Many say that vintage style is timeless. That certainly rings true in the stunningly original and meticulously hand crafted accessories, made by Edera Jewelry. Earrings and necklaces, hair accessories and head wear, bracelets and armbands, nothing is limited when choosing a uniquely made and romantic addition to complete your wedding look.
La Bride is very excited to welcome Ivy from Edera Jewelry to our Expert Insight pages.
Q: Thank you for joining us, can you introduce yourself to our readers? Who is Edera Jewelry?
A: Thanks so much for inviting me! My name is Ivy Long, and I’m the owner of Edera Jewelry. I design and create a collection of luxury bridal jewelry and accessories in my small atelier in the US. My design are very romantic, and combine old world lacemaking and embroidery techniques with heirloom-quality materials.
Q: Did you study jewelry design and making?
A: My interest in jewelry design and needlework dates back to childhood. I was constantly creating—embroidery, knitting, drawing, and creating jewelry were some of my favorite hobbies as a child. My mother was an textile artist and a milliner, so I grew up surrounded by creativity, and I learned the basics of bead embroidery, appliqué work, and knitting from her.
My formal jewelry making training began when I was a teenager. I had been creating jewelry on my own using simple stringing and bead weaving techniques, and I put together a little portfolio. On the basis of those jewelry pieces, I was hired by several local jewelry designers to help with their production. It was my after school and summer job all through high school. I worked for several years in the jewelry industry, and in a fine craft gallery, before launching my own line of jewelry in 2006.
I’m an entirely self-taught lacemaker. I learned to crochet by reading books, and as I delved into the medium more, I discovered the traditions of needle lace, Irish crochet lace and bead crochet. When I saw it was possible to incorporate beads into intricate lace motifs, I realized I could combine my love of jewelry making with my love of needle arts, and Edera Jewelry was born.
Q: Your designs are classically unique in today fashion trends, where do you find your inspiration from?
A: I find inspiration in lots of different places, including nature, art, and history. Even the materials I use will often suggest a design to me. I also love looking at antique and vintage examples of jewelry, lace, and textiles, looking for ways to update and reinterpret these traditions. My mind is always working, and I always have a sketchbook nearby to jot down ideas! My goal is to create pieces that are timeless and pretty.
Q: As every piece is made by hand, how long would it typically take to create a pair of earrings, or a headpiece?
A: It really varies from piece to piece. There are a lot of steps in creating a even a small design, from charting a lace pattern, making the lace by hand, to embroidering it with beads and crystals, assembling it, and attaching jewelry findings. A smaller pair of earrings takes several hours. My most elaborate design, the “Camille” Bandeau from my 2016 Collection, took 25+ hours to create. It has an intricate band of metallic filet crochet lace that is created entirely by hand, with three-dimensional lace flowers on either side which frame the face when worn.
Q: What are your favorite materials to work with?
A: My designs are very mixed-media, so it’s difficult to choose just one material! I would have to say the metal threads that I purchase from a small factory in Europe that has been producing them since the 1700s. The threads are created with 24k gold and silver, so are very luxurious. I also love working with vintage materials. All of my designs incorporate either vintage crystals or vintage seed beads, so that they’re a perfect way to add the traditional “something old, something new” to a wedding outfit.
Q: Why do you think the perfect accessories are important for a bride to wear on her wedding day?
A: I think jewelry and accessories are a wonderful way of really making a bride look your own—they’re a means to express your personality and style. Many of my brides mention that they plan to pass my designs down to their daughters, so bridal accessories are also a nice way to start a new family tradition as well.
Thank you so much Ivy from Edera Jewelry for showing us some absolutely stunning pieces and giving inspiration to those looking for something a little more traditional and exquisite.