Bling on the dress
For many brides, the wedding is all about the dress and, as the centre of attention, her look wouldn't be complete without a little sparkle and bling. Jewellery specialists Apple Lau and Kelvin Tong share today's latest trends in wedding jewellery.
As marketing manager for My Jewelry (www.myjewelry.com.hk), Lau says brides wear the full range of accessories, from necklaces and earrings to bracelets and bangles. Most important, however, is matching the jewellery to the style of the gown. She says: 'The bridal necklace should match the neckline of your dress.'
Short and long necklaces can distract from the total bridal look, Lau says, so be careful in selecting a suitable length to complement your style of dress.
'Although there is no iron-clad set of rules to govern which necklace should be worn with any particular style of bridal dress, you naturally want to get one that you really love and that can be worn to other events as well.' While brides-to-be can choose from a range of metals, such as gold, silver, platinum and titanium, Lau points out many couples opt for two-tone and tri-coloured wedding bands.
For a more modern look, Lau says unusual materials can include stainless steel or copper, which also helps the budget-conscious couple. Another trend is platinum and pearl wedding bands, which are gaining popularity.
'Pearls are excellent for wedding jewels and look brilliant with a white or ivory dress.
'They enhance the elegance of the gown and give a very feminine look,' Lau says. 'Pearls also come in many exquisite colours.'
To match Asian brides, who don a traditional red cheongsam for their wedding, rubies are the gemstone of choice, according to Lau, and with the excitement of the British royal wedding earlier this year, she says there has been a huge increase in interest over royal-themed weddings, with vintage-inspired crystal wedding jewellery sets in demand. Other vintage looks include teardrop-shaped gems, and Victorian, floral and vine motifs.
Kelvin Tong, director at Kellary Bridal Jewellery (www.kellary.com), says most brides prefer to accent their look with simple, elegant jewellery. 'They like drop necklaces with one big diamond in the centre, or something like a tennis bracelet around their neckline,' he says.
Tong agrees that bridal jewellery depends on the style of the dress and if you're tying the knot in an outdoor wedding, he says many brides choose a pearl necklace. When the sun sets, however, brides like to add some colour to their outfit with a sapphire or ruby necklace.
If you can't afford to splash out on a diamond necklace, Kellary offers a rental service. Brides can hire necklace and earring sets for three days and two nights, with prices starting from HK$300, plus a security deposit of the retail price. Tong says: 'Many couples don't have extra money to spend on diamonds or jewellery, so they can just rent it for a couple of days.'