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What are Some Different Types of Bridal Jewelry?

Tricia Christensen
Updated May 21, 2024
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Although bridal jewelry is as varied and unique as each bride, there are several main types that prospective brides may want to evaluate. It isn’t necessary to use all the different kinds, and some women may choose to wear a single piece or simply consider their wedding and engagement rings as the only jewelry they require. Much depends on the other accessories that a bride has and the wedding dress and wedding style too. Elaborate jewels might offset a simply made dress, but an elaborate dress could look too busy if too many jewels are worn with it.

Types of bridal jewelry include tiaras, necklaces, earrings, bracelets and brooches (pins). The tiara is worn on the head and may or may not include a veil. Similar to a crown, it can offset numerous hairstyles, and is often thought of as adding a luxurious look to a wedding. Many women love the idea of wearing simple or elaborate tiaras as part of bridal jewelry, but others will use a brooch or pin in the hair or on the veil to add sparkle and design without a full tiara.

Necklaces can vary from classic pearls to pendants and should be worn with consideration to the neckline of the wedding dress. Necklaces that are too short or long can interfere with overall appearance, so brides should aim for a flattering length. The degree to which a necklace should be elaborate depends on look the bride is attempting to create. A wedding dress with sparkles and beads on the bodice might coordinate well with a flashy necklace or might appear better if the necklace is simple and subdued.

Bracelets can come in numerous types, and so can earrings and pins, and each can be an important part of bridal jewelry. Especially when the hair is in an up-do, brides may want beautiful earrings to frame the face. Again, pearls are popular but so are things like diamonds or even cubic zirconium for the bride on a budget. Alternately, women can choose gemstones (real or not) to coordinate with the chosen colors of the weddings. It isn’t always necessary to wear solely white or cream colors, and contrasting colors can enhance appearance.

Sometimes women choose bridal jewelry to reflect “something old" or "something new." They might borrow jewelry from a friend, or use pieces that are family heirlooms. Brides might also choose jewelry that features blue colors, to fulfill the “something blue.” Good choices are either created jewels in blue tones or lapis lazuli, aquamarine, or blue topaz.

There are a number of bridal companies that sell bridal jewelry sets, and these can assure that all jewels will match. Sets might have necklaces, earrings, bracelets and tiaras, though each set varies. It isn’t necessary to make sure all jewelry matches, but it probably isn’t a good idea to mix metal colors. Don’t, for instance, wear a yellow gold necklace and white gold earrings.

Of course, the most important bridal jewelry is typically engagement and wedding rings. These are usually picked out in advance of the wedding, and can be an opportunity for the bride and groom to express their personal style every day. Though they are most vital, they’re usually also of the least concern when it comes to establishing total look of a wedding or bridal costume. The only thing a bride might want to consider in regard to the wedding rings is whether wearing additional rings will offset or detract from the wedding and engagement ring.

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Tricia Christensen
By Tricia Christensen
With a Literature degree from Sonoma State University and years of experience as a BeautyAnswered contributor, Tricia Christensen is based in Northern California and brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to her writing. Her wide-ranging interests include reading, writing, medicine, art, film, history, politics, ethics, and religion, all of which she incorporates into her informative articles. Tricia is currently working on her first novel.
Discussion Comments
By sundysh — On Jul 11, 2013

For bridal jewelry (wedding jewelry) it could be a crystal or pearl jewelry set. These are two popular materials. Crystal has more sparkle under light. For some brides who prefer a more simple or vintage style, then pearl jewelry sets are more suitable.

By christensen — On May 16, 2011

@ honeybees: I don't know. Some women don't have very good taste and they choose jewelry that doesn't compliment them. Even if a bride loves a look, it doesn't mean the look is good. I think a little advice is always appropriate for this special day, especially since many people will have numerous photos of the day.

By LisaLou — On May 12, 2011

@myharley - There is an online website called Etsy where you may be able to find what you are looking for. They have handcrafted and vintage items and a lot of jewelry! If you don't find what you are looking for, many of the sellers will also make custom jewelry for you. You should at least be able to get some good ideas here.

By myharley — On May 12, 2011

I will be getting married at the end of the summer and have almost everything done and picked out except my jewelry. I love a vintage look and am looking for some vintage bridal jewelry that will match my dress.

Does anybody know of any places where you can buy something like this?

By julies — On May 12, 2011

Many people today do not have the luxury of spending a lot of money on extra jewelry for their wedding day. I am glad there are many places where you can find reasonably priced bridal fashion jewelry. By doing some shopping and comparing, you can find beautiful, matching sets that do not cost a fortune. They can look very classy and elegant without looking cheap.

Another nice thing about it, is that you will have more occasions to wear the jewelry after your wedding day too!

By honeybees — On May 12, 2011

Who doesn't love jewelry - especially beautiful wedding jewelry! Because this is your special day, I think your choice of jewelry should be personal to you. If you have always loved pearls - wear pearls. If you don't like pearls, but think you should wear them to make someone else happy - wear what makes you happy!

When you love what you are wearing and it has a special meaning to you, it just adds to the magic of the day.

Tricia Christensen
Tricia Christensen
With a Literature degree from Sonoma State University and years of experience as a BeautyAnswered contributor, Tricia...
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