First off, allow me to apologize for what seems to be the abandonment of my blog! I've been seriously slacking with my posting this summer. I vow to change this. Secondly, my apologizes for this photo heavy post. Hopefully it will be worth it.
The following set of jewelry was created for a June wedding that took place on a farm in rural Pennsylvania. The bride desired a romantic, vintage aesthetic but for the most part gave me full artistic reign (thanks Katie!). The color palette of sapphire and lime green was chosen by the bride to reflect her bridal party colors. I chose to work in brass to quietly emphasize the vintage aesthetic and designed the necklaces as multi-strand pieces to stand out against her bridesmaids' simple, sleeveless sapphire blue dresses.
After viewing a photo of the bride's gown, I looked to the work of Miriam Haskell and the Art Deco movement of the 1920's and 30's for inspiration. The original designs utilized vintage brass stampings and filigree in floral and bird motifs. Unfortunately, the pieces just weren't suited for the necklace designs so I had to abandon the idea and work with something else. I was fortunate to find the most amazing hammered brass rounds to replace the brass stampings. I don't think the design suffered in anyway with the change and, perhaps, echoes the Art Deco period more so than the original designs.
The faceted cobalt blue beads are actually vintage Czech glass pieces from the early 1920's- a truly wonderful find! They capture the sunlight in the loveliest of ways. They, along with olive jade rounds and faceted tribal brass beads, were carried through out each of the three designs. Vintage Czech glass micro-seed beads and brass flower stampings were featured in the other two designs.
Above is a photo of all of the completed necklaces. Below is an image of the matching earrings which were kept simple so as not to detract from the more decorative necklaces.