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Choosing Wedding Jewelry

by Alison Sheehan-Dion

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Your wedding! The biggest day of your life - and so many details - I remember the feeling well. In additionm to all the details on music, food, people to invite, schedules and such, it is also the day when more people will be focused on you - the bride - than ever before (and possibly after!). Add to that, it is the day you are marrying the man you love and you want every detail of your appearance to be perfect. A lot of pressure.

Although no advice can make all the details fall into place, I hope this article will help you with some of your jewelry and accessories decisions. The jewelry you wear on your wedding day is unique in that it instantly becomes some of your most treasured posessions. The possibility of wearing it again as the years progress is one consideration many of us forget - but it is worth at least some thought.

We all know the classics, the strand of pearls, little drop earrings, maybe a tennis bracelet. Generally the metals will be white gold, platinum or silver, although some brides do use yellow gold (I did!). That is the first thing I'd advise you to consider: what metal do you generally prefer? If you usually wear yellow gold and are considering white gold for your bridal items simply because they look more like wedding jewelry - consider changing your mind. If you go with the yellow gold, you are far more likely to wear the jewelry again! Consider what looks best with your skin and hair and eye color. Are you very fair? Or possibly dark or olive skinned? Do warmer tones look better on you than cool colors? These things can all impact whether you like the look of your bridal jewelry enough to wear it again.

I was leaning strongly to a white gold or platinum setting for my diamond engagement ring and wedding ring. I even had my diamond placed in a white gold temporary setting to wear for awhile while I thought about it. Sound extreme? Well, I ended up getting a yellow gold setting in the end because I found that my diamond didn't go with anything I usually wear. And that wouldn't have been obvious if I hadn't taken the time to wear it and think about it some before committing to the decision.

Once I decided about the ring, the rest was a little easier. I now knew I wanted yellow gold as opposed to white gold or platinum. The next choice was about other accessories. I had decided on a dress, and the lines of that were classic - three quarter sleeve, V neck, full skirt approximately ankle length. I was channeling Grace Kelly - totally into the classics. The lines of the dress informed the decision about the jewelry. V neck called out for a short necklace in a simple, classic line. Pearls of course, but what about color? My coloring benefits from warm tones, and I knew I would look better if there was some little note of color in my outfit other than a plain white canvas. The solution: I chose a candlelight satin fabric - almost white, but easier to wear and not look pale, and a strand of pearls with tiny, faceted rhodolite garnets between each pearl instead of knots. This tiny accent provided a little rosy note that gave me a surprising amount of color in my face. Simple, dainty drop earring to match were easy.

My wedding was also the first time I made a "something blue" anklet. My dress was lower calf length (daytime, garden wedding), so my shoes and ankles were visible. I always loved anklets, so I decided to make one. I didn't have 'something blue' at that point, so I decided to use faceted aquamarine beads. I used yellow gold because I was wearing it in my other pieces. Lastly, I had a 14 Kt 4-leaf clover that I worked into the anklet as a drop off the outside. The lkuck wedding anklet was born. I have since made many of these for friends and customers all over the world. You can see more examples like the one above on the something blue page.

The anklet I made for my wedding is something I take out and wear every year to this day. I love putting it on with sun dresses and skirts in warm weather. Each time I put it on I remember my own wedding day and enjoy the subtle sparkle of the aquamarine beads. And my little 4-leaf clover still brings me luck today! At least I think it does.

In the final analysis, your wedding day is an expression of you - your taste, your likes and the colors and styles that speak to you. It is very easy to be swayed by the latest fad or some new trend in a bridal showroom, but if you step back and look at your style, the way you like things to look, and pick pieces that work with that style, you are far more likely to find yourself taking the jewelry out again and again as the years go by and enjoying it for many years to come.

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