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Wedding Wear: Choosing Jewelry for the Big Day

Jul 1, 2008
While most brides focus on the finding the perfect dress for their wedding day, it is just as important to give some thought to the accessories. The first and foremost rule to wedding jewelry is not to overdo it. While it may be fun to get lost in the tulle and satin, it is not a time to load up on the "bling!" After all, a bride does not want to be upstaged by her jewelry on the big day. It is possible to pull off a royal look without looking like the queen's closet has been raided.

Once a bride has settled on her dress, it is time to shop for the accessories. It might be tempting to purchase a necklace or earrings simply because they are beautiful, but a bride's goal is to create an overall dazzling effect. This means shopping for pieces that will complement the dress. Avoid buying an item without first thinking about how it will fit harmoniously with the rest of the outfit.

Before choosing jewelry it is also good to know what type of metal will work best with a specific gown's coloring. Gold embellishments clash with the bright white hue of a true white gown. Instead, consider pearls or platinum.

A diamond-white, or barely off-white colored gown matches well with gold and silver, as well as rose gold and pearl. For gowns in a candlelight shade choose gold jewelry to highlight the light white or yellow undertones.

The style of the dress also comes into play when choosing bridal jewelry. For instance, a strapless gown is ideal for a swept up hairdo, along with elegant chandelier earrings that will move and catch the light. For a sleek look, choose crystal or a touch of color. A sentimental bride might choose her birthstone or a lighter color from her bouquet. Diamond earrings are always a stylish choice as they frame a bride's face beautifully in pictures.

For a bride with a more contemporary edge, it can be a challenge to create the right balance with a sleek, elegant dress that most often typifies a modern wedding. Traditional jewelry can provide a fun contrast with and soften the contemporary look of the dress. Pearls have a timeless elegance for both a traditional and contemporary bride. For an unusual statement, choose iridescent, blue-grey Tahitian pearls or petite pink ones. Teardrop-shape pearls are lovely set as drop earrings or as a pendant.

The bride looking for a vintage look has a variety of fun choices for self expression. Check jewelry stores and websites for unique pieces set with colored stones. Colored cubic zirconia is also a hip choice. Vintage jewelry is another favorite for this look - from Marcasite jewelry to bold beads. Or, for dresses with a vintage flair, create a contrast with modern-style jewelry.

The V-neck dress is a favorite with brides who want to show a little d'colletage. This style looks great with a pendant or choker, as well as a single- or double-strand of pearls. For a truly glitzy look, choose a crystal choker with matching earrings that will catch the light - and guests' attention. The v-neck dress and halter styles are also great styles for bringing the attention upwards. Some brides choose to decorate their tresses with a stylish headband or crystal hairpins. Hair worn in a sleek bun or loose ponytail accessorizes the halter look beautifully.

Most importantly, brides should choose jewelry that reflects their personality. A bride who is uncomfortable wearing chandelier earrings should stick to a diamond or pearl stud. No matter what the choice, a bride who is comfortable in her accessories will exude the confidence and beauty from within.

Bridal Jewelry Tips
1. Brides should wear jewelry they love and that reflects their personality.
2. Consider the neckline of the wedding dress when choosing a necklace. A sweetheart neckline looks fine without one, but v-necks provide a perfect frame for a special piece.
3. Avoid the temptation to overwhelm the dress by wearing too many accessories.
4. Match hairstyle to dress: Brides with short hair or those wearing an up-do can choose longer earrings to compliment their style. Brides with long hair should consider stud earrings that add an accent to the flowing tresses.
5. Match jewelry to dress color.
6. Brides can never go wrong with the classic look of diamonds and pearls.
About the Author
Lewis Jewelers is proud to carry the full line of Pandora Jewelry. Pandora bracelets, Pandora charms and Pandora beads are only a part of the collection. For more information, Lewis Jewelers, 2000 West Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48103, 877-88-LEWIS or visit the website.
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