Expert wedding jewellery advice

If you are struggling to find the perfect jewellery or accessories to compliment your dress, then fret no longer. Designer Chrissie Douglas has over 21 years of experience helping brides choose the right pearls for them. Here are her 5 top tips:

1: Make a statement and if you are wearing a statement dress then choose a pair of statement earrings that will frame your face.

2. Necklines. To make sure the necklace you choose works with your dress, the basic rule is to echo the neckline of the dress, without overpowering you.

For example, a strapless dress works best with a choker; a sweetheart works best with a necklace that includes a drop or pendant (which accentuates the cleavage); an empire line scoop neck would best suit a fine necklace which sits at the base of the neck; and with a v-neck, a simple drop.  A corseted bodice cries out for a statement necklace. Have no fear – go for it!

3. Add a touch of colour – Link your outfit to your bouquet or the bridesmaids with a touch of colour in your accessories. Try pale pink pearls
And for something blue – Don’t limit your something blue to the ribbon in your garter – Aquamarine stones add the requisite subtle shimmer of blue.

4. Designs to last a lifetime. With the costs involved in the big day, make sure that the jewellery you choose will not be relegated to a drawer after the wedding. Choose a classic design that you will enjoy wearing again & again, and that you can use to dress up and down for a variety of outfits in your wardrobe – starting with the honeymoon…
Pearls can be re-strung into a new design easily, preserving the initial investment you made to have fun in for the rest of your life. You can even re-string a family heirloom not only to have ‘something old’, but also add a touch of family history to your wedding.

5. Coordinate your bridesmaids gift with your choice of bridal necklace or earrings  – for example, a sumptuous necklace for you, and diffusion versions for your bridesmaids to tone in with their dresses.

Why choose pearls?
A pearl’s glow subtly compliments your skin and it’s lustre lights up your smile. For this reason they have been worn by every style icon in history and due to their illuminating qualities they have been a traditional accompaniment to every bridal outfit for centuries.

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