There is nothing more beautiful to complement a wedding dress than a stunning strand of pearls. This traditional wedding jewelry is more popular than ever, with brides using all styles of pearl jewelry to add that finishing touch to their bridal ensemble. In addition to looking fabulous, wearing a pearl necklace on your wedding day has historically been known as a good luck charm, promising to bring the marriage years of happiness.
When choosing a pearl necklace for your big day, there are four main issues to evaluate. These issues will ensure your necklace and any other accessories complement your dress and add to instead of diminishing your beauty.
The color of the pearl is usually the most noticeable aspect of any pearl jewelry. Pearls come in colors ranging from traditional white and off-white to pink, black, grey, and even silver. When choosing the color of your pearl necklace, be sure to think of your skin tone and dress. The color should accentuate your outfit and make the ensemble complete, so choose wisely for a color that you can wear on your wedding day and for many days to come.
2) Size: Pearls come in several different sizes and are either strung for a necklace in a similar range or in a graduated range.
Choose a size of pearl that matches your proportions, as well as that of your dress. The size of the pearl directly affects another issue to keep in mind, the length of the strand.
3) Length: Pearl necklaces are available in several lengths:
- Collar (12 – 13 inches)
- Choker (14 – 16 inches)
- Princess (17 – 19 inches)
- Matinee (20 – 25 inches)
- Opera (26 – 36 inches)
- Rope (over 37 inches)
The difference in length directly depends on the style of your dress. The most popular lengths of pearl necklaces are the princess’s length and the opera’s length. Avoid wearing the longer lengths of pearls over heavily beaded or decorated dresses, as the impact of the pearls may be lost. You may need to try on several lengths to see how each individual strand fits your body.
Many brides are choosing to forego the traditional strand of pearls and add diamonds or other gemstones to a necklace set. This is a great idea if you have a preexisting pendant mount of heirloom gemstone you wish to include in your jewelry. Also, many brides are using an illusion or floating setting for a single or several pearls. This setting gives the pearl the appearance of floating weightlessly around the wearer’s neck, giving a more modern feel to this traditional element.