All Decked Out.

When I landed upon the image of these neon beaded beauties below, I was instantly transported back to my earliest days at school sitting with my playmates stringing simple wooden beads onto coarse woollen strands to make what can be best described as a ‘dog’s dinner’ (read tragic mess).

Obviously the epic bangles and necklaces below are of a far higher quality than my juvenile attempts – I would so rock one of these neon bracelets.

Anyone else care to join me?

The point is however, and I think I speak for most of us when I say that, it’s clear, even from an early age, that we like to adorn ourselves with decorative paraphernalia. Heck, we’ve been tattooing, crowning, encircling, festooning and garlanding our bodies since time began and it’s not likely to stop any time soon either.

It’s not surprising then that there’s a plethora of beautiful bridal jewellery out there. If there’s a day when a woman feels most inclined to bedeck herself with charming adornments then it’s her wedding day.

And whilst there is an abundance of style in traditional pieces, I love how the parameters of what constitutes bridal ‘jewellery’ are now far more relaxed meaning that there really is something for everyone.

My own bridal jewellery journey began when my future mother-in-law handed me her late mother’s prized diamond earrings when the boy and I were first engaged.

They are beautiful. Utterly exquisite. I even got quite emotional when she handed them to me.

You see, it meant the world to me that she decided to share something that clearly means so much to her. And whilst my boy’s grandma can’t be with us on the day, she’ll certainly be there in (twinkling) spirit.

Despite my renowned magpie-like behaviour towards anything shiny, I don’t really go all out on the jewellery front. Granted there’s my engagement ring, a couple of gold bangles and my dainty golden feather necklace but that’s about it. I reckon therefore I can push the boat out on my wedding day, what do you think?

So what are you lovely lot wearing on your big day?

Will you be appropriating some family heirlooms or sporting something more contemporary?

Or are you blinded by the dazzling array available to you? Can I help?

Walk this way…

All That Glistens Is…Gold

I’ve been a fan of yellow gold jewellery ever since I was young but I’ve always been aware that it isn’t everyones’ top choice.

Some of my friends for instance find it a little gaudy.

So, I’m thrilled to see that yellow gold is making a comeback both in the bridal universe and on the fashion runways along with golden semi-precious stones such as Beryl.

The glitzy stuff is back with a vengeance, folks.

I love the versatility that gold gives to the wearer, be it delicate and pretty or gritty and proud. It’s also incredibly flattering on all skintones, offering up a warmth that only improves with age. There’s nothing better than popping to an antique jewellers and holding patinated pieces rich with memories.

Stacking golden rings and bracelets is one way of bringing this metal up to date if you’re worried it’s a little old-fashioned for you. The contrasts in the different pieces will make the metals both interesting and edgy.

Alternatively if this is a little intense then choosing a filigree piece is not only romantic but subtle enough so that you won’t feel overwhelmed.

Plus your nan would be proud.

Exotic Beauties

This concoction of images is a mixture of pieces that have their origins in or are influenced by tribal jewellery, nature and Eastern designs.

Like the moodboard above, many of these beautiful items possess a golden hue but it’s the shapes, patterns and the positioning of them on the body that really do the talking.

Looking at this bevvy of beauties, I can almost imagine myself on African Plains or in a Moroccan Souk which make these pieces perfect for those brides choosing to get married abroad.

More angular pieces look amazing with column bridal gowns and chainmail and leather accents are reminiscent of tribal dress. This look is all about impact!

We’ve also noticed jewellery taking inspiration from natural themes such as florals and botanics. No longer the preserve of bouquets and gorgeous centrepieces, sprawling flower-esque jewellery is popping up time and time again and is set to gain more momentum next year.

Innate Elegance

This look is all about taking the ‘best bits’ from bygone eras and combining it into a glorious mishmash of ultimate luxury.

Whilst vintage wedding styles have been leading the way sartorially, we’ve noticed this look is now also translating across to jewellery choices too.

Think of the geometric patterns of costume jewellery and the long strings of lustrous pearls of the Art Deco era together with the subtle 1950‘s elegance of Grace Kelly’s classic style and the glamour of old Hollywood movie stars.

For some reason I always envisage brides who opt for this kind of jewellery in swishing gowns of lace….but it doesn’t mean that you have to go down this route. Pearls and diamonds do tend predominate here though.

This look is feminine and subtle. Less is more and wearing more than two pieces is often too much. A beautifully crafted necklace, or a single brooch of sparkling round cut diamonds is what this look is all about.

Granted, choosing this ‘look’ can be less budget-friendly than some of the other styles pictured here but investing in key pieces of valuable jewellery means that you have something to treasure forever and pass on to your children and perhaps theirs too.

Colour Pop

I think I first fell in love with colourful bridal jewellery when I saw Emily’s beautiful sapphire-coloured blue earrings earlier this year.

In fact, I was more than a little bit smitten with them.

They framed her gorgeous face perfectly whilst bringing her whole bridal look smack bang up to date to the 21st century. It was at this point that I was determined to give coloured jewels a chance and I haven’t looked back.

And I’m not the only one.

From opals to tourmalines and from amethysts to moukite, semi-precious stones are gracing the necks, ears and fingers of huge numbers of brides this year. THE hot colour of the moment, the current hue to be seen in though, is…wait for it…coral.

Here at RMW HQ we’ve seen everything from coral-coloured necklaces to coral bracelets and rings on both brides and bridesmaids alike. This hue looks fantastic on all skin types, is utterly romantic and often slips seamlessly into most colour schemes.

If you can afford to stretch the budget that little bit further, then can I suggest coloured diamonds. My favourite hue are champagne coloured diamonds – rather apt for a bride on her wedding day, no?

Alternatively, you could leave this blog post open at this point and cough suggestively at your fiancé whilst tilting your head at said computer screen before you leave the room on an ‘errand’.

What? You’re helping him with his wedding present to you aren’t you?

Make A Statement

Bold and chunky jewellery continues to feature strongly in bridal jewellery thus continuing the trend of the last two years.

Hurray! The RMW Team (yes, even Mr Gossip Girl) loves a bit of statement action on modern brides. We are however seeing more of a pared down approach compared to previous years.

Ladies, we’re talking bib necklaces and shoulder-sweeping gemstone earrings, wide cuffs and hefty cocktail rings all crafted from bold materials and striking colours. I love brides who have chosen to travel this adventurous route, it absolutely reeks of confidence and luxury.

A note of caution however. This look tends to work best on those brides that have chosen a simpler dress. Gowns already covered in pearls, sequins or other twinkly bits are statement pieces in their own right. Adding too much jewellery on top can make one look like an overdressed turkey and we wouldn’t want that would we…

Of the pieces shown here, the bib necklace and the cocktail rings are my favourite – particularly big and bold pearls around swanlike necks.

I wouldn’t have imagined that a chunky necklace would ‘work’ with a strapless dress before I actually saw it.

But it so does.

Sparkling gems also top my list too – the bigger and more colourful, the better.

Which of these looks are your favourite, if any?

I’m still toying with the idea of wearing a gold locket with a really long chain. Do you think I should go for it?

Who else is going to rock a statement bib necklace or chandelier earrings on their big day?

All my love Lolly xxx

19 thoughts on “All Decked Out.

  1. ooooo so much pretty!
    My dress is quite plain so I’m on the lookout for a bit of a statement cuff. Haven’t seen quite the thing yet but I love the Joanna Johnson cuff in the picture above.
    I’m going to wear a simple pearl necklace that my gran gave me – she was given it on her wedding day, but other than that I haven’t made any decisions. The problem is I love jewellery too much, and i’m lucky to know/work with several jewellers so I’m a bit spoilt for choice!
    But if I were you, I’d totally go for big statement earrings, because they’re always ace!

  2. I find delicate pretty jewellery difficult. I found wearing delicate pretty bridal jewellery for W-day a little…odd. But I did. Because I was A BRIDE.

    Later on I changed into something altogether more statement. And should have worn those pieces all day – why try and change who you ultimately are?

    I want to wear everything on that last template.

    Charlotte xxx

  3. Thanks RMW, I’ve just had my colours done and yellow gold is the best colour jewellery for me! I love these pieces and think it’s time to treat myself…

  4. I love jewellery, statement necklaces are one of my forte’s! There was absolutely no doubt in my mind that my w-day necklace would veer from my usual style. Luckily the neckline of my dress accommodated the necklace that I found on these very pages!

    (A Flo and Percy number from A Gypsy Wedding styled shoot

    I know they say less is more but in my world more is more… I was determined to be me on my wedding day and sticking with my usual style with a pretty but quite simple dress and big accessories, I couldn’t have felt more comfortable!

  5. Lolly, Lolly, Lolly – Once again there’s just too much pretty!!! :-p
    There are sooo many lovely pieces I want from here – but what I really really want is (a zig-a-zig-ahhhh…..sorry couldn’t help myself!) a statement cuff!
    I think a cuff like the bottom left (JoannaJohnson piece) would compliment my dress beautifully! I just love the mix of lace/netting & pretty jewels 🙂

    Am loving the neon bracelets though! but maybe not for the wedding! 😉

  6. I’m wearing white and rose Clogau gold dangly earrings that my Nan bought for me, teamed with an antique gold and pearl headband from Melissa Morgan Designs. I didn’t like any of the silver-sparkly headpieces that dominate the bridal market, I wanted something a bit more unique and warm. My dress is a warm tone of ivory with a pearl waistband and along with my shoes, which also have gold on them, everything should work quite well together. I especially love how the gold of my headband looks against my dark brown hair! It’s such a statement piece that I’m choosing not wear a necklace, I think there will be too much going on. Now I’m on the look out for a simple bracelet, I was thinking a Thomas Sabo charm carrier and I could wear the lucky horseshoe charm which was my 1st Xmas present from my fiancé.

    I LOVE the gold lockets on the long chains, I think that’s a gorgeous look and you should go for it!

  7. @Inbal you get to work with several jewellers? Why haven’t we heart about this before??

    I can imagine that you don’t quite know which way to turn (SO MUCH CHOICE) but I love the idea of you wearing your Gran’s pearls…

    @Carys I knew I could count on someone to encourage me to wear my statement locket. You sound so sorted love with all your choices – I’m so impressed! And I might be sporting a yellow gold headband too – great minds think alike.

  8. Lolly – my friend is AMAZING – not only is her jewellery the best, she runs this thing where you can make your own wedding rings! How cool is that?! I’m very lucky to have met a few more jewelers through her, and I also work with some professionally. I’m a very lucky lady, with a very depleted bank account.

  9. So many amazing jewels I can barely contain myself!!! My dress has a real old Hollywood glamour feel to it, so I am opting for simple jewellery – Victorian diamond drop earrings (my something borrowed) and a blue topaz and diamond ring which I bought with inheritance money from my late Grandma – its my way of having her with me and also my something blue!
    And that’s all I am wearing – unless the Mr gets me a bracelet! I don’t need a necklace as the lace part of my dress comes quite far across my shoulders.
    I wear a lot of bracelets every day so will feel quite strange not wearing them all on the day…but too much jewellery would look so weird with my dress!

    Great post – now non-wedding jewellery shopping!! xxx

  10. Oh and I am wearing a soft vintage-esque jewelled headband from Sash and Co in the evening – beautiful hair accessories and belts with a real vintage feel for them, can totally recommend!!

  11. Ello ladies!

    Love it ALL!

    I did something pretty cool – if I don’t say so myself. I got some jewellery made for each of my maids by this awesome American lady on Etsy who finds old broaches and turns then into hair combs.

    She picked a different era for each of my girls based on y descriptions and they are ruddy gorgeous!

    Not to mention the big sparkly art deco broach that is now my head piece!!

    Well. It would have been rude not to. 😉

  12. Eeek, my first comment as a married woman!!!

    In day to day life, I wear very little jewellery. The engagement ring and my 18th birthday ring from my parents are the only things I wear all the time, rarely wear earrings, but every now and then I’ll put in a pair of quirky studs.

    For W-day, I went for what you’ve described as the “innate elegance” look, and yea I did wear a lace dress! I bought a pair of antique “diamond effect” chandelier earrings from an antique shop for the bargainous price of £12, I love them and they acted as my “something old”. I then borrowed a friend’s bracelet, which was fairly blingy and very pretty! I took my birthday ring off for the day and moved the engagement ring to the other hand until after the ceremony.

    I never wear necklaces, however for the “anniversary” before we got engaged, the boy (husband!) gave me a beautiful simple diamond necklace. It’s so delicate and hangs on a White gold chain. I intended to wear it, but unfortunately completely forgot to put it on! D’oh!

    On the subject of yellow gold, I’ve never really gone for it, however recently I’ve started really liking Rose gold. I love that exotic look to it. I had a birthday recently, and with my birthday money I bought myself a gorgeous Rose gold Guess watch. Love it!

  13. Everything here is just lovely! I wore my mothers silver and pearl wedding necklace on my wedding day – it was my ‘something old’ and ‘something borrowed’.

    Thank you so much, Lauren, for featuring my vintage pearls in this post. I do ship to the UK, so please stop by my shop anytime – I frequently have wedding items in the shop.


  14. I love jewellery. I especially love colour – so love all the amazing semi-precious stones; I’m currently having a labradorite moment. I reckon this will be the heirlooms of the future so it’s actually an investment…

    I like gold too. I’m very pale with red hair and gold just goes better with my skin tone. But I tend to prefer the designs of silver.

    Having said that, I love my engagement ring which is an Art Deco piece of sapphire and diamond gorgeousness. And I’ll be wearing a family piece of a mid 19th C gold, pearl and diamond ring.

    I always worry that dangly earrings mean that a necklace will look too much – thoughts? And I have lovely (antique style) earrings and a headpiece. And my dress is beaded so I don’t want to look like a child playing dress up with a jewellery box. A bracelet might work though…

  15. oh my, oh my, oh my! I’m so glad Reshmi mentioned you on her Anges de Sucre Blog…but as with her..I so wish i’d come across you BEFORE I got married (6 years ago!)!! And isn’t it strange how tastes change too…on my day, I kept the jewellery simple…the ‘boy’ gave me a star pendant with a little diamond in it the night before our wedding day and i wore that, together with my mum’s borrowed silver watch and I switched my engagement ring to the other hand! instead I went bolder with my head piece created by my late aunt. And I wouldn’t change any of it!

    But…..I have dreams of vow renewals..simply so I can have a new version (but with the same chap!!)…and next time…simpler dress and bolder jewellery…just can’t decide whether statement necklace or bracelet!

    Having said that, thank you @Jo Li – i think i’ll be looking up your lady on Etsy…I love a hair adornment for dinner dances and any parties 🙂 Thank you!

    You’ve made my day seeing some Stella & Dot in your images given thats my fun ‘evening’ job, but do check out the Estate Bib Necklace too! Statement, sparkles, Bib and beautiful!

    All of you, happy jewellery picking and enjoy your big day! x

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