Your ultimate bridal jewellery checklist
Her wedding day is one of the most important days in a woman’s life. From the dress to the jewellery, down to the flowers and the shoes, every single detail of her wedding is of utmost importance. In addition, making sure that these details all work perfectly alongside each other to achieve the desired look is an uphill task.
We know, it’s overwhelming — but fret not, as we’re here to help you, at least with your bridal jewellery concerns.
First, say ‘Yes’
Everything starts with a proposal and, of course, it involves a ring. The biggest dilemma is to pick between a diamond and a coloured gemstone centre ring, closely followed by the shape of the centre stone, and the colour of the metal. The best way is to let the bride’s personality give you hints — does she have a classic, bohemian, or contemporary style? Her favourite colour, shape, and preferred jeweller should be considered, too, in the quest for the perfect ring. Make sure to pick a matching wedding band that can fit seamlessly into the engagement ring to look like one big piece when worn together.
Tiffany & Co. is one of the most famous go-to jewellers for all kinds of engagement rings. In their boutiques, one can easily spot rings in every shape, size, colour, and budget.
The bride’s favourite colour, shape, and preferred jeweller should be considered in the quest for the perfect engagement ring
Consider the collar
One of the most crucial elements during jewellery selection is the neckline of the gown and the matching necklace to go with it. According to Ronen Zion, Managing Director of House of Dehres: “When choosing your bridal necklace, consider your gown’s neckline. If it has a strapless or sweetheart neckline, choose a shorter necklace that is round and detail-oriented. If your gown has a halter or a deep V neckline, decorate your décolletage with a longer necklace and a dangling pendant.”
Most jewellers create necklaces in as many silhouettes as possible. Being the biggest piece of jewellery and the one closest to the face, the necklace will appear in every photograph, so make sure it goes well with the gown’s neckline.
“If it has a strapless or sweetheart neckline, choose a shorter necklace that is round and detail-oriented”
– Ronen Zion, Managing Director, House of Dehres
Hail the hair
The hair accessory totally depends on the hairdo. Tiaras generally work with updos and buns, whereas loose hair can be accentuated with a nice, gem-studded clip. Jewelled hairbands, a cross between a tiara and a clip, are very much on-trend these days. One can even have the tiara as the statement piece, and just pair it with other minimal accessories, such as a pendant and small ear studs.
Sara Prentice, Creative Director at Garrard, a jewellery house known to have designed tiaras for many royalties, shares her piece of advice: “Traditional tiaras have a wire framework at the base, which is wrapped with velvet ribbon in the colour of the bride’s hair. For modern tiaras, clients often request that they sit directly on their hair — this often suits contemporary hairstyles better and is easier to wear.”
“For modern tiaras, clients often request that they sit directly on their hair — this often suits contemporary hairstyles better and is easier to wear”
– Sara Prentice, Creative Director, Garrard
Bring on the blush
A pop of colour can brighten a traditional white wedding, making it more vibrant and exciting. The choice of colour in jewellery could be in the form of metal or coloured gemstones and diamonds. Wedding gowns typically come in white, ivory, champagne and shades of pale pink, and the colour element can either complement the gown, the hair colour, the eyes, or maybe all three.
Mrs Alisa Moussaieff, owner and Managing Director of Moussaieff jewellers adds: “Colour is an unconventional jewellery choice for a traditional white wedding. However, our classic pink and white diamond collections add a subtle warmth combined with high glamour for any bride to be.”
“Our classic pink and white diamond collections add a subtle warmth combined with high glamour for any bride to be”
– Mrs Alisa Moussaieff, Owner and Managing Director, Moussaieff
Asymmetric South Sea pearl and diamond bridal necklace, YOKO LONDON
As a bride, one can definitely go a little over the top and flaunt some gorgeous jewels. But the trick is to not overdo it — it is imperative to create a perfect harmony among the necklace, earrings, bracelet, and the hairpiece. Make sure to wear only one statement piece, letting the rest of the accessories complement the main piece.
Pearls work beautifully when paired with a white wedding gown, making any bride look like a princess. Yoko London’s CEO, Michael Hakimian, shares his tips on bridal jewellery: “When choosing a style, you should consider the neckline of your dress and choose a necklace that complements this. Your wedding jewellery is something that you can reuse after the big day, so it is also important to choose something you will enjoy wearing again and again.”
“Your wedding jewellery is something that you can reuse after the big day, so it is important to choose something you will enjoy wearing again and again”
– Michael Hakimian, CEO, Yoko London