How to Find Wedding Jewelry // Tips for Picking Out Pearls

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Your wedding dress is in and now it’s time to find the perfect wedding jewelry! If you're looking for effortless, classic style then pearl wedding jewelry is your ideal wedding accessory. Here are a few things you need to know about pearls when picking out pearl wedding jewelry... 

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The type of pearl wedding jewelry you choose will depend on your budget and what you plan to do with your wedding jewelry after the big day. Ask yourself things like...how much can I spend on wedding jewelry, will I wear my wedding jewelry again and do I want to pass my wedding jewelry down to my future daughter as a family heirloom? With there being so many types of pearls available, your answers to these questions will help determine which pearl will be best for you. Here's what you need to know about pearls when picking out pearl wedding jewelry... 

Fashion Pearls

This type of pearl is usually made of plastic or glass and fall into the category of costume pearl jewelry. Since these pearls are made with inexpensive materials the cost is significantly lower and best for brides on a tight budget. Fashion pearl jewelry is a good option if you don’t plan to wear your wedding jewelry again. The drawback to these pearls, they usually have a high gloss finish and look nothing like a "real" pearl.

Swarovski Elements 

These pearls are a man-made replica of real pearls. They are smooth and flawless like a real pearl, but at a fraction of the cost. The center of a Swarovski pearl is made of solid Swarovski crystal and finished with a smooth surface that resists cosmetics, chemicals and perfumes. These pearls are made in Austria with the highest quality standards and are considered the finest of their kind in the world. Swarovski pearls come in a variety of colors and shapes and are perfect for your “champagne taste on a beer budget”.  If you have an average budget and plan to wear your wedding jewelry again, this is a great option for you.  Also, these pearls are the best option if you plan to purchase jewelry for your bridesmaids.

Freshwater Pearls

These are your real pearls! Freshwater pearls grow naturally inside of mussels in non-salt water and are available in a few natural colors and shapes. These pearls are very durable, resisting chipping or wearing. Freshwater pearls are graded and priced based on luster (shine) and surface quality. Letters A-D are assigned to each pearl with an “A” pearl being the highest quality and only have minor flaws and a “D” pearl being the lowest quality, having deeper surface defects. Freshwater pearls are used in heirloom jewelry and make great special occasion gifts (such as your wedding). Freshwater pearls are expensive, but an excellent option if you plan to pass your wedding jewelry down to your daughter as a family heirloom piece. 

Tip: Give your bridesmaids pearl jewelry as their bridesmaid gift. The benefits of gifting them jewelry are...coordinating jewelry that will make your wedding pictures even more stunning and beautiful pearl jewelry your bridesmaids can wear time and time again, long after your wedding is over. A good time to purchase wedding jewelry is 3-4 months before your big day. This ensures you will have your jewelry in time for your final dress fitting.

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