by Amy Pulliam.
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA)
The following set of jewelry was created for a June wedding that took place on a farm in rural Pennsylvania. The bride desired a romantic, vintage aesthetic but for the most part gave me full artistic reign (thanks Katie!).
The color palette of sapphire and lime green was chosen by the bride to reflect her bridal party colors. I chose to work in brass to quietly emphasize the vintage aesthetic and designed the necklaces as multi-strand pieces to stand out against her bridesmaids’ simple, sleeveless sapphire blue dresses.
After viewing a photo of the bride’s gown, I looked to the work of Miriam Haskell and the Art Deco movement of the 1920’s and 30’s for inspiration. The original designs utilized vintage brass stampings and filigree in floral and bird motifs. Unfortunately, the pieces just weren’t suited for the necklace designs so I had to abandon the idea and work with something else.
I was fortunate to find the most amazing hammered brass rounds to replace the brass stampings. I don’t think the design suffered in anyway with the change and, perhaps, echoes the Art Deco period more so than the original designs.
The faceted cobalt blue beads are actually vintage Czech glass pieces from the early 1920’s- a truly wonderful find! They capture the sunlight in the loveliest of ways.
They, along with olive jade rounds and faceted tribal brass beads, were carried through out each of the three designs. Vintage Czech glass micro-seed beads and brass flower stampings were featured in the other two designs.
The necklaces were finished with an adjustable, vintage brass chain and the matching earrings which were kept simple so as not to detract from the more decorative necklaces.
Thanks for viewing!
Helen Ethel Studio
Love the work and the color, great job on the set.
Art Deco Necklace
Your work is beautiful and I liked the way you took us to the details of the Art Deco research.
As you are an Art History major you gave a different dimension to this piece. I can see the depth of this work.
It was fun reading your profile in your blog and about your grand ma. Thank you for sharing.
by: Nancy Keane
Stunning! Thank you for sharing. In addition to being beautiful, it is in a way supportive: I am currently putting together my bridal line also am using more than the traditional pearl and crystal.
that necklace is stunning!!!! you did an excellent job.
Amy your work is beautiful I like the way you used the colour combinations. And I liked the way you took us to the details of the Art Deco research. You are lucky to live in a place where you can easily find your materials.
I live in Bermuda and everything has to be imported, so I have to order everything on-line and sometimes you get disappointed because what you get doesn’t look like what you saw and sometimes you get poor quality.
Thanks for sharing
Very nice and my favorite colors 🙂