Bridal jewellery is, for many women, the most cherished jewellery they will ever own, linked to one of the most emotionally-charged chapters of their lives. This handbook provides insight into this unique world, guiding the reader through the processes of consulting, designing, planning and making. Bridal Jewellery is the complete package, offering concise and comprehensive how-to-do-it instructions for making unique tiaras, hair accessories, necklaces, bracelets and earrings. It also contains a brief background of various wedding traditions, information about the significance of different materials, tips on co-ordinating with a bride's dress, hairstyle and wedding theme, and instructions for working around and remodelling special and significant family jewellery.
Bridal Jewellery is packed with simple, straightforward tips as well as easy-to-follow, step-by-step illustrated making sequences aimed at beginners or those looking to improve their skills. Also included is a section on building up a business and a comprehensive appendix to make this both a long-term reference book and a valuable companion for the more entrepreneurial craftsperson.
Clare Yarwood-White runs her own jewellery design busines, with a focus on bridal jewellery. She sells her work direct through commissions and her website (www.yarwood-white.com), and also through retail outlets and galleries. In addition, she runs a business network for self-employed women, where members benefit from mentoring, client referrals, business advice and support. Clare spent 13 years in the marketing and branding business, in addition to training at Central St Martin's College, London. She has been a guest on Radio 4's Woman's Hour, and was named Best Wedding Accessory Designer at the Wedding Awards 2006 and 2007.