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.
Normally everyone thinks about casual jewelry and accessories as we reach Memorial Day and summer vacation season begins. Well, something else happens that is very formal—June weddings. And today as wedding costs are escalating through the roof, not every wedding couple can afford it. This is your opportunity to help out while generating some sales.
Accessories most important to the bride are tiaras, wedding day jewelry, formal gloves, and evening bags. You can provide all these accessories at affordable prices. The first step is to group bridal accessories together in your shop to tell a story.
WEDDING DAY JEWELRY
Wedding day jewelry is most important, so let’s start there. Flipping through a bridal magazine let’s us see the latest in bridal jewelry trends. The June issue of Brides begins with four pages showing long earrings with no necklace. Going further reveals the influence of trends in fashion jewelry on wedding day jewelry—multiple bracelets, statement necklaces, and multiple strand necklaces. Great stuff for the fashion conscious, but not the wedding day jewelry most brides choose.
No, the jewelry brides prefer is elegant, classy, and usually delicate. Rhinestone has an edge over faux pearl in bridal jewelry and sets with a combination of both are very popular. Clear rhinestones in silver plated settings are the winner for the walk down the aisle. Delicate sets with simplicity offer an elegance that never goes out of style so the review of wedding pictures twenty years from now reveals jewelry that is still appropriate looking.
Every bit as popular as rhinestone necklace sets is combinations of faux pearl and rhinestone. These sets are also simple and delicate. Again clear rhinestones in silver plated settings with white faux pearl are the most popular choice. Sets with simple cascades or a fringe of pearls offer the utmost in elegance.
Faux pearls alone also make wonderful wedding day jewelry, especially with chokers. This look can be more dramatic without sacrificing elegance. Something about pearls always spells out elegance. Very tailored looks with rows of faux pearl close to the neck give the dramatic look in a very graceful way. For ivory dresses off-white pearls in gold plated settings offer an alternative.
When the dress does not accommodate a necklace, earrings making the jewelry statement for the special day and bridal earrings when worn without a necklace usually are long and often dramatic. Cascades, linear drops, and hoops provide bridal earrings that make a statement.
In addition to rhinestone, brides can choose crystal earrings that make a statement as they deliver sparkle. The difference is rhinestone comes out a machine as chain with stones already set. Designers cut the chain and arrange designs that often have a flow of movement. Crystal earrings use individual stones that are handset. Both are fabulous as bridal earrings.
Most brides opt for the traditional look of one bracelet that is most often rhinestone in silver plated settings or faux pearl. Multiple bracelets are very trendy and popular in fashion, but when it comes to the wedding day, brides usually avoid edgy looks and go for traditional elegance. Rhinestone bracelets come in several widths determined by the number of rows of rhinestone. They not only accessorize the wrist of the bride, but also make wonderful bridesmaid gifts.
Speaking of bridesmaids, let’s not leave them out when choosing jewelry. Often color is important here—color to match bridesmaid dresses. Rhinestone jewelry often picks up color with highlight stones to match gowns. Crystal jewelry offers even more color options in both necklace sets and earrings. Best of all, bridesmaid’s jewelry is almost always multiple sales.
Color highlights are also available in rhinestone bracelets. Bridesmaid jewelry may be the most neglected area of wedding accessories so appreciation really goes out for the retailers that serve their clientele in this area. Following soon is Part II that will cover tiaras, formal gloves, and evening bags.