March 14, 2007

How to Plan Your Bridal Jewelry Budget

Pearls are ideal bridal pearl jewelry. A strand of pearls is timeless, something that will be passed down from generation to generation.

Between the cake, ceremony, attire and wedding rings your wedding budget may feel stretched thin! However, it is still possible to obtain quality pearl jewelry for both the Bride and Bridesmaids within your budget.

When buying Bridal Pearl Jewelry, choose quality over size. AAA quality jewelry in a smaller size will be much more highly prized than something larger in A or AA quality.
For the absolute highest quality, choose either AAA or Hanadama quality. Hanadama pearls are equivalent to the quality of Mikimoto pearls; the finest pearls in the world.
$2000+ Budget: Choose either a Hanadama pearl necklace with matching earrings, or an Akoya AAA quality necklace with large pearls. Gift the Bridesmaids with a set of Akoya earrings and matching pendants set with diamonds.

$1000 Budget: Choose an Akoya AAA quality necklace of moderate size, or go for a necklace in AA+ quality with larger pearls. Gift the Bridesmaids with earrings or pendants.

$500 Budget: Choose an Akoya necklace in AA quality for the bride and small Akoya earrings for the Bridesmaids.

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Bridal Pearl Necklace Length

The length of your Bridal Pearl Necklace is completely dependent on the neckline of your dress.

High Neckline: If your dress has a high neckline, it is best to choose a 16-17 inch necklace. This classic length creates a sense of modesty and virtue.

Low Neckline: If your dress has a moderate to low neckline, an 18-20 inch necklace is the correct choice. This luxurious length creates a wonderfully extravagant look.

The necklace you choose should create a sense of unity and harmony within your bridal outfit.

Double / Triple Strand Necklace: If you decide to utilize the beauty of a double or triple strand necklace, make sure there is a ½ - 1 inch difference separating the strands so they do not rub against each other during use. Rubbing will cause wear and tear to your necklace, lowering its value over time.

A surefire way to discover your ideal necklace length is to gather a few pieces of string or yarn in various lengths, put on your wedding dress and observe how each length looks against it. This way you can see how the lengths you are considering interact with the neckline of your dress.

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