Playing off trends in the jewelry world, bridal jewelry is also taking center stage (after the dress, of course) in wedding trends in 2009. Lavish accessories and bodacious color made their mark on the world's brightest runways. Now, those giant gems and fresh color combos will be worn by this year's brides. Making a grand entrance on a runway of their own, brides this season are inspired by jewelry that is as lavish as their dresses, in some cases. Spring and summer brides will be choosing bold jewelry in a range of bright colors to make a splashy presentation, as opposed to the dainty and delicate looks from years before.
Floral- and nature-inspired designs are a popular choice for many brides and their bridesmaids. These pieces celebrate the beauty of warm-month seasons with rosettes and flowers incorporated into jewelry necklace designs, as well as headpieces. For the traditional bride, cameos and multi-strand pearl jewelry necklaces in chocolate gold or black are leading choices. Speaking of chocolate gold, this breathtaking cocoa jewelry, a new gold alloy in a warm brown shade, wears beautifully with a variety of colors, and adds a new dimension to bridal whites and creams. Cultured chocolate pearl jewelry necklaces and matching earrings are especially fetching.
As more couples opt to host destination weddings or pay homage to a particular culture, ethnic jewelry is also making the rounds with brides. For instance, brides being married on the beach are turning to chunky turquoise jewelry necklaces. Others are taking their cues from pieces inspired by countries such as India and Thailand. India especially is known for its elaborate gold jewelry - piles of gold and colored gold bracelets, gold chandelier earrings and diamond and gold jewelry necklaces. Or pair large sterling silver beads with gemstone beads for a stand-out style. For a global flair, brides should look to gemstones, colorful beads, or feathers (think peacocks or parrots) for a truly exotic look.
The daring bride will make a truly unforgettable entrance with a sparkling collar jewelry necklace, such as a colorful multi-strand crystal bead piece dripping with Swarovski beads. For a dramatic entrance and exit, backless and plunging necklines pair wonderfully with layers of pearl jewelry necklaces in graduated sizes. Chandelier earrings are equally dramatic and come in so many designs and varieties and pair well with a collar jewelry necklace.
Equally bold with a twist, costume jewelry also continues to be a strong trend in 2009. The key to wearing the look on your big day is to remember sometimes less is more. If in doubt, stick to something simpler in a jewelry necklace or earrings. Brides should experiment with their pieces before the wedding to achieve a look that's current but won't look over the top years from now. This is a great look for the bride who wants to take classic to a more modern level with a splash of color.
Unusual metal jewelry is also making its mark on 2009 weddings. A trend that has made its way from Europe to the States, pieces such as rose gold creates a warm glow to a blushing bride. Meanwhile, bracelets or cuffs of filigreed silver, bronze or multi-jeweled are gaining popularity as well.
No bride can ever go wrong with a gold charm bracelet dangling with her favorite gold charms, colorful beads and crystals. The Danish-inspired gold charm bracelets of today give that classic look a modern touch brides love. The timeless and sentimental piece is a perfect accessory for a bride who can add to her charm bracelet to mark other important occasions in her life down the road. It's also a perfect gift from the groom and might include charms that represent his and her birth months, as well as tokens of affection. Or, the bridesmaids might assemble a gold charm bracelet for their friend as a special memento as she prepares to walk down the aisle.
As the bride chooses her bridesmaid's jewelry, gold charm bracelets could be worn easily with a carefree beach look (think strappy dresses and sandals) or a more classic theme (think gold and diamonds or CZ). The gold charm bracelet even serves as a treasured gift for the mother of the bride or groom, or another special woman in the bride's life.
Lewis Jewelers is proud to carry the full line of Pandora Jewelry. Pandora charms, Pandora bracelets and Pandora beads are only a part of the collection. For more information, Lewis Jewelers, 2000 West Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48103, 877-88-LEWIS or visit the website.