For thousands of years, pearls were only available to the rich and royalty. Due to their rarity, they were reserved for only the most important occasions. They represent love and purity, and are said to bring happiness to your marriage. Traditionally, a bride will wear a classic white pearl necklace on her big day. Thanks to the versatility of these gems, you now have a wide range of styles and colours to choose from.
In order to find the right jewellery to complete your look, you would want to start from your dress. Select jewels that will complement the style of your dress and other hair accessories you’ll be wearing. Shun away from mixing the vintage pearl jewellery with a modern dress design. If you’re going to wear long lace sleeves, you may not want to wear a lavishly designed bracelet. At the end of the day, you don’t want it to catch on the delicate fabric of your beautiful dress.
Freshwater pearls are a great choice if you’re looking to pair with pastel coloured wedding gowns. As the most affordable option of bridal jewellery, they come in an array of natural colours. White, peach, lavender and pink pearl necklaces and earrings are excellent pieces that will go with a dress with any shades. The softness of the pearl evokes a contemporary and feminine feel to your look. Jewellery sets with large multi-coloured round pearls can be very eye-catching if you are planning a fun yet elegant bridal style. The ethereal beauty of the gems together with their high lustre and clean surface is only available among fine quality pearls, which take up less than 1% of the total harvest. So make sure the pearls you choose are of the finest quality so that they can last for generations.
Depending on what type of neckline your dress has, certain necklace styles work better than others. For example, if you have a deep V-cut neckline, a pearl pendant necklace encrusted with diamonds with intricate designs will draw attention to your neck and elevate your choice of dress to a level of elegance and sophistication. If the neckline is a sweetheart, a princess length pearl strand is just perfect to complement your beautiful neck and shoulder.
If your wedding dress is strapless, either a strand of pearls or a pendant necklace will be a superb choice to go with. We don’t think there’s a need to wear something around your neck if you have a one-shoulder dress as the asymmetric lines are the focal point of your look. Instead, wear some diamond jewellery like a pair of Tahitian pearl earrings. Keep your look simple yet sophisticated. Remember less is more.
Finally, for a round neckline, a chocker pearl necklace will really stand out as the shorter length accentuates your collar bone. Match the necklace with a pair of stud earrings as this gives off an air of grace and style.
Many brides often ask if it’s necessary to match their bridal jewellery with details on their gown. There isn’t really any rule of matching these exactly. But it’s always a good idea to find some common elements such as lace, fabric, and ruffles, and focus on what you could coordinate your jewellery with. Pearls are one of the very few gemstones that are versatile in styling. You could pair with classic white studs with almost any dress and veil for the day and evening party.
Your wedding jewellery has a great sentimental value to you, and it is something you probably would like to treasure for a lifetime. So it’s very important to buy pieces that have a high quality, ideally made with gold or silver. You want to ensure that the lustre and surface quality of the pearls is excellent, i.e. no visible imperfections. Surface quality is usually an indication of nacre quality and thickness. You can learn more about how to check a pearl’s surface quality in our guide.
Luxury fine Akoya, South Sea and Tahitian pearls can be very expensive due to the scarcity of their production. Tahitian pearls, in particular, have a range of exotic natural colours including grey, peacock, aubergine, green, purple and many more. These highly prized colours command a premium in price when all the other value factors exceed the average quality ones. Their incomparable beauty and intense metallic shine makes a perfect heirloom for many years to come.
Our last tip is to wait until you’ve decided on your wedding gown. After all, jewellery and accessories are there to elevate your dress. And make sure you ask your jeweller for information on different quality and cost range so that you know exactly what you’re buying.