The Bride Wore Pearls
Is there anything more classic than a bride in pearls? Bridal jewelry is a memorable finishing touch to the perfect wedding day. The traditional necklace for walking down the aisle, pearls and weddings (like the bride and groom) go hand-in-hand. But what bridal jewelry is right for your big day? Put simply, the best wedding jewels are those that the bride likes best, but here are some tips from Spey for finding the perfect touch of luster for your happily ever after.
The dress and the hair come first. Unless you want to build your wedding look around a truly statement piece of Spey fine pearl jewelry, most brides start by choosing their wedding gown. With the cut and color defined (just like wedding gowns, pearls come in a fantastic array of ‘whites’), you’re ready to begin. Necklace lengths are determined by your décolletage: choker and princess length pearl strands are ideal for high necklines, while an opera length strand can dramatically lengthen your silhouette. For a daintier look, add a touch of sparkle with a Spey pearl pendant, wrapped in white gold and diamond.
A hairpiece or veil-anchoring tiara is an excellent occasion to flirt with pearls. For an up-do, long earrings look best, or a simple stud might be all you need for a comfortable and timelessly chic look. Want to bring some luster to the wrist? A pearl bracelet draws the eye down and elongates your lines. At the end of the day, when the Champagne has been toasted and the rice has been thrown, the most important part of any wedding is the commitment you’re making with your loved one. Your bridal jewelry is a reminder of that love and may be worn at special times for years to come.
Not sure what bridal jewelry will best complement your look? Drop Spey a note: we’d be delighted to chat about your style and your big day. Finding the perfect touch of luster for saying I do – that’s our vow to you.
Your Ladies Are Waiting
Your bridesmaids have gone the extra mile for you: hours of wading through taffeta and tulle, consoling against mishaps and the unexpected, and greeting distant relatives with all the charm that can be mustered. Nobody said being a bridesmaid was easy. Show them you care and express your gratitude with a thoughtful bridesmaid gift. Both fitting to the occasion and useful the day-of, while practical and appreciated for years to come, pearls are an excellent way to convey your appreciation. And with a host of sizes, styles and lengths, pearls are quite attainable for any budget or wedding party.
Giving the gift of Spey to your bridesmaids is a stylish way to maintain continuity and a polished look across the many unique tastes of your sisters, cousins, best friends, and any one you might ask to stand with you on your wedding day. A classic pearl pendant or pearl stud earrings make for thoughtful bridesmaid gifts, while pearls of slightly larger size or longer length would distinguish your maid of honor. Graceful and petite, flower girls look perfectly charming in necklaces or bracelets of smaller pearls. For the mature woman who gives her blessings on your wedding day, necklaces of slightly larger pearls or strands of matinee or opera length look most becoming. Mothers, grandmothers and mothers-in-law are often quite involved in the planning and expense of a wedding and are deserving of these small attentions.
The perfect bridesmaid gifts need not be complicated. Opt for the luster and simple elegance of pearls and give your bridesmaids a cherished, sentimental memento that lasts a lifetime. Want to add your story to a string of precious memories? Ask each of your bridesmaids to wear heirloom pearls lent from their own loved ones. Pearls truly are pieces for touching occasions.
If you’re tired of the same matching pocket square and tie combos that plague hapless groomsmen, lend a bit of distinction to the men in your wedding party with the Spey pearl lapel pin, the perfect dash of dapper for the modern gentleman. Far more stylish than a prom-conjuring boutonnière, the pearl lapel pin is your answer to both groomsmen fashion and a distinctive groomsmen gift. Elegance whittled down to manliness: this is a man’s pearl.
The pearl is all-season and bold enough to stand up to the loudest or toughest material – from tartan to wool. Better still, its classic lines transition well to pairings with silks and fine linens. Carry the bridal jewelry theme over to the men with a velvety and lustrous South Sea pearl lapel pin, or one with the darkly enigmatic Tahitian pearl. Whatever your bridal jewelry, there is a pearl lapel pin to complement and complete the look. The pop of pearl against lapel will give you a standout look at weddings and leave bridesmaids in a swoon.
A symbol of both heritage and nowness, the pearl lapel pin is an excellent accessory for the men (especially the groom) rocking a suit on your wedding day. Fathers of the bride and groom? Never will they look so dapper as with a bit of Spey luster on their lapel. Ring bearers and ushers? The pearl lapel pin adds a touch of debonair. There are many reasons why the pearl lapel pin is the perfect groomsmen gift, not least of which are the ecological benefits and sustainability of pearling. A finely crafted, exceptionally styled nod to a more lustrous and green future – that’s a pearl fit for a stud.
Say, I Do
Pearls come in a myriad of shapes, colors, sizes and designs – there is a pearl to match every bridal jewelry style. Whether a traditional bride like Queen Elizabeth II or Jacqueline Kennedy, who wore classic akoya and white South Sea strands for their weddings, or a more modern bride who opts for golden South Sea or Tahitian pearls in playful designs, pearls are the go-to accessories for weddings. What’s more, pearls can be your something old, something new, something borrowed or even something with subtle blue overtones.
Heading pearl jewelry shopping in Washington, DC or beyond? Bring a swatch of your dress fabric to Spey to perfectly match the shade and brilliance of white. Aligning all your whites to complement each other is just another subtle way to pull off a perfectly polished wedding. Many brides keep their loved ones close by electing to wear heirloom pearls passed down from grandmothers and mothers for their bridal jewelry. Others start their marriage and new life with a custom piece uniquely their own. Pearls are where tradition meets grace – what does your bridal jewelry say about you?