‘Jewellery has such a narrative’, says jewellery designer Georgina Boyce. Never more so than on your wedding day, when the pieces you wear will not only be admired by every one of your guests, but will be photographed, and immortalised for years to come.
So, what to wear? After the dress, choosing your finishing touches can send even the most decisive bride into a spin – statement or subtle? Gold or silver? Earrings or necklace? Tiara? Diamonds? Where do you start? And what should you consider? Georgina has the answers…
OLD OR NEW?
‘Firstly, old or new? It’s lovely to incorporate family jewels into the mix if you are lucky enough to have any. If not, make the jewellery your ‘something new’.’
MAKE IT UNIQUE
‘Wear something special. It is a magical day and your jewellery should cut the mustard. That needn’t mean expensive – special in style, meaning, design or sparkle. It has to stand up to the dress – stiff competition.’
START WITH THE DRESS
‘Consider the style of your dress. If you have a long sleeve, avoid bracelets and bangles. The same applies for a high neckline and necklaces. Rose gold looks soft and elegant with lace. White gold with sharp tailoring delivers a clean sleek aesthetic, yellow gold has a more relaxed look.’
ADORN YOUR EARS
‘Earrings are a great place to set the tone. They are worn high next to your face and will be seen in photos, when you are talking your guests and most importantly, whilst you look at your groom during the service.’
Apex earrings in 18 karat rose gold with diamonds
Longitude necklace in 14 karat gold with diamonds
MAKE IT PERSONAL
‘You mustn’t compromise on your own personal style. It can be easy to wear something that conforms to the typical traditional bridal style. It can be hard not to cave to the pressures of other people’s (or your mother’s) opinion. Ignore them! Rules are made to be broken!
LOOK TO THE FUTURE
‘It helps if you can and would wear the jewellery again after the big day, especially if it is fine jewellery. Sparkly jewels are not cheap so the more wear you can get out of them, the better. It’s a shame to have wonderful wedding day jewels hidden away in boxes and drawers never to be worn again.’
‘You don’t necessarily have to make the engagement ring your muse – the ring is a stand alone and will always be. The rest of your jewellery can be quite different, if you wish. Of course, if you can wrangle yourself some diamonds for the day, don’t say no…’
‘Feel free to mix metals. Use a colour palette to your advantage – rose, yellow and white gold are complimentary worn together.’
KEEP IT SIMPLE
‘Jewellery is part of your everyday uniform and can be a wonderful form of expression. On your wedding day, however, you are looking to enhance not detract. It is one of the few occasions when I tend to think ‘less is more’ on jewellery.’
GO YOUR OWN WAY
‘That said, if there is any day that you can ignore expectations, it is now. Be the modern bride, adorn yourself in jewels as you please. Colour or no colour, big or small, matte or shiny – the world is your oyster. Enjoy – after all, it is your day..’