Post # 1
I have seen some really beautiful earrings, bracelets, and neclaces made out of crystals, rhinestones, etc., but I can’t shake the feeling that I don’t want these costume pieces to outshine my engagement ring.
Part of me wants to wear only authentic jewels on my wedding day, but the other part of me fears that my real jewels are so understated that I won’t look very “bridal.”
Does this make sense to anyone or am I crazy?
I’m considering renting diamond jewelry as a third option, but it’s pricey.
Post # 3
No, not at all lol. Other than my rings the only other jewelry I wore was a pair of earrings and they were definitely costume. I think they complimented everything else rather than taking away from it.
Post # 4
@blushpinkbride: I hear you.
When I was looking at costume pieces as possible wedding wear, I kept thinking “Yeah but…shouldn’t I have real stuff?” Can’t really explain it, but I know how you feel.
I might just rent gemstone jewelry too.
Post # 5
@adoc86: LOL I guess I am crazy. I just feel funny about my FI paying a big chunk of money for this ring and then I drape myself in big flashy cheap stuff that steals the show, you know?
Post # 6
@Mimoza: *high five* I’m looking at Adorn…
Post # 7
@blushpinkbride: My real jewels are also understated:
I’m worried I won’t look “bridal” enough either, but because these earrings have meaning for me (made with diamonds from my grandmother’s ring) I’m wearing them anyway.
So far, these earrings are my only other jewellery aside from my wedding ring. I’ve decided if my dress doesn’t have much embellishment that I might get a costume jewellery necklace or a nice hairpiece to feel and look a bit more glammed up. Nothing too crazy though; I like simple things so maybe even my costume jewellery won’t be that obvious either!
Post # 8
@blushpinkbride: Oh wow. Gorgeous, but…holy $$$. So not fair.
Post # 9
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@blushpinkbride: I don’t see anyhting wrong with wearing costume jewelry if it gives you the effect that you want for that day. I chose to wear simpler real pieces that meant something to me as well as a few bolder borrowed costume pieces.
The only piece of costume jewelry that I wore was my MIL’s faux pearl necklace and faux pearl drop earrings. They were my something borrowed so I had no issues with wearing them; had I not borrowed them I would have purchased bold costume earrings to wear anyway. Other than that I wore my deceased paternal grandmother’s diamond tennis bracelet and a Mikimoto pearl bracelet my mother gave me for a birthday a few years back. And, of course, my engagement ring and wedding band.
Post # 10
As a guest, I wouldn’t be scrutinizing your jewelry to decide if it’s real or not. Quite frankly, most jewelry these days is costume jewelry since the real stuff is quite pricey. So even if you wore the real thing, people may not realize it’s real. Also, costume jewelry, when done well, can really appear to be the real thing. If you’re set on only wearing the real stuff, maybe see if you can borrow from a mother or grandmother? I wore my grandmother’s pearls. Those were real. But the rest of what I wore was costume jewelry. I still loved them though 🙂
Post # 11
This has never occurred to me as a problem. Unless someone is a celebrity it is pretty obvious if they are wearing costume jewelry. I will be wearing drop earings and a bangle, if they were real they would be 100’s of thousands of dollars. I fail to see how they would in anyway outshine my engagement ring or why that should be something that I should concern myself with.
Post # 12
@blushpinkbride: I did not like the idea of wearing costume jewlery on my wedding day. I wanted to look classic, and for me costume jewlery didn’t fit the bill (although it works for a lot of other brides). I wore the diamond stud earrings my grandmother gifted me years ago, that I wear on an almost daily basis because I love them, and a strand of pearls that belonged to her. It was exactly the look I wanted, and I looked, and felt, very bridal.
Post # 13
I have this same concern so you’re not alone!
I think I will be going with a slightly more understated look because I would prefer to wear real jewels as well.
Post # 14
@blushpinkbride: This sounds weird…but I don’t think people are going to be looking at your ring on your wedding day. They are going to be looking at you as a woman dressed in her bridal outfit, so I would go with flashier, costume jewelry. Don’t rent real jewelry. I don’t understand doing that. Costume jewelry can look very convincing, and I know I personally could not give less of a damn if someone’s jewelry is real or not.
Post # 15
I wore the pearls (necklace and studs) that my parents gave me when I got my Bachelor’s. I’m not into big bling so it was the right look for me.
Post # 16
i wore a mix…… ‘costume’ earrings (real swarovski crystal but definitely not diamonds!) & real diamond necklace (3stone from DH as wedding gift) and real rings
i didnt actually wear a bracelet but if i did it probably would have been silver beaded one give by DH for valentines day a few years ago…..though if someone had a nice whote gold tennis bracelet i wouldn’t have minded that!