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Recently on the Etsy.com prow for a gift for a bride-to-be pal, I stumbled upon Blustarfruit Handmade Jewelry. Made by Michigan-native turned Charleston-resident Sarah Goncalves, the designs-within-reach include everything from colorful semi-precious earrings that can be worn by your maids to rose button studs for flower girls to dainty faux pearl brooch bracelets you can don for aisle style. And the prices? We’re talking $5 to $60.
Sarah, an MUSC student, began designing jewelry a year ago while gearing up for her own nuptials at St. Luke’s Chapel, and she hasn’t stopped since. “I was trying to find something unique for my bridesmaids, and I fell in love with the process,” Sarah explains. We dig her DIY, can-do approach and some of the more colorful and surprising pieces, like the lovebirds necklace. (How sweet would that be for a bridesmaid or for a shower?)
To craft your own creations, visit Sarah’s favorite local haunts, Charleston Bead Company downtown or Country Bumpkin Arts & Crafts in Mount Pleasant for materials. And for more information on local jewelers—including fine ones—check out our online directory here.
(clockwise from top left) Swarovski Teardrop Earrings and Necklace Set in Silver ($40); Knotted Golden Flower Necklace ($25); Double Sweet Bird Silver Necklace ($17); Watermelon and Pearl Cluster Earrings ($20); Gold and Turquoise Teardrop Earrings ($17); Pick Your Color Rose Stud Earrings ($10); Bridal Chandelier Earrings made with Swarovski Crystals ($55); Triple Flower Pearl Drop Earrings ($18); Modern Crystal Ribbon Headband ($45)