The Trendy Bead – Brides & Beyond

The creative bride can let her personality shine with non-traditional jewelry. Elements such as pearls and crystals can be combined with art beads for unique jewelry that can be worn long after the big day. Here are a few design ideas to help those rowdy art beads turn into wedding crashers!

I can still remember the little flower basket pendant on a gold chain that I wore as a flower girl in my Aunt’s wedding. Chinook Jewelry creates these amazing sculpted flower beads that would be a treasure for the littlest member of the bridal party. I’d pair one up with a gold bar and link chain and either crystals or pearls in pale blue. (Chain from knotartoverstok.)

Well, you may not love the dress you have to wear as a bride’s maid, but there is no reason you can’t love your accessories. Mary Harding offers leafy toggle clasps that would rock a strand of stick pearls in white, cream and soft yellow-green. I’d use tiny 2mm beads in silver or gold to accent the pearls. (Stick pearls from Igotladyfingers.)

Maybe bare feet and sand are more your idea of a picture perfect wedding. Whether you are the bride or there to celebrate you can create jewelry that borrows from the surroundings. I’d use one of my urchin beads in antique gold with gold colored keishi pearls. The clasp? A Green Girl Studios’ starfish toggle! (Keishi pearls from Luxbeads.)

Pair up a set of Chinook Roman Circle charms with wire-wrapped briolettes for the proud mom. Dangle a small section of chain from the earwire to attach the briolettes. (Peridot briolettes from NirvanaBeads.)

And hey, why not sneak art beads into the reception? I’ve always thought my Illuminated Manuscript beads would make a beautiful set of glass charms, a nice touch when sipping champagne. You could do the monogram of the couples’ last name or a letter for each of them.

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9 Comment

  1. Reply
    May 15, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    you are so stinkin creative.
    I am like so totally inspired now. wish I was getting married again!

  2. Reply
    Heather Powers
    May 15, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    thanks lorelei! I’d settle for being a guest at a wedding – nada, zip, not one wedding this summer. everyone i know is already hitched or too young to be thinking about it.

  3. Reply
    May 15, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Great ideas, Heather! I love the glass charms – great idea!

  4. Reply
    Christine Damm
    May 15, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    I love those little sketches!

  5. Reply
    No Easy Beads
    May 15, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Your Wedding ideas are wonderful. Your design sensibilities are best. You bring out the best everyone’s artbeads!

  6. Reply
    May 16, 2009 at 12:25 am

    Heather..your illustrations are just amazing. And I love your great ideas…especially the necklace with your sea urchin focal. I’m invited to a wedding off of South Carolina over Memorial Day weekend and I can’t attend. So disappointed too! Thanks for the ideas.

  7. Reply
    May 16, 2009 at 2:18 am

    Great ideas Heather!

  8. Reply
    May 16, 2009 at 2:51 am

    Oh, my, such beautiful jewelry for the bride! I’d love to see it and touch those amazing pieces of wearable art myself!

  9. Reply
    May 16, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Great inspiration! Your ideas for wedding jewelry are beautiful and unique!


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