Courtesy of Penny Preville
Jewelry designer Penny Preville describes her designs as feminine and romantic, so it was only a matter of time, as she says, before she started her own bridal line. Channeling inspiration from women in historic love stories, her jewelry is both fine and elegant and easily can be worn on your wedding day and beyond.
Here, she gives us style advice for choosing your wedding day jewelry (aside from the rings) and talks about which celebrities she would love to see in her jewels. —Cari Wolfert
What made you decide to start designing a bridal collection?
My designs, being feminine and romantic, have always appealed to brides. The real start of the collection itself was when my oldest son asked me to design a ring for his bride-to-be, Mara. When I started getting other requests I began to realize that now was the right time in my career to launch this line.
What advice would you give to brides about how to pick their wedding day jewelry?
Despite my obsession with jewelry, I am a firm believer that the dress is the most important. A bride should pick jewelry to showcase the dress and not the other way around...
I think it's important to always have an amazing pair of earrings and a cuff bracelet. I love a necklace as long as it doesn't take away from the dress. Everything should fit together.
Your engagement rings are named for women in historical love stories. How to do translate their story into a piece of jewelry?
I am a huge fan of love stories and I draw my inspiration from the lessons learned from the story and what the story has come to symbolize over time. Let's take the Aphrodite ring as an example. Aphrodite is the Goddess of Love. The ring, with its entwined setting, represents a partnership between two people. The engagement ring symbolizes the beginning of that partnership. The Juliet Ring is another example. Everyone knows the story of Romeo and Juliet. It's a story of love and devotion, two things every marriage should encompass.
What characters are inspiring you right now that you think may show up in future pieces?
That's a really hard question to answer because inspiration comes to me in all forms. Sometimes it's the character I am inspired by and sometimes it's their story. It could be from history or a movie or book I am reading. Only time will tell!
A variety of celebrities have worn your pieces. What other celebrities do you dream about seeing wearing your designs?
I am always flattered when any celebrity wears my designs! I absolutely love Kate Winslet. I think she is so real and honest, the kind of woman I admire. Keira Knightley is another celebrity I'd love to see wearing one of my pieces. She often plays roles (like those in Pride and Prejudice and The Dutchess) from many of the time periods where I get my inspiration. I love Beyonce because of her confidence and independence. Angelina Jolie is another celebrity that I love because she stands for something and I'd be honored to have her wear my jewelry. I'd also love to see Michelle Obama wearing my pieces. Not only does she embody all of the qualities you want to see in a first lady—she's educated, warm and compassionate, an incredible role model—but she also has an amazing sense of style!