Top Ten Dos And Do Nots For Wedding Jewelry

December 20, 2021

Your special day is coming, and now you need to decide which jewelry to wear. Keep in mind that there are no hard and fast rules, only traditions that can be broken.

Top Five Wedding Jewelry Dos

Let us start with five jewelry wearing suggestions to think about for your big day:

  1. Do Wear Jewelry With Sentimental Value — You have heard the rhyme before: “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”. Wear something that has sentimental value for you. Your “something old” can be that pearl necklace or earrings you inherited from your grandmother. If you would like to wear something borrowed, perhaps your Maid of Honor or future Mother-In-Law has a bracelet that you can borrow from them for the special day. In addition to your wedding and engagement rings, you will want to wear jewelry that has sentimental value that you can look back on that day and remember how special that moment was.
  2. Do Wear Lifetime Jewelry — What is better than a wearable investment that looks fabulous? Choose real gold or silver jewelry, so it can last a lifetime. Lifetime jewelry can also mean a timeless style, such as emerald cut engagement rings. Although, this cut has been popular since the 1920s when Art Deco emerged with geometric and angular designs, it is quite timeless and has never gone out of style. The emerald cut diamond is known for its large surface table and deep clarity. Incorporate the emerald cut diamond with a gold or silver band and you will have jewelry that will endure more than a lifetime. 
  3. Do Try Custom Jewelry — According to a study by WeddingWire, 80 percent of people admit that they had dropped hints of their preferred engagement ring type. If your significant other is still not getting the hint, do not be afraid to take matters into your own hands with custom jewelry that aligns with your vision. If you want something really special, work with a local artisan or a jewelry maker on Etsy. There is a lot of fun and creativity involved in the process of designing your own jewelry. You will be able to make that piece of jewelry that matches your vision for your special day. If you are planning on doing a theme for your wedding day, custom jewelry is a fantastic way to honor your theme. Whether you are going for a rustic, whimsical, vintage or even movie-inspired theme, an experienced artisan can help create thoughtful statement pieces made just for you.
  4. Do Have Fun With Second-Hand Jewelry — Do not be afraid to give second-hand jewelry a second chance to be loved. There are so many benefits to wearing second-hand jewelry for your wedding day. It is a sustainable way to give a preloved piece of jewelry another moment in the spotlight. You will be wearing a piece of history that has its own story, and your unique story gets added to that jewelry’s journey, too. Having fun with second-hand jewelry is a way to find unique and high-quality pieces that have stood the test of time.
  5. Do Coordinate Your Dress and Jewelry — When considering your jewelry, you will also want to consider the style of your wedding dress. Is your wedding dress trendy with some serious bling or is it more simple and traditional? If your dress has a lot of lace, frills or other details, you may want to opt for simpler jewelry to let your dress stand out. If you have a minimalist wedding dress, then this is your chance to wear jewelry like bold statement necklaces or flashy earrings.

Top Five Wedding Jewelry Do Nots

Now that you know what you should do for your wedding day, let us take a look at what not to do before you walk down the aisle:

  1. Do Not Overshadow Your Ring — While your wedding dress can certainly make a statement, you do not want your other wedding jewelry to overshadow the beauty of your ring. The wedding photographer will be taking photos of the wedding rings and bands of you and your partner, so make sure that your other wedding jewelry will not overpower your ensemble. Ensure your hands are polished and that your wedding ring has been polished or kept clean before the big day.
  2. Do Not Be Afraid To Mix Metals — Some people believe that you should never mix gold and silver. When done tastefully, you certainly can. Consider mixing some other precious metals or gemstones into the mix. One way to do this is by mixing metals in the wedding bands for women. Try 14K or 18K gold with platinum. For an especially feminine and modern touch, go for rose gold engagement rings. The alloy of gold mixed with copper to make that rosy gold hue actually makes the rose gold ring more durable.
  3. Do Not Choose The Wrong Hair Piece — If you are going for a jeweled hair piece, you will want one that complements your entire ensemble. When in doubt, a simple hair piece is the way to go. Try a sparkly comb for an elegant touch. Find hair pieces with floral designs in neutral tones. If you have a rustic, whimsical or more casual wedding, a floral crown hair piece is a universally flattering choice. If you are going for a glitzy and glamorous wedding, only a glitzy and glamorous hair piece with gold, bold gemstones or pearls will do.
  4. Do Not Pick A Necklace That Will Not Complement Your Dress’s Neckline — Consider your dress’s neckline to choose a necklace that will complement your wedding dress. A sweetheart neckline, one which resembles the curves at the top of a heart, bodes well with a choker necklace. If your wedding dress has a high neckline, you may want to skip a necklace altogether. Instead, go for drop or chandelier earrings. The daring v-neck neckline looks perfect with a pendant necklace.
  1. Do Not Stress About It — The most important rule for wedding jewelry? Do not stress about it. It is always easier said than done, but at the end of the day, this is your big day. It goes by quickly, so enjoy every moment of it!
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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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