‘Tesora’ – The Beautiful New Collection of Bridal Accessories from Edera JewelryCOLETTE KULIG PHOTOGRAPHY
Today I am proud to be unveiling the exquisite new collection of bridal jewelry and hair adornments from Edera Jewelry. ‘Tesora’ is a range of intricately hand created and embellished designs inspired by the architecture, history, and natural beauty of Italy. Each design has an nod to the old world, but has been created for today’s modern brides…..
If you’re only just discovering Edera Jewelry, their beautiful designs have been carried by BHLDN and can be seen on the hit television series Reign. Designer and founder Ivy Long started her business in 2006 with a vision of providing heirloom-quality bridal jewelry and accessories created using traditional lacemaking techniques. Weaving rich treads wrapped in silver and gold by hand into intricate lace patterns, Ivy then embroiders and embellishes them with vintage glass beads and crystals (all dating over 50 years old), instantly adding an old world charm – and the traditional “something old”!
Ivy tells me… “The collection takes its name from the Italian word tesora, a term of endearment that means “treasure.” I also chose the name because of its similarity to the word tessera which is a small piece of tile used in mosaic work. Many of the designs were inspired by the mosaics found in the cathedrals and Roman ruins throughout Italy. The Ravenna earrings and bracelet, which incorporate hundreds of tiny glass, were inspired by the Byzantine splendor of Ravenna’s famed mosaics. I wanted to translate the concept of mosaics into jewelry, by weaving and embroidering tiny seed beads into intricate patterns, juxtaposed with my signature handcrafted lace.”
Each design has also been thoughtfully named after a place in Italy — from the Fiorenza earrings, whose intricate golden lace motifs were inspired by Florence’s Ponte Vecchio and the city’s fleur de lis emblem, to the Venezia earrings, inspired by the gothic architecture of the Doge’s Palace in Venice, to the Toscana sash, overflowing with wildflowers inspired by the Tuscan countryside.
A floral motif also runs throughout the collection, with many of the designs embellished with delicate wired sprigs and beaded leaves. Silk threads used in the embroidery introduce delicate touches of color (including a pale blue for the perfect something blue!) and texture; while freshwater pearls and vintage crystals add an old world opulence to the designs.
I am utterly besotted with the intricate designs in this new collection, and the whole beautiful shoot! The styling for the shoot drew on a range of inspiration, from ancient Rome to the Middle Ages and Renaissance. British designer (and one of my favourites) Joanne Fleming created the stunning gowns: a beaded gown of French lace over silk satin, adorned with a low cowl back and floating silk tulle streamers, and a heavily beaded lace tulle bridal coat paired with a simple bias cut slip dress.
The above designs are just a few of my favourites from ‘Tesora’ so be sure to check out the rest at www.ederajewelry.com, or over on Etsy at www.etsy.com/shop/EderaJewelry – every single one is created by hand in Ivy’s Vermont, USA studio. And if you can’t find something within her 2018 collection, or past offerings ‘Language of Flowers‘, ‘Aquarelle‘, ‘Woodland Goddess‘ and ‘Love Sonnet‘, that is perfect for you, then you could always talk to the talented lady herself about creating something bespoke.
And of course keep an eye out here on Chic Vintage Brides for you are sure to see more of Ivy’s wondeful designs on these pages soon!
Contributors & Credits
Photography – Colette Kulig Photography // Styling & Accessories – Edera Jewelry // Bridal Gowns – Joanne Fleming Design // Makeup – Jennifer Perellie // Hair – Sarah Crowley, Finishing Touch // Location – Marble House Project, Dorset, VT // Model – Devan Finkell
Edera is a much loved Chic Vintage Brides Sponsor but has not paid for this post, these words of admiration for Ivy’s designs, and love for this new collection, are all my own. Thank-you for supporting CVB’s Sponsors!
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