I found this on Etsy:
Gorgeous, right? Very different and yet still pretty. Not quite what I wanted to spend...above the $100 range but somewhat worth it. And though I loved them, I was nervous about buying something online and I wasn't totally thrilled with the brooches in the pieces. So I posted a status update on Facebook asking friends if they knew anyone who made custom bridal jewelry? I was connected with a woman about 15 minutes from my home and she told me about this cool little antique/vintage swap meet that happens once a month at a local college. So a month ago my sis and I trekked down there and found the most beautiful brooch and a pair of earrings. I was so excited. The more I look at the brooch, the more I fall in love with it.
And the honey knew that I was heading down there and out of the kindness of his sweet little heart handed me $40 to spend as I wished. Well, the brooch and earrings came in at under the $40 so I was happy about that. I met with Jeanette (the jewelry maker) and showed her the pieces. I showed her the pictures I had found and she began pulling out pretty pearls and sparkly things and lots of bling bling. We matched the colors to the brooch and my gown. I asked her if it would be possible to take one of the earrings and use it as a brooch for the bracelet and she figured out a way to 'make it work' (in the infamous words of Tim Gunn). I was THRILLED!
Granted, the prices she quoted me were not really saving me much compared to what I could have bought online but now at least I custom designed it myself and know that I will L-O-V-E it! And it will be my something 'old' for the wedding day since I bought it at a vintage swap meet. So, here they are...my necklace and bracelet (made out of a brooch and a clip on earring):
What about you ladies? Anyone custom designing their jewelry or have ideas of what they want?