Modern bride: beautiful wedding jewellery to treasure
Choose bridal jewellery that reflects your personal style and you'll wear it long after your big day is done
Accessories maketh the outfit, of course. But they also can lead to much deliberation and debate: to veil, or not to veil; will you be able to dance the night away in these heels; and just how necessary is a wedding clutch – isn't that what bridesmaids are for? Even the most ardent shopper will start to think of it as just more wedmin to add to their never-ending to do list.
Choosing the jewellery you'll wear however is where things start to get romantic. The style, stones and metal of your engagement ring will largely dictate the wedding band you'll choose, but there's far more to getting married than simply putting a ring on it.
Practically speaking, the style of your dress and the way you envision wearing your hair will have a big influence on the wedding jewellery that works for you: an English rose up-do calls for delicate earrings, boho waves and a plunging neckline will benefit from a necklace to draw the eye, while the luminescence of pearls is eminently flattering. No matter what your bridal style, there's a dreamy piece out there for you. We've rounded up some of our favourites to help you find yours.
Each piece starts from the same point of inspiration – Dante's Divine Comedy – as designer Rosh Matani translates the poet's 100 poems into organically shaped pendants, coin necklaces and modern pearls that she moulds from wax in her London studio. Layer delicate chains around your neck and wrists to showcase different facets of your personality, adding personal favourites and heirlooms in to the mix for authentic eclecticism.
L'Image du Passé Bracelet, £335 Shop here
Lilian von Trapp
A wedding can have a sizable environmental impact, but being able to make small sustainable changes can add up to a big difference. Super chic Berliner Lilian von Trapp only uses vintage diamonds and gold in her minimalist designs, meaning that the mining process for both is bypassed completely – a win for the environment and your conscience. This delicate design uses white, yellow and rose 14karat gold, so they're sure to be in heavy rotation after the big day.
The triples earrings, £1,050 Shop here
Sarah & Sebastian
This beautiful gold vermeil choker proves that bridal jewellery doesn't have to be delicate. Modelled on the organic shapes and textures of individual rose petals, there's something truly romantic about this short-length statement necklace. Part of the Australian brand's Rosa collection, there are also pendants, earrings and anklets available.
Rosa chain necklace, £1,210 Shop here
Closer By Wwake
So many short-haired brides-to-be feel the need to grow their hair out in order to fit the traditional idea of what a bride should look like. But boundaries are broken every day, and outdated ideas are left behind by women who want to see themselves in the wedding photos they'll treasure forever. Whether you've embraced your crop or are planning an up-do, a sculptural, statement-making earring is the order of the day. The perfect foil against the clean lines of a classic city wedding outfit, a matching cuff will catch the eye when signing the register and throwing shapes on the dancefloor until dawn.
Lancet silver earrings, £230 Shop here
Sophie Bille Brahe
c: Josefine Seifert
This Copenhagen-based jewellery designer is almost single-handedly responsible for the pearl renaissance that has been bubbling in fashion for the last few years. Her sculptural pearl and diamond creations fuse just the right amount of insouciance and energy with a complete respect for the precious materials, nailing a modern approach to heirlooms. This effervescent confection crafted from 14 karat gold and freshwater pearls is sold as a single – perfect if you're planning a vampy deep side parting.
Botticelli Grand earring, £1,761 Shop here
If your fingers are usually adorned with stacks of rings it can be tempting to leave them in your jewellery box for the big day, in order to allow your wedding band to shine. But the best wedding look isn't about creating a blank canvas, it's about allowing your personal style to shine - so stack those rings as high as you fancy, your new wedding ring will be in good company.
Diamond Baby Cigar Band, $405 Shop here
A backless wedding dress needn't go un-adorned, instead follow the direction of London-based Lebanese designer Noor Fares who often looks to eastern philosophy and religious iconography for the inspiration for her fine jewellery line. The perfect way to wear your heart on your sleeve (well, almost), this rose quartz heart pendant is adorned with opal and sapphire pavé.
Anahata Pendant, £3,275 Shop here