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faceted FLORALS

Cash in on the hot “glam” trend by accenting your Valentine’s Day offerings with sparkling gemstone additions.

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 occasion.

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.

  bejeweled buckles
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.


romantic notions

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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