Wedding Jewelry by Readers: A Gallery of Designs


Nothing makes a room full of jewelry designers more excited than hearing news of an upcoming wedding. Want proof? The Beadwork editors and I recently met with Hwa Soo Park of Ezel Jewels, a talented designer who creates her own tiny, delicate findings for her romantic beaded wedding jewelry designs. As we crowded together, chatting and admiring dozens of beautiful earrings, one of the editors blurted out, "Michelle, you should get one of these for your wedding!"



Everyone stopped and turned to me, "Your wedding? You're getting married? When is it?" There was quite a bit of laughter as I finally managed to explain that I didn't need earrings for my own, personal wedding, but to share as inspiration on Beading Daily.

At right: Freshwater pearl earrings by Hwa Soo Park with a close-up of one of the earring findings 

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Of course, the flip side to the excitement is the stress of creating something absolutely perfect. Not surprisingly, the word "pressure" popped up quite a bit in conversation with folks who designed wedding jewelry. After all, these pieces–the most photographed pieces of jewelry in a woman's lifetime–will be treasured as keepsakes for future generations.

Earlier this year I asked readers to send in photos of wedding jewelry that they had created. Among the submissions, I was surprised to receive two photos of beaded sandals. I never even thought about beaded sandals when I sent out the request for photos, but what could be more perfect for a beach wedding? You all continue to surprise and amaze me!

Here are three of my favorite designs from readers:


Lynn Davy

This lush collar is blooming with Swarovski crystal hearts, freshwater pearls, pressed glass flowers and leaves, and brick-stitched flowers. Absolutely stunning.


Valerie Poulin

Fresh and creative! I love how this simple necklace combines ribbon, beads, and wire.


Carol Cooling

I thought this tiara was very sweet. If you can't wear a tiara on your wedding day, then when can you wear one?


Flower Girl Barrette Update

Beading Daily reader Kelli Peduzzi of Pure Bliss Jewelry generously shared her tips for attaching beads to barrette using only thread, rather than the Tacky Tape that I used. Kelli wrote, "Over time and use, it is more likely that the metal barrette base itself will weaken before the thread does, if the thread has been firmly and properly secured." Kelli's instructions and tips have been added to the "Peyote Stitch Barrette with Picot Edging" page. Thanks, Kelli!

Coming This Week: On Wednesday, Jean Campell has some advice for avoiding the dreaded "Bridezilla" syndrome and on Friday I'll have a free multistrand bracelet project–the same bracelet that was featured in "A Wedding Story" last fall.

What I'm Working On: I'm creating a gallery of music-inspired designs by readers. If you have a photo to share on Beading Daily, please email me a link to the photo on your blog/website and the specific song that inspired your design. I'll need your information by March 28, 2008. Thanks!

Michelle Mach shares beading news, contests, reader galleries, and other beady stuff every Monday on Beading Daily. If you have comments or questions for Michelle , please post them on the website.


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