After The Ring: The Right Jewelry to Take You From Proposal To Honeymoon

July 25th, 2016 | Stephanie Dore


We all know that weddings—and the time leading up to them—involve a lot of events. And all those events require an outfit with appropriate accessories. In the spirit of keeping your head in the wedding planning game we’ve assembled some surefire hits for those finishing touches.

The Engagement Party

If you’re having one, an engagement party is a great time to introduce friends and family who will be involved in the wedding planning from here on out. Typically, these are cocktail parties or more casual affairs, so adding a pop of color or drama to your earlobes is a great option that won’t distract from your new engagement ring—because you know that’s what everyone will want to oogle.

Pebble Chandelier Dangle Earring in Sterling Silver
Pebble Chandelier Dangle Earring in Sterling Silver
Swiss Blue Topaz and White Sapphire Halo Oval Drop Earrings in Sterling Silver
Swiss Blue Topaz and White Sapphire Halo Oval Drop Earrings in Sterling Silver
Green Agate Dangle Earrings in 14k Yellow Gold
Green Agate Dangle Earrings in 14k Yellow Gold.

The Planning

For your cake tasting, linen selecting, and registry shopping appointments, stick to what works for you by finding a few easy pieces to keep on rotation. Timeless, everyday, tried-and-true jewelry will keep you looking effortlessly put-together even in the most stressful buttercream decision dilemmas.

Petite Infinity Rings Pendant in 14k Tri-Color Gold
Petite Infinity Rings Pendant in 14k Tri-Color Gold
Love Bracelet in 14k Rose Gold
Love Bracelet in 14k Rose Gold
Colin Cowie Diamond Pendant in 14k White Gold
Colin Cowie Diamond Pendant in 14k White Gold

The Dress Shopping

Doing some dress shopping? Unless there’s a very specific piece of jewelry you know for sure you’re going to wear on the big day (in which case, bring it with you), keep it simple. You’ll be in and out of dresses with lots of hooks, lace, or straps, and the last thing you want is to get your jewelry caught in a crinoline. If you feel bare without something, try simple stud earrings on for size, but go for a neutral pair without prongs that can snag.

Petite Trio Love Knot Earrings in 14k Rose Gold
Petite Trio Love Knot Earrings in 14k Rose Gold
Ball Stud Earrings in 14k Yellow Gold
Ball Stud Earrings in 14k Yellow Gold
Modern Stud Earrings in Sterling Silver
Modern Stud Earrings in Sterling Silver

The Shower

Your bridal shower, traditionally a daytime event hosted by your closest ladies, is a time to honor you. Feel free to play up a feminine side, or flash some unique details, whatever makes you feel special, and don’t be afraid to get a little dolled up.

Green Quartz and Peridot Leverback Earrings in 14k Rose Gold
Green Quartz and Peridot Leverback Earrings in 14k Rose Gold
Baguette Diamond Triple Halo Necklace in 14k White Gold
Baguette Diamond Triple Halo Necklace in 14k White Gold
Morganite and Diamond Milgrain Halo Leverback Earrings in 14k Rose Gold
Morganite and Diamond Milgrain Halo Leverback Earrings in 14k Rose Gold

The Bachelorette Party

Whether it’s a night out on the town or a weekend getaway, your bachelorette party calls for fun. This is a chance to go bold with your jewelry and make a statement that pumps up the volume. If you’re going with a little black dress, try a bright color. If you’re wearing a pop of color in your outfit, keep the jewelry more muted. Either way, go with a dramatic necklace or armful of party-ready bracelets.

Multi-Gemstone Drop Earrings in 14k Yellow Gold
Multi-Gemstone Drop Earrings in 14k Yellow Gold
Statement Cuff in Sterling Silver
Statement Cuff in Sterling Silver
Artisan Bib Necklace in 14k Yellow Gold
Artisan Bib Necklace in 14k Yellow Gold

The Rehearsal Dinner

Think of your rehearsal dinner as a V.I.P. event for your bridal party. After practicing your roles in the impending ceremony at your venue, this is a touching last hurrah for close friends and family before the main event. Luminous pearls and sparkling diamonds make a perfect photo-ready accent.

Sunburst Diamond Earrings in 14k Rose Gold
Sunburst Diamond Earrings in 14k Rose Gold
Diamond Tennis Bracelet in 18k White Gold - F / VS (3 ct. tw.)
Diamond Tennis Bracelet in 18k White Gold - F / VS (3 ct. tw.)
Freshwater Cultured Pearl and Sapphire Pendant in 14k White Gold
Freshwater Cultured Pearl and Sapphire Pendant in 14k White Gold

The Big Day

Your big day is finally here! The jewelry you choose to wear on your wedding day should be two things. First, it should be special. Whether that’s an heirloom piece, a new something blue, or a gift from your significant other, meaningful is the name of the game. Second, it should be extra flattering and reflective of your personal style, because your ceremony and day-of will be the most photographed event in the whole process. Mix old with new, leave your watch at home, and don’t distract from your dress with too many pieces. And of course, don’t forget the rings!

Blue Nile Studio Something Blue, Sapphire & Diamond Floral Triple Line Bracelet in 18k White Gold
Blue Nile Studio Something Blue, Sapphire & Diamond Floral Triple Line Bracelet in 18k White Gold
Monique Lhuillier Cascade Diamond Earrings in 18k White Gold
Monique Lhuillier Cascade Diamond Earrings in 18k White Gold

The Reception

If you’re changing outfits for the reception, or want to swap a ceremony piece for something a bit more fun and dance floor ready, try jewelry in a similar style but scaled back in size, or a piece with a bit more color.

Three-Stone Drop Diamond Pendant in 18k White Gold
Three-Stone Drop Diamond Pendant in 18k White Gold
Colin Cowie Eternal Twist Diamond Hoop Earrings in 14k Yellow Gold
Colin Cowie Eternal Twist Diamond Hoop Earrings in 14k Yellow Gold
Diamond Bar Bracelet in 14k White Gold
Diamond Bar Bracelet in 14k White Gold

The Honeymoon

So, you’re off on your honeymoon, in which case destination is the key factor in determining your jewelry wardrobe. If you’re travelling far and wide, we’d recommend leaving the fancy stuff (including your diamond ring) back home, or making sure it’s insured (which is a good idea anyway). If you still want to sparkle a bit, or have a reason to dress up on your big vacay, here are a few of our favorites.

Two-Tone Layered Bead Station Bracelet in Sterling Silver and 14k Yellow Gold
Two-Tone Layered Bead Station Bracelet in Sterling Silver and 14k Yellow Gold
Arrow Necklace in Sterling Silver and Rose Gold Vermeil
Arrow Necklace in Sterling Silver and Rose Gold Vermeil
White Topaz Roped Earrings in Sterling Silver
White Topaz Roped Earrings in Sterling Silver
July 25th, 2016
Stephanie Dore
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