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Dipped In Gold

While frolicking in SoHo a couple weeks back, I ran into an intriguingly creative jewelry maker at Onieals Grand Street Bar (also the location of Scout ... the bar on Sex & The City opened by Miranda's then-boyfriend, Steve, and Carrie's old-flame, Aidan). The owner of Onieals is good friends with artist Marie-Lise Lachapelle and allows her to showcase her beautiful collections there from time to time. I've seen lots of jewelry, but her pieces are truly captivating. She uses natural semi-precious, precious stones and most impressive ... REAL flowers and leaves! Actually, some of her prettiest works were actual flowers dipped in 18-karat gold. She also uses sterling silver, gold vermeil, white and rose gold. The combinations are endless and she approaches each like sculpture.

During our brief chat, we discussed bridal jewelry, which she admitted is her favorite to create. An idea we had was to take flowers from a brides bouquet and turn them into jewelry as a means of preserving and passing them down from generation to generation. How special is that? Long gone are the days when your only option was to have your bouquet "dried and framed." See Marie-Lise if you are interested in treasuring your bouquet as a wedding keepsake as well as a gorgeous piece of jewelry.

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