handmade grey oxidized wedding necklace


I have been really excited about this necklace, but it had to remain a secret until after the wedding, of course.

A dear friend who was getting married asked me to design her a wedding necklace to go with a rather amazing frock from Phase 8. There is nothing conventional about this bride, and the dress is an Edwardian style evening dress in guilt lace over a black clingy under layer with a plunging neck line. Very very elegant and beautiful, and a great chance for me to do something a little different.

There was going to be; no white, no perfect pearls, and no shiny silver.

Once I saw the dress, it put me in mind of a beautiful image I had pinned a while ago of an unknown (to me) silent movie star, dressed in an Edwardian style, with a highly beaded and draped necklace which came quite choker-like around the neck. Maybe you could say it had a touch of Queen Mary about it. Some more digging brought up the name of this gorgeous lady – Lily Elsie, a silent movie star and ‘it’ girl of the time, and many many gorgeous images of her. She became my muse.


edwardian inspired grey silver necklace


My first port of call was to create a Rachel Lucie Edwardian Necklace Pinterest board, to collect images to inspire me. I need to be clear on this, my design would be all my own, but I wanted something to show the bride-to-be, to see if I was on the page with the Edwardian beaded and draped idea, and the images were the starting point for my own ideas. She loved it, and we took the design to a new place by using irregular silver pearls and an oxidized silver chain, with different link types. I kept everything very light on the neck by using beading wire and chain to create the choker itself, and it was very important to keep the draped chain in check and not too much. Black diamond grey beads from Swarovski gave the non-bridal sparkle, and little faceted hematite beads added an element of randomness to the neck line (it all followed a pattern, actually!).

I surprised her with long matching earrings featuring the same oxidized chain, with the faceted Swarovski and tiny hematite beads, which she also wore on the day.


handmade necklace unconventional bride


I was at the wedding, and I have to say it was a real honour to create something so distinct and eye-catching for my long time and very beloved friend, and boy, could she carry this off, she looked amazing!

Rachel x

20th October 2015

Rachel Lucie Johns

Hi! I'm Rachel, a jewellery designer-maker & nature photographer. My work is inspired by the gorgeous countryside around West Yorkshire & Art Deco design. This blog is where I share my creative life and inspiration. find out more ...