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Here’s another guest blog post from Diamond Manufacturers on how to choose your style of wedding jewellery.

Wedding Jewellery

Picking the perfect pieces to complement your wedding day look is never an easy task. Do you go for statement style and wear pieces that will stand out or opt for classic, understated sophistication with minimal jewellery pieces?

Vashi Dominguez, Diamond Expert and Founder of Diamond Manufacturers (www.diamondmanufacturers.co.uk) offers his top tips on how to ensure that you dazzle on your big day.

If you are looking for something understated and classic for your big day, opt for a solitaire diamond pendant (http://www.diamondmanufacturers.co.uk/solitaire-pendants) and diamond stud earrings (http://www.diamondmanufacturers.co.uk/earrings/preset/) to complete your bridal look. These pieces will sparkle and stun without drawing attention away from your dress.

1 Carat Flower Diamond Stud Earrings in 18k White Gold

However, if you are looking for something a bit different you could choose a piece from Diamond Manufacturers’ new jewellery collection (http://www.diamondmanufacturers.co.uk/new-arrivals/). Delicate vintage style pieces such as the Flower Stud Earrings or Spiral Diamond Necklace can add a touch of glamour to your day and are great additions to any jewellery box.

Choosing jewellery that you can wear long after your wedding day is a sure investment. Not only will your pieces then hold sentimental value but can also be mixed and matched with other pieces in your jewellery collection too.

When choosing jewellery for your big day make sure that it complements your look and style and with any diamond pieces make sure that you are getting the best diamond for your money. Do your research on the 4 C’s (Carat, Clarity, Cut and colour) and shop around.

The Cut:

The cut is the most important factor when determining value of the diamond. A good cut lets a diamond handle light well and emit sparkle. Grades of cut range from ‘Super Ideal’ to ‘Good’, ‘Super Ideal’ being the highest cut grade.

The Carat:

The Carat is the weight of the diamond. The higher the carat the bigger the size.

Colour:

The colour of a diamond is graded by how ‘white’ the stone is. Grade D is colourless and Z has a yellow tint. The whiter the diamond the greater it’s value.

Clarity:

Clarity is affected by flaws known as ‘inclusions’ on or in the stone. Grades of clarity range from FL (flawless) to i3 (visible inclusions).

If you place an order with Diamond Manufacturers (www.diamondmanufacturers.co.uk) before 3pm you can have your items with you the following day, perfect for trying on your complete look before the wedding. And for whatever reason you feel that the pieces you have chosen are not quite right, Diamond Manufacturers offer a 90 days returns policy.

Classic Earrings

 

Wrapor
Wrapor

If you are having a winter wedding, it’s pretty certain that you will need something to cover your shoulders to keep you warm, a shivering bride with goosebumps is probably not the look you have in mind for your big day!  But the last thing you want to do is cover up your perfect wedding gown with a jacket, or spend all day trying to keep a wrap on your shoulders whilst you exchange wedding rings, greet guests and drink champagne.

This faux fur bridal shrug from Wrapor has been designed to stay on like a jacket whilst not detracting from the detailing of the dress and it gives a gloriously glamorous finish to your winter wedding outfit.  It’s available in ivory, pure white or black, and can be embellished with Swarovski crystals at an extra cost for that extra bit of sparkle.

The Faux Fur Bridal Shrug is available from Wrapor and costs from £85.00

Olivia from Bijou Junkie
Olivia from Bijou Junkie

I simply adore this gorgeous vintage inspired necklace called Olivia from Bijou Junkie, admittedly it may be something to do with the name since this is the blog from Olivia Samuel, but I was taken in before I saw the name, honest!  Clusters of dark pink toned flowers sit on the three chains, the longest of which features an ornate pink glass pendant.  Wear it with a silk column style dress to get that ‘silver screen’ or Gatsby style of the 1920’s and 30’s.

Bijou Junkie make items from heritage and new items, recycling at it’s best, and also offer a bespoke service if you have something specific in mind.

The Olivia necklace is available from Bijou Junkie for £32.00

 

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Bloom Side Tiara From Tantrums & Tiaras
Bloom Side Tiara From Tantrums & Tiaras

Traditionally, the only choice brides had when it came to headwear was a veil, possibly with a tiara attached for some extra glamour, but veils and tiaras don’t suit every hairstyle, particularly brides with short hair.  Thankfully there is a lot more choice now with traditional tiars, hair combs, headbands, vines, hair grips and side tiaras, so you are bound to find something to suit you, whether you’re looking for full on princess glamour or just a little bit of pretty sparkle.

This Bloom Floral Bridal Side Tiara from Tantrums and Tiaras is perfect for brides with a short sassy hairstyle as the main floral decorations made of ivory pearls and swarovski crystals sit on the headband next to the head.  There are then 10 strands of ivory pearls and crytsals that flourish out with small star shaped flowers at he end, 3 of which wisp out to the side for sweet whimsical look.

The Bloom Floral Side Headband is from Tantrums and Tiaras and costs £120.00

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Rainbow Club

I’ll be honest, I was drawn to this bridal shoe by it’s name, Moscow Mule, which just evokes many happy student day memories, or more acurately student night memories.  That said this little shoe from the Else collection at Rainbow Club has it’s own merits apart from the name.  Having worn ridiculously high heeled sandals on my own wedding day, I cannot stress enough the importance of wearing comfortable shoes with, dare I say it, a sensible size heel.  Remember you will be wearing your wedding shoes all day and a hobbling bride isn’t an attractive look.  The Moscow Mule from Rainbow Club has a 6.5cm heel with an ankle strap to keep those shoes on once you start dancing the night away, the strap also means you can wear tights or stockings, something that is impossible with mules.  The front part of the shoes has an attractive two tone detail and the whole shoe can be hand dyed which is great if you are looking to use these for bridesmaid shoes, the Colour Studio feature on the website is great for getting an idea of the colours.  The Moscow Mule shoes cost £49 and come from the Else collection which is inspired by high street fashion making them very affordable especially since the dying service is free of charge.

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Lisa Matthews Jewellery

Statement wedding necklaces don’t come any more statement than this stunning creation from Lisa Matthews Jewellery.  The Celine, statement, pearl wedding choker sits on the neck as a choker and is made with ivory freshwater pearls that sit on strands of silver plated wire which spray out in different directions to give a very unique and beautiful piece of wedding jewellery.  The Celine pearl choker costs £195 and would compliment a simple strapless wedding dress perfectly and would be ideal for a bride who has a short funky hairstyle.  There is also a matching statement bracelet available for £95, team these with a simple pair of pearl studs and you have an amazing set of accessories that will certainly make your wedding outfit stand out from the crowd.

Lisa Matthews Jewllery

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Crystal Couture
Crystal Couture

If you’re looking for some serious sparkle on your wedding day, then shoes don’t come much sparklier than these ‘Crystal’ shoes from Crystal Couture, covered from heel to toe with Swarovski crystals.  These cost £300, although they are on special offer for £250 if you place your order before the end of 2009.  But if that’s beyond your budget there are plenty of other designs that have beautiful crystal embellishments and are available in different colours that cost between £55 and £90 like these gorgeous Twinkly Star satin shoes with a sparkly detail for £65, not a bad price at all for custom made shoes.

Crystal Couture
Crystal Couture

Accessorise with a stunning handbag or clutch from the range and you’ll have yourself a perfectly sparkly wedding.

Accessorize
Accessorize

Try finding a specific gothic wedding veil or headpiece and you’ll find it’s quite a task.  This is closest thing I could find on the high street that encompasses a black veil.  It’s a contrast lace and flower on a headband with a small black veil from Accessorize and costs £24.

There are a few tiaras available that have black beading or crystal detail on them, my favourite is this Cobweb Countess Tiara from Gothic Tiaras which has intricate wiring and crystal droplets that move as you do.  This costs £80 which is pretty good value for something that can be customised to your colour requirements.

 

Gothic Tiaras
Gothic Tiaras

There is a wedding store online that will make you a wedding veil in black, they have a huge choice of veil designs available that come in a variety of colours including black.  For pure statement factor I love this Bouffant Veil from Just Brides with it’s two layers that you can choose to have scatter beaded in pearls, crystals or diamontes.  The basic cost for this veil is £45, but if you choose scatter beading it’s £66.

Just Brides
Just Brides

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Monsoon Accessorize
Monsoon Accessorize

This is the perfect bridal bag if you are having a vintage theme for your wedding.  The round shape with scalloped, beaded front and diamonte detail is reminescent of the 1920’s  era, feminine and sophisticated with a touch of Hollywood glamour.  It also features a clasp opening and drop-in chain handle and is available from the Monsoon Bridal range at Accessorize for £40.

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Marks & Spencer
Marks & Spencer

The wedding veil is something that seems to have been sidelined for extravagant updo’s and sparkly tiaras recently, but if you are looking for simplicity or you want to keep with tradition, you can pick this simple contrast trim veil from Marks & Spencer from their bridal range for a bargain £29.50.  It’s a simple sheer veil with a contrast hem, which is really all you need from a veil.  I think for a church wedding particularly, wearing a veil is a really lovely tradition, especially if the bride is being given away by her father, if however you are concerned that the veil implies submission to your husband as it used to in times gone by, lift your veil yourself to show your independence!