Fashion-able: Custom wedding jewellery

‘Tis the season for I do’s. How can you be original?
Creating custom wedding jewellery is the ultimate in creative romance. The bonus? Going this route may also save you money. Working directly with a designer and raw materials eliminates some of the cost associated with traditional jewellery retailers. What better way to celebrate love than with a pair of rings crafted by the lovebirds themselves?

Geoff & Robin, courtesy of Trina Koster photography
At Made You Look Jewellery Studio and Gallery, various Toronto-based designers create beautiful custom pieces every day. To get started, head down to 1338 Queen Street West to flip through various designer’s portfolios and pick the artist you love best. Here are some tips:

Choose a designer whose concepts really speak to you – even if it isn’t wedding jewellery, a designer’s aesthetic will come through in any piece. The designer will work with your budget and ideas, give you options for materials (diamonds, gold platinum – amazing!) and start drawing. They’ll make a wax mold to make sure it’s perfect before casting.

A great way to have your “something old” is to remake or repair an heirloom piece of jewellery that’s at the back of your jewellery box. Grandma’s forgotten diamonds can be worked into a lovely new ring, or Mom’s old broken pearl necklace into a spectacular bracelet.
There are also made-to-order options for the wedding party. Made You Look designers can create fascinators, necklaces, cuff links or tie tacks. A custom piece of jewellery would make a beautiful, personal thank-you gift for your bridesmaids or groomsmen.
Whichever route you take, a wedding should be unique, personal and reflect the people being wed (and consider whoever is footing the bill). Designing your very own rings, or special gifts for your wedding party, expresses your once-in-a-lifetime love, day after day.

Our team member Abigail is celebrating her big day in 2011. We’re all very excited for her. Congratulations, Abby!

Black diamond, wide band with diamonds and yellow sapphire rings: Karen Macrae
Fingerprint cuff links: Deborah Lavery

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