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Pearls Jewelry For Your Wedding Day

Friday, March 27th, 2009

If you’ve chosen to wear pearls for your wedding jewelry, shopping for them now becomes a task. There are five important factors to consider when shopping for pearls as your wedding jewelry.

Color

These six factors largely contribute to the value of your jewelry. The color of your pearl can be white, pink, cream, or golden. The most expensive pearls of the highest quality tend to be softer in hue and more radiant. One of the highest quality pearls are the Akoya Saltwater pearls.

Size

When we refer to the size of your pearl , we’re generally referring to the size of the jewelry. If for instance, you chose a pearl necklace as your wedding jewelry, the largest pearl usually hangs at the center of your neck. The pearls then become gradually smaller as they approach the clasp of your necklace. Nevertheless, there are different sizes of pearls themselves. Larger pearls make a very dramatic impression on bides, and they’re generally more costly.

Luster

A pearl’s luster can reflect a radiant shine and display a deeper reflected light from the inner pear. This outward display of light is referred to as the overtone. Although a lower quality pearl will have a duller sheen, this type of pearl might be perfect if you only intend to wear it once in your life.

Shape

Peals of the highest quality are always perfectly round and rarely have any surface imperfections. Lower quality pearls are rarely ever perfectly round, and often show some surface imperfections, including pitting.

Surface Texture

Which brings us to the surface texture of a pearl. The quality of your pearl will be easy to identify by the surface texture. Feel the pearl itself. If it’s smooth without surface abrasions, than it’s most likely of the highest quality. Unfortunately, not everyone can afford high quality pearls-which leaves a skimpy selection. Lower quality pearls tend to appear low-quality, especially if they have flaws to their surface.

Here are several different types of pearls to examine. The four popular types of pearls are as follows:

* Classic Akoya Pearls
* Large Exotic Black Tahitian Pearls
* Large Golden or White South Sea Pearls
* Decorative Freshwater Pearls

If you’re on budget, but you’re dying to have pearls draped around your neck for the special day-select decorative freshwater pearls. They’re very inexpensive and they will make a gorgeous accessory to your wedding gown. As long as someone in your family isn’t a jeweler, nobody will know they’re not high-quality pearls.

On the other hand, if you have you heart set on high quality blemish-free pearls, than shop around! Don’t commit to one person before you explore your options. Choosing a store that offers a certificate with your pearls, and if possible-a warranty.

Choosing Bridal Jewelry For Your Bridal Party

Friday, March 27th, 2009

When choosing jewelry for your bridal party is not only the perfect way to show your true appreciation for sharing in your most important day, but it will also give your attendants a rather special memento to treasure and remember always.

The very first thing you’ll want to consider in your quest for finding beautiful jewelry for your bridal party is whether or not the pieces will be given solely as a token of your appreciation, or if you expect the attendants to wear their gifts for the ceremony. If you’ll want all of the pieces worn during the wedding and reception, then you’ll want to ensure they’ll match or complement the overall theme or formality of the event as well as the dresses you’ve chosen.

As the bride, you’ll also have to decide if you want each of the attendants pieces to match exactly, or if you’d rather coordinating pieces but each with subtle differences that make them uniquely their own. A perfect example of unique but matching jewelry for the bridal party would be crystal necklaces in different but complementary colors, or necklaces of all the same crystal but in a different design, or pearls of varying sizes and designs. Cultured pearls will always be a timeless choice for wedding jewelry that exude a sense of classiness as well as romance.

Another good choice for your bridal attendant’s jewelry is white or clear cubic zirconium (CZ) as it offers all of the sparkle and glamour of diamonds, but without the hefty price tag to match. And, gold and sterling silver will both always work well with any colors, style, or theme of wedding. If your wedding colors are burgundy or red, you may want to consider choosing gems such as garnets or rubies or reddish Swarovski crystals, or if peach and beige are dominant in your color scheme, choose opals, clear crystals, or any gem with a neutral, understated hue.

Yet another option to consider when choosing jewelry for your bridal party is to select pieces that everyone will be able to wear again for other occasions, unless they’re intended to be held onto as keepsakes after the wedding, of course. Necklaces are always a good choice for bridal party jewelry as the varying lengths available will fit everyone and regardless of hair length or styles, the necklace will be easy to see during the wedding, but do keep in mind the neckline of the gowns you and your bridesmaids will be wearing.

In a word, when choosing earrings be sure to find out in advance who has pierced ears and who will need the clip-on style. In essence, the jewelry you choose for your bridal party should match your own sense of style as well as the formality of the ceremony, and also complement the attendant’s attire.