Inspired by Platinum :: Three Wedding Looks

I’ve created hundreds of inspiration boards over the years, many of them inspired by a single element – a color, a season, a textile. When Platinum Jewelry approached me about creating some platinum-inspired wedding looks, I knew I could run with it – platinum is timeless and luxurious, a perfect starting point to inspire not only a bridal look, but an entire wedding! And I knew exactly where I wanted to start…

Downton Abbey. Well, sort of. The Belle Époque saw some of the most exquisite platinum and diamond jewelry in history (see my little history lesson below), and I am such a sucker for vintage bling (give me a little patina any day), so I started with this Edwardian-inspired look…

Vintage Elegance

Downton Abbey Inspired Bride

Vintage Elegance, clockwise from top left // “Lady Mary” invitation by Lucky Luxe Correspondence // platinum “Peachtree” ring by Trumpet & Horn // “Flora” gown by Temperley London // “Nadira” jeweled satin pump by Manolo Blahnik from Bergdorf Goodman // fern champagne flute by William Yeoward from Michael C. Fina // crystal “Cosmos” bandeaux by Jennifer Behr // diamond and platinum wheat band ring by Cathy Waterman from Ylang23 // Old World inspired cake by Mark Joseph Cakes via Brides // Edwardian platinum and diamond earrings from Estate Diamond Jewelry

City Chic

Who’s to say a platinum bride must be a traditional bride? Not me! Here’s a sassy bride in a lace jumpsuit, headband fascinator, and spectacular solitaire diamond and platinum ring. (Also how about that darling cake?!)

City Chic Bride

City Chic, clockwise from top left // lace bridal jumpsuit by Monique Lhuillier from Shopbop // headband fascinator from Accessorize // oval cut diamond solitaire platinum ring from Enchanted Diamonds // “Gramercy” letterpress invitation by The Aerialist Press // single-tier glitter cake with sparklers from Martha Stewart Weddings // rose perfume by Le Labo from Saks Fifth Avenue // platinum pearl and diamond rosette earrings from 1stdibs // silver mirror pumps from ASOS // “Barre” platinum and diamond ring from Brilliant Earth

Luxe Romance

There’s no denying that platinum is luxurious, and I’d argue that it’s also quite romantic (just look at what it does with diamonds!), so with this third look I wanted to combine luxury and romance. A metallic floral gown, pearl drop earrings, and an ethereal cathedral length veil…

Romantic Bride in Platinum and Gold

Luxe Romance, clockwise from top left // gold calligraphy invitation with custom monogram by Emily McCarthy // diamond and pearl drop earrings with platinum by Cathy Waterman from Barneys // metallic floral gown by Lela Rose // glittler “Alina” flats by Jimmy Choo from Neiman Marcus // faceted pearlescent acrylic clutch by Edie Parker // unadorned cathedral veil by Twigs & Honey // silver leaf cake with sugar flowers by Coco Cakes // “Trinity Ruban” platinum diamond ring by Cartier // “Petite Luxe” twisted vine diamond and platinum ring by Brilliant Earth

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A little note about why I was so excited to do this post with Platinum Jewelry. I always knew platinum was special because of its rarity, but when I went to the “Cartier and America” exhibit in San Francisco several years ago, I was blown away by the intricate platinum and diamond pieces from the Belle Époque – tiaras, necklaces, earrings, pins. Sparkling. Breathtaking. That’s where I learned that another reason platinum is prized for use in jewelry is because of its density and strength – it allows jewelers to create more delicate designs, to incorporate more gemstones in a smaller area, to highlight gemstones (especially diamonds!) rather than weigh them down, and to create some truly magnificent pieces of jewelry art. To show you what I mean, I’ll just leave you with this incredible Cartier brooch from 1906:

Platinum and Diamond Cartier Lily Brooch

 

This post is a paid collaboration with Platinum Jewelry, the world’s leading authority and source of independent information about platinum jewelry. Thanks for supporting the partnerships that we believe in and that help to keep Snippet & Ink running.

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