by Susanne Kathol, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
As seen on top fashion runways and highly talked about wedding aisles, pastels are back in a big way. This eye-pleasing palette, reminiscent of springtime and Easter eggs, brings a soft, feminine and romantic touch to bridal fashion and wedding jewelry this season. Brides are feeling prettier than ever in pastel-colored dresses, hair accessories and jewelry, and also choosing these calming colors for nail polish, wedding décor, floral bouquets and more. Here are some tips and design ideas for incorporating these sophisticated hues into jewelry for spectacularly special days.
Pastels including pale yellows, blushing pinks, icy blues, light lavenders, luscious creams, mint greens and saturated corals will keep the entire wedding party cool and collected. Pastel dresses and jewelry are smart style investments as they can be worn long beyond the wedding day. This color palette makes for easy wedding planning as pastel colors all work so well together. For example, everyone in the bridal party can wear different-colored pastel dresses, necklaces, bracelets or earrings. In addition to mixing multiple pastel colors together, pastels also combine beautifully with bright colors, such as turquoise blue or magenta, for extra emphasis in jewelry and décor.
Design picture perfect jewelry pieces with pastel-colored gemstones, Swarovski crystal, seed beads, cultured freshwater pearls or a combination of all the above. Blend together multiple pastel-colored gemstones in the same piece, such as rose quartz, aquamarine and amazonite, or citrine, peridot and amethyst gemstone beads. Pastel colors are versatile, looking good with both silver- and gold-colored beads and components for a multitude of design possibilities.
Swarovski crystal and Swarovski crystal pearls make powerful pastel statements and stunning accents in wedding jewelry. The brilliant crystals and luminous pearls add flash and depth to soft pastel colors. Shop the Swarovski crystal Tenderness collection, exclusively available at Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®, for custom pastel color-coordinated bicone beads, flat backs and pearls in light blue, peach, lavender, light gold and rosaline colors. Swarovski crystal can be used as a tone-on-tone addition to similar pastel-colored gemstones or as a complementary color or bright hue for an unexpected pop of color.
Pastel shades also work well with cultured freshwater pearls and shell beads for more elegant or beach wedding style jewelry. Design with pastel-colored seed beads, gemstone and glass cabochons for outstanding collar necklaces. Brides can take advantage of wearing oversized pastel jewelry pieces because the color isn't overwhelming.
Take pastel designs to a new level with pastel-colored Accu-Flex® professional-quality beading wire, hemp cord, bells and aluminum jumprings and chain. Make your own pastel-colored kumihimo braided bracelets or anklets for wedding party gifts or favors. And create multi-strand bracelets and necklaces using pastel-colored aluminum jumprings and chain for major, yet lightweight and easy-to-wear, impact.
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Pretty in Parures
Brides are wearing matching jewelry sets, known as parures, which rose to popularity in 17th-century Europe and are making a comeback in wedding jewelry today. A parure is an entire wardrobe or suite of matching jewelry, such as a necklace, tiara, bracelet, rings, drop earrings and brooch. Also in demand are demi parures, usually containing a coordinating necklace, earrings, and/or pin. View a collection of jewelry set design ideas for instant inspiration.