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Bridal jewelry isn’t what it used to be.  Classic, traditional necklaces and earrings are rapidly giving way to a whole new modern twist on bridal wear, with statement necklaces suddenly the major focal point of the bridal outfit, and cuffs and chandelier earrings backing them up with verve. 

 

The new look is a total bridal wardrobe package, you might say.  It starts with the replacement of highly ornate bridal dresses with a sleeker, straight-lined dress generally featuring exquisite tailoring and body-fitting lines. 

 

The dress is somewhat minimalistic, often strapless, long, tubular, made from white silk satin or some other luxury fabric, and in no small way stunning. But the voluminous skirts and highly embellished characteristics are now missing, leaving way for jewelry to enter the picture and take over the flash and glitz. 

 

                                           Bridal Collaboration

 

A good example of the new look can be found in J. Crew’s collaborative collection done with the 84-year-old costume jewelry brand Miriam Haskell and scheduled to be highlighted at Crew’s bridal boutique when it opens on Madison Avenue next month.

 

Crew’s creative director Jenna Lyons said, “We want the bride to look gorgeous and we’re not about giant, overwhelming cupcake dresses.  It’s about simplicity in silhouettes and pairing it with great jewelry pieces.”

 

The bridal collection reflects the designs that Haskell is well known for:  double filigree, hand-beading, and glass and crystal beads intricately applied in dramatic styles.  The necklaces are particularly ornate, made with cluster-like pendants dropping down from multi-strand beaded chokers.  One particularly stunning piece is a three-strand necklace with an elaborate pendant, done in various shades of peach.  

 

                                         Unorthodox Uses

 

Pearl and crystal brooches that can be worn at the waist of a wedding dress, or even in the hair, are especially interesting.  Using the jewelry in unorthodox fashion furthers its modern look and multiplies its use considerably.  These are pieces that beautifully accessorize the wedding dress, but then can just as easily be used with outfits worn on the honeymoon and later. 

 

YOU CAN FIND EQUALLY EXQUISITE JEWELRY AT HIGHLY DESIRABLE PRICES.  JUST LOOK AT THESE BRIDAL-PERFECT PIECES:

 

 

 

 

Floral motifs are especially popular in the new J. Crew/Haskell collection.  So are long, dramatic chandelier earrings, big cuffs, and impressive cocktail rings.  Colors are frequently muted shades of pink or peach, and the overall effect is often that of an abundant nature-grown garden or coral-sea bouquet.

 

Prices range from $150 to $1,000 retail.   

 

                                            Black/White Drama

 

As trendy styles impact the Bridal Market more and more, look for a variety of creative takes on bridal jewelry.  One prime example is the use of dark or even black jewelry with the otherwise white bridal outfit.  This black/white contrast makes for a very modern and dramatic effect. 

 

J. Crew is up on this new direction as well, with another highly creative accessories collaboration, this time with Dana Lorenz.  This line features edgy black metal and crystal bracelets, earrings, rings, and necklaces.   On one hand, the collection is grunge or biker-tough; on the other, it is really very pretty.  That seemingly contradictory combination makes for a very interesting jewelry collection, one that is especially fitting to the Bridal Market.!   

 

THINK ABOUT BLACK FOR YOUR BRIDAL COLLECTION.  IT CAN LOOK AS CLASSIC AS ANY TRADITIONAL JEWELRY!  HERE ARE SOME GOOD EXAMPLES:

 

 

 

 

Comments (0) Posted by Mary McGarry on Friday, May 7th, 2010


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