What Jewellery Should a Bride Wear? Helpful Hints For Wedding Day Sparkle

Choosing perfect jewellery for the wedding day

What Jewellery Should a Bride Wear? : Choosing Jewellery for the Wedding Day

First and Foremost

Most people will agree wedding rings are the priority when it comes to choosing jewellery for the wedding day. Many brides spend a great deal of time looking beyond this towards a unique piece of jewellery for the wedding day. This is very often a very special purchase. When worn beyond the wedding, thoughts of the day return and the piece of jewellery is cherished for a lifetime – often passed to the next generation when the time is right.

Earrings, Pendant or Bracelet?

There are many pieces of jewellery that can bought for the bride on her wedding day. The great thing here is choice. It is not necessary to purchase ‘everything.’ Pendants, necklaces, and earrings are amongst the most popular types of jewellery. These need not be diamond set, but cost is certainly a deciding factor.

Earrings are popular because……they are discreet. They do not conflict with other accessories purchased for the day. White diamonds are neutral and will fit to any wardrobe or occasion. They will also be worn for decades beyond the wedding.

Pendants are popular because…..your budget goes into a single diamond. There is no complication with finger size that comes with purchasing rings. Pendants are available in single stone, and multi-stone designs to suit most budgets.

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A complimentary set of diamond earrings and diamond pendant for the wedding day. Photograph : Chris Cowley

What Budget Should I Set?

Owing to the expense of wedding rings, additional items of jewellery are purchased following careful consideration. Jewellery might be factored into the combined wedding budget. There are no rules for the cost. There are no rules for the type of jewellery. Some people choose precious metal and diamond jewellery whilst others choose costume jewellery solely for the day itself and to limit cost.  As a starting budget for earrings we would recommend setting a budget of £300 or above. Purchasing well in advance will provide enough time for any style to be created for you in any shape, colour and clarity of diamond. For a classic pair of diamond stud earrings the cost can range from £500 upto £2000 for eye-clear diamonds in sizes from 0.50cts to 1 carat total diamond weight.

Is Colour Important?

The materials chosen for the pendant, earrings or bracelet will be very important for the wedding day. In particular the colour of these. They will need to co-ordinate with other accessories and with the dress. By far the most popular colour choices are white metal (9ct White Gold, Palladium, Platinum and 18ct White Gold.) Diamonds retain this neutral colour, but add greater depth and attention with their brilliance and fire. Since many wedding dresses incorporate intricate detail, vintage styles with milgrain edges are popular alongside Pearls for their lustre and neutral colour tones.

Surprise Wedding Day Gifts

The most popular present by far has to be a pair of diamond earrings – as a surprise gift for the wedding day. The simplest option is the single stone, solitaire stud earring. No need for judging sizes, and discreet enough to blend in with any additional accessories. Perhaps choose the diamond shape to match her engagement ring. Following the wedding day, the earrings will be worn again and again for a lifetime. The most popular choice of metal is 18ct White Gold. Even when worn with a Platinum engagement ring. Since earrings hardly wear, they retain the whiteness of the Rhodium. We manufacture a wide selection of earring designs from simple stud earrings to more ornate drop designs.

Further Inspiration & Credits

Each of the following people contributed to the photographs from which the above images were taken.

Location: Ventnor Botanic Gardens

Photographer: Chris Cowley, Isle of Wight wedding photographer

Dresses: Karen Robb, Dornellie

Hair: Charlotte, Scott’s Hair Salon

Flowers: Sarah Matthews / I Heart Buttons

Makeup: Tina Williams

Jewellery: Serendipity Diamonds

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Mark Johnson

About Mark Johnson

Mark attended Liverpool University and went on to pursue a career in the diamond industry. After more than a decade working in polished diamonds, Mark moved to the Isle of Wight where he launched Serendipity Diamonds. He works most days from their busy Ryde showroom, photographing jewellery and writing for the Serendipity Diamonds website. Anyone interested can connect with Mark on Linkedin via the profile link.

Mark Johnson

About Mark Johnson

Mark attended Liverpool University and went on to pursue a career in the diamond industry. After more than a decade working in polished diamonds, Mark moved to the Isle of Wight where he launched Serendipity Diamonds. He works most days from their busy Ryde showroom, photographing jewellery and writing for the Serendipity Diamonds website. Anyone interested can connect with Mark on Linkedin via the profile link.