Pearl and Crystal Jewelry Lights Up any Bridal Style

The elegance of pearls and the shimmer of crystal provide today's bride with perfect jewelry options for any look from mod to Victorian. "Pearls have long been the jewelry of choice for brides," says Jill Maier, Vice President of Design for CAROLEE. "Since pearls and brides comprise a large part of our business, we are constantly updating our designs to satisfy the tastes of today's brides and bridal parties. White crystal, alone or with pearls, adds sparkle that makes a bride look even more luminous."

The trend in bridal gowns is toward strapless and bare shoulder styles, creating the perfect canvas for a statement necklace and earrings. Multi-strand and Y-necklace silhouettes in pearl and crystal are a popular choice. These necklace designs can be paired with simple button or drop earrings.

"Some brides choose to make a statement with dramatic chandelier earrings alone," Ms. Maier adds. "We have enhanced our selection of statement earrings with many ornate and high-drama styles with lots of movement and sparkle. In this scenario adding a statement bracelet is a good choice."

While bridesmaids' jewelry should be different from the bride's, it should harmonize in color and materials. If the bride is wearing pearls, her bridesmaids' pearls might be bigger or layered. For crystal styles the attendants' jewelry might be bolder to complement the simple lines of their dresses.

To learn more about putting together your own personal bridal jewelry look, go to www.carolee.com. See photos and real life bridal jewelry stories at The Carolee Bridal Circle Photo Gallery. After your wedding, you can join The Circle and share your own story and photos.

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