Thursday, March 11, 2010

Behind the Creation of Melati - A Bridal Bracelet

Honestly, this is my first blog post in a while. However, I would love to share this very special bracelet that I created for a very special friend of mine. Cheryl came to me with a pair of earrings she will be wearing to accessorize her wedding dress. She thought I would be the perfect person to complete this ensemble for her. It was a great honor for me to be asked to create this piece. Thanks Cheryl!!

It is so thrilling when you find that piece you have been looking for, a very special piece such as the vintage 1970s New England antique brass piece for this bracelet. This was not the first center piece I found for this bracelet, but could not help myself when I saw it. I knew it was the perfect center piece for Cheryl's bracelet. I supposed it was much like life. You tried on one piece after another until you find the one that fits just right. Cheryl mentioned that she was thinking about a pearl bracelet once, and I kept that in mind while creating it for her. I chose to use two different sizes and shapes of pearls to add to the texture and richness of the center pieces’design. Thus, the interest will not stop on the center piece, but goes all around this bracelet. Everywhere you see, there is something to look at.

Sometimes things do take a different turn than what was planned. In the case of this bracelet, it took a turn into the best possibility. At the beginning, I wanted a toggle clasp at the end of this piece. However hard I looked, I could not find one that was anywhere near perfect for this piece. The universe does have its own way of showing you things though. In the middle of working on another project, I ran into the 3 to 1 connector I used here. I bought it for that project. When I got it, I knew that this piece belonged to Cheryl's bracelet. It was a perfect repetition of the center piece.

The locket was also very special. I did not mention the locket to my dear friend. I wanted it to be a surprise, which I'm glad she loved. It took me awhile to find this piece, but it was all worth it. The locket will be a wonderful reminder of the one you love. Years from now, when you look at it, you can tell P.A....geez honey, you've gotten old!! :)


  1. Wow!! Nice piece and great story Maria!!! I really love seeing that thing finally made up!

  2. Thanks Becca. I am glad to have finished it finally, and it is more beautiful than what I had anticipated :)

  3. Maria, thank you so much for creating this bracelet for me. There aren't many days as special as your wedding day, and I'm so happy to wear this beautiful bracelet as part of my outfit. Asking you to make it for me was a no-brainer -- I already own and love several pairs of your handmade earrings, and I knew you would make me the bracelet I dreamed of! It's perfect, and I'm honored to be wearing a unique, one-of-a-kind Maria Allen piece on my wedding day. Thank you so much!

  4. I can't wait to see you wear the whole ensemble sweetie!! :)

  5. this is a wowser piece of jewelry. Gorgeous, jsut gorgeous.