Pearls for your wedding? Pearls are definitely classic bridal jewelry. There is nothing more traditional or classic. I love pearls I have collected so many strands throughout my life that I was able to gift each of my four daughters a strand and still have two left for myself. Below is my favorite necklace. It’s an old-fashioned design of graduated pearls. You can’t see it in this image, but they have a subtle rose glow. An old fashioned saying is: “If you wish to impress someone, wear your pink pearls.” Did I wear pearls on my wedding day? Yes I did. I wore the strand I received for my 18th birthday, which I have since gifted my oldest daughter and a second necklace composed of a pendent set with diamonds. It included a pear shaped pearl dangling from it. Kathleen received this as well for her 30th birthday and will gift it to her daughter, Lily, to wear on her wedding day.
The necklace below is a compromise between the traditional and a little more contemporary style. I love it. And the best of all? It’s costume jewelry and won’t break the bank.
Don’t fancy wearing a pearl necklace or even a necklace at all? What about a bracelet? The one below is exquisite! It would go perfectly with a gown that was a little more simple. Do you have an elaborate dress? Then perhaps you may wish to choose a piece of jewelry that is not so intricate.
What if you, or your groom wish to purchase pearls? Do you know what you should look for and what to be wary of? Above is a comprehensive chart that can get you on your way. When considering price look for pearl size, color, shape, surface and luster.
Think pearls are always of a whitish hue? You would be wrong! Check out all the beautiful colors in the chart above. Are they my favorite? No, but then it’s a very personal choice isn’t it? Enjoy!
Wedding Jewelry…will you wear pearls or diamonds? The jewelry you wear on your wedding day can be sentimental, heirloom, or a fashion statement. Lots to think about… If you choose a dress that is fairly simple, i.e., little lace, beading, and fluff…you might want to “Kick it Up a Notch.” You can do this with jewelry. I personally favor pearls, but diamond, or cubic zircon, can lend an air of panache. The model below incorporates both! I especially love her veil. The rhinestones add a special touch. I like the way it covers just to her brows, but not her eyes. This adds a softness, an air of innocence without completely covering her face – good for photos!
What about using jewelry in your bouquet? The bouquet below is made of silk flowers with jewels interspersed. It’s novel and I’m quite taken with it. I think someone who was truly crafty could make a gorgeous, unique bouquet. I image eBay or tag sales would be a great place to pick up some vintage pieces. I collect clip on earrings, (I don’t have pieced ears), and find GREAT deals on eBay. They’re of surprising good quality too.
I’ve saved the best for last…below are art deco rings. Our KK will wear such a ring on her wedding day. As the first born daughter, of a first born daughter, of a first born daughter… she will wear my grandmother’s platinum diamond engagement ring. It’s much like the style below. It’s fragile, and I wore it infrequently. I was “saving” it. I wish I had worn it more, as soon…it will no longer be mine. But I will give it to KK with joy in my heart on her wedding day, as is our tradition.
Image #1 Galleryhip.com
Image #2 okajewelry.deviantart.com
Image #3 wedzu.com
Image #4 www.hugokohl.com