Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Announcing the Neoclassical Collection, F/W 2011...

I'm very excited to unveil some of the first designs from my Fall/Winter 2011 Collection! If you've been following my business page on Facebook, you probably already know that this collection is very inspired by a "neoclassical" style--think the opulent court during Napoleonic Era France, with echos of ancient Greece, Rome and Etruria.  I was invited by the Two Wedding Belles to do a guest post on their blog last week, in which I discuss the inspiration behind this collection and give an overview of my creative process. You can check the interview out here...
{Sabina Earrings}

{ Lys Post Earrings }
{ Fortunée Heart Necklace }

{ Apolline Necklace }
{ Thalie Earrings }
{ Juliette Heart Necklace }
I'll be adding more designs to my Etsy shop in the coming weeks. In another news,  I'm very happy to announce that my website is nearly ready to launch--I'll be sure to post on here once it's live!

Friday, August 19, 2011

A Collaboration with Artist Merle Pace

Recently my dear friend, Merle, a talented artist, printmaker, photographer, jewelry-maker and doll-maker extraordinaire, asked if she could incorporate some of my jewelry designs into a series of photos she was shooting. The results turned out so beautifully I had to share them on the blog! 
Merle is known for her dramatic portraits, many of them self-portraits, with saturated colors and rich costuming. I love how each series has a distinctive character and story being told by the use of costuming, colors and props. 

"Each piece brought a certain 'character' to mind for me--I wanted to show how these pieces could be inspired by the rich and lush jewelry of the past but also show how a modern bride or anyone could wear them today."

This series of photos has Merle wearing my Monarch Butterfly Necklace.
 "The piece of lace I am wearing on my head is really old (a piece saved from a textile collection). It is so gorgeous--ivory lace trimmed with black velvet. I am also wearing a really old white cotton lace top. I envisioned this as a gypsy and bohemian bride."  

Hylas and the Nymphs
In this series, Merle is wearing a seafoam green silk medallion necklace of mine, and was inspired by the Pre-Raphaelite painting "Hylas and the Nymphs" by J.W. Waterhouse. You can see the influence in the orange and green color scheme and the flowing hair.

La Belle Dame
For this series, Merle envisioned my Belle Dame Necklace being worn by "a glamorous bride, but with a vintage feel--like a bride you would see in an old photograph."

For this series, Merle said she was inspired by the idea of incorporating black as an accent in a wedding. She is wearing my Sidonia Earrings, and pairs them with black lace, an Empire waisted gown and a classic setting for what she calls a "Regency Wedding" style.

My Violaine Necklace also inspired two very different series. According the Merle, "for the Violaine, I felt it needed a really regal setting, which is why I had Lorrisa wear a white wedding gown and purple velvet coat. Violaine is just such a strong piece, I thought that the photos should be taken in a way to show that off.  I also took a few of myself wearing the necklace with vintage lace to show a softer side of the design."

A big thank you to Merle for allowing some of my jewelry pieces to be a part of her wonderful photography!
Be sure to check out all of Merle's beautiful work here:

All photos used with kind permission from the artist. Model credit: Merle Pace and Lorissa Byely


Friday, April 29, 2011

Announcing the Fairy Tale Wedding Collection, S/S 2011...

I'm very excited to share some of the key pieces from my Spring/Summer Wedding Collection, inspired by fairy tales, the rich embroidery of the medieval and Rococo eras, and the architecture of Versailles...
{click photo caption to be taken to the jewelry}
{Climbing Rose Earrings}
{Diamanta Post Earrings}
{ Dulcinea Earrings}
{Melilot Earrings}
{Yseult Crown Brooch}
The Climbing Rose, Dulcinea and Melilot Earrings were inspired by the golden and pink colors of the inspiration board in this post, while the Diamanta Earrings and Yseult Brooch drew their inspiration from this silver inspiration board.

I'll be adding more designs to the collection in the coming weeks, including some rich necklaces and a hair ornament or two, but I thought there couldn't be a more auspicious date to launch a collection of fairy tale-inspired jewelry than on the day that a real fairy tale royal wedding is occurring :)

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Featured in Kentucky Bride Magazine...

A big thank you to Kentucky Bride magazine for featuring some of my jewelry in their Spring 2011 issue! 
 I was thrilled to have my Lys necklace and earrings included in the 
above article on Bridal Fashion Trends of 2011!

The magazine is available through their website and newsstands throughout the state.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

{Inspiration Board} Fairy Tale Pinks and Golds...

I hope everyone is having a great week so far! I wanted to share another inspiration board I recently put together, continuing on the main theme of my Spring/Summer 2011 Bridal Collection: fairy tales. The colors of blush pink and golden yellow are really inspiring me at the moment, as perfectly captured in these beautiful and intricately detailed images...
{1Vintage Corset, photo by Shae Acopian Detar via Everything Style 
3. Versailles, photo by Megh Testerman
4. Silk Taffeta Embroidered in Chain and Beauvais Stitch, late 18th century
5. 1830's Georgian Gold and Diamond Earrings, via Soulful Adornment Gallery
6. Sleeping Beauty by Edmund Dulac, via Art Passions }