Diamonds and pearls are the classic combo for the traditional bride. But do you really want your wedding ensemble to look like it came from your grandmother’s generation? Wedding jewelry for the modern bride is no longer the simple affair that it once was. There are now a diverse range of options when it comes to how you will bedeck yourself for the big day, so don’t feel like you have to settle for the tried-and-true colorless combo that previous generations were limited to. In fact, there are quite a few trends that can spice up your ensemble with sleek sophistication or ostentatious dazzle, so here are a few that you might want to consider.
1. Diamond and platinum jewelry. If you pay any attention to celebrity style trends, you have probably noticed that platinum is returning in a big way. Although it was last considered fashionable by our great-grandmothers, this super-metal is a natural fit with diamonds considering that they are both so resilient (and beautiful).
2. Chunk-a-licious. There’s no doubt about it, bigger is better on the red carpet this year. Just remember, you should wear the jewelry, not the other way around. If you want to attempt to pull off this hot trend, you’re going to have to cut back on the number of pieces you display. Go with chunky diamond drops or a large pendant, but not both. Also, a bracelet is fine as long as you wear it on your right arm. And avoid large rings that might outshine the star on your ring finger.
3. Colored diamonds. The modern bride need not be held back by a lack of color. With diamond trends leaning towards pink, yellow, and even black, you can choose a color that compliments your wedding décor and speaks to your personal style. Just remember that color trends come and go, while you will be forever stuck with the photos, so consider carefully before going this route.
4. Avant garde. One trend that is rocking the diamond world is the rise in avant garde pieces. Forget symmetrical diamond necklaces and perfectly matched studs. Many women are choosing to go with a signature piece that defines their personal style (and won’t be seen at the local jewelry counter).
5. Classic with a twist. You really can’t go wrong with a timeless display of colorless diamonds, but if you want to spice it up just a little, consider a twist on the classic. Instead of studs or drop earrings, try diamond hoops. Or skip the traditional diamond necklace and opt for a collar-style. Even a tennis bracelet can be reborn if paired with a cuff or the addition of colored stones. Whatever your personal aesthetic, there are plenty of ways to keep your look chic and understated while giving your adornments a modern twist.