Timeless Styles Wedding How-To's
Your special occasion deserves extra-special jewelry. Save money and ensure you find exactly what your heart desires by creating your own designer wedding jewelry for a fraction of what you'd spend in bridal shops or department stores.
From classic styling to designing outside the traditional jewelry box, you'll find inspiration from the latest, newest, real-wedding accessorizing how-to's.
Accessorize for Fall/Winter Weddings
Wedding jewelry has become the focal point of the wedding costume as designers lean toward simpler dresses and statement jewelry pieces.
With the bold colors of a fall wedding also come the bold pieces of jewelry. Pair a large cuff bracelet with long, dangling earrings. Elaborate collar-style necklace pieces enhance strapless dresses and will balance your headpiece. Tiaras are still very much in style as are beaded ribbon headbands and vine hair accessories that intertwine with your tresses.
Antique timepieces, cameos and locket necklaces make an unforgettable "something borrowed," and Swarovski® crystal sapphires are a dazzling "something blue." For backless dresses, extend your necklace chain several inches beyond the clasp. Add a cultured freshwater pearl teardrop or cubic zirconia briolette to the end so it elegantly drapes down your spine. Long, Y-shaped necklaces accentuate plunging necklines. Use delicate chain in the precious metal that best shows off your wedding colors (gold-filled for warm tones and sterling silver for cool tones) and hang large Swarovski baroque and briolette crystals from the tail.
Design with ...
- Cultured freshwater pearls in deep, rich tones and long layers
- Precious metal cable chain in heavy or delicate gauges
- Large crystal, gemstone and metal focal pieces
- Timepieces and cameos
- High-collar necklaces
- Cuff bracelets
- Large Swarovski crystal pearls and baroque crystal shapes
- Colorful cubic zirconia briolettes and teardrops
- Twisted wire and leaf-shaped pressed glass beads for vine-style hairpieces
- Tiaras or ribbon and beaded headbands
- Teardrops strung together as long, dangling earrings
- Lariat and Y-shaped necklaces
Accessorize for Spring/Summer Weddings
Contemporary bridal jewelry is exploding in new directions. Colorful gemstones such as tourmaline, amethyst and peridot combined with gold-filled beads or sterling silver chain in multi-strand designs are a delightful accent to the wedding bouquet. Black onyx, especially for evening weddings, is a sleek contrast to a traditional dress. A decorative clasp or flowery focal piece transforms ordinary necklaces into extraordinary designs.
Create jewelry that will complement your wedding colors and accentuate your theme. Cultured freshwater pearls and gemstone beads come in a variety of colors and finishes. Many brides prefer to wear white or off-white cultured freshwater pearls or clear Swarovski® crystal beads, while their bridesmaids and bridal party wear pearls, crystal beads or gemstone beads that match their dress and wedding colors. Beaded brooches are eye-catching alternatives to corsages.
Design with ...
- Colorful gemstones such as tourmaline, amethyst and peridot
- Gold-filled beads or sterling silver chain in multi-strand designs
- Black onyx, with white or off-white cultured freshwater pearls
- A decorative clasp or flowery focal piece
- Pearls, crystal beads or gemstone beads
- Beaded brooches in lieu of traditional corsages