You've spent hours planning for your big day, making sure every detail is perfectly unique. So, your jewelry should be a unique reflection of you too! Set aside that traditional strand of pearls and diamond studs and look into these great options to make your jewels stand out just as much as that gorgeous gown you'll be wearing down the aisle. And unlike the gown and beautiful bouquet, you can wear the jewelry over and over, reminding you of your special day.
-Non-traditional pearls. From keishi to Tahitian to colored pearls, there are so many options to update and add sass to the traditional pearl strand necklace. Whether they're strung in a cluster or fanned out in a collar necklace, these pearls add a new level of sophistication and modernity to a very traditional wedding look.
-Go Vintage. Your wedding is the perfect time to honor your family. So, pull out your grandmother's jewelry box and go treasure hunting. You never know what you could find in there - a carved ivory bracelet, a rhinestone brooch - but it's sure to be reminiscent of times past. And what a way to introduce something borrowed into your wedding day wardrobe!
-Colored and rough diamonds. The latest trend in diamonds is working with stones that were traditionally cast off as waste matter from the mining process. Jewelers are increasingly incorporating unique cuts and colors of diamonds into jewelry, from diamond slices to raw diamond nuggets to grey, brown and yellow toned stones. The unique hues and textures of these stones make each truly one-of-a-kind.
By Kathryn Money of Melissa Joy Manning, Inc. Melissa Joy Manning designs, manufactures and sells designer fashion and fine jewelry.