Choosing Pearls to Wear on Your Wedding Day 7th August 2015 – Posted in: Blog – Tags: Bridal Jewellery, Bridal Pearls, Choosing Pearls, Choosing Wedding Jewellery, Pearl Jewellery, Wedding Jewellery
Pearls are timeless and elegant making them the perfect accessory to complement your wedding dress. The classic nature of pearls ensures that your bridal jewellery will never go out of fashion and what’s more they photograph beautifully.
Pearl jewellery is widely accessible and come in many variations. However before choosing pearls for your bridal jewellery there are a few things you should consider to ensure you get the look just right.
MATCHING YOUR JEWELLERY TO YOUR DRESS SHAPE
Before purchasing your bridal jewellery it is important to decide on the shape of your neckline as this can determine the type of jewellery that will look best with your dress.
Here are some examples:
A sweetheart neckline features curved edges that dip down to form the shape of a heart. This style leaves a bare neckline to which a small pendant or string of pearls will suit perfectly. Smaller chain lengths are recommended for the most impact.
This is by far the most adaptable style that will suit almost all types of jewellery. Junky necklaces and pearl chokers work well to maximise the bare collar and neck.
Shaped by two diagonal lines from the shoulders and meeting at the chest to create a V-shape, this neckline perfectly suits single pearl pendants with a delicate style.
CHOOSING YOUR PEARLS
Pearls come in many different shapes, sizes and colours. It is important to think about size, as well as colour to match your natural skin tone. And why not tie in your wedding jewellery to your ‘something blue’ with many pearl jewellery sets featuring blue elements.
Faux Pearls: are manmade glass beads that are designed to resemble real pearls. The majority of faux pearls are extremely realistic and are far less expensive than cultured pearls.
Freshwater Pearls: are very versatile pearls that come in a variety of sizes, ranging from 4mm to 11mm. They also come in a range of pastel colours ranging from white to light pink and dark purple.
Akoya Pearls: are small classic pearls that range from 2mm to 9mm in size. Akoya pearls were the first variety to be cultured and are one of the more expensive.
South Sea Pearls: are the largest variety of cultured pearl and are usually available from 8mm to 15mm in size.
LOOKING AFTER YOUR PEARLS
Another advantage of buying pearls for your bridal jewellery is that you can wear them over and over again. Pearls can be kept for a lifetime; however it is important to keep them in good condition.
- Wearing your pearls frequently will prevent them from drying out due to contact with the body’s natural oils on the skin.
- Keep your pearls stored safely and if possible away from other jewellery to prevent scratches.
- Have your pearl’s re-strung if they start to look stretched, frayed or discoloured to prevent permanent damage.
- Keep your pearls away from water and other liquid based products, including perfume and hairspray.
- With a little care, your pearls will last a lifetime and bring back those wonderful memories of your wedding day.