ABOUT Edera Jewelry
Edera /e-dare-uh/ (noun): Italian word for ivy vine; a symbol of love and wedded fidelity.
The ROmance of Handcrafted Lace
For centuries, handmade lace was one of the most precious parts of a bride's wedding day look. Gowns, veils, and other pieces of the bridal trousseau were adorned with lace that required days, or even months, of meticulous craftsmanship to create. Edera updates this tradition for the modern bride, with a collection of romantic jewelry and accessories that showcases intricate lace motifs. Designer Ivy Long handcrafts the collection in her Vermont, USA studio using old-world lacemaking and needlework techniques and heirloom-quality materials.
COUTURE LACEMAKING TECHNIQUES
Each design starts with one of designer Ivy Long's original lace patterns and spools of the finest silk, real metal, or metallic foil threads. Ivy weaves the intricate lace motifs with a small crochet hook, then embroiders the lace with a mix of vintage crystals and glass beads, freshwater pearls, and Swarovski crystals.
The lace is created with either pure silk, real metal, or metallic foil threads. Real metal threads are wrapped in a fine metal sheet containing amounts of gold or silver, and are nearly identical to those used in the rich embroidery and laces of the Renaissance and Rococo eras. The metallic foil threads are used in traditional Japanese embroidery and contain .999 silver and 18k gold in the foil. All designs are finished with sterling silver or 14k gold-filled findings.
REQUEST A CUSTOM DESIGN FOR YOUR SPECIAL DAY
Ivy works extensively with clients on custom wedding and couture projects. Please visit the Custom Work page to request your own Edera Jewelry design.
MEET the DESIGNER
Ivy Long launched Edera Jewelry in 2006. Named after the Italian word for "ivy," a symbol of love and fidelity in the language of flowers, and a nod to Ivy's Italian heritage, Edera Jewelry has become known for meticulously-crafted heirloom-quality bridal jewelry and accessories with a romantic, vintage-inspired sensibility.
Ivy grew up fascinated by the beautiful fabrics, trims, and beads in her mother's textile art and millinery studio, and learned to sew, knit, and embroider an early age. Soon jewelry overtook all of her other creative interests, and she went on to apprentice with and work for several jewelry designers while still in her teens. Her passion for lace was sparked in her early twenties when she came across a book of reproductions of Renaissance Venetian needlelace patterns. Captivated, Ivy began experimenting with real metal threads to create delicate lace motifs, designing her own patterns and eventually combining her love of needle arts with her jewelry-making expertise. The feminine and timeless character of lace lent itself perfectly to bridal designs.
For over a decade Ivy has had the pleasure of designing jewelry for brides all over the world. Her work has been featured in many national and regional wedding magazines including: Bridal Guide, Get Married, and WellWed, as well as the blogs Style Me Pretty, Ruffled, and The Wedding Chicks, among others. Her jewelry has been featured on the TV series Reign, and she has designed jewelry for the national bridal salon BHLDN. She creates the collection from her studio in a small Victorian cottage situated in the beautiful Green Mountains of Vermont.