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A Dazzling Selection

Jewelry that speaks to your wedding day vision

Choosing wedding day jewelry is an aspect that may seem minor but should be considered early on. A piece of jewelry can serve as a priceless memento of the wedding day for your significant other, wedding party or family members.

Often, the first step is shopping for wedding bands, and Abby Crane, sales professional at The Gem Collection in Tallahassee, suggests trying them on in person.

“You might change your mind, and sometimes you might be surprised by another band that will look better with it,” Crane said.

The style of your engagement ring setting should be considered. Crane noted that some styles won’t sit flush with a Tiffany setting, calling instead for a contour style or a design like a chevron shape or braided band.

Dezarae Daniell of McCaskill & Company in Destin said that statement engagement rings pair well with a classic band, allowing the stones to stand out. She added that dainty diamond-studded bands have been popular for brides but suggests that these be soldered to your engagement ring for longevity.

Rings serve as a starting point for the rest of your wedding jewelry. Brides might choose to incorporate similar shapes, styles and gems.

Crane suggested combining the “something new” and “something blue” for a unique wedding-style component — choosing a blue-toned gem set in a bracelet, necklace or earrings. This combo could also honor a family member who has a March, September or December birthday, in choosing an aquamarine, sapphire or blue topaz gemstone.

Pearls are adorning all aspects of bridal right now. These pearl drop earrings are statement makers, especially when paired with a “something blue” ring. Photo courtesy of Sarah and Paul Photography

For long hair styled down, drop earrings stand out over studs, which are a great option for short hair or an updo. Daniell pointed out that many modern brides are nixing the veil, opting instead for ornate hairpieces. Pin back beach waves with a gem-studded hair comb.

The style of dress is an important factor as well. The neckline will help determine necklace style and length.

“No matter the neckline, if you are going to wear a necklace, it should be sitting on skin, not your dress,” said Daniell.

Daniel suggests a back necklace for an open-back dress; chokers and statement necklaces for strapless or sweetheart necklines; and a pendant for v-necks.

For the bride wearing a simplistic column or trumpet-style dress, a pearl strand or pendant will highlight that classic look and can include matching studs.

A ball-gown bride will dazzle in a Riviera necklace with gems of the same shape and size circling the necklace. Stacked rings, chandelier earrings and diamond tennis bracelets add sparkle and shimmer.

A bohemian bride in a lace A-line or linen dress, could go for a Y-style or dainty yellow-gold necklace or opt for floral inspired jewelry. Eclectic gemstones and a floral headpiece can enhance the boho look.

When it comes to gifting, Crane suggests focusing on pieces that can be worn beyond the wedding day.

Daniell agreed, noting that, “Diamonds always add a timelessness to brides as they walk down the aisle.”

A tennis bracelet or a dainty bracelet with gemstones are ideal gifts for the bride. Watches are perfect for the groom, with brands like Rolex, Seiko and Longines. Pendant earrings for bridesmaids will stand out in photos, or dainty initial pendants serve as an evergreen option. Cuff links, tie clips and chain necklaces make great gifts for groomsmen. Crane noted Vahan bracelets as popular gifts for the mother of the bride.

With an abundance of options to choose from, it’s wise to reach out to a local jeweler for their expert opinion.

“It is okay to not know exactly what you want,” Daniell said. “Jewelry is such an emotional purchase. It’s a much more delightful experience to have someone help you pick that out.”

At the end of the day, your personal style, happiness and comfort are the most important. Trends come and go. Sentiments stay with you for life.

Feature photo courtesy of Meghan Munoz Photography

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