While we know the rings take front and center on the wedding day, let’s not forget that it’s also an opportunity to splurge a little on other pieces that you will equally cherish down the line. I got a request from a bride-to-be for bridal jewelry, specifically dainty necklaces, and am loving all the options I found.
I’m a big fan of the online jewelers that have come around in the last few years. While brick-and-mortar jewelry stores will always have their place for larger pieces like engagement rings, etc., I love the optionality and quality that online jewelers like Aurate and Vrai offer.
A few things to note while you browse below: I chose only solid gold pieces and skipped the gold vermeil or plated stuff because the thought is that this is should be heirloom jewelry, made to last and pass down one day. Even the best of plated jewelry will eventually fade and tarnish, so use your wedding day as an excuse to splurge a little. The only exceptions are some of the pearl jewelry on here that is sterling silver. Not gold, but still a precious metal and won’t irritate those of you with sensitive skin and is the most accessible of the bunch. That being said, everything here is under $1000, making these pieces relatively more affordable than your average fine jewelry.
Necklaces Under $500
Earrings Under $500
Bracelets Under $1000
And last, but not least, the three-stone diamond ring pictured above is from Aurate and was the first Christmas present Dave ever gave me. It’s not worth nearly as much, in dollar signs, as my engagement ring, but it holds a special place in my heart that is worth just as much. He had asked me to pick out my own Christmas gift because he wanted to make sure he gave me something I really wanted. I asked for a ring because I could wear it all the time without it interfering with my general mobility and, somewhere, deep down (because the jaded New Yorker in me couldn’t admit it to myself yet), I knew that I wouldn’t come to regret seeing it on my finger. I’ve been wrong about a lot of things and a lot of people, but I’m glad I wasn’t wrong about this one.