A bridesmaid is more than a friend to stand by your side in a pretty dress. A bridesmaid is a sister, a friend since you were five, a college roommate, and a person who knows you better than anyone else. These ladies (or gentlemen) are your people. After you have asked them to stand by your side, figured out their attire (that, of course, they will be able to wear again and again, right?), you want to show them a little appreciation. The bridesmaid’s gift can be an overwhelming task that is left to the wayside, but – fear not – we are here to help you through the selection process. And what’s even better is that Lake Tahoe is FULL of incredible artisans who make one-of-a-kind jewelry that your friends will be wearing for years to come.
We are so lucky to live in Tahoe and be surrounded by insanely talented people. Every store you enter sells handmade, local jewelry that is gorgeous! We have narrowed it down to a few of our favorites, so all you have to do is say yes(!) to whatever piece speaks to you.
Riverside Studios is located in Downtown Truckee and is full of incredible pieces. Owned by five local artists with a focus on handmade items from ceramic pieces to leatherwork, Riverside Studioes features unique jewelry at various price points. With over 35 local artists, it’s the perfect place to start your search.
Mary Buchan Guerrera, one of the owners, specializes in silver and stones and her work in amazing! We especially love her rings and earrings. You can find a different ring for every maid that fits their personality and this is definitely something they will wear day after day. Make sure you stop in their storefront in Downtown Truckee to find even more options!
Another incredible shop downtown is BeSpoke. How adorable is their storefront?! BeSpoke is a family-owned business specializing in items made locally. From the second you walk in their door you feel like you walked into the coolest home ever. Their jewelry selection is unique and screams Tahoe style. Looking for something to remember the summers you and your friends spent at the lake? Krista Tranquilla’s Tahoe necklaces are a sweet way to share that memory with your friends. Her pieces are sold at BeSpoke and are the perfect complement to a Tahoe wedding. Looking for a bright and colorful way for your maids to stand out? BeSpoke carries Clouds and Ladders’ (not based in Truckee, but still local to NorCal) fun and playful jewelry. How incredible are these earrings? Make sure you get yourself a pair too!
Nox Tahoe Jewelry is another local favorite of ours. Owner Ali Henn was born and raised in Tahoe. She incorporates natural elements from the area into her work. Think druzy pendant necklaces and hand-made earrings and necklaces etched with mountain tops. These pieces are flawless and extremely popular among locals. Find a Druzy pendant that matches your color palette, and we guarantee your friends will be raving about their gift.
LORIEN POWERS STUDIO JEWELRY
Lorien Powers is known for making limited edition, custom jewelry. She specializes in engagement rings and wedding bands, which you must see! Her jewelry is created with an industrial, contemporary style. Stop in her studio in Downtown Truckee and you may see her at work! She creates her masterpieces right in her studio/storefront. Her shop is a glimmering mix of amazing pieces, and you may find just what you are looking for here!
We hope this local guide to our favorite jewelry helps guide you in your pursuit of the ever-so-important bridesmaid gift. You can’t go wrong with any of these options, we promise. Make sure you pick something up for yourself too! Happy Shopping!