In the time leading up to her wedding, a bride is often obsessed with the most minute details. Lots of time is spent on picking the right dress, shoes, and makeup. But what about jewelry? It is usually considered for the final touches. The bridal jewelry set, however, is not a small detail, and brides-to-be often wonder if it’s best to mix or match.
Your wedding day is one of the most special times in your life. Here are some tips for selecting bridal jewelry to plan the perfect look.
Bridal Jewelry Set Tips
The Jewelry and Dress Must Match
Think of the wedding dress as your template. Everything else you wear must visually complement it. You’ll most likely have your dress picked out first. The most important considerations when picking jewelry are the color of the dress, its overall design, and any embellishments it may have.
Don’t Overdo It
Your vision of an outfit with a necklace, earrings, bracelets, hair accessories, and other pieces of jewelry may be overstated. On the big day, you may realize you don’t need all of these. Your bridal jewelry set may be perfectly complete with a simple necklace and stud earrings. Accepting that less is more can avoid overdoing it and over-complicating your look.
Match the Metal with the Dress
When it comes to your wedding look, a conflict of colors is not the way to go. It’s important to match the metals against your dress as well as other accessories you plan to wear. Being that waistbands, sashes, and other accessories come in different colors, the matching metal depends on your overall outfit too.
Mix and Match Jewelry and Your Dress
Are you not one that loves a perfect match? Although it may seem contradictory to our last piece of advice, a contrast between your jewelry and dress can be stunningly beautiful. For example, your jewelry can be a deeper shade or hue than your gown. Gold is quite a popular contrast and can provide a vibrant touch. Dated jewelry, even heirlooms, can contribute to a classic and timeless look.
About Mixing and Matching Rings
A bridal set consists of a matching engagement ring and a wedding band for the bride. Purchasing a matching set avoids having to find a matching piece later, and choosing a complementary pair eliminates any guesswork. Purchasing both together can get you a better deal too. However, matching isn’t an advantage if you plan to continue wearing your engagement ring after the wedding or want to be creative and incorporate your own style.
If you opt out of a matching bridal set, here are some tips for mixing and matching rings:
- The rings that you pair should be of similar shape.
- Avoid incompatible metals (i.e., platinum and gold); the stronger metal can damage the other ring.
- Make sure the rings don’t rub together; friction can damage both.
- The sizes should be proportionate; choose a wedding band that complements the engagement ring and its gemstone.
- Whether you prefer vintage, classic, or modern, items in the bridal jewelry set should be similar in style.
- If your engagement ring is bold or unique, perhaps a simple band will do.
However, you may want to consider:
- Mixed shapes, such as round cuts, marquise cuts, and baguette cuts.
- Mixed tones, such as a 14k engagement ring with a white gold eternity band, or vice versa.
- Mixed colors, such as a white gold engagement ring and a colorful eternity band.
How You Proceed Is Up to You
Whether you’re intent on mixing or matching bridal jewelry, consider your personal style (matched sets may be too restricting for some). Ornate dresses and jewelry may look more gaudy than beautiful at a daytime wedding. Meanwhile, older jewelry sets can be classy and flattering in any setting. But they don’t work with every dress type, skin tone, hairstyle, or makeup arrangement. There’s nothing wrong with being unique and creative; just keep an open mind as you shop around.
Find the Perfect Bridal Jewelry Set at Jeweler’s Touch
At Jeweler’s Touch, you’ll find a nearly endless assortment of engagement and wedding rings as well as earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and more. We can provide brilliant diamonds from the Kismet Collection. But if you don’t find what you’re looking for, we can custom-design jewelry just for you. Therefore, you can mix and match a bridal jewelry set as you please. To get started, book your appointment online or call (714) 579-1616. We look forward to helping you on your journey.