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A Guide To Choosing Bridal Jewellery
One of the most important parts of planning your wedding for the bride is, of course, the wedding dress. But choosing the right bridal jewellery to go with your wedding dress is just as crucial to give you the most perfect, elegant look on your special day. In this guide, we’ll walk you through what you need to consider, and help you find the right jewellery for you on your wedding day.
Jewellery metal to complement your wedding dress colour
A wedding dress is traditionally ‘white’ but they can come in many different shades, from ivory and champagne to bright white. When selecting your beautiful wedding day jewellery pieces, it’s important to take your chosen dress into consideration as different types of precious metals can complement various wedding gown shades.
If your dream dress is an ivory shade, consider looking into yellow gold metal jewellery. This classic precious metal will highlight the creamy tones of ivory and make you glow, as every beautiful bride should.
If you’ve chosen a bright white dress, it can be made even more radiant offset by gleaming platinum or white gold jewellery pieces that will enhance your look.
For more soft pink-toned dresses, rose gold jewellery would make a beautifully complementary addition for a feminine look, perfect for the ‘blushing bride’.
If your dress is champagne, yellow gold will compliment the colour’s gentle golden hue. Vintage style jewellery pieces suit a champagne dress beautifully too.
Jewellery style for the neckline
Knowing what looks best with your wedding dress’s neckline will help you create the perfect bridal look.
If your wedding dress has a high neckline, wearing a necklace can look too busy. This also applies if your gown is off-one-shoulder, asymmetric, or a halterneck. Instead of a necklace, why not opt for a pair of dazzling diamond earrings, as well as an eye-catching bracelet to balance the frosting.
If your beautiful wedding gown is strapless, it’s the perfect opportunity to showcase a luxurious necklace. If you decide to go for a statement necklace, it’s important to keep the rest of your jewellery simple; a pair of delicate studs and a bracelet will complete this look wonderfully.
A bateau neckline is an elegant style, designed to show off your collarbone. This is the perfect opportunity to wear a collar of choker style necklaces, either as a stand-alone strand or double for a stunning layered look. Choosing a matching pair of stud of drop earrings and a statement ring would complete this glamorous bridal look.
If your wedding dress boasts an elegant plunging neckline, a long pendant that will delicately dip into the v of your chest is the perfect accessory. Depending on the depth of the plunge, there are various necklaces lengths to choose from. A 20-inch chain generally will fall on your collarbone, though it’s good to choose the length accordingly with your dress; use our necklace length guide to help you. A drop necklace will also look divine, and especially elegant as part of a vintage look.
If you’re unsure or would like to keep your jewellery simple, you can’t go wrong with three key pieces; a solitaire necklace, diamond stud earrings, and a tennis bracelet for understated bridal elegance.
Earrings for your hairstyle
Whether you’re planning an elegant updo, or flowing angelic waves, your hairstyle is a big part of your final look on your wedding day. Before deciding on jewellery, you should think about whether you’ll sport a veil, a sparkling tiara or a simple hair accessory. The metal of your hairpiece will need to match your jewellery choice.
Earrings also play a significant role in your final bridal look; not only do they frame your face and inject glamour, but they can be the perfect accompaniment to style wedding hair. If you’re opting for a more flamboyant hairstyle with dazzling accessories then keep your jewellery simple to show off your hair. If your hair is being left slightly undone then larger statement pieces will work perfectly. This rule also applies to your wedding dress, the simpler the dress, the more you can accessorise and vice versa.
An elegant updo can look stylish, chic and modern. A pair of long drop or contemporary chandelier style earrings will suit this hairstyle beautifully.
You may be dreaming of having perfectly styled undone bohemian beach waves for your big day. Statement jewellery with a touch of sparkle will add romance to this casual undone hairstyle, so consider some diamond drop earrings that will shimmer playfully between your luxurious curls. If you’re thinking of truly channelling your inner bohemian child with a delicate braid and a fresh flower crown, then a pair of beautiful yet understated diamond studs will exude sophistication.
Match your skin
We’ve talked about the dress and the hair, but as the bride, you’ll also be thinking about your complexion. Every bride wants to glow on her big day. Makeup and, sometimes, a tan play a part in the perfect bridal look, but wedding jewellery can also be a powerful tool to use to make your complexion radiant.
If you have a darker skin tone or an olive complexion, a lighter hue of bridal jewellery will work in contrast and shine beautifully; think platinum or white gold. On the other hand, a paler skin toner can be complemented by warm golden metal tones like classic yellow gold. Rose gold is a stunningly feminine choice for all skin tones.
Gemstones carry beautiful symbolic meanings and when better to reap their charismatic benefits than on your special wedding day. Our Rosa Mer Collection boasts the perfect dazzling gemstone jewels that will make your journey down the aisle shine even brighter.
Morganite is a stunning stone with feminine colours like soft pink, peach and fuchsia, that will not only complement your wedding day look, but perhaps even go with your wedding flowers. Its charming pink hues radiate harmony, romance and love, perfect as an everlasting jewellery piece and symbol of your wedding day.
Pink sapphires come in various tones, including pale pink and vivid magenta. These pretty pink stones have long been favoured by brides, making them a popular choice in engagement rings. Though, that isn’t to say that they can’t be worn as a dazzling necklace or pair of earrings. These charming stones are thought to carry good fortune, intense love, while symbolising sincerity, loyalty and trust: the perfect ingredients for a successful marriage.
An aquamarine is a perfect gemstone that can be used as your ‘something blue’. This dreamy blue gem is unique as it occurs less in nature, which means it’s highly sought after, making it an extra special piece that can be cherished forever. This stone is particularly perfect for a spring wedding, symbolising fidelity, youth, health and new friendships. It’s also a wonderful gift as a sign of affection and eternal love.
With our collection of aquamarine jewellery, you can adorn your ‘something blue’ as a statement ring, necklace, pair of earrings, or you may be lucky enough to have it as your engagement ring. There are many other beautiful gemstones that radiate positive energies and meanings. Find the perfect one for you in our gemstones and their meanings guide.
Less is more
The most important thing to remember with bridal jewellery is that less is more. Be careful with statement pieces that will distract from your dress, after all, it’s the dress that needs to do the talking when you walk down the aisle. If in doubt, stick to simple jewellery pieces that can offer a subtle yet elegant sparkle and will keep you looking radiant on the most special day of your life.
However you envision your dream wedding look, just call us on 0800 802 1772 to speak to our in-house jewellery expert, who would love to help find the perfect bridal jewellery for your big day.