Pearls of Wisdom

Wedding project ideas and style how-tos for brides, bridal jewelry designers and wedding planners.

 Jewelry for the Year's Most Popular Dress Styles 

by Ambyre, Marketing Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

Bridal Fashion Week revealed a myriad of breathtaking dress designs, some with cutting edge details and many with classic styling. Inspired by the glamour of classic Hollywood, dresses with beaded details, empire waists and flapper-style fringe were a strong presence. Sleeves are making a comeback after a lengthy absence from bridal fashion. Lace continues to have a strong presence as a reference to vintage style. On the contemporary side, strapless dresses with simple lines and structured tailoring prevails. The sheath dress keeps a modern feel with sculptural elements added to the shoulders and at the hip.

Bridal jewelry mirrors popular silhouettes from the fashion world such as long pendants, and oversized set stones. Ribbon remains a fashionable jewelry element, with satin ribbon closures as a designer favorite. Touches of color are gaining momentum, perhaps more so since Princess Diana’s sapphire ring is now worn by up and coming style icon Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. With a continuing emphasis on frugality and thoughtful spending, brides are exploring a variety of bridal jewelry styles, including non-diamond engagement and wedding rings.

With so many wedding dress styles, finding the right jewelry can be difficult. Here are four popular dresses and some perfectly complementary jewelry choices.


Modern strapless dresses offer a clean, minimalist beauty. With little embellishment on the dress itself, a bare neck is the perfect opportunity for a statement necklace. The bigger the better--adding chunky jewels and even bold colors creates a contemporary look.

Princess Gowns

For generations, little girls have dreamt of being a princess on their wedding day, which is why the full-skirted ball gown may never go out of style. To emphasize the regal presence of a princess-inspired gown, bejeweled earrings are the perfect accessory. Large and sparkling, dangle earrings add balance to a full-skirted ensemble.

Long Sleeves

Long sleeves are making a major comeback in 2012, thanks in part to the stunning Alexander McQueen gown worn by the Dutchess of Cambridge in the royal wedding last year. While full coverage has a lovely old-fashioned flair, sleeved dresses leave little room for a necklace or bracelet. Complement the romance of this dress style with a beautiful fascinator and side-swept hairstyle.

Short Sleeves

With the old Hollywood trend extending to bridal wear, many dresses feature short or cap sleeves, covered necklines and no shortage of embellishment. Looks range from flapper-inspired dresses to flowing Grecian styles, all inspired by the art and fashion of the 1930s and '40s. A sparkling cuff bracelet emphasizes bare arms and adds to the glamour of this look.

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