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Delicate Matter

L.A.-based jeweler Ariel Gordon’s chic, understated pieces prove that jewelry on the big day can shine, regardless of its reading on the bling meter.

Heart signet locket necklace in 14K rose gold, $795

Jessica Alba wore hers to Paris Fashion Week. Lauren Conrad paired hers with a casual dress for a day of running errands in Los Angeles. And countless others with a penchant for personalized jewelry are taking note. We’re talking about Ariel Gordon’s initial necklaces. With their old-world aesthetic and classic charm, the necklaces—along with Gordon’s hand-engraved rings, earrings and bracelets—are quickly becoming wedding-day essentials for brides-to-be. And the dainty accessories aren’t just reserved for the future Mrs. A new trend in bridesmaid gifting has taken place, and girlfriends have Gordon to thank. “The pieces I see women purchasing for their bridesmaids tend to be modern interpretations of classic pieces. It’s something the girls can enjoy after the fact.” There’s no denying that Gordon’s own ceremony helped catapult the idea of a sartorial souvenir. For her nuptials, she created an updated BFF necklace: Gordon’s heart-shaped pendant had pavé diamonds on one half, while her bridesmaids wore the same piece with pavé diamonds on the opposite half. Now, the Close to My Heart necklace is one of her best-sellers, and counts Jennifer Hudson as a fan. The heart signet locket necklace, meanwhile, has a sentimental style, and comes in either 14K yellow or 14K rose gold. Monogrammed initials by a third-generation engraver add to the heirloom feel, something Gordon is proud to point out. “These lockets, and all of the pieces with hand-engraving, have an Old-World charm. Many places will use stamps, but I want to create something special that women can pass down to the next generation.” How’s that for a heart of gold?