If we look back to the 1980s, we see faux pearl bridal jewelry as the dominant wedding day jewelry for the walk down the aisle. Since then rhinestone has seen quite a drop in price and as it became more affordable, it increased in popularity for brides. While this happened, faux pearl jewelry became scarcer. Well, some manufacturers recognized the void in the market and reintroduced traditional looks in faux pearl jewelry, which is quickly catching on again.
FAUX PEARL BRIDAL JEWELRY
The traditional faux pearl jewelry is plastic pearl pearlized with a quality coating that provides nearly the same luster as the real thing. The most familiar bridal sets in faux pearl are a single strand of pearls with a drop in the center, matched with earrings that usually copy the drop. Length is usually adjustable and numerous choices in design are available with the drop changing the look. Is there any more popular design than a pendant of faux pearl surrounded by small crystals?
HAND-KNOTTED FAUX PEARL NECKLACES
Hand-knotted pearls carry bridal jewelry to an even more realistic look. Each faux pearl is separated by a knot the same way genuine pearls are strung. Usually these are single strands of pearl that provide simple elegance indistinguishable from the real thing.
GLASS PEARL BRIDAL JEWELRY
Glass pearls offer a quality option with weight that clearly separates the bridal jewelry from plastic pearl. Glass pearl provides the same luster and is often provides pearl jewelry ideal for the mother of the bride. Glass pearl necklace sets also make wonderful church accessories or necklace sets for special events like teas or dining out.
ABS PEARL JEWELRY
ABS pearl was practically an unknown that is gaining popularity today. Still, consumers may see pearl advertised as ABS, but have no idea what it is. The letters stand for acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, which is sometimes called ABS polymer. It is a thermoplastic with impact resistance and a flawless shiny finish. ABS is capable of injection molding, which enables the production of beads that many say are very close to the finish of real pearls. We are receiving ABS pearl soon to be available to our customer base.
Freshwater pearl is genuine pearl that usually has irregular shapes and various colors. They are often farmed using freshwater mussels with each mussel producing 24 to 32 freshwater pearls at a time. That makes freshwater pearls far more abundant for jewelry making than cultivated pearls. Bridal jewelry in freshwater pearl adds perceivable value to the accessories for the wedding day, but cost is also higher, which can be a burden with all the expense a modern day wedding calls for.
Most of the time, bridal jewelry brings to mind the necklace and earring sets worn on the wedding day. But sometimes the bridal gown does not accommodate a necklace so earrings provide the jewelry for the special day. Brides that choose faux pearl earrings usually prefer modest size and a realistic look for the wedding day jewelry. Classic post earrings or modest drop earrings provide elegance in moderate to understated size. Earrings with domed faux pearl in crystal-laden frames are the utmost in classic design and please today’s brides with a timeless look.
Finally, bridal bracelets are all the more important in the 21st century when bracelets are dominating the runways and show up in every fashion magazine. In bridal jewelry bracelets need the utmost of elegance and what delivers it better than pearl.
Every type of pearl we have covered contributes to this category. Faux pearl in designs that include rhinestone are very popular and these can be single strand or five strands wide.
Glass pearl, freshwater pearl, and ABS pearl can all provide glamorous bracelets for the special day. Bracelets are also wonderful bridesmaid gifts so this part of your formal accessories can generate multiple sales.
Prepare for a resurgence of faux pearl bridal jewelry by mixing the design in your wedding accessories. Thumb through a bridal magazine and you will see the renaissance of faux pearl bridal jewelry.
Nothing says “ladylike, refined, exquisite taste” like the always-appropriate opaque gem: the pearl. And, no matter what direction fashion may follow, the pearl always adapts and plays its rightful role for jewelers worldwide as the ultimate fashion classic.
PEARL DIVING: Pearls were originally very rare and costly. Pearl divers used to actually dive into the sea trying to find a clam containing a pearl. It was not until a little over 100 years ago in Japan that Kokichi Mikimoto invented the technique of inserting an irritant small bead in an oyster that would, over several years, result in a perfectly round, lustrous pearl. These cultured pearls have the equation of one oyster, one pearl. Very exclusive and expensive.
The fascinating aspect of Freshwater pearls is that each one of the bi-valve freshwater mollusks that produce them can be “impregnated” to produce not one, but as many as 36 acceptable pearls apiece. This profusion results in a great variety of shapes and sizes. These cultured pearls are prized for their warm luster as well as the stunning range of vibrant colors they present naturally (or through a dyeing process). Freshwater pearls often take on unusual shapes, inspiring craftsmen to feature them in unique jewelry designs. And the size? All the way from tiny seed pearls, up the scale to 15 mm. or slightly larger.
Small wonder freshwater pearls are the dominant type of pearl in fashion jewelry – genuine pearls, marvelous colors, glowing luster, pick-your-size assortments, and affordability! Whew!
BRIDES’ CHOICE: Freshwater pearls are the treasure of many bridal collections. Every bride feels beautiful and quintessentially feminine when wearing authentic freshwater pearl single or double strand necklaces, often with earrings and bracelet further enhanced with CZ diamond sparkle. Tiaras and veil headpieces combine patterns of freshwater pearls and pave rhinestones in queenly mode. New Y-necklace designs not only flatter, but add a young, exciting dazzle to the total effect. Freshwater pearl jewelry is also a prized, traditional gift for female bridal attendants. So, remember, while the bride is of course shopping for herself, she has a group of close friends she needs to reward on her day.
At the darker end of the social spectrum, freshwater pearls can be grey, naturally, or dyed to look like expensive Tahitian black pearls. Along blackened heavy silver chain, these pearls capture the midnight moodiness of current Goth fashion-they look fab against black leather, dark vinyls and the strange juxtapositions that make up this original but stark look. Punk, heavy metal stuff? Pearls still apply.
EVERYDAY GLAM: Bling fashion crafters simply insert this magnificent pearl amid the lavishness of their jewelry mix, to soften the hard angles of faceted multicolor beads and crystals and provide that upper-crust element. Works in every piece-necks, earrings, bracelets, rings. Grace nestled amid the loud sparkle. Everything comes together as super-chic!
And, because of the lower cost, many designers use these pearls lavishly, in many, many strands, twisted to form an elegant neck choker, or cascading down the upper torso in some grand and luxe assembly. But whether used in the manner of Chanel (who adored pearls and had a huge personal collection) or the Duchess of Windsor (you remember her aristocratic flair), it’s difficult to ever surpass a simple single strand of creamy freshwater pearls. These could be possibly graduated, or short and sweet to command an open neckline, or in a more assertive “knock ‘em dead” pearl size and length.
THE REAL THING: The point is, freshwater pearls are an authentic pillar of beautiful fashion jewelry. Nothing faux about them-they’re the real thing. As such, freshwater pieces are a source of abiding owner pride. The lovely luster lasts and lasts-freshwater pearls are pure nacre (layers of calcium carbonate, thanks to that mollusk) and extremely resistant to chipping or marring while being worn or stored. They last a lifetime – and add so much to the pleasure and personal confidence of dress-up.