Cash in on the hot “glam” trend by
accenting your Valentine’s Day offerings with sparkling gemstone
Shimmering jewels have long been selected by florists to add sparkle
to bouquets and other wedding florals. But today, with the bejeweled
trend having exploded in the fashion industry, especially among the
younger set, the assortment of faux gemstones for floral use has
expanded as well—far beyond the delicate bridal baubles.
On these pages, designers Christina M. Burton, AIFD, and Bill J. Harper,
AIFD, AAF, demonstrate how these new rising stars can add glitz and
glamour to a wealth of floral designs for Valentine’s Day and any
pink on pink
A lustrous replica diamond, in a pretty blush hue, glamorously tops a
narrow votive tray filled with delicate pink diamond beads that shimmer
under the water’s surface. Nestled beneath the oversized stone is a
gorgeous cluster of hot pink Freesias, whose attractive foliage,
bejeweled with “gemstone” pins, is used for a striking linear treatment.
MATERIALS: Freesias from favorite supplier; replica diamonds and
diamond beads from Accent Décor; Lomey® Gems Pink Diamante Pins from
Smithers-Oasis; Rectangular Votive from Syndicate Sales.
Simple rectangular vases receive a tailored treatment with lustrous
ribbon and elegant bouquet jewelry in this pretty pairing. One vase,
filled with a dense gathering of Freesias, features a wrapping of
ribbon accessorized by two square jewel-encrusted buckles. The other
ribbon treatment, accented with a round buckle, serves as an
attractive mechanic, covering some of the vase’s opening and
allowing just a few premium blossoms to be dropped in. An adhesive
dot adheres the buckle’s bar to the vessel and holds the circular
accessory in place.
MATERIALS: Freesias and ‘Garnet Glow’ miniature callas from
favorite suppliers; Crystal High Society Buckles from Bouquet
Jewels® by Flora Europa; ribbon from Lion Ribbon Co.; vases from BX
Glass; Glue Dots from burton + Burton.
Whisper-soft roses and a trio of heart-shaped boxes demonstrate the
elegance that can be achieved with jewels and jeweled garlands. The
smallest receptacle, lined and filled with floral foam, beautifully
displays one dozen blooms lightly veiled by a gem-laden garland and
bullion wire for enhanced sparkle. Inside the midsized heart, a small
votive cup hydrates roses and sprigs of Thryptomene while the decorated
top remains in place with strategically placed adhesive dots. The
largest box, encased by a bead garland, illustrates a high-end gift wrap
technique worthy of an especially romantic present inside.
MATERIALS: ‘Bianca Candy’ roses and Thryptomene calycina from
favorite supplier; floral garland and pearl luster garlands from Hill’s
Imports Inc./Park’s Company; Bullion Wire and Strong Pink Lomey® Gems
Flowers from Smithers-Oasis; Deco Ice™ round gems from Lion Ribbon Co.;
Petal Pink Embossed Heart Nested Boxes from Nashville Wraps.
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