The Finer Things

The Finer Things

Dress hunting may be the most talked-about stage of wedding planning, but there’s joy to be had in finding timeless pieces to match your gown. To ensure you sparkle in all the right places, Tijan Biner speaks with Kim Davison of Kimmison Jewellery about what to consider when choosing your wedding jewellery.

In the words of Elizabeth Taylor, “jewellery has the power to be the one little thing that makes you feel unique.” You’ve found the perfect man and you’ve chosen the perfect gown, but many brides-to-be tend to overlook the importance of their dress-and-jewellery matches.

Jewellery can take your look to the next level, but selecting the right pieces can be tricky. The key is to choose accessories that will complement your overall aesthetic, rather than compete with it. No matter what your bridal style, Queensland Wedding & Bride has compiled a few tips to help you pull together your wedding look with ease.

Match your Metals

Certain wedding gowns lend themselves best to certain jewellery metal. Owner of Kimmison Jewellery Kim Davison stresses the importance of properly matching your jewellery to the tones in your wedding dress.

“Ivory and cream dresses [work well with] white diamonds, cream pearls, light pink gemstones and champagne diamonds set in white, yellow or rose gold metals,” she says. “White and pale pink dresses [will suit] white diamonds, white pearls, light pink gemstones and light blue gemstones set in white metals or rose gold.”
Davison says she has seen an increase in brides choosing to incorporate colour into their wedding jewellery.

“Rose gold jewellery with neutral-coloured gemstones, such as champagne, white and pink diamonds, as well as pink sapphires, [have been extremely popular],” she says.

It’s also important to consider your gown’s detail work. Avoid matching your jewellery with the design work of your dress, but make sure the metals harmonise and complement each other.

Don’t Forget The Décolletage

Your décolletage is an incredibly important aspect to consider when choosing wedding jewellery. By pairing the neckline of your dress with the correctadornment, it can add exquisite character to your gown.

“[Brides should consider their gown’s neckline and] whether it is able to exhibit a lovely pendant. [If the neckline is high], a necklace [may] not be required,” says Davison.

If your dress has a strapless or sweetheart neckline, mix it up with an elegant pair of chandelier earrings instead of a necklace. Clear crystal will look incredibly sleek, or you can even incorporate a hint of colour.

If you’ve chosen a V-neck gown, your décolletage could definitely do with a little decoration. Accessorise with a simple pendant – a single- or double-stranded pearl is always a classic choice. If you’re after something that’ll really make you sparkle, a crystal choker or statement necklace with matching earrings is ideal.

If you’ve decided on a shoulder-baring halter neck gown, skip the necklace and focus on an elegant hair accessory. Whether it’s a headpiece or a few crystal hairpins, make sure you choose an accessory that won’t detract from the gown’s main feature.

Less Is More

Jewellery will add a unique touch to your look, but just one too many pieces can be too much for an already embellished gown. There’s no need to be adorned from head to toe, so just choose two to three key pieces that will complement your aesthetic.

It’s best to analyse your gown’s standout features and base your choices around them – if it has intricate detailing but is fairly simple, you can incorporate a few statement pieces, but if it’s already quite busy, it’s probably best to choose something smaller.

Keep in mind that if your wedding gown is quite ornate, tiny jewellery may get lost. Big, bold pieces are usually a better choice, but too many will look cluttered. Your earrings should usually be

Planned around your hairstyle – if you’re leaving your hair down and over your ears, small studs are your best friend, as they won’t get tangled in those tresses, whereas an updo hairstyle calls for statement earrings.

Davison also stresses the importance of having one piece of jewellery that can last a lifetime.

“Rather than choosing costume pieces that can only be worn on the day, I encourage [brides] to wear pieces [that can be worn again] in the future, [because] they serve a sentimental reminder of the day,” she says. “For example, we have designed a pair of diamond studs with a larger gemstone to be added on for the wedding day, which can then be taken off [so] the simpler stud [can] be worn every day.”

Davison encourages brides to incorporate or remodel pieces that have been passed down to them from previous generations.

“We can [create] pieces for the bride, but we also remodel and repair older pieces [that have been] passed down from generations [for brides that] are [looking for] ‘something old’ to be worn on the day,” she says.

Your wedding day may be the perfect opportunity for you to emerge from your comfort zone, but don’t try to be someone you’re not. If you hate the idea of being draped in jewels, go for something a little simpler such as a subtle pearl necklace. If you’re more of a vintage girl, avoid modern accessories and choose a glamorous Gatsby- inspired hairpiece or jewelled drop earrings.

Elizabeth Taylor may have had it right – a little bit of sparkle can go a long way – but make sure the decisions you make are always based on your personal sense of style. Don’t lose yourself during the mission to find your perfect bridal accessories – just focus on being the best and most beautiful version of yourself. Remember that your wedding jewellery is only an accessory to your bridal beauty!