Monday, July 18, 2011

Obsession with Accessories ... Vintage Jewels and Recycling.

It's funny, but the one traditional thing I've had trouble with finding for the wedding is "Something New." Borrowed, blue, and old, is no problem for an environmentally-obsessed budget bride, but new? Almost impossible. In that spirit/quest, last week's Diamond blog was meant to be a blog about my favorite local jewelry-maker, but, as with everything I begin, it diverged. Today I shall remain on task.

I am not great with accessories. I've got eight holes pierced in my ears, but I wear earrings about thrice a year. Still, I admire and appreciate my well-accessorized friends, both for their flair and for their ability/patience to put it all together. I know what I like, but I never think to don it.

The wedding, of course, is a place where I should probably put some thought into my jewels. Since I doubt that Merkley-Kendrick will be volunteering their diamonds again (hint, hint?), I've been left to my own devices. Thankfully, they include good friends who are much better at this type of thing than I am.

I don't know what jewels I'll be wearing in next week's wedding (omg next week eeeeeeek!), but I do know what jewels YOU should be wearing in YOUR wedding. Or your prom. Or your lunch date. Or to work.

Sabrina and Kathi are two sisters who grew up being crafty with their artistic mother, and who have recently started their own jewelry business in honor of those long-ago days. The tagline for Bling Around Rosies (their mother was Rosie) is "one-of-a-kind upcycled vintage jewelry," which pretty much sums up why I just adore their creations.

By now, you know my obsession with all things vintage, up-cycled, and re-purposed, and Bling Around Rosies combines all those things into absolutely gorgeous jewelry. You can visit their Etsy shop to view/purchase their latest creations, great for occasions ranging from Derby to the office to your wedding.

Last time I visited with Sabrina, she was working on adding several new pieces to their Bridal Line (having had a great Derby with their Derby line -- how perfect is that?), each in varying degrees of formality. She also mentioned that she could take a family brooch or something similarly sentimental and create a one-of-a-kind necklace with the perfect touch of family history and modern style.



I just love them. Here are some of my favorites, but if you're looking for a way to support local, independent artists, buy yourself a gift, and accessorize well, then I would absolutely recommend Bling Around Rosies.*





*In the spirit of disclosure and of blogger ethics, Sabrina is a friend of mine, but I'm not getting any freebies for bragging about her.

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