Jewellery and marriage go to together like the proverbial horse and carriage – from engagement rings through to special items for your big day and even gifts for bridesmaids, a wedding is a wonderful reason to indulge in beautiful pieces that will stand the test of time and stir memories for years to come.
Earlier this week, Love My Dress® was invited to a showcase of the beautiful jewellery by British designer Alex Monroe and oh my goodness, how we lost our heart to the delicate rings, necklaces, earrings and more, all in his signature whimsical style.
Alex himself grew up in the wilds of Suffolk and the influence of the countryside, its plants and animals have a huge impact on his work today. From the iconic bee emblems used on necklaces worn by the great and the good to the oh-so pretty styling of the flagship London boutique, nature is at the heart of everything.
And, as a result, every item is simply beautiful. We wandered around the boutique, delighting in it all, mentally compiling lists of all the pieces that would be perfect gifts for others or treats for ourselves and the absolute stand-out items that we couldn’t wait to share with you.
the Alex Monroe collections. Delicate, feminine and incredibly appealing, every item is utterly eye-catching because of its simplicity. If you prefer to whisper rather than shout, this is the jewellery for you.
So, let’s start this journey through wedding jewellery at the beginning with the engagement ring itself. Well, there are so many charming choices from the more traditional diamond solitaire, albeit with a more unusual textured band, through to similar styles featuring a wide variety of stones and bespoke items that you can help design.
Then, we move onto the beautifully feminine stacking rings. We absolutely love the idea of adding to your story over time and using your jewellery to tell your tale – the engagement itself is only one tiny part of your lives together so start with a ring for this, add a wedding ring, another to celebrate a birth, a move, an anniversary or a special milestone. Alex says that this approach is becoming incredibly popular with people choosing stones for each ring that represent the occasion being celebrated. We’re all for making memories and this seems utterly perfect.
Can we also suggest that the ‘enchanted alphabet’ necklaces would be the most wonderful gifts for bridesmaids? The pineapple necklace would be a perfect reminder of a tropical honeymoon, the daisy earrings are ideal for a country wedding and the stunning forget-me-not bracelet is a gift to give with love. Gold, silver, bejewelled or strikingly unadorned, Alex’s designs are that very rare thing – understated yet bold, full of personality but not overwhelming and special enough for any occasion whilst bearing eminently wearable every day. What more could you possibly ask for?
Oh, and if you’re looking for yet another reason to make a trip to Alex’s London boutique, then the shop itself is a definite draw. Flowers, bunting, wooden platters, vintage boxes, stacks of old books and even a bird or two make it a truly unique experience. Independent and vibrant, beautifully designed and lovingly made with a hint of British eccentricity, Alex Monroe is a name you just shouldn’t miss.
Love Tamryn xx
For more information on the all of Alex’s jewellery collections, his flagship boutique in London and other stockists, please take a look at alexmonroe.com
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