The Duchess of Sussex’s simple wedding gown may have divided opinion but there’s one thing we can all agree on – her jewellery was too die for.
The 36-year-old selected a stunning diamond bracelet and stud earrings, both by Cartier, while her veil was held in place by a diamond tiara that dates back to 1932 and was lent by the Queen. No big deal.
Sadly, most families don’t have a vault full of heirloom headgear to plunder, but when it comes to jewellery every bride wants to look as marvellous as Meghan.
So, if you haven’t already got an idea of the accessories you want to wear, where do you start?
“When selecting your wedding day jewellery, it’s important to choose pieces that reflect your personality and that you would feel comfortable and confident wearing,” says Lorna Haddon, head of jewellery and diamond rings at Beaverbrooks the Jewellers.
“Obviously, you also want your jewellery to complement your dress, so we’d recommend selecting your jewellery after you’ve decided on the gown.”
It’s important to do lots of research, she advises: “Don’t be afraid to try on different pieces to see how they look, and make sure you visit your jeweller as well as looking online to get an idea of exactly what you want.”
So you’ve found the gown and you’re on the hunt for bling. Here, Haddon shares four key questions that every bride-to-be should ask herself when deciding on jewellery for her big day…
“If you’re going for a high neck or halter neck dress, you may choose to accessorise with a sparkling bracelet and a pair of elegant stud earrings.”
Goldsmiths 9ct Gold 0.10ct Tension Set Diamond Earrings, £188
“Brides with darker skin and hair tones may prefer to opt for a warmer metal such as yellow or rose gold, or even experiment with coloured gemstones such as emerald, or ‘something blue’ with sapphire or topaz for a bold and glamorous finish.”
Beaverbrooks 9ct White Gold Sapphire Diamond Drop Earrings, £450
“A classic stud earring can also provide a touch of sparkle and can be teamed with a matching pendant.”
Swarovski Vintage Pendant and Earrings Gift Set, £109, Goldsmiths
“This is one advantage of keeping wedding jewellery simple – you can wear it again and each time you wear it, the memories will come flooding back and it will remind you of your special day.”
Beaverbrooks Silver Cubic Zirconia Bracelet, £150
- Press Association