Buying Guide

Choosing Wedding Jewellery

Choosing Wedding Jewellery

The timeless beauty and versatility of pearls make them an ideal choice of wedding jewellery, with a classic style that can complement any dress. The unique white and reflective surface of a pearl will enhance the crisp brightness of a dress and flatter a bride’s complexion.

First Things First
Unless you have a heritage piece that you are determined to wear, it is best to select your dress and any headpiece or veil you might wear, before looking at your jewellery options.

Should I wear a necklace or pendant?
The neckline of your dress will help set some simple rules that are best to keep in mind.

A short pendant or strand of pearls will complement a sweetheart neckline. With this neckline, it is best to avoid longer chains which may lessen the impact of this stunning bridal shape. Choose a 45cm princess length pearl necklace, with matching earrings.

Perhaps the most versatile of necklines, strapless dresses are able to carry almost any type of jewellery. While you can keep things simple with a subtle pearl choker, this neckline also offers the opportunity to go for a bolder style of necklace or earrings.

A V-neck neckline is perfect for pendants. This shape also lends itself to the classic charm of a double strand or looped long pearl necklace.

Which style of wedding earrings are best to wear?
A delicate pair of pearl or diamond stud earrings are easy and classic to wear. For a more eye-catching style, choose a pair of leverback or hook earrings with a natural movement. If you decide against a necklace entirely on your dress, then a more striking statement pair of earrings would also be perfect.

Which is the best type of pearl to choose?
The most classic and popular Freshwater and Akoya pearl sizes are between 7-9mm diameter for a round pearl. A beautiful teardrop shaped pearl will usually be a little larger, perhaps between 9-12mm diameter.

Choosing the colour of your jewellery
If your dress is a bright white hue, then white Freshwater or Akoya pearls set on white gold or platinum would be the most classic and traditional choice. Off-white dresses will work with both yellow gold and white gold jewellery, while ivory and cream colour dresses can be lifted by pearls with a more golden tone.

Something Blue?
Depending on your colour scheme, your jewellery offers a perfect opportunity to elegantly work in your ‘something blue’. Choose a piece of jewellery featuring blue sapphires, aquamarine, blue topaz or tanzanite.