February 18, 2011
Expert Advice: Ali Galgano of Charm & Chain
Posted by Sherri Caudell Brennan
Ali Galgano has been a lover of sparkly things her entire life and believes that the right jewelry can transform a dull outfit into something truly amazing.
To spread her joy of all things blingy, she founded Charm & Chain, an online jewelry boutique that's bursting with earrings, necklaces, rings, and bracelets she's curated from NYC and abroad. How does she find all these wearable and affordable lovelies? She digs through vintage stores, street fairs, and designers' markets.
I wanted to get Ali's opinion on fashionable wedding-day pieces. Check out the slideshow containing her top-five favorite bridal jewelry designers. Note: Each slide is filled with more tips and jewelry-wearing wisdom from Ali!
1 Ali Galgano, owner of Charm & Chain.
2 "Lulu Frost, one of our most talented designers, fashions vintage pieces into stunning contemporary jewelry."
3 "We especially love Lulu Frost's Art Deco earring collection made with 1920s matching shoe clips," says Ali. "They are so unique -- our customers absolutely swoon over them."
4 "Her line is for the bride who wants something very special and romantic."
5 "Frost's pieces speak to my personal aesthetic, but I also think they would appeal to any bride -- classic or contemporary."
6 "My second favorite bridal jewelry designer is Badgley Mischka."
7 "Badgley Mischka pieces are sophisticated and elegant with just a touch of the Victorian-era about them."
8 "Most people know Badgley Mischka for their elaborate wedding gowns, but their jewelry collection is also quite stunning."
9 "Expect lots of ooos-and-ahhs if you wear a Badgley Mischka piece."
10 "Ben-Amun comes up third on my list," says Ali. "His Art Deco jewelry would be beautiful for a spring or summer wedding. The yellow-toned metal feels fresh and youthful -- perfect for those seasons."
11 "In a wedding I recently attended, all of the bridesmaids paired simple black dresses with various Ben-Amun pieces. The jewelry looked fabulous in every single picture."
12 "Ben-Amun has great pearl pieces that are above and beyond typical one-strands."
13 "From very subtle to over-the-top glitzy, this designer has pieces for every occasion."
15 "Erickson Beamon has to be my number-four favorite," says Ali. "He mixes dainty pearls, oversize crystals, and chains to create avant-garde pieces that are dramatic and bold."
16 "Even if a bride wants to go uber-traditional for the ceremony, she can pump up her look with statement jewelry for the reception."
17 "Beamon's dangling earrings, frequently seen on the red carpet and in editorial spreads, are favored by trendsetters like Sarah Jessica Parker and First Lady Michelle Obama."
18 "Last but totally not least, Elizabeth Cole Jewelry's antique sensibility -- the pieces incorporate decorative traditions from the Middle Ages -- is incredibly popular among brides."
19 "Several of Elizabeth Cole's earrings -- the Bacall, Harlow, and Blondell -- have silhouettes that work very well with wedding dresses," says Ali. "Their styles are a bit more exciting than traditional diamond drops."
21 "For the bride who wants something truly unique, I suggest looking at rhinestone diamante pieces like the ones we carry in the Charm & Chain Vintage Jewelry Collection."
22 "One bride layered several vintage diamante necklaces -- the overall look was so beautiful, it gave me goose bumps," says Ali.
23 "The Vintage Collection's pieces are primarily from the 1950s."
24 "These earrings, also from the Charm & Chain Vintage Jewelry Collection, evoke old-Hollywood glamour."
25 "Walking down the aisle wearing a treasured piece -- like this colorful necklace from the Vintage Collection -- adds another element of timelessness to your special day."
Photos by Todd Plitt
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