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A Guide to Antique Bridal Jewellery

Designing your bridal look is one of the most exciting (and daunting!) aspects of planning your wedding.

The sheer number of dress styles and bouquets, deciding how you’re going to wear your hair and make-up; it’s enough to make your daydreams about walking down the aisle feel more like a nightmare.

You, of course, want to look and feel your very best. But perhaps the most impressive way for you to put your stamp on your look is with the accessories.

There is no better way to add unique, stylish flair to your outfit than with a selection of antique jewellery.

But with so many dazzling options, you might not know where to start when choosing antique jewellery to wear on your wedding day. Read on for our handy tips and points to consider:

Don’t rush

With such a wide variety of beautiful antique jewellery available, it can be tempting to rush to buy the first thing you fall in love with – but this can turn out to be an expensive mistake.

Be sure that you know which dress you will be wearing prior to investing in, say, an art deco necklace, as it’s important to get your jewellery to match the dress – not the other way around.

Don’t be afraid to mix and match

Dare to be different by mixing and matching your jewellery across the ages.

You need not feel that you have to stick with one vintage era or even those very close together in time.

Why not mix retro 50s hair with a Victoria corset dress and a pair of Art Deco earrings? As this is your wedding day, you want your look to be unique to you!

A great example of mix and match era jewellery working well together is Meghan Markle at the royal wedding, who paired an antique tiara with more modern Cartier pieces.

Pearls

Pearls are the most timeless vintage accessory as they are endlessly adaptable and complement any look.

They are beautiful in any form, whether studded to a headdress or beaded into your wedding dress.

Vintage pearl earrings are particularly striking – and suit all women. If your dress has a scooped neckline, try drop or dangle earrings, while classic studs flatter a high neckline.

Sapphires

The great advantage of choosing a vintage sapphire piece is that it means you have something old AND something blue in one. Try something similar to this Art Deco sapphire and diamond necklace. This is a stunning piece of jewellery that would look fabulous with a sweetheart neckline.

Diamonds

Diamonds are hard-wearing, long-lasting and classic.

The admen weren’t wrong when they said diamonds are forever, which is why they are so often to chosen to represent undying love. Old cut diamond studs like these beauties, are something that you can wear not only on your big day but as an everyday piece after the wedding.

Although not strictly part of your bridal look, vintage wedding rings and vintage-inspired wedding rings from the Gatsby Collection allows you to make a personal statement not only on your wedding day but every day after.

The most important thing to remember is that whatever jewellery you choose should reflect your own unique style. The key is to go with your heart. If you need any more guidance, don’t hesitate to contact our jewellery experts, who always go out of their way to ensure you dazzle on your big day!