Elegant Beaded Jewelry for Weddings and Special Occasions

There’s something about springtime, beautiful fresh flowers, warmer weather, and the lure of being outside that somehow leads us to June weddings! No matter the season, really, it’s always a good time to get married. And, it’s always nice to be able to make your own bridal jewelry or something perfect to wear as a wedding guest. Combing through the pages of Beadwork magazine, it was easy to find a few standout patterns to consider making for a wedding or special event. I hope you’ll join me in stitching one or two.

Beaded Jewelry for Weddings and Special Occasions

June Bride Necklace, Mai Sato-Flor Step by Step Wire Jewelry, 2010, beaded jewelry for weddings

June Bride Necklace, Mai Sato-Flor. Step by Step Wire Jewelry, 2010

This is an elegant and unique bridal necklace with freshwater pearls and sterling silver wire. Its shimmering, iridescent baroque pearls and large quartz crystal centerpiece definitely make a statement. The baroque freshwater pearls are naturally asymmetric and irregular in shape, but the full piece is well balanced. You will feel grand wearing this design whether you’re the bride, mother of the bride, or a guest.

Band of Jewels, Melanie Potter; Beadwork magazine August/September 2010, beaded jewelry for weddings

Band of Jewels, Melanie Potter; Beadwork magazine August/September 2010

Due to a smart use of herringbone stitch, the sparkly bezels—suggestive of a traditional diamond setting for an engagement ring—sit high above the openwork band. It is regal and well suited to a special occasion. Change up the colors to match your outfit or even change the “mood” of the finished piece.

Blue Rondo, Laura McCabe; Beadwork magazine October/November 2010

Blue Rondo, Laura McCabe; Beadwork magazine October/November 2010

This very regal design was originally intended to be made and worn during the holidays. The design seems well suited to any time of year or any special occasion. The earrings mimic fine gold jewelry with their use of 24k gold-plated beads, pearls, and vintage tin-cut glass with the look of sapphire or tourmaline.

Elspeth’s Collar, Nancy Peterson; Beadwork magazine June/July 2011

Elspeth’s Collar, Nancy Peterson; Beadwork magazine June/July 2011

This necklace would make the perfect statement piece for any bride. The picot edge of this regal-looking necklace is reminiscent of classic Edwardian lace. Even though it looks complex, it is relatively simple to make with ladder and netting stitches.

Twists and Turns, Yasmin Jacob Sarfati; Beadwork magazine June/July 2011

Twists and Turns, Yasmin Jacob Sarfati; Beadwork magazine June/July 2011

This necklace stood out as a great alternative to the other more regal designs, yet it’s still special and would make quite a statement. The sinuous herringbone stitched necklace takes its sculptural shape from metallic seed beads surrounding brilliant crystals—change the color of the crystals and the seed beads to suit any theme!

Enjoy getting ready for your next big engagement — just be sure to leave enough time to make something special to wear with your outfit.

Tammy
Editor, Beadwork magazine


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