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I think I have mentioned that my sister and I have been working on producing our own jewelry and belt line.  Well–finally we can unveil the first piece!!   We are both so excited!! Karen (sister) used the lost wax method to design this beetle buckle. Karen has collected and used insects in her artwork since she was a child, so it was natural to design a large beetle as our first offering.  We will offer the line for sale in about 60 days and will have approx. 10 pieces including more belts, and necklaces.  


The beetle belt is cast of solid bronze and hand finished, and weighs just a little over a pound. He measures 9 inches long and 3 .5 inches wide.  We will be designing and hand finishing the belt that fits the buckle as well.  This belt will retail for $600.  If you would like to pre-order a beetle belt, send me an e-mail at judy@judyaldridge.com.  Jane is with friends in Austin attending SXSW, but she promises to style and shoot the beetle belt when she returns.

  • alison
    March 19, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    how cool! i’m so happy that you are now creating original pieces…you certainly have the talent for it.
    xoxo alison

  • sydneysays-sydney.blogspot.com
    March 19, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    so pretty. i love beetles. they are so beautiful. best of luck for both of you!

  • TheGlamourai
    March 19, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    too cool! scarabs have long been my favorite motif. love seeing them celebrated in such a BIG way!

  • Pia
    March 19, 2010 at 4:00 pm


  • Stacey Kelly
    March 19, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    what an amazing piece! so exciting that you are starting your own line πŸ™‚
    fall in love with a shooting star…

  • mr. freddy's mom
    March 19, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Wow, this is the ginormous buckle belt I have ever seen.
    I love it so much, Judy!

  • stylefyles
    March 19, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    of all the animals/insects to choose, I don’t think I would have EVER gone with a beetle….but this is really cool!
    $600 is way out of my price range, but best of luck with your line. I’m excited to see more of your work!

  • Trinity
    March 19, 2010 at 5:30 pm


  • Elise
    March 19, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    That is so beautiful, I love that you two are both starting to design your own line!Its so refreshing to see unique things as this gorgeous belt and buckle. Sure to be a hit!!! πŸ™‚ If I ever become rich, I will deffs buy one of these beautys!

  • The Photodiarist
    March 19, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Your family is just so creative! Pretty incredible belt.

  • Viv
    March 19, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to see the rest of the collection. When will your clothing line come out? I am very interested to see more of the peasant blouses =)

  • lisa @ luxe
    March 19, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    WOW – stunning!

  • Anonymous
    March 19, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    $600? Really? Thanks for playing your part in making fashion accessible for all. Shows you really do need money and loads of it to have great pieces.

  • Style Odyssey
    March 19, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    stunning!! impressive.
    anyone who knows of the lost wax method will surely appreciate what it takes to design and create such a piece.
    while the size would overwhelm my frame, i can see this on someone taller. it’s truly beautiful- jewelry for the waist.
    well done- congrats to you and karen! (and i just love her blog.)

  • Caddy
    March 19, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    Wow! That beetle does look pretty amazing! Congrats to you and your sister on your new line! πŸ™‚

    March 19, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    YAY!! That’s so exciting and this piece is so YOU πŸ™‚

  • Dusk
    March 20, 2010 at 2:09 am

    Wow, it’s stunning and I’m looking forward to seeing you wear it but… US$600????
    I’m sure it and the other pieces will sell. It is a work of art and what price do you place on talent and workmanship?…but still…money is not what buys style. I’m disappointed that you chose not to prove that.

  • Simone
    March 20, 2010 at 2:23 am

    Great stuff, congrats! Your blog and shop inspired me to start an little online jewelry shop myself. I started about a month ago on Etsy and I’m selling really well, so thanks a lot (truly!). Your designer sister seems a bit of an enigma, can you tell us more about her?

  • Simone
    March 20, 2010 at 2:27 am

    Oh my Etsy site is called Mooivintage (Mooi=Dutch for beautiful)

  • Pearl Westwood
    March 20, 2010 at 3:43 am

    Congratulations!!! The belt is stunning, i look forward to seeing what else you guys design x

  • Elise
    March 20, 2010 at 5:36 am

    I dont think the price is too high, its something unique that the buyer is paying for, a piece of art, its not a mundane belt for 20 bucks to keep your pants up people!!

  • Carly
    March 20, 2010 at 5:47 am

    This is amazing, can’t wait to see the rest of the collection and Jane modelling them. I wish i could afford $600 then i’d definitely buy a piece. Great work Judy, you guys are so talented. Good luck with the collection, i bet it does amazingly.

  • amy
    March 20, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    really amazing! how cool to collaborate with your sis πŸ™‚

  • Sabina
    March 20, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    I love insects! This belt is unbelievable, nice job!

  • Cruz
    March 20, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Amazing!! Excellent choice of animal haha – so excited to see more!

  • Faux Fuchsia
    March 20, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Hey Judy, is this belt heavy? It certainly makes a Statement. How lovely to work with your sister.

  • Zanjka
    March 20, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    definitely overpriced piece…

  • Robyn.
    March 20, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Such a lovely belt! It is so exciting that you are creating your own unique line of belts and such now, I’m sure they’ll do well!

  • twila
    March 20, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Like! I love that you are using animals/ insects. Its a little bit of nature!

  • Aisling Gallagher
    March 21, 2010 at 8:12 am

    Beautiful belt, as said by a few others, way out of my price range, but still beautiful nonetheless!! I wish you the best of luck with your line, I’m sure it will be incredible. πŸ™‚

  • Jaclynclaire.wordpress.com
    March 21, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    This is such a great looking belt! I’m excited to see what Jane does with it in her shoot. A bit out of my range, but maybe someday soon! Good luck with the line!

  • Catherine at Littlehouse of Style
    March 21, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Judy, this is gorgeous! I can’t wait to see the rest of the pieces your sister and you worked on. It would be great to hear about the process as well!
    – Catherine at Littlehouse of Style

  • Jules
    March 21, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    Wow! That beetle belt is awesome! Lovely. =D
    The Brown Mestizo

  • juliet
    March 22, 2010 at 1:53 am

    It looks really cool!
    juliet xxx

  • Patty
    March 22, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Oh wow that’s a really cool concept belt, I can’t wait to see the rest of your collection!

  • No M'am
    March 22, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    I have to speak on this because I think this is just too unmitigated.
    I don’t see why I or anyone else for that matter, should give you, random wealthy person turned “fashion accessories designer,” $600.00 of my cold, hard, almost bloodied cash, for your belt with a giant bug on it. $600 for a bronze bug. No m’am!
    I just did a quick run around the internets to see, oh, I don’t know, how much it would cost to bronze some baby shoes (cute, I know, don’t we all have a pair somewhere?) and it’s looking like…$60.00. Interesting. Memories that will last a lifetime for 1/10 of your bugalicious belt. I’m sorry but I just co-sign this one, nope, nuh-uh. And I think any self-respecting, non-fame-whore clamoring woman would agree! Appreciate her collection and don’t subscribe to the madness and buy them at these prices. Give it 10, 20 years, find it in a consignment shoppe for $30.00 bucks and do your damage there and then. You’ll have the pleasure of calling it vintage. : )

  • Lindsay
    March 22, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Love the beetle belt buckle! I am curious, though, are you going to offer any of the pieces at a lower price point?
    If so, I would LOVE one!!! What a great, unique idea! Best of luck! πŸ™‚

  • Stylecurator.wordpress.com
    March 23, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    wow-so beautiful. I have always loved beetles and it translates so well to a belt. congrats!

  • simone
    March 24, 2010 at 7:06 am

    Judy Aldridge has a gun to ‘No M’am’s’ head and is forcing her to buy a belt against her will!
    Jesus wept. Who are these idiots?
    P.S. Belt is amazing. Congrats to you and your sister.

  • Bex
    April 3, 2010 at 11:09 pm


  • jasmine
    April 4, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Oh my gosh, that is stunning! I’m picturing all the things it could be worn with… Can’t wait to see the rest!

  • Cindy
    April 5, 2010 at 4:43 am

    Wonderful!! I love that…
    Luph, cindy

  • Beth
    April 7, 2010 at 1:59 am

    Patty, its a beautiful peice of Art in Itself! Art is an investment.
    And no one is forcing you to buy it!
    I think lots of women would love a beautiful piece like this in there clothing collection. I know i would!
    And lastly Patty, if you have nothing nice to say, dont say it at all!

  • Nix
    April 21, 2010 at 10:27 am

    This is quite lovely.
    I like that you have kept the texture in the metal as oppose to smooth finishing it.