The DOs And DON’Ts of Buying Bridal Jewellery

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Congratulations – you’re getting married! Now comes the fun part: Choosing the jewels that will make your big day extra special.

Bridal jewellery is often bundled with other accessories like shoes and handbags, but the right rocks play such a vital role in elevating your wedding day that we think it deserves a guide all of its own. Say ‘I do’ to getting it right with our helpful guide… 
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Do Buy Your Dress First

The jewels you choose need to compliment the style of your dress. So, if you’re in love with an asymmetric neckline, try skipping the necklace and drawing guests’ attention to standout earrings instead. Going for a V-neck? A thin chain with a simple pendant, perhaps a delicate locket, looks elegant, or string pearls are a classic choice.

Halter-neck? Focus on your hair – crystal hairpins add sparkle to your hair. For a sweetheart or strapless neckline, go for chandelier earrings to balance focus with your décolletage. If your dress has a daring low-scoop back, try a backdrop necklace – most people will be looking at your back during the service anyway. 
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Don’t Forget Who You Are

This isn’t the moment to dress beyond your comfort zone, because the last thing you want as you step into your future life is to feel like someone else.

So, if you prefer a relaxed vibe, step away from the sparkles and select a few slim, elegant pieces – perhaps a nature-inspired barrette. If vintage elegance is more your style, then pay homage to history with an Art Deco cuff. 
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Do Remember Less Is More

This rule applies even more if your gown is embellished! Studding every available body part with diamante is expensive, unnecessary, and risks making you look like an eight-year-old who’s run riot in Claire’s Accessories.

Instead, choose one body part to accentuate, and balance the rest with small, subtle details and delicate pieces
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Do Think Beyond the Big Day

You’re unlikely to have many opportunities to wear your wedding dress again, but you could wear your jewellery for special occasions like anniversaries, birthdays, Valentine’s Day and or course your honeymoon.

In fact, simply putting in your bridal earrings gives your brain the cue that today is a special day, and brings back memories of walking down the aisle. How’s that for a warm and fuzzy feeling?
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Don’t Forget Your Hair

When you do a trial with your hairdresser, discuss your jewellery, even if you haven’t got it to show her just yet.

An updo can showcase dramatic earrings, but if you wear your hair down, you’ll want small studs or drops and a slim necklace that won’t get tangled in your locks. Also consider your hair type when it comes to hair jewellery itself, as dainty accessories may be perfect for fine hair, but won't be as noticeable with thick waves.

See – deciding between an embellished veil, tiara, Grecian head chain or simple hair pins needn’t be a headache.
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Do Allow Time for Adjustments

Two months gives you plenty of breathing space to choose your jewellery set, try it on at your dress fitting and make any necessary size adjustments with a local jeweller.

This timeframe might seem too generous, but brides lose an average of 11lbs before their big day, which can change the shape of your wrists, streamline your décolletage and even narrow your ring size.
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Don’t Wear a Watch

Your hands are going to have more pictures taken of them on your wedding day than at any other time, and a trusty wristwatch won’t cut it.

Yes, you’ve got a schedule to keep, but let your crack team of bridesmaids manage getting you to the altar on time! You relax. And if your wrist feels naked without a timepiece, treat yourself to a bracelet instead – diamonds and pearls are much more satisfying to feast your eyes on!
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Do Remember Your Skin Tone

Discovering your undertone – the colour beneath the surface of your skin – is the key to finding out whether gold or silver looks best on you.

If your veins appear bluish, and holding white fabric next to your face reflects a cool blue tone, opt for silver or white gold jewellery. Alternatively, if your veins look more green, and white fabric reflects a yellow tone in your skin, go for rose gold or yellow gold. Just be sure to factor in the shade of a spray tan if you want to have more colour for your big day.
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Don’t Forget Your Engagement Ring

Tradition dictates that your wedding ring sits on the third finger of your left hand – a custom that dates back to ancient Egyptian times, when it was believed that the vein in that finger led directly to your heart.

So, on the morning of your wedding day, switch your engagement ring to your right hand, then place it on top of your wedding band after the ceremony. And if your engagement ring is tricky to remove, dunk your finger in ice-cold water and apply a light layer of hand cream to slip it off pain-free.
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