Wedding Pearls

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Thinking about wearing pearls on your big day? Discover more about the timeless trend and why brides wear pearls on their wedding day.

Pearls have always been a beautiful bridal accessory, but their ongoing popularity is really founded in their extraordinary history.

Pearls in the past:

It may be surprising to learn that pearls were first discovered when diving for oysters and, even then, not every oyster had a pearl in it and not every pearl was round. Because of their scarcity, pearls were commonly associated with the rich and royal. In fact, it wasn't until the early 20th Century when the process of culturing pearls was refined. Since then, pearl farming, has increased the accessibility of pearls. That's why the pearls you find in stores today are almost always cultured. Still, cultured pearls have retained their desirable status. Pearls also represent purity within certain cultures, similar to the meaning behind white wedding dresses.

With such a remarkable history, it's easy to see why cultured pearls have become such a common bridal accessory. Today they're frequently given as a gift to future brides, worn by bridesmaids, or passed down as an heirloom. They can even be worn long after your wedding day since they're a staple of a fine jewelry wardrobe. You might be thinking that pearls are just for your grandmother's jewelry wardrobe. But with the right attention to color, size, shape, setting and chain length, many pearls can be as unique and edgy as they can be classic and subdued.

So, if you're going to wear pearls as bridal jewelry, what will you wear and how will you wear them? Think about your dress- it's neckline, length and proportions. A design that shows a lot of your neck should be completed by a pearl necklace. If the neckline comes high up on your neck, it's time to start thinking about pearl earrings.

Here are a few tips to consider:

1. Wear simple pearl stud earrings for a classic bridal look.

2. Consider pairing a double strand of pearls with a strapless gown.

3. Chandelier pearl earrings can be worn for a more dramatic effect.

4. Accentuate an off the shoulder or sweetheart neckline with a single strand necklace.

5. Wear a strand of graduated pearls for a unique, dainty look.

6. Spice things up with mismatched, colored cultured pearl earrings.

7. Go for a simple pendant pearl necklace if you're wearing a halter gown.

8. Consider pearls featuring diamond or rose gold accents for a romantic look.

9. Pearls don't have to be all white, either. All black or a mix of white and black strands or other colors can be stunning and unexpected.

By choosing to accessorize with pearls on your big day, you'll add an extra touch of elegance and class to your already beautiful wedding.