I was first introduced to the wonders of Alexis Russell jewelry this past May when my lovely friend Briana received an Alexis Russell engagement ring. (A preview of Briana's engagement photos can be found here.)
I have always loved unique, non-traditional bridal jewelry, and I FELL IN LOVE with everything on Alexis Russell's website.
Alexis first started her jewelry career in 2005 after She uses recycled metals and conflict free (often raw and uncut) diamonds and gemstones, and her designs are a healthy mix of organic/boho and strikingly modern.
I wish I could use a different word than "obsessed" because it's kind of a cliche word, but truly...I'm obsessed with her engagement rings. My hypothetical future husband seriously needs to take note. While Alexis has a definite distinct style, her bridal jewelry still comes in a wide variety of aesthetics, from deep colored raw diamonds like Briana's to more traditional clear stones in unique shapes. Naturally, she makes remarkable, simple wedding bands to make a perfect pair.
For something even more non-traditional (or simply for everyday jewelry) Alexis carries small, raw diamond stacking rings. And men, she hasn't forgotten about you. Her hammered unisex rings are a perfect wedding band for the bride or groom.
Then there's the OTHER jewelry options. Her hand chains are perfect right-hand compliments to her wedding rings, and all her bracelets, earrings, and necklaces are remarkable.
It would be a serious oversight not to mention her "save the date" necklaces. You can customize them to say anything, and they make excellent, understated gifts for bridesmaids, MOBs and MOGs, and anyone within a bridal party.
Perhaps the BEST news for my fellow Illinoisans is that Alexis Russell designs are now being carried in Winnetka, IL!
I'll say this: Alexis Russell is not for everyone. Her designs are unexpected and different, and not everyone likes that.
But to that, I'll say THIS: everyone should like it.
"Pay attention. See how genius creates a legend."
- Shakespeare in Love
(all photos courtesy of www.alexisrussell.com)
Three of my friends got married in three weeks this summer (in what I fondly call my Summer Wedding Trilogy) and ALL THREE of them got their dresses at David's Bridal. I did a full review of my David's Bridal Shopping experience back in August, and I've been rather fond of some of their dresses this season.