Pearls of Wisdom
Wedding project ideas and style how-tos for brides, bridal jewelry designers and wedding planners.
The birds have it this season as bird-themed weddings soar in popularity. Brides are flocking to incorporate this chic, dainty, vintage-inspired (and just super darn cute) motif into all aspects of their special day. Birds can be found perched on everything from cupcake flags to invitations to table décor and most importantly, jewelry and hair accessories. Here are three different ways to capture and create this trend in wedding jewelry for the big day.
Birds are a perfect complement to weddings as they are commonly known to symbolize beauty, peace, happiness, grace, love and gentleness. Their endearing images and natural form lend themselves well to embarking on a new life journey.
Design stunning (yet inexpensive) pendant necklaces for the bridal party or wedding favors with bird charms. Enclose necklaces in gift pouches or place in small bird nests made from twine for a beautiful presentation. Necklaces can also be displayed inside bird cage centerpieces and guests can select their own as a wedding favor.
Incorporate bird pendants and components, such as swallows and sparrows, into bridal jewelry for a delicately feminine style. Combine with Swarovski crystal pearls and antiqued metal chain for a vintage-inspired statement. Use bird-themed charm holders to create one-of-kind jewelry gifts for the mother of the bride and groom, filling it with birthstones or beads that hold special meaning.
Add specific bird images to jewelry with Omni-Gel™ photo-transfer liquid and design your own custom pieces for the ultimate in wedding personalization. Create bracelets, drop earrings, pendant necklaces or embellishments to attach to bouquets, wedding décor and favors. View a free how-to guide on using Omni-Gel photo-transfer liquid to bring images to life in jewelry art.
Brides can celebrate their new "nest" with bird's nest jewelry. Elegantly clever, yet chic and sophisticated, a bird's nest necklace, earrings or brooch is a beautiful addition to any wedding jewelry wardrobe.
Built from beading wire, wire-wrapped nests can be filled with Swarovski pearls, cultured freshwater pearls or gemstone beads for a personalized touch. Match the eggs (beads) to wedding colors, make different colors for each person in the bridal party or fill with birthstones of children (representing the union of a blended family). Find more information on making bird's nest jewelry in this featured Ask the Experts on wire-wrapped bird's nest pendants.
Brides are fawning over feathers for the ultimate in wedding fashion. Feathers can be found in invitation envelopes, hair accessories, bouquets, dress embellishments, jewelry and more. Use feather charms and pendants or feathers themselves to add this on-trend bird-inspired element. Fire Mountain Gems and Beads offers an enticing selection of feathers and feathered charms and pendants to match any bridal style, and add dimension and interest to designs.
View the following free resources for helpful hints, design tips and ideas on incorporating feathers in jewelry, clothing and accessories for the wedding day:
- ''Plumes and Pearls Feathered Headband'' pearls of wisdom
- ''A Flight of Fancy: How to 'Be-feather' Accessories'' article
- ''Feathery Bouquets'' pearls of wisdom
- ''The Bird's the Word'' article
- View bird-themed design inspirations in the Gallery of Designs
- Bird-themed beads and components
- Bird-themed charms
- Feather charms, drops, focals and pendants
- Feather bails
- Antiqued metal chain
- Omni-Gel photo-transfer liquid
- Cultured freshwater pearls
- Swarovski crystal pearls
- Accu-Flex® beading wire
- Beading wire
- Gemstone beads
- Gift pouches