Whether you go for costume-style extravagance or classic heirloom beauty, jewelry is an essential feature of every bridal look. It not only serves to highlight the key points of an outfit with a little sparkle, or punctuate swathes of fabric with a decorative flourish, it draws light to your complexion, making you glow.
Jewelry also plays another important role—as gifts from the bride to her bridesmaids thanking them for their support on the big day. So we went looking for light-filled pieces that combine standout charm with timeless elegance, and discovered some true gems for the forthcoming wedding season.
Romanian jewelry brand Carla Brillanti is synonymous with classic bridal glamour. Named after the founders’ daughter and famed for its exceptional quality, Carla Brillanti pieces are handmade with passion and artistry. From the brilliance of the floral choker with its outsize Crystal Pearls to the shimmering crystal tiara and opulent earrings, every clasp, every link, every jewel breathes romance.
Designed in the Netherlands and handcrafted in Italy, Abrazi jewelry prides itself on attention to detail and classic elegance with a modern twist. From the dainty crystal bridal bracelet and drop earrings and the gorgeous rose-gold chandelier earrings, to the heavenly contrasts of the crystal pavé and Crystal Pearl jewelry suite, these pieces have a future-heirloom feel.
Cucadas de Ana is a Spanish brand that does every conceivable kind of earring brilliantly. From simple drops and floral clusters with a pale iridescent gleam to rose pearl and strong copper tones set in fashionable rose gold, their pretty earrings have presence, but they never, ever upstage the bride.
Exuding glamour with a golden glow, the Moselle jewelry suite from Atelier Swarovski’s Core Collection has crystal-studded impact, while the Calypso collection’s dainty sea-inspired detailing makes it perfect for beach ceremonies.
Alternatively, the stylish irregular silhouette of the Atelier Swarovski collection designed by Jason Wu will enhance any modern bridal look.
Haute Bride Design from the US does feminine allure flawlessly. Its on-trend rose-gold belt studded with Swarovski Crystal Pearls will beautifully enhance an hourglass waist. Pair with the bejeweled rose-gold pendant to bring blush to the décolletage. Alternatively, choose the White Opal chandelier or drop earrings to add fire to porcelain skin—the gold Cushion Cut bracelet looks pretty with both.
Another US brand that knows how to elevate the feminine to the fabulous is Nina. Try teaming the Halana drop earrings with the Halo necklace for a timeless, graceful look that will frame your face with a circle of light. Or go a little bolder with the Artemis statement earrings—ideal for creating a dazzling focus when neck jewelry doesn’t suit a particular style of dress.
For pieces that showcase a little more opulence, Une Ligne is a Paris label that likes lavish jewels. Its statement necklaces and earrings feature silken Swarovski Crystal Pearls and crystals that run from clear to gunmetal shades. These are spectacular designs that bring vintage charisma bang up to date.
Celebrity favorite Otazu offers a handmade bridal collection called Waterfall that shimmers with delicate decadence—just the thing to illuminate the face and enhance a romantic up-do.
The White Opal and Powder White crystals from Swarovski have an ethereal, luminescent beauty; and if your wedding palette requires something a little stronger, then this forward-looking label is happy to customize the color.