How To Choose A Pearl Necklace For Your Wedding Day
There is nothing more beautiful to
complement a wedding dress than a stunning strand of pearls. This traditional
wedding jewelry is more popular than ever, with brides using all styles of
pearl jewelry to add that finishing touch to their bridal ensemble. In addition
to looking fabulous, wearing a pearl necklace on your wedding day has
historically been known as a good luck charm, promising to bring the marriage
years of happiness.
When choosing a pearl necklace for
your big day, there are four main issues to evaluate. These issues will ensure
your necklace and any other accessories complement your dress and add to
instead of diminish your beauty.
1.) Color: The color of the pearl is
usually the most noticeable aspect of any pearl jewelry. Pearls come in colors
ranging from traditional white and off-white to pink, black, grey, and even
silver. When choosing the color of your pearl necklace, be sure to think of
your skin tone and dress. The color should accentuate your outfit and make the
ensemble complete, so choose wisely for a color that you can wear on your
wedding day and for many days to come.
2.) Size: Pearls come in several
different sizes and are either strung for a necklace in a similar range or in a
graduated range. Choose a size of pearl that matches your proportions, as well
as that of your dress. Size of the pearl directly affects another issue to keep
in mind, the length of the strand.
3.) Length: Pearl necklaces are available in several lengths:
Collar (12 13 inches)
Choker (14 16 inches)
Princess (17 19 inches)
Matinee (20 25 inches)
Opera (26 36 inches)
Rope (over 37 inches)
The difference in length directly
depends on the style of your dress. The most popular lengths of pearl necklaces
are the princess length and the opera length. Avoid wearing the longer lengths
of pearls over heavily beaded or decorated dresses, as the impact of the pearls
may be lost. You may need to try on several lengths to see how each individual
strand fits your body.
4.) Additions: Many brides are
choosing to forego the traditional strand of pearls and add diamonds or other
gemstones to a necklace setting. This is a great idea if you have a preexisting
pendant mount of heirloom gemstone you wish to include in your jewelry. Also,
many brides are using an illusion or floating setting for a single or several
pearls. This setting gives the pearl the appearance of floating weightlessly
around the wearers neck, giving a more modern feel to this traditional element.