The 101 on Bridal Jewelry

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The perfect set of jewelry would be that which completes an ensemble, rather than take center stage and grab all the attention for itself – unless, of course, the main feature is the jewelry itself. But for weddings, the point of the jewelry is that it enhances rather than takes away anything from the dress, the makeup, the hair, or the inner glow of the bride.

While there are a lot of variations of bridal jewelry that prospective brides can choose from, below are the main types that brides may want to take a look at and evaluate.

The Tiara

While a veil is as essential as the garter on one of the bride’s legs (it makes for a happy groom who’d feel as if he were opening a present when the officiator says “You may kiss the bride”), the tiara may or may not be present. Should you choose to go with wearing one, it can give a luxurious feel to your wedding look, and can offset a number of hairstyles as well.


Necklaces can be long and multi-stranded, or short and fit just around the neck as like a choker. They may range from pendants of different shapes and stones, or the more classic string of pearls. However you choose to wear them, just be sure to consider the type of neckline that the wedding dress has. Dresses with more elaborate embellishments around the neckline may look best with a simple pendant of flattering length, or none at all. Overall, the degree of lavishness that the necklace comes with should also be dependent on the type of look that is being achieved.


These usually complement the necklace, or substitute for the lack thereof. The more classic ones include the button earrings, and the drop earrings made of crystals or diamonds. For better coordination, always remember to refrain from overdoing it. If you’ve opted for a large flashy necklace, then stick to button earrings that don’t aim to outdo the necklace. If you’ve decided to forgo the necklace (as in a halter dress), then you may opt for dangling earrings that complement your dress and your hairdo. The earrings should frame the face and enhance your overall appearance.


Bracelets are often times overlooked, but they complete the wedding look nevertheless. As with earrings, these come in various shapes, sizes, and stones, and should work well with the color and details of the wedding gown. You may choose to wear something that your groom may have given you as a present, or something that has special meaning for you all the same.

The Brooch

This is a pin that can be added to your wedding gown, or as part of your head piece in place of a full tiara to add sparkle and design to an otherwise plain gown or veil. It may also give you a chance to wear something old, something new, or something borrowed, especially in cases where the brooch is a heirloom passed down from generation to generation in your family.

The Engagement Ring

While rings may not be included as part of your set of jewels for your wedding, the engagement ring should be an exception as it’s what’s gotten you to this moment of saying your vows. The engagement ring usually has a diamond, but may also be of another type of stone as deemed special by both you and your groom.

While it is not necessary to use all different kinds of bridal jewelry, it is important that the jewelry you do plan to wear enhances your look, and not clash with any of your other accessories, or your dress. Luxurious jewels may complement a simple gown, but could look too busy with an already elaborate dress.

About the author:

Melissa Page is a professional writer who loves everything about weddings. She blogs for Music for Scotland, a premier live music agency who represents talented wedding bands across Scotland such as the Muzo-Matic wedding band. When she’s not busy writing, she hangs out with her friends in a coffee shop.

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