They say a wedding day is meant to be one of the most exciting and memorable days of your life. We personally think this pressure can be detrimental – what about a party to simply share love and happiness with those you really care about? Far simpler, pressure off!
Whether you choose to have a photographer or not. Whether you decide to have a white wedding dress or not. We believe that simple, beautiful pearl earrings will set the right tone. Elegant, simple and pure. Which is why pearls have featured in weddings for decades.
Furthermore, when light refracts off a pearl’s lustrous surface, it literally lights up your face, giving you a natural glow. Feel beautifully confident in perfectly matched pearls. Read on as we reveal our top tips for choosing the perfect bridal pearl earrings for your wedding day.
How to choose pearl earrings for your wedding
When it comes to choosing earrings for your wedding, there are several things you’ll need to consider on your search for a pair of bridal pearl earrings.
By earring style
Firstly, and perhaps most importantly, you should think about the style of pearl earrings you’d like to wear. This will likely be based on a combination of your own personal taste, the neckline and style of your outfit, and your chosen hairstyle.
As a general rule, longer pearl drop earrings work best with lower necklines such as V-necks, sweetheart necklines and off-the-shoulder styles. They also look extremely elegant with backless dresses and their glamorous look can completely transform simple bridal outfits. Wear with your hair in a loose updo or a half-up, half-down style, to showcase their glamorous movement.
Alternatively, pearl stud earrings and delicate pearl drop earrings are ideal for wedding outfits with high necklines and those with lots of detail – for example, lace. The reason for this is because daintier styles will complement your look rather than competing with it.
The same goes for the jewellery you pair your bridal pearl earrings with. Chunky pearl choker necklaces look stunning with strapless necklines, but tend to clash with heavy earrings, whereas smaller pearl studs provide balance. They’re also a good choice if wearing your hair down, as they sit higher up on the lobe for better visibility.
Looking for pearl earrings for brides with a modern twist? Our stylish pearl hoop earrings are a chic alternative to classic pearl earrings for weddings. Our 18ct gold pearl hoops also offer a great middle ground between studs and drops.
By earring colour
White pearl earrings are by far the most popular choice, for obvious reasons. But that doesn’t mean you have to stick to white if you don’t want to. Again, it’s crucial that you pick a colour and style that suits both you and your outfit.
Warm whites suit most skin tones, while creamy whites and champagne hues bring out the warmth of darker complexions and those that tan well. Similarly, cool whites complement crisp white outfits, while creamier whites work best with ivory coloured outfits.
Alternatively, you could opt for colourful bridal pearl earrings. Most people think pearls are just white, but you can find natural pearls in a huge range of tones - from peacock greens and warm pinks to elegant golds and icy greys. You could even include your birth month gemstone or choose pearl earrings with aquamarine detailing as your ‘something blue’.
You’ll also need to choose your preferred metal for the earring surrounds. For cool skin tones, cool white gold and silver are ideal. If you have a warmer complexion, classic yellow gold and on-trend rose gold both work well. Not sure which category you fall into? Learn which pearl jewellery colour is best for your skin tone on our blog.
By pearl type
Another key thing to consider when selecting pearl earrings for your wedding is the pearl type. Depending on which you choose, you can expect a slightly different size, lustre and price, as well as a spectrum of different shades.
South Sea pearls are the largest and most sought after saltwater pearls. Their satin finish and silvery overtone makes South Sea pearl earrings for brides a firm favourite. They’re also available in gold and champagne hues if you’d prefer a warmer colour. However, their size and rarity also makes these luxurious gems the most expensive.
Akoya pearls, on the other hand, are the smallest saltwater pearls with a reflective, glossy finish. Akoya pearl earrings will therefore draw eyes up to your face, without overpowering your look. Alternatively, baroque pearl earrings in a range of unique shapes and sizes offer a unique finish for brides who like to challenge the status quo.
Like South Sea pearls, Akoya and baroque pearls come with a relatively high price tag. As such, saltwater pearl earrings are more of an investment than freshwater varieties, but they do provide an undeniable sense of glamour for your big day.
For those who prefer pearls with a soft, dewy lustre, Freshwater pearl earrings are the best option. Available in various natural and enhanced colours, freshwater pearls are very versatile and much more durable and affordable than saltwater gems. This makes them ideal for women who want to wear bridal pearl earrings without needing to be cautious on the day.
Find the perfect bridal pearl earrings at Coleman Douglas Pearls
From classic freshwater pearl drops to dazzling pearl and diamond earrings and one-of-a-kind baroque styles, at Coleman Douglas Pearls, there are a myriad of designs to choose from in our fabulous bridal pearls collection.
Having trouble finding the perfect pearl earrings for your wedding day? Let us help you complete your wedding look with a truly unforgettable bespoke design that complements your dress and pays homage to your own individual style.