Spring brides, rejoice! There’s no reason to shy away from making a statement with show-stopping accessories on your wedding day. We chatted with Gabe Bratton, the jewelry designer behind the stunning pieces and custom-made creations at Gabrielle Jewelry, who offered up amazing tips on trends for your big day. Read on & SHOP!
If you’re a spring bride you probably already have your glam gown for the special day all picked out — but your wedding look isn’t complete without some statement bling! While typically brides often prefer dainty pieces of jewelry, this season it is all about embracing statement pieces — and you can even add a very personal touch to your look with your jewelry! We spoke to jewelry designer Gabe Bratton, of Gabrielle Jewelry, who filled us in on what trends we can expect to spot at spring weddings.
“I think brides are becoming a little more comfortable making a statement on their wedding day. I think the days of a sweet little pearl necklace are gone, and bigger statement pieces are in. Recently I’ve made some great cocktail rings and larger earrings for some of my brides. Hairpieces are another big trend. They are the perfect place holder for a reception after the veil is removed,” she said.
Gabe creates gorgeous pieces and even crafts one-of-a-kind, custom orders, taking lace and turning it into an intricate accessory. A great way to incorporate “something old” into your big day in a very special way that you can use long after you walk down the aisle! Whether you use lace from your dress to make cuff links for your fiance or you decide to turn your mother’s dress into a piece of jewelry to wear with your gown, there are so many ways to add a personal touch to your look. Brides spend so much time selecting their dream dress, but very few have use for it after their wedding day — until now, that is! You can turn a piece of your dress into jewelry so you can enjoy it long after your wedding night.
So, how does the process work? “Typically we ask clients to get in touch with us about 12 weeks before they need their pieces ready. We start by looking at photos of the lace, and talking through possible designs and metal choices – we work mostly in sterling silver, 14K gold, 18K gold and white gold for bridal pieces,” she said. “Some lace with lend itself better to a pair of earrings, some to a bracelet or cuff, it really depends. From there we get our hands on the lace and get to work!”
Gabe even dished on some of the most extravagant pieces she has created. “There are a few that really stand one. One was a diamond cocktail ring – it was 18k gold with 2+ carat diamond, made from the clients mother’s lace and engagement ring. A great way to rework an engagement stone into a cocktail ring,” she said. “Another is a silver collar I recently made – it’s special because it is 1 solid casting which is hard to do, and, perhaps the most extravagant and sentimental piece I’ve created was a necklace for my senior thesis in college. It was made from 34 individually cast pieces fabricated into 5 sections to make up one large necklace. This was awesome because I was able to make it in school and spend a ridiculous amount of time on it!”
While she created exquisite pieces, crafting a custom piece doesn’t automatically come with a hefty price tag. “I make a lot of sweet, little stud earrings that are a friendly price point. We sell them a lot as bridesmaids gifts,” Gabe said.
We’re seeing a larger shift than ever before on personalizing the wedding process — a trend that’s visible even with engagement rings. “I think repurposing old family stones into a new, modern ring is something that’s happening more and more,” Gabe said. “I love the idea of taking the old and recontextualizing it into something modern and new, but still keeping the sentimental value of a family heirloom. Also mixing in an heirloom or hand me down ring stacked with new bands.”
Check out Gabe’s stunning work above and SHOP her items HERE.