Gooooood morning OMG readers! Hope you had a lovely weekend and are enjoying the London sunshine. I for one, am ready for a bit of spring weather and hope it stays this way! Today I have a fabulous little Q&A with the glamourous jewellery designer Shireen of Gilda’s Tryst. Based down in Covent Garden, this boutique has some really great pieces for brides who are looking for that extra bit of sass and has a great range of statement pieces you won’t want to miss. Take it away Shireen!
1. OMG tell us about your collection and why it’s positioned for the fashion forward bride?
Creatively we’re inspired by the feel-good glamour of bygone eras and we have always designed statement jewellery using real gemstones and freshwater pearls, so this ethos carries over into our Bridal range quite naturally. Our move into Bridal happened organically, as when we launched in 2009 we had lots of pearl designs in our collection and (unexpectedly for us) found that brides and mother of brides were coming to us to buy jewellery because they thought it was a breath of fresh air that we were using pearls in a contemporary way, with bold designs.
2. What sort of pieces would be great for bridesmaids / mothers?
Our chastity pieces are big hits with mothers of the bride and bridesmaids as they are simple statements (and don’t outshine the bride!). For example these pearl & gold long chastity earrings are winners and they cross beautifully from day to night. Also, these pearl & silver chastity bangles are great for bridesmaids and they are an affordable price-point.
3. Do you design bespoke pieces?
Yes we do! We have various motifs (garlands, leaves, pearl shields) which can be worked into individual pieces and customised with different gemstones. For example see here our Lady Chatterley with a sapphire, which is great for that “something blue”. Motifs are worked into the jewellery to fit the mood of the event and most importantly the dress. One thing we know is that most brides pick their dress first so the accessories have to work around them – a bride whose dress has a heavy neckline might not be able to wear a necklace so she will need a statement headpiece or bracelet – if a bride has a strapless dress, the necklace needs to make a statement.
4. Where do you source your materials from?
We design everything in our studio in London and manufacture wherever the skills are best for that technique – some of it is in the UK, some of it in Thailand, India, the Far East. All bespoke is hand-finished in London.
5. What can we expect to see from Gilda’s Tryst in the future?
We want to be recognised as the go-to place for beautifully made, fun, fashion-forward jewellery that women can really dress up in. We swear by the old adage that accessories make the outfit.
6. Any advice for a bride when considering the overall styling of her big day?
With jewellery – like with clothes – the only real way to know how it looks (and feels) is to try it on. When it’s for an occasion (and especially a once-in-a-lifetime one) trying all the accessories on together so you know how they hang together is really important. It’s so important to style things cohesively, which is why we have a private consulting space in our Covent Garden Store. Brides-to-be (and mothers and bridesmaids) can try on jewellery in their own time, with their outfits (and sipping a glass of bubbly to boot!).