" Charm...I wore it everyday until I met Amelia. Two years ago some alumni from her orphanage did a fundraiser and I was able to get a charm with her full Chinese name - one for her, one for me. There is nothing like a beautiful piece of jewelry to help you remember something special - or to keep someone close to your heart.
One last story. When my dad died my sisters all pulled out charms he had given us one Valentine's Day and were wearing them. They told me to get mine. I am a well-known purger...they all 4 said at the same time "she probably threw it away" I went home with tears in my eyes, but took a look anyway and there it was right near the top of my jewelry box...this charm was super special because Dad had engraved Love Dad and the year on the back of each of them - in his handwriting. Way back in 1986 when I was 13 I knew that charm was special and I kept it for 20+ years!!
A special piece of jewelry can mean the world to you at times... This is a wonderful giveaway.

Mia's Mommy said...

Oh yes.. I'd like this for my Mia.

Dita said...

Just beautiful.....what a wonderful way for mom's to keep their child close to their hearts while they wait and to keep China a part of their "treasures" for a lifetime.

Great Giveaway!!!!!

I know you are enjoying your beach trip......can't wait to see the photos!

xoxoxoxo
Dita

Patty said...

Have a great time. I love this giveaway, so adorable!!!

Shauna and MacLean said...

What a beautiful story thanks for sharing,

TanyaLea said...

I love both Kelly and Jiayin Designs... I can't believe I don't have a charm of my own yet. Every time I go over and look, I just cannot decide, thus the procrastinating!! ;) Kelly won my 1st Scarlet Threads giveaways, so I would love to be entered into her drawing as well!

Can't wait to see the photos of your trip... I know they'll be amazing! :)

Blessings and Hugs,
~ Tanya

Stephanie said...

Amazing! Not only the designs but the spirit and intent. I am inspired. Cant wait to share this site with my friends. ~Stephanie
http://adoption-thecrookedroad.blogspot.com

Jeanne said...

Wow !! how gorgeous is that!!!

Tara said...

Beautiful... I'd love to have one with Anna's Chinese name. So beautiful!

Clare said...

This is an awesome idea. I have two beautiful daughters. They will treasure these.
Your story was touching. Thank you for sharing!
Beautiful!!! God bless!

Clare said...

This is an awesome idea. I have two beautiful daughters. They will treasure these.
Your story was touching. Thank you for sharing!
Beautiful!!! God bless!

the mommy said...

I love this whole story. I am keeping my fingers crossed :)

Heather said...

Oh my Lisa...you are so sweet! What a precious giveaway...i want every single contributor to win! I usually don't comment on these blog posts because I want someone to be blessed but I have to be truthful, I have coveted a charm or two of these, so I am in!! :)

Praying you are relaxing in the cape with your beautiful family!!

Love,
Heather

Kendra said...

What a nice giveaway! I LOVE those dolls too! :)

Johanna said...

Hi there!! We are waiting to bring our beautiful daughter, Xiu Xiu home. I love your store!!! Love the name too!!

Anonymous said...

Love their website! We leave in 9 days to go get our baby girl...she is in Henan. She already has one of the dolls waiting for her...but her Mama would love a charm!!

April Brower said...

Above entry was from April...sorry hit the publish button too quick!

Diana said...

Beautiful..would love the charm:) Hope you are having fun..

Kim said...

Would LOVE a name charm for Miss Sophie! The dolls are adorable...I know, we have one :)
Kim

Sara said...

Thank you so much for hosting such a wonderful giveaway! Their necklaces and gifts are beautiful, and so special! I love the goprgeous dolls!
Sara

couchtots said...

Sweet goodies! Be thrilled to have one.

Clare said...

wow! Great charms!!
I'd be blessed by God to have one to share with my daughters!

Michele said...

I just have to win! I have wanted a charm for sooooo long. Oh please oh please let me win!!

Krista said...

Wow! Love the charms and there are several other items there on my "gotta have" list too! :-)

Our Journey to China said...

The Cape sounds marvelous! I love Kelly's site and have ordered the doll last Christmas for our new China Empress. :0) I would love to have her name in Chinese for her in a charm. :0) Bless you!!

katrina said...

I have a charm from her site. I love it.

Faith, Hope, and Love said...

Beautiful charms and I just love the dolls too! Kelly has a heart of gold!

Love and blessings,
Robin

Julie said...

Good and beautiful news, indeed! What a wonderful project!

Afamily4Him said...

What a treasure! I love the charms and the dolls are just precious!Thank you for sharing!

With Cherries On Top said...

I am so happy to have found jiayin designs! What a lovely giveaway. We are adopting our third child, a boy from China and I love the idea of a pendant to celebrate our journey.
-Sarah
www.anoceansizedlove.blogspot.com

Jenna said...

I love Jiayin Designs and would LOVE to win a necklace. Kelly "found" our son on China's waiting child list, so I am also a huge fan of Kelly's! :) Can't wait to start reading your blog! What a GREAT giveaway!! :)

Melissa said...

Love these charms and love Kelly - she's a big part of our adoption journey! I've been wanting one of these charms for a long time :) Your children are beautiful!

Kristi said...

Pls do not enter me since I just won a giveaway (don't want to be greedy!). Glad to know of this website..if we EVER get a referral I will definitely keep it in mind. I've book marked it! thanks for sharing..