Bridal Jewelry: The Whole Package

We can no longer assume that  a bride will be dressed in white, wearing her grandmother’s pearls. Brides finally have discovered that on this momentous occasion they must present a look that reflects both their personality and taste. From classic to full-blown diva, this means jewelry. Vintage pieces, tiaras, brooches, big earrings ? they’re all under today’s bridal umbrella.

Strapless, V-neck and halter gowns are the perfect showcase for a stunning bridal brooch or necklace, perhaps one with an eye-catching back dangle that will be in view throughout the ceremony. A pendant or Y-drop is perfect, as long as it’s kept at about 18 inches, so as not to crowd the neckline; chokers are a funkier alternative. If your dress has a lot of neck detailing, reduce the décolletage clutter by wearing a tiara or playing up earrings instead.

Brides are eschewing the staid look of studs for the dynamic shimmer of dangle earrings. Romantics go for floral and leaf patterns that present a smooth, flowing line, while the modern betrothed choose sparkly jewelry with harder edges. Your style will dictate the length of the dangle, from petit-drop to dramatic chandelier.
If you’re going sleeveless, don’t forget about your arms. A pearl cuff bracelet is a modern nod to the traditional, while gemstone and diamond bracelets worn over gloves or on bare wrists present some stylized chic.

From head to toe, color has found its way into a day once reserved for white, and jewelry is a great place to splash a bit into your wedding ensemble. Gemstones that match the bridal party wear or your flowers really enliven a look. If your dress can support it, there’s nothing like marcasite, vintage or bold bead (even in black) jewelry to really say that you own your style and your day. And if your traditional heart is still set on pearls, consider taking a step away from the tried-and-true with champagne-toned, blue-gray Tahitian, or pink strands. Choose what makes you feel comfortable and confident, and your bridal beauty is ensured.