Vintage wedding jewelry has become extremely popular, not only for wedding and engagement rings, but also for the bride’s wedding jewelry and bridesmaids’ accessories. Here are a few things to consider, both when choosing your own vintage ring and other accessories:
Do your research on your seller. There are many ways to purchase vintage wedding rings, such as through online sellers, antique jewelry stores, or estate sales. Before purchasing a ring, you should probably take it to a professional jeweler to confirm its value. (This may not be possible with online sellers, so make sure that you are pay-protected.)
You may not necessarily want an actual antique ring; you may be looking for something that has a vintage look. In this case, decide what type of style you are looking for by browsing antique shops, wedding band shops, and other boutiques that specialize in vintage jewelry.
If you do decide to get an antique ring, have a certified jewelry appraiser look at it to make sure that it is authentic. Only make purchases from reputable sellers.
Consider designing your own ring. This is becoming more and more popular, as brides want completely original designs that no one else has. Also, it makes the ring very special, especially if the groom designs it, or the two of you design it together. Note: you may want to have your jeweler make a wax copy first to make sure you like the ring. You don’t want to go through the whole process of having a ring made, and then not be satisfied with it. A design on paper will look different than the actual ring.
For your bridal accessories, consider both your neckline and your hair style. Crystal wedding jewelry, such as chandelier earrings, looks lovely with an updo. Alternately, a choker-style necklace does not look great with a V-neck dress. Remember that a square or straight neckline (such as a strapless gown) often looks great with a choker. A dress with a scoop neckline is often accentuated with a tiered (or multi-stranded) necklace. A simple pendant looks great with a V-line. Keep in mind that if you are wearing large chandelier earrings, you probably should not wear a necklace at all. You do not want your wedding jewelry to take away from your dress, or, more importantly, to take away from the bride!
You may also want to consider antique hairpieces, especially ones with pearls, crystals, faux diamonds, or vintage-looking fabrics such as tulle. Again, you need to consider your dress and veil before purchasing a hairpiece.
For your bridesmaids, try to choose jewelry that is timeless, something that they could take out and wear again in the future. Make sure that the materials do not look cheap (or leave smudge marks on their necks, which cheap necklaces often do). Look for brass or sterling silver. Again, the same rules regarding necklines apply to your bridesmaids. Choose either a necklace or earrings (unless both are very simple), and make sure that a necklace type corresponds to the neckline of the dress.
When in doubt, choose pearls! Pearls are timeless, classic, and have a decidedly vintage appeal. And they go well with many different colors and fabrics.