White Wedding

Fine Jewelry Trends

Pearls and diamonds usually come to mind when you think about wedding day jewels, but this season designers are working white in wonderful new ways.

Not to be overlooked or out-done by the dress, fine jewelry designers make a play for some serious attention-grabbing with big and small statement pieces in wedding-worthy shades of white. But before you rush to judgment, they’re pushing the pearls aside for fresh alternatives like Agate, Coral, Jade, Mother of Pearl, Horn and Fossilized Woolly Mammoth (yes, that’s what we said).

The new trend in white has staying power. These are pieces that can be worn again and again beyond the big day. And, even though wearing white past Labor Day was once a major fashion no-no, creamy shades of winter white can work all season long.

White Agate and White Coral are super smooth and can have an almost reflective high shine. These natural materials have a clean, modern aesthetic and make fabulous bold shapes come to life. Asha by ADM’s milky white coral beads set against clear rock crystal make her necklace a stand-out, one that can be worn and cherished for years to come. Designer Ashley shares her sentiment, “I love white coral for brides – especially for beach weddings. The natural, organic material is fresh, gorgeous and unexpected.”

Seen in many a collection this season, Mother of Pearl has a natural lightness and luminosity that is unmatched by other materials. Designer Kara Ross is a firm believer in its beauty, “I have always loved to incorporate Mother of Pearl in my designs. It’s slightly iridescent with a beautiful sheen and is immensely appealing to me as it goes with anything you choose to wear (wedding gowns included). Whether I go casual or dressy, I stack up Gemstone Mother of Pearl bracelets on my wrist every day. I think it’s chic, elegant and timeless.”

Now, if you’re wondering what Fossilized Woolly Mammoth is all about, we’ll tell you. Back in 2006, jeweler Monique Pean formed her company with sustainable eco-conscious precious pieces in mind. Pean literally created a groundbreaking new look in jewelry that is widely copied and highly coveted today. Culled from naturally melting glaciers, the woolly mammoth tusks are completely environmentally conscious and conflict free. It may sound rather wooly (pun intended), but these pieces are anything but. They’re totally luxurious, wearable and quietly elegant.

The new trend in white has staying power. These are pieces that can be worn again and again beyond the big day. And, even though wearing white past Labor Day was once a major fashion no-no, creamy shades of winter white can work all season long. As long as the piece has weight and isn’t a summery motif, whites can be completely season-less. Long after the wedding has come and gone you can still enjoy your alabaster accessories. They’ll make every wear that much more special.

--Juli Alvarez

 
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