Friday, April 24, 2009

Now on Etsy!

Love Etsy? Now you can find Northern Star Bridal there too!
In addition to our website (where you'll still find our best selection) I'm pleased to announce the launch of our Etsy store!

Most of the items in our Etsy store are the same as what's on our website but they are in US dollars instead of Canadian dollars.

However, I also plan to use this Etsy store as a place to show my non-bridal jewelry as well!
Keep checking back and don't forget to Buy Handmade!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Bridal Jewelry on a Budget

There's no doubt about it. Times are tough. But there is no reason why recessionista brides can't have the wedding of their dreams on a budget. Of all the things you will need for your wedding, dress, veil, flowers and shoes, jewelry is the one thing that you can wear again!

One thing that true recessionistas do is to break down the cost of an item in "cost per use". For example, if that fab pair of shoes you've been eyeing cost $100 and you know that you'll wear them at least 50 times then the cost per use is $2.00. Not bad.

So, if you choose jewelry you can wear again your cost per use comes down. It's as simple as that. It's amazing how many opportunities you can find to wear your jewelry again. Sure, you're not likely to wear your tiara to the office but there's no reason why you can't wear your bracelet out to dinner or your earrings to a birthday party.

Here are 6 tips to get the most mileage out of your bridal jewelry.

1. Go neutral.
White, Ivory or Cream pearls and Clear crystals are the easiest to wear again. Clear AB crystals are beautiful but might be a bit too "blingy" for everyday. Moonlight, Golden Shadow and Silver Shade crystals are also easy to wear and quite neutral.

2. Separate your pieces.
Wearing your necklace, bracelet and earrings all together looks fantastic with your wedding dress but may be too much for other occasions. Try wearing your earrings and bracelet together sans necklace, or wear your necklace with a simple pair of hoops or pearls. Don't be afraid to mix your jewelry up with other pieces in your jewelry collection.

3. Bring it on your honeymoon.
Chances are you'll be going out for dinner a lot which is a great opportunity to wear your jewelry again.

4. Choose the right metal.
If most of your jewelry is white gold or silver, choose sterling silver as your metal. If most of your jewelry is gold, gold-filled might be the best choice for you. Don't be afraid to mix your metals though. This is a hot trend in jewelry right now.

5. Try layering
My sister-in-law is excellent at this. She can wear 5 bracelets at once and make it look good. Try wearing your necklace with chains of various lengths or pile on several bracelets together. This is a great way to create a new look with your jewelry.

6. Protect it.
Most importantly, the best way to get the most mileage out of your jewelry is to take care of it. Wearing your jewelry regularly will help prevent tarnish. The oils from your skin will help protect the metal. Tarnish is much easier to prevent than to remove so keep your jewelry in a sealed zipper baggie with an anti-tarnish tab inside when you are not wearing it. Anti-tarnish tabs are specially coated papers that help absorb tarnish producing gasses. The zipper baggies also help keep tarnish at bay and prevent your jewelry from getting scratched in your jewelry box. We include these bags and anti-tarnish tabs with your purchase.

When you break it down to cost per use, your bridal jewelry is really an investment in your jewelry wardrobe. Trends may come and go but classic bridal jewelry can be worn for years to come. What's best though is every time you put your jewelry on you'll be reminded of your special day. And that, as they say is priceless.....

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Spring 09 Photo Shoot!

Tuesday, April 14th was such an awesome day for me. We did our almost annual model photo shoot and everything went so well! As promised here are some sample photos from our photo shoot. Before I reveal them I would like to thank everyone involved in the shoot.

-First and foremost, a special thank you to my good friend the fabulous photographer Cora (Rudy) Henderson of
Cora's Photography. You amaze me!
-Second, thank you to the multi-talented Jayna Bussiere from
Jayna Marie Hair and Makeup for doing such a beautiful job with hair and makeup!
-Third, thank you to Larissa Meade from
Bridal Beginnings who made us a beautiful bouquet! In my usual disorganization I asked Larissa to make us a bouquet at the last minute and she came through for us beautifully!
-Fourthly, I would like to thank our gorgeous models! Katelyn, who happens to be a production assistant at Northern Star is also a professional model (how lucky am I?). You can see more of her work at
Carrie Wheeler Entertainment. Also, my good friend and bride-to-be Taralynne who generously let us photograph her in her wedding dress, even though her wedding isn't until June! Let's home her fiance doesn't read bridal jewelry blogs! ;-)
-And of course all the lovely and gorgeous pieces of jewelry and hair accessories are provided by
Northern Star Bridal Jewelry. Hey I get to toot my own horn too don't I?

Here's a preview of our photos. More to come soon!

Katelyn wearing Yvette Earrings.

Katelyn wearing Olivia Hair Vine (coming soon!) with Cheryl Necklace and Earrings.

Taralynne wearing Shell Necklace with Brooke Earrings.

Katelyn wearing Cassandra Earrings with Grace Hair Vine (coming soon!).

Taralynne wearing Marilyn II Necklace and Earrings.

Katelyn wearing Amber Earrings with Katrina Hair Clip.

Katelyn wearing Willow Comb with Vivienne Earrings.

Katelyn wearing Ariella Necklace, Bracelet and Earrings.

Taralynne wearing yet to be named tiara headband and Marilyn II earrings.

Taralynne wearing Elsa Earrings with Anya Bracelet in gold-fill.

Thanks again to everyone involved in the shoot! Photos will be added to all product pages on our website and I will post more photos on the blog when I get them.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

More Real Brides!

I haven't done a real bride post in a while! Thanks to all our beautiful brides for sending us your photos. It's always so nice to see our jewelry in action on your big day.

Here are some photos sent to us over the last few months.

Thuc is wearing Paige Earrings with a custom necklace.

Holly is wearing Erin Necklace and Bracelet with Beth Earrings and her bridesmaids are wearing Tamara Earrings and Necklaces in Peridot.

Nancy is wearing Isabella Necklace and Earrings and her bridesmaid is wearing Mini Katie necklace and Earrings.

Lynette is wearing Courtney Necklace and Earrings.

Julia is wearing Blossom Necklace with Mini Blossom Earrings.

Kelly is wearing Marilyn Bracelet and Earrings.

Cherise is wearing a custom version of Abigale Necklace and Earrings.

Laura-Jane is wearing Laura Necklace with Paige Earring and her bridesmaids are wearing Karen Necklace and Earrings.

Cathy is wearing Abigale Necklace with Paige Earrings.

Cathy's bridesmaids are wearing custom Brooke necklaces (without the drop) with Brooke Earrings.

Jo-Ann is wearing Hannah Earrings with custom hair pins.

Jo-Ann's bridesmaids are wearing Rayne Necklaces and Earrings in Light Grey.

Denise is wearing Blossom Earrings.

Tania is wearing Abigale Necklace and Earrings and her bridesmaids are wearing Erin Necklaces with Beth Earrings.

Thanks again to all of our brides who have sent us photos! If you would like to be included in our wedding album please send your photos to We offer a gift certificate for a free pair of earrings to all of our brides who send us professional photos that showcase Northern Star Bridal Jewelry!
For more Real Bride photos check out our Wedding Album.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

The Perfect Accent

More and more brides are choosing accent colors to coordinate with their wedding colors. Whether it's a colorful sash on your gown or the pale green orchids that highlight your mocha bridesmaids dresses, accent colors can really bring the whole look of a wedding together. From the invitations to the decor to the wedding parties attire, these accents can be carried through in little details everywhere.

Jewelry is a wonderful place to use your accent color! Rather than matching the color of your dress or choosing a neutral color try using a touch of your accent color to tie everything together.

Here are a few accent color ideas.

Sunshine and Spice

Alfred Angelo 6540

For this dress a great match would be Karen Necklace in Jonquil with Padparadcha. This combination uses both the main color and accent color together.

White and Blue

Alfred Angelo #1139
For this dress a great match would be Mikenna in Crystal Clear with Montana.

Kiwi and Fuchsia

Alfred Angelo 7004
For this dress a great match would be Josephine in Fuchsia, Rose and Light Rose.

Ivory and Cafe

Alfred Angelo #1719

For this dress a great match would be Courtney with Cream pearls and Golden Shadow crystals.

Butter and Rose

Alfred Angelo 6340S

For this dress, a great match would be Katie in Powder Rose.

Using your accent color in your jewelry is a great way to pull everything together! It's amazing how many people will notice these little details that help make your wedding special and uniquely you.