‘Aquarelle’ – The Stunning 2016 Collection from Edera Jewelry
Today I would like to introduce you to one of my favourite finds of late, and one of Chic Vintage Brides newest sponsors, Edera Jewlery and their 2016 collection of bridal jewlery and hair accessories ‘Aquarelle‘. Featuring headpieces, earrings, necklaces, bracelets and garters it has every finishing touch you could want for your wedding day ensemble…..
Edera Jewelry is inspired by the rich tradition of lacemaking and needlework, the romance of past eras, the patina of age on vintage materials, and the contrast of textures and colors created by combining the softness of fibers with the sparkle of gemstones and metal. Owner and designer Ivy Long started Edera Jewlery in 2006, giving a nod to her heritage by naming it after the Italian word for “ivy”, which is also charmingly a symbol of love and fidelity in the language of flowers. Since its launch Edera has become renowned for meticulously crafted jewelry and accessories of heirloom-quality – even being used on the period TV series Reign!
Here’s the lovely lady herself to give you a little introduction to her latest offering….“My 2016 collection takes its name from the French word ‘aquarelle’, a type of painting created with transparent layers of watercolor – a technique that was popular in the 1800s and early 1900s in France and England. I love using color in my designs, and I wanted to translate the idea of transparent layers of pale hues into the pieces for this collection, working with a soft color palette of powder blue, apricot, and blush pink. To recreate the ethereal effect of watercolor washes, I hand-painted luxurious silk organza to create layered petals of delicate flowers on several of the designs. A floral motif runs throughout the collection and many of the pieces are embellished with dainty wired sprigs, referencing the landscape as inspiration. Vintage crystals in an ethereal white opal color, as well as semiprecious stones and freshwater pearls, introduce other small touches of color.”
“The photo shoot for the collection’s look book was photographed on a lovely late summer day by Ashley Largesse, whose beautiful light-filled photography captured the spirit of the collection. All Souls Interfaith Gathering, a wedding venue in Shelburne, VT, provided the stunning range of backdrops and to reference the watercolor theme, I created a hand-painted scroll inspired by the colors of the collection. The jewelry was paired with a gorgeous raw silk gown from Celia Grace (whose name you may remember appearing on CVB before – you can see more of their dresses here) and a vintage cotton tea dress from the early 1900s, both evocative of the Edwardian era. A loose chignon hair style by Finishing Touch, a romantic makeup look by Jennifer Perellie Makeup, a tea-dyed veil from Ceci Leibovitz Millinery, and beautiful t-strap shoes from Bella Belle Shoes completed the vintage look.”
For each and every piece in her collection, Ivy exactingly hand-picks luxurious materials, including rich threads wrapped in silver and gold. Weaving the threads by hand into intricate lace patterns, Ivy then intricately embroiders them using couture techniques, incorporating hand painted silk organza as well as vintage glass beads and crystals (all dating over 50 years old – the perfect “something old” to a wedding ensemble) before finishing them off with sterling and gold-filled findings.
Each design is made-to-order in the Edera atelier and if you can’t find something within this or their past collections that is perfect for you, then you could always talk to the lovely Ivy about creating something bespoke – with prices starting at a very reasonable $175!
Love indeed! Don’t you?? Especially the gorgeous Aquarelle of course! Now, these pieces are just a few of my favourite, so be sure to pop across to Ivy’s website www.ederajewelry.com to see the rest – as well as her beautiful past collections ‘Woodland Goddess‘ and ‘Love Sonnet‘. You can also keep up with all of the latest from Edera Jewlery by following on Facebook and Instagram.
Oh and do keep an eye out on these pages, as I hope this will be the first of many posts featuring Ivy’s beautiful designs!
Photography ~ Ashley Largesse // Jewelry & Accessories ~ Edera Jewlery // Location ~ All Souls Interfaith Gathering, Shelburne VT // Wedding Dress ~ Celia Grace // Veil & Vintage Dress ~ Ceci Leibovitz Millinery // Makeup ~ Jennifer Perellie Makeup // Hair ~ Finishing Touch // Shoes ~ Bella Belle Shoes // Model ~ Lulu Lovering
Edera Jewelry is one of Chic Vintage Brides lovely Sponsors but has not paid for this post. All the words expressing my thoughts and feelings about this collection, and Ivy’s work, are both honest and heartfelt. Thank-you for supporting CVB’s Sponsors!
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