Wedding jewelry: Quality is everything. Quality lasts forever. Quality speaks for itself.
There is always a beautiful engagement ring, bridal band, pair of earrings, and necklace still very reasonably priced.
Bridal jewelry designers continue the art and tradition of the ring cycle from creation through selection like those shown below left.
Having written and performed custom legal wedding ceremonies for hundreds of couples, and interviewed some of the most forward-thinking designers of sparkling trinkets and bling, here are a few nuggets to consider.
What makes jewelry unique is its design, wearability, exclusiveness, and sense of style. You can see examples of alternative wedding rings here.
"We wanted to have rings that represent our huge emotional commitment, not an obscenely huge financial investment. We love that you cover vintage and reproductions, organic and modern pieces. Looking forward to having you write and perform the custom legal wedding ceremony for us next month. Ooh-rah!" Corinne and Lou, New Brunswick, NJ
Modern, feminine or masculine, sophisticated jewelry has a relaxed attitude of ease.
Think of the actresses Jessica Chastain, Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard, Monica Bellucci, Sienna Miller, Elizabeth Hurley, or Reese Witherspoon and you'll know the style instantly.
It's all about personal choice, style, and cultural influence. You can see vintage looking engagement rings here.
Some brides prefer to be seriously blingy. Others less so.
Whichever way you choose, have a vision for your day, how you want to
look. If you have bridesmaids as attendants, have a vision of how you
want them to look.
If your approach to wedding jewelry is piecemeal, or you just shrug and don't give it much thought, or you let your attendants choose their own adornments, it will look choppy on your big day in person, and won't photograph or video well.
You can see gemstone jewelry that wears and photographs well here.
If you're thinking of wearing earrings, a necklace, or both with your gown, there are lots of things to think about.
For instance, are you wearing your hair down? Pulled back? For an open neckline and you're wearing your hair down, I love it when brides wear something that glistens at the neck. Then again, if you don't have the neckline earrings are important.
Without something shimmering you can appear flat in person and in photos. That's why you'll always see celebrities "at work" on the red carpet with something sparkly around their faces. Your dress is the key piece you have to keep in mind when considering wedding jewelry.
If you have bridesmaids and groomsmen, remember to have a vision for how you and your partner want them to look, too. You can find some lovely accessories for
that photograph well in keeping with your style and budget. Definitely get everyone the same piece of jewelry.
Try to find something they can wear again. Pendants, wristlets with charms, freshwater pearls, and stud earrings are popular, classy and have a modern ease.
Bracelets and hair accessories can have serious pitfalls. Be extra careful that they won't snag the dress or get caught in the veil and tear it.