I used to make jewelry, did you know that? I could sit for hours upon hours stringing beads until I had so many necklaces I could barely wear them all. But then I stopped for some reason. I think it was because I moved to Florida and couldn't bring my stash of (antique) beads with me and after so many years of not beading, I just didn't miss it anymore.
Last year I made my sisters wedding veil which included tying each crystal onto the veil individually. And, while it was very tedious, I started thinking that I missed being creative like that. And yet, over the last year, I've only made one necklace and once bracelet.
Now that I have my wedding dress, I can start thinking about what type of jewelry I want to wear. I know, I know...it's still very far away. But, if you know me, you know that I LOVE planning things and I LOVE being prepared. So, if I can cross something off of my "list", I do. Even if other people think it's far too early.
I've always been the girl who likes funky jewelry and statement pieces, specifically necklaces. I don't very often wear delicate necklaces, actually. So it's only natural that when I began thinking of wedding jewelry, I knew I wanted something a little less traditional...and something a little...chunky. Oh, and it needs to sparkle. But that's a given, right?
In any case, I started looking online and came up with this necklace:
I completely 100% absolutely love it. And I would buy it today if only I knew if it would look nice with the dress. I've contacted the seller (it's an Etsy item) but haven't heard back-I want to know about the return policy. It's a little pricey, but I really do love it, and it's my wedding day...so I can splurge a little, right?
BUT...the other day Brian and I were shopping and I happened to stroll into the jewelry section and I found 3 bracelets made of crystals that were on clearance. My brain started turning and I decided to buy them because I think I'd like to make my own necklace!
I know that I can make it, I'm just not completely sure that I should. I mean, I know that I won't save any money by doing this. And it could potentially be stressful if it doesn't come out the way I want. And if I bought the Etsy necklace, I'd be supporting a small business, which I like.
But, it would be something creative I could work on to make the wedding more personal. And I DO already have lots of sparkly crystal beads. :) I think the real deciding factor will be if the seller writes back within the next couple of days. If she doesn't, I'm pretty sure I don't want to deal with her anyway...but if she does, and the return policy is written in such a way that I can return the necklace if it doesn't look right with my dress, then I might just go that route.