Aisle Style . Fashion
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Have You Heard?
Understated earrings are still the best choice.
When it comes to earrings for brides, “the trend is traditional,” says Heidi Lowe, jewelry artisan who opened Heidi Lowe Gallery in Rehoboth Beach three years ago. “Dangles with pearls are the ones that everyone comes in for.”
Chrysa Cohen, owner of Continental Jewelers in North Wilmington, agrees.
“The dress dictates the earrings, but brides usually wear drops or dangles that hang three-quarters of an inch,” says Cohen. “The earrings are almost always in a white metal, and they’re set with diamonds, pearls or colored stones like pink tourmaline or, sometimes, blue sapphire for that something blue.”
The tradition of something old can influence the bride’s earring selection, too. Marilyn Minster, owner of Minster’s Jewelers in Newark, says, “Sometimes it’s a matter of, What did I inherit?”
Though Minster agrees that drops and dangles are popular, “nine chances out of 10 they have their grandmother’s pearl necklace, so they want something to match.” A bride may choose pearl studs or a metal to match the necklace she’s wearing.
The earrings to have, from Lowe’s perspective, however, “are unique to the individual bride.” Lowe makes one-of-a-kind pieces that “mark a moment in time, as jewelry should do,” she says. “They’ll never see the earrings again.”
She creates earrings for bridesmaids, too, often as the bride’s gift to her attendants.
“I’ve been working with a lot of silver because it’s affordable. Then I work with their colors,” says Lowe. “I used a leaf impression for a fall wedding, for example, with garnets to complement their dresses. The bride and I talked about each bridesmaid, and I fashioned the style according to their personalities so they can wear them again.” —Susan Oates
Check out page 3 for tips on how to upgrade that mother-of-the-bride look.