Why Bel Canto?
Our passion is creating luxury bridal jewelry and accessories in authentic, heirloom styles from beautiful vintage pieces that we continuously seek out from estate and antique markets.
Mari, our founder and principal designer, is conservatory-trained in opera and actively teaches voice students in her private studio. It is this artistry which inspired the name of our jewelry design studio - bel canto means "beautiful singing" in Italian. When not teaching voice students, Mari enjoys serving brides, debutantes, and other clients seeking unique and elegant jewelry and hair accessories for special occasions.
"Vintage" and "Vintage-Inspired"
Some of the vintage jewelry we obtain is, in our judgment, best offered in its original form. It is carefully reconditioned to beautifully render the service for which it was originally designed. Original pieces will be clearly identified on our site.
When our 'finds' are signed by the original designer, we carefully restore these to pristine condition and make them available to our clients - noting this assurance of very high quality workmanship and design. Unsigned pieces can often exhibit the same high quality.
Rest assured that all pieces described as "vintage" are truly from the mid-1900s to the best of our knowledge. Through our years of experience, we have developed a good eye for recognizing period designs and classic aesthetic quality and flow. Please view the detailed images on our site and ask questions if you have any concerns about the origin of an item.
The signs of age and wear customary to vintage jewelry often adds to its appeal. At Bel Canto Designs, we lovingly restore pieces that may have lost or damaged rhinestones and incorporate them into our custom work. We use the highest-quality hair combs, vintage rhinestones, freshwater pearls and jewelry 'finds' to assemble our pieces. We take great care to use methods of attachment that will not degrade the appearance of our custom work.
In addition to one-of-a-kind vintage pieces, we occasionally come across current designs offering excellent styling and brilliant sparkle. These will be clearly labeled as "vintage-inspired." Very often these are no less attractive than the older pieces, and in some cases brides prefer the newness, shine and sparkle – thereby choosing another item for the 'something old' in their trousseau. These pieces also serve well in the creation of coordinated sets for bridal attendants.