One of the biggest changes for me over the last 3 years is that I got married at the end of this past February. The wedding was small with our close friends and family. Everything was done in a very simple manner- nothing over the top and nothing too fancy. Everything was pretty well to what my husband and I wanted. Two of the biggest things for me were my dress and my jewelry. Because I sew and sew decently, I made my dress. My grandparents owned and ran a fabric store when I was a kid and when they sold the store they held onto a fair amount of bridal satin. They provided all the fabric I needed for my dress. Then the jewelry. I made sets of jewelry (earrings and necklace) for each of my three bridesmaids as well as for myself. All four of us were wearing Byzantine chain necklaces and earrings. The earrings had sapphire blue swarovski crystal drops. All of the pieces were made of sterling silver.
One of the key parts of my wedding jewelry was that I didn’t want my jewelry to be a ‘one off’. I didn’t want to waste perfectly good jewelry on just one day. So instead of going super fancy or overly elaborate, I went simple. I went with a style that I could wear everyday with any sort of attire for any occasion. I also had my bridesmaids in mind. I knew all three of them well enough to know that something simple would be better for the three of them. Something they could wear again. Two of my bridesmaids didn’t have pierced ears, so I did switch the french hooks on screw/spring backs.
My wedding jewelry was not the first time I’ve done jewelry for a wedding or a special occasion. With any sort of special occasion jewelry I’ve gone very elaborate to very simple, as well as beaded jewelry and chainmaille jewelry. I enjoy doing wedding jewelry just as much as I enjoy doing other special occasion jewelry. As far as this type of jewelry goes, I get into a very different state of mind. I know my work is going to be worn on a special day for the client and that means extra care that the piece is perfect.