For centuries, pearls have been synonymous with purity, culture and fantasy. There is nothing more traditional than a Bride in a white flowing gown, her neck draped with dazzling white pearls.
Because pearls come in a different shapes, colors and overtones they are very versatile allowing them to be an ideal choice to support most any wedding theme.
One should consider the overall theme of the wedding before deciding on which pearl jewelry to buy. Pure white or ivory Akoya, South Sea or only Freshwater pearl sets are the classic choice for a traditional wedding. Bigger sizes, starting in the 7-8mm range are usual.
White South Sea pearl pendant and earring sets are good choices for a modern style wedding. Black Tahitian or Golden South Sea pearl sets are excellent choices for an exotic wedding.
As bride is the star of the ceremony, the Bride should wear the biggest and prettiest pearls. Her pearls must reflect her individuality and personality as well the wedding touch. She should also select the highest quality pearls possible; in preference those with a rating of AAA. She should be free to choose the pearls that charm to her most in color, overtone and size as well. Her pearl jewelry must possess the highest shine, color and beauty. This is her wedding time after all!
The length of her pearl necklace will be determined by the neckline of the dress she has chosen to wear. If the dress has a high neckline above the collarbones, a 16 inch choker necklace is most appropriate. If the dress has a moderate neckline lightly below the collarbones, a 17-18 inch necklace is the right choice. If she is wearing a dress with a low neckline, the 18-22 inch range is suggested.
A 32 inch single strand pearl necklace is also a good idea since its adaptivity. For instance, during the ceremony the Bride could double up the length, turning the necklace into a double strand. After the wedding, she could wear the necklace at its full length to make a fashionable effect.
For a modern, contemporary style, choose a White South Sea Pearl Pendant and Earring sets. The Bride’s pearl jewelry should also be complimentary and relative to her body. If she is a petite woman, a small necklace and earring sets in the 6.5-7.5mm range is suitable. If she is of a moderate build, a necklace and earring sets in the 7.5-8.5mm range is a perfect choice. Generally, 7-7.5mm is the most popular size; as it is neither too big nor too small in appearance.
Throughout the ceremony the Bridesmaids are living extensions of the Brides’ own beauty; every one representing the love and friendship the Bride carries with her through her life. It is essential for the Bridesmaids jewelry to reflect the Brides’ while not overshadowing it. For this reason smaller sizes, shorter lengths or different quality pearls than that of the Brides’ are very appropriate.
To especially distinguish your maid of honor, bestow her with pearls that are a little bigger, longer or of a different color than that of the other Bridesmaids. This would make her shine through and feel that she is extra special to you.
Although your Groom may be unaware, pearls are suitable for men as well as women. A pair of small 5.5-6.5mm pearls can be set into matching cufflinks; perfectly complimenting the Groom’s attire while adding an extra touch of class.
Ultimately, your wedding is a reflection of the responsibility you and your partner have made to one another. Each aspect of the ceremony should represent this as much as possible. After all, this is expected to be a celebration! Good luck!