The Jewelry Insider

June 1, 2010

Find out why pearls -from strands and pendants to necklaces and earrings – are perfect for anybride.

Pearls are, quite simply, the perfect accessory to any wedding outfit. Whether the bride wore black, white or red. Whether it was a traditional, cutting-edge, non-demononational, Vegas-style or religious ceremony. Whether it’s the bride, matron of honor, bridesmaid, flower girl or mother of the groom. There’s one jewel that’s suitable for all… Pearls.

One of the beauty of pearls is that they come in almost every price category. From single digits – bought with the pocket money, to bank-breaking, breathtaking strands – there’s the perfect style at the perfect price for everyone.. Freshwater pearls are much more affordable than their saltwater akoya counterparts — and they can be found in most mall jewelry chains and department stores.

For the bride, a traditional pearl choker or multi-strand collar is an elegant, classic choice that she can wear long after her wedding day. She can also opt for something a bit more modern, such as sweeping shoulder-length earrings or a pearl lariat. Here are some other popular looks for the bride and her bridal party according to several major pearl jewelry manufacturers.

Basic pearl necklace strands of standard sizes (5.5 mm to 6 mm) and lengths (18 in. to 21 in.) are traditional favorites. However, some brides are opting for slightly larger sizes (8 mm to 8.5 mm) as well. In bridal jewelry, white pearls will always reign. But some brides prefer rose-colored pearls as well.

Freshwater pearl trio sets that include a “starter” necklace (with only one or a few pearls on a strand that can be added to on future occasions) along with a matching pearl bracelet and earrings are a big trend right now — both for the bride and as a gift for her attendants.

Basic pearl stud earrings are a popular choice for brides and their bridesmaids, because of their simple elegance and versatility. Other styles, including pearl hoops, dangles and leverbacks (all alone or with diamond accents) are gaining popularity as well.

Pearl bracelets are another strong category. Either single- or multi-strand, a bride can’t go wrong with this style as an accessory for her or her attendants.

Three-stone pearl styles — which represent past, present and future — are another important current category. Although this style originated with diamond jewelry, the romance and enduring love and commitment suggested by the look makes it a perfect fit for pearl bridal jewelry as well. The three-stone pearl look is also available in matching sets of necklaces, bracelets and earrings at many mall jewelry counters.

Meanwhile, pearl solitaires — on a traditional strand or a thin, clear nylon “invisible” strand, which produces a “floating” look — are another affordable choice.


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