Real Gems: Stunning Local Bridal Jewelry That Gives Back

From: Fall/Winter 2016 edition
Millianna’s Dynasty bib necklace

Conceived and crafted by women, Millianna, a Spokane-based jewelry brand first launched in 2010 by fashion industry veterans Arianna Brooke and Sharmilla Persaud, has long specialized in handmade, fashion-forward jewelry. Now, the brand is welcoming new members into the girls’ club—brides—with the addition of a wedding line of beaded necklaces, bracelets and headpieces. Described as “chic and clean, but avant-garde” by Persaud, the collection includes such highlights as the Dynasty bib necklace (above, $495)—which boasts loops of sumptuous Czech crystal pearls—and the Victoria delicate 4CC hairpiece (below, $345), a standout accessory that marries the Victorian era with the Roaring ’20s, made from cut crystals and Czech crystal pearls hand-woven onto American-made chain.

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Millianna provides these unique options for brides while also giving back through a partnership with the World Relief organization: Spokane-based refugee women originally from locations such as Nepal, Myanmar and Eritrea are trained as beaders for the company. “For some of these women, it’s the first time they’ve had their own money,” says Brooke, who wants women to feel empowered, whether they be artisans making a new life or distinctive brides with a zeal for style.