ROMANTIC vintage has always been a huge trend for weddings, as jewellery designer Kat Dibbits has found.
Her reworked vintage jewellery line, Made With Love, has proved so popular with brides that she has just introduced a special section for them into her online shop.
Kat sells through the online marketplace Folksy, and her bridal collection features vintage brooches, earrings and bracelet links, reworked into new pieces using gorgeous stones and crystals in palettes of dusky pink, pale cream, lilac, gold and pastels.
“Each piece is completely one of a kind,” says Kat of her whimsical creations. “I think that’s one reason why brides love the collection so much. Every woman wants her wedding day to be unique, and this is one way to help make that dream become a reality.”
A far cry from the mass produced items found in High Street shops, Kat’s jewellery is painstakingly handcrafted, with some pieces taking several hours to complete. Brooch pins are snipped off and the back smoothed, earring hooks removed, missing stones replaced and blemishes disguised.
Then begins the long process of handwiring the new pieces together.
“You can buy ready-made eye pins that save a lot of time, but I don’t think they look as elegant, so I wire everything properly myself,” says Kat.
Kat also accepts commissions, meaning broken or unloved heirloom jewellery can be given a new lease of life.
The commissioning process involves the customer at every stage – they see sketches and colour recommendations before giving the go-ahead for the final piece to be made.
Kat started designing jewellery five years ago, but says she will be focussing more on bridal jewellery in 2014.
“It is so satisfying to hear a customer say she has worn one of my pieces on her special day,” she says. “To play even a small part is really exciting.”
Notes to editors
A Dropbox folder containing images of items from the collection for download can be found at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/il0jj2k2fn5nxxi/aCTMxJdMMe