April 27, 2012
Lily of the Valley from Sweet Romance
-- Use the language of flowers to say I love you this Mother’s Day with the Lily-of-the-
Valley collection from Sweet Romance. From the late 1800s to present day, the delicate lily has been expressed in paintings, wedding bouquets and fashion style. Designer Shelley Cooper was inspired by those traditions to create a necklace, bracelet, earrings and pin set that beautifully captures the curving stems, slender leaves and delicate, bell-shaped blossoms.
“I wanted to create a representation of Lily-of-the-
Valley through jewelry so the flower would transcend its short season in nature and fill the wearer with a breath of spring, a symbol of hope and love,” explains Cooper. “My designs are in the art nouveau style. The tapered leaves are translucent green enamel emphasizing the texture of the leaves and the arching stems support delicate glass pearls representing the bell-shaped flower.”
A new aesthetic called Art Nouveau influenced the decorative arts, architecture and fashion at the end of the 1800s and just a decade beyond until 1910. The “new art” brought design innovation that wasn’t derived from any previous art form or period style. It stressed curvilinear, undulating, botanical lines. It stressed design and hand fabrication over precious materials and eschewed machine production entirely. Lily-of-the-
valley was the very essence of art nouveau style, with its tapering leaves, arched stems and delicate, trembling bell flowers. In the Sweet Romance collection, the glass pearl flowers are attached ‘en tremblant’ which heightens their appeal.
Sweet Romance Jewelry Manufacturing is an American design house and manufacturer producing the jewelry lines of Sweet Romance and Ollipop. CEO Shelley Copper is an artist, designer and historian who weaves history, beauty and imagination into jewelry designs which radiate the authenticity and spirit of many eras of fashion history. Her lines are sold to retailers and wholesalers worldwide as well as through the online jewelry boutique at sweetromanceonline.com and shelleycooper.com.