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Choosing Bridal Jewelry

By HeatherBoyd

1. Follow your gown’s neckline

If you have a strapless dress you may want to look for a large multi strand necklace to stop you looking a bit bare in the neck area. Strings of beads that form a pattern when laid flat against the throat are also popular, and beading all the way around the neck can add interest. Gowns with a high or very detailed neckline may work better without a bridal necklace. If your dress has a round shaped neckline, look for a choker style necklace, but if you have a v-neck or sweetheart neckline you could wear a longer pendant.

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2. Try timeless classics

If you don’t think your wedding day is the time to experiment with a radical new look, stick to the classic bridal necklaces. A single string of pearls is a sophisticated yet feminine look, and a pearl collar with two or three strands can emphasise a long neck beautifully. With pearls symbolising marital happiness, they will always be a good choice. Another bridal necklace that has timeless appeal is a simple gold or silver chain with a diamond pendant. This can be coupled with diamond stud or drop earrings.

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3. Don’t overload on jewellery

A bride should wear a maximum of two statement pieces of wedding jewellery. If you have large, fancy earrings, you might want to skip the necklace or choose something very plain and simple. If you decide against a necklace you can always add detail with a beautiful bracelet. If you choose an intricate necklace, wear stud earrings and keep your bridal hair accessories minimal.

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4. Match your necklace to your dress

Check out the details on your wedding dress. Are they pearls, crystals, beads or diamante? Your wedding jewellery should echo the theme of your dress so try to get a necklace in the same material. If you have chosen a simple dress you can get away with an intricate necklace, but if your dress is highly detailed, look for a very simple bridal necklace. If you have a vintage style dress, look for antique jewellery from the same period. However, a modern contemporary dress works best with an edgy necklace design.

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5. Add some colour

The bridal necklace is a popular place to add some colour into your wedding outfit. Not all women look good in pale colours, and bridal shades of white or ivory can leave them looking washed out. A bold coloured necklace between the gown and the face can help to avoid this. Many brides look for a sapphire and silver necklace and use it as their something blue, but another good idea is simply to match your bridal necklace to the colours in your wedding bouquet.

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July Giveaway!

This month’s WedEclectic giveaway is hosted by

Jennifer creates customized keepsake wedding bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages and more for your wedding or event!

Here are a few of her beautiful creations for many wedding themes…traditional, bling, and alternative!

(Please contact Jennifer well in advance for bouquet orders, as her schedule tends to fill up 6 months or more in advance,

though she may occasionally be able to fit in rush orders.)

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And that’s not all…she creates jeweled accessories…sashes and ribbon headbands including Swarovski crystals and CZ stones!

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Jennifer is offering a $25 gift certificate to a lucky bride!

The giveaway is open worldwide. Gift certificates do not expire, are not transferable, and cannot be combined.

This giveaway will run until midnight, July 31st, but don’t wait!

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Entries will be accepted for:

Commenting, including your favorite item from ClayBouquetShop‘s shop.

Commenting that you hearted ClayBouquetShop‘s Etsy shop (and your Etsy name for verification.)

Commenting that you friended ClayBouquetShop on Facebook (and your FB page for verification.)

Commenting that you follow ClayBouquetShop on Pinterest (and your Pinterest link for verification.)

Follow ClayBouquetShop on Twitter.

Follow @WedEclectic  on Twitter.

Friend WedEclectic on Facebook.

Tweeted this giveaway (please copy your tweet here).

Posted this giveaway on your Facebook page (please copy your post here).

Posted this giveaway on your blog (please include the link here).

Posted this giveaway on a wedding/social network (please include the link here).

The winner will be chosen randomly, verified, and contacted on August 1st via email with the good news!

 

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Congratulations to Damla, the winner of this giveaway!

 

The next giveaway will be posted in a few days!

Featured WedEclectic Shop — ClayBouquetShop!

Continuing our feature of the winner for each month’s Team Treasury Challenge, here is our second interview: held with Jennifer from ClayBouquetShop!  (Jennifer’s winning treasury for October can be seen here.  To vote on November’s treasury challenge see this post!)


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How did you start your shop? 

I didn’t know it at the time, but preparing for our DIY wedding laid the groundwork for my Etsy shop. I didn’t seriously consider continuing the creative work I was doing until after being strongly encouraged by every one of our wedding vendors to create bouquets and accessories for other brides! I started creating items for my shop the day after we arrived home from our honeymoon. : )

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How did you come up with your shop name?

Since I made the wedding bouquets and boutonnieres out of clay flowers, and I thought that the shop would be comprised mainly of those creations, I named it “Clay Bouquet Shop.” Little did I know that it would grow to include brooch, beaded and feather bouquets, sashes, hair accessories, and jewelry. : )

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Tell us about some of your favourite items in the shop.

I love to make clay bouquets, but have to limit the number of contracts I take on due to the time it takes to make the flowers by hand after my full time job. My husband brags about them to others whenever given the chance, which I find quite funny as he protested quite vehemently (for months) when I told him I didn’t want to carry fresh flowers. He finally changed his mind when he saw them arranged, the weekend before our wedding. And he’s even commented that the fresh bridal bouquets he has seen at recent weddings don’t look as good as the ones I make, as they tend to be a bit wilted by the time wedding party pictures are taken.

I also love the brooch bouquets that I have designed for brides…and if we ever renew our vows (which he brings up all the time…and we just celebrated our 3rd anniversary : ) I’m making one for myself!

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And I have a few favorite sets…

The Amanda, bridal sashheadband, and earrings:

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The Colette, bridal sash, headband, bracelet, and earrings:

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What inspires you?

The brides I work with, one on one…their themes and details provide a framework for their bouquets. : )

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What is your favorite wedding trend (now or past)?

I really enjoy seeing weddings that incorporate the bride and groom’s passions and favorite things. It becomes less of a traditional cookie-cutter wedding and more of a unique celebration of the couple’s lives coming together.

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Given the opportunity, which celebrity would you like to see wearing your designs?

I am tickled pink whenever I see photos of brides wearing or carrying my creations, so I would love if any public figure wore or carried anything I made for them!

The Vivian, crystal headpiece and earrings:

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What is your unicorn – that is, what is an object or skill that has eluded you so far?

If time is an object…I wish I had enough time to fill my current orders, maintain my life/home/business and to accept last minute orders. I’ve had to turn away a number of brides this year due to my busy production schedule, and wish that I could help every bride that contacts me. (I’m currently booked through March of 2013 for bouquets.)

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What do you think the future holds for you / your shop?

We’re moving early next year, and my plan is to have a devoted room for my shop…and I look forward to be able to display my creations and have a bright, spacious room to work in!

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April Giveaway!

This month’s WedEclectic giveaway is hosted by:

EdenGallery

They create Steampunk Art, Jewelry, & Curiosities – Gearwork bouttonieres, fascinators, jewelry, paintings…and more! They would be perfect accessories for your unique wedding, for wearing everyday, or for decorating your home.

Take a look at some of their designs…. : )

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Fascinators…

And Jewelry…

They have graciously offered a Vintage Style Beaded Headpiece, a $28 value!

This giveaway will run until midnight, April 30th, but don’t wait!

Your initial entries will be accepted for:

A comment including your favorite item from EdenGallery’s shop

Extra entries for comments indicating that you: (Please include your email, handle, etc for verification & contacting you when you win!)

Heart  EdenGallery’s shop

Friend/Like EdenGallery on Facebook

Follow EdenGallery on Twitter

Tumble with them on Tumblr EdenGallery

Follow @WedEclectic  on Twitter

Friend WedEclectic on Facebook

Tweeted this giveaway (please copy your tweet here)

Posted this giveaway on your Facebook page (please copy your post here)

Posted this giveaway on your blog (please include the link here)

Posted this giveaway on a wedding/social network (please include the link here)

The giveaway is open worldwide, however, any additional charges for international shipping would be the responsibility of the winner. Shipping in the US is included in the giveaway.

The winner will be chosen randomly, verified, and contacted on May 1st via email with the good news!

Build A Bride’s Bracelet

By DelaneyJewelry

 

As a child I learned to make beaded jewelry from my mother.  When I was old enough to work in her book store I spent a great deal of time reading and learned a lot about the meanings for crystals and stones. Once I had started selling my jewelry, I felt it would be helpful for the recipient to know the meanings, and I tried to include it whenever possible. This knowledge was very beneficial during a period of time that I worked as a Certified Childbirth Educator for Swedish Hospital in Seattle. I noticed soon-to-be mom’s really connecting with one another by the end of the class series. Occasionally, on the last class, women would even bring gifts for the other expecting mom’s. These gifts were always something that was intended to welcome their baby, give them strength in labor or to use as a focal point during their labors.  I was moved by this gesture time and time again, as were the recipients of the gifts.

This happened often enough that I started using a Birthing Bracelet idea for each of my classes. I asked every couple to bring one bead for each of the other expecting mothers in the class.  I would bring the supplies and we would string the beads into bracelets that they could keep forever.  Each participant handed out their beads and shared the reason for the bead they chose.  Many times it was the color, or the healing properties of the stone, and often it was a charm that held a special meaning.  Over the course of many classes I learned the properties of stones that I hadn’t even heard of.  One day I ran into a woman that had taken my class years prior and she told me that she wore the bracelet on her second pregnancy as well, and that her youngest daughter occasionally wears the bracelet.

You can use this same idea to build a bride’s bracelet. A sweet gesture and a fun moment for a wedding shower. All the attendees could bring a stone or bead to contribute to the bracelet? One with a meaning, or a wish for them to take into their new married life. Whether they wear it, or keep it tucked away in a safe place, your wishes will be with them always. What a fabulous ‘something old’, or ‘something new’ to give a bride. You can add charms to an existing bracelet like these below:

Or suggest a color scheme, or a theme such as Vintage, or Pearls as in these next two.

If it ends up being something that doesn’t fit the bride’s style or color scheme, just make it long enough to be worn as an anklet under her wedding gown.

Here are some of the meanings I have discovered (Alternate stones are listed in parentheses):

 

Zodiac Stones

Capricorn (De c 22 – Jan 20) – Ruby
Aquarius (Jan 21 – Feb 21) – Garnet
Pisces (Feb 22 – March 21) – Amethyst
Aries (March 22 – April 20) – Bloodstone (Jasper)
Taurus (April 21 – May 21) – Sapphire
Gemini (May 22 – June 21) – Agate
Cancer (June 22 – July 22) – Emerald
Leo (July 23 – August 22) – Onyx
Virgo (August 23 – Sept 22) – Carnelian
Libra (Sept 23 – Oct 23) – Chrysolite (Peridot)
Scorpio (Oct 24 – Nov 21) – Aquamarine
Sagittarius (Nov 23 – Dec 21) – Topaz

Stone Meanings

Amazonite  – prosperity
Crystal quartz  – harmony
Jasper  – grounding
Lapis lazuli  – intuition
Onyx  – balance
Pearl  – purity
Peridot  – health and wealth
Rhodochrosite  – love
Serpentine  – clarity
Sodalite  – wisdom
Tourmaline  – strength
Turquoise  – peace

Modern Birthstones

January – Garnet
February – Amethyst
March – Aquamarine
April – Diamond
May – Emerald
June – Pearl
July – Ruby
August – Peridot
September – Sapphire
October – Opal
November – Topaz
December – Turquoise / Blue Zircon / Blue Topaz

Traditional Birthstones

January – Garnet
February – Amethyst
March – Bloodstone
April – Diamond
May – Emerald
June – Alexandrite
July – Ruby
August – Sardonyx
September – Sapphire
October – Tourmaline
November – Citrine
December – Turquoise

Wedding Anniversary Stones:

1st           Gold (Peridot)
2nd         Garnet
3rd       Pearl (Jade)
4th       Blue Topaz (Blue Zircon)
5th       Sapphire (Pink Tourmaline)
6th       Amethyst (Turquoise)
7th       Onyx (Yellow Sapphire, Golden Beryl)
8th       Tourmaline (Tanzanite)
9th          Lapis Lazuli (Amethyst, Green Spinel)
10th     Diamond (Blue Sapphire)
11th         Turquoise (Citrine, Yellow Zircon)
12th      Jade (Opal)
13th      Citrine (Moonstone, Hawk’s Eye)
14th        Opal (Agate, Bloodstone)
15th        Ruby (Rhodolite Garnet, Alexandrite)
16th        Peridot (Red Spinel)
17th      Wristwatch (Carnelian)
18th      Cat’s Eye / Chrysoberyl (Aquamarine)
19th      Aquamarine (Almandine Garnet)
20th       Emerald (Yellow or Golden Diamond)
21st      Iolite
22nd     Spinel
23rd        Imperial Topaz
24th      Tanzanite
25th      Silver (Tsavorite, Green Garnet)
30th      Pearl
35th      Emerald
40th      Ruby
45th         Sapphire (Cat’s Eye)
50th      Golden (Imperial / Golden Topaz)
55th      Alexandrite
60th      Diamond (Star Ruby)
65th      Blue Spinel
70th        Sapphire (Smoky Quartz)
75th      Diamond

80th       Ruby