Happy Monday, my dears!
I hope you enjoyed seeing my wedding photos on Friday. I had fun sharing them with you – although it left me with a new respect for wedding bloggers. So much thought has to go into the order and selection of photos!
Anyway, I promised you the full details on the gorgeous antique wedding jewelry I borrowed from Lang Antiques and I intend to deliver.
I made that face for a solid 10 minutes after putting the jewels on. Freaking OUT. In a good way. But still. All the feels.
We’ll start at the top and work down.
These are the glorious earrings that I chose to adorn my bridal ears. When I picked them, I thought they’d be a great compliment to the necklace and that they were nice and shiny. When they arrived and I saw them in person, my eyes fell out of my head. They’re spectacular.
These babies are Edwardian, dating to around 1915. 3.35 carat total diamond weight in gleaming platinum. The infinity motif of the design appealed to me for a wedding and the big, juicy old mine-cut pear-shape diamonds appealed to me in every possible way. With thick, dark, curly hair like mine, you can’t wear just any earrings.
How does a bride choose her antique wedding jewelry from a store in San Francisco when she lives in DC? The answer is: communication. LOTS of it. The saintly Nicole from Lang Antiques answered my every question, took photos of different jewels next to each other, even tried pieces on for me. Have I mentioned my love for this store and everyone involved in it enough times? They are the best.
Now, the necklace.
I actually chose the necklace first and then earrings. I looked at a lot of options – and I mean a LOT – but I think part of me knew it was always going to be this one.
It was pretty much destined to be worn with my wedding dress.
This beautiful piece is French Belle Epoque, and circa 1900, which makes it a little older than the earrings. It is also platinum, and suspends a brightly white pear-shaped diamond. The settings are all delicately millegrained, and the central element forms a bewitching, vaguely fleur-de-lys style pattern.
It reminds me of dewdrops caught in a spiderweb in the most beautiful way possible and frozen that way. Oh my goodness, but I miss having this beautiful thing around.
Finally – although I’ve said it before and will probably say it again – a million thanks to the fabulous Lang Antiques for the loan of my incredible antique wedding jewelry. It made a spectacular day even more wonderful.