Every bride on this earth wishes to look her best. It is a special day for her. Beginning of a new life and the presence of so many people out there whose eyes will be set on her make her want to do her best. She spends months planning which dress to wear, the jewelry to match and the perfect pair of sandals.
Each individual has her own sense of style. In addition, everyone has a certain personality. Some are simple, other fashionable and trendy. Yet others are more traditional want to stick to classical definition of wedding couture. While some prefer to go overboard, others prefer the minimalist look.
Yet, there are a few things that need to be kept in mind irrespective of the style she chooses.
- Color of the dress: The color of the dress you choose is a major factor in deciding the jewelry. The jewelry may contain kundan or meenakari which should be matched with the broad color of the dress whether it is a sari or a lehenga. The design or pattern chosen can be either matched or in contrast to the pattern in the dress. Sometimes, it is the less dominant color that provides a more lasting effect. Keeping in mind that the dress is very important it is better to first purchase the dress and then set out to match the jewelry with it.
- The amount of work on the bridal dress: If the dress is heavy and contains gemstones and beads, you can opt for a minimalist look. Remember that you will be wearing bracelets and armlets if you choose to. Too much of the same will wear you look down. If the dress is simpler, choose heavy jewelry and vice versa. It is worthwhile to bear in mind that most bridal jewelry is heavy stuff. If you intend to be a bit practical, choose a piece that you can wear later too. It wouldn’t be very nice to buy something worth a big amount only to store it in a safe. Brands offer detachable jewelry these days. Given the wear ability of the pieces, it is a good idea to invest in one.
- Neckline: The design of the neck-piece should be in keeping with the neckline of the dress you choose. Chandelier pieces and choker neck-pieces do well with higher and lower necklines respectively. Those opting for V-neck lines should choose a V-shaped piece. Those wearing backless should ideally go for arm bracelets and neck wears with focus.
- Hairstyle: The danglings shouldn’t get entangled with the hair if you chose to let them down. Additionally, it should also go with the type of hairstyle you choose.
- Heirloom jewelry: Some of us are lucky to inherit our grandmother’s and mother’s jewelry. These pieces have an old world charm and can be matched and mixed with our trousseau on the wedding day. One can, with permission make modifications to suit the dress and the occasion.
There are other points too to be taken into consideration when choosing a set. When you go out shopping, remember to carry a picture of the dress along so you can refer to it while shopping. Those who have to abide by their mother’s choice as well can select pieces that are classics. While being modern, they have elements of yesteryear that will keep both generations happy.
Remember to also buy a storage box that will help you keep all the bridal jewelry in place. You will receive gifts from the rest of the family too. Make place for them.
Diamonds are beautiful and precious. They are the hardest substance on earth. But they are vulnerable to abuse too. Diamonds such as solitaires are precious and expensive. While we know that there are a few things that we should do when wearing one, there are other facts that if kept in mind will help keep the gem stone better.
- Using – This might sound like common sense. But don’t wear the solitaire when working. Scratches, abrasion, etc. may damage the stone. Wearing it on a regular basis will cause it to be exposed to creams, oils, hairspray, chemicals and other materials that may dull the shine or affect the brilliance. Even the oil from your body can cause an effect leaving a film on the stone. The stone is hard but may chip if hit by a hard blow.
- Cleaning – Don’t use abrasive materials or liquids that can leave a film on the stone. A mild liquid detergent with water along with soft brush is best. A solution of warm water mixed with a few drops of household ammonia in which the stone is soaked works best. After some hours of soaking, remove the stone and clean it with a soft bristled brush. Using a light hand, softly brush the back of the diamond as it collects a lot of grime and dust. Rinse the diamond with water. Don’t use any chlorine containing liquid. Using chlorine may erode the metal around the stone in jewelry, thus causing the prongs to loosen and the stone to fall off.
- Drying – use a lint-free cloth to dry the stone.
- Storing – keep the stone separate and wrapped in soft cloth to avoid any damages. Jewelry stores usually provide fabric lined boxes to store the stone. Use that or soft tissue paper to wrap the stone or jewelry pouches for the piece.
- Inspecting the stone regularly– Keep an eye on your favorite piece of jewelry. If you notice any loosening of the prongs, take it to a professional jeweler promptly. Look out for any signs of damage. Generally, it’s a good idea to take the diamond jewelry for examination to a professional jeweler at least once a year. They can repair any damage and also clean it for you, if required. The professional jewelry cleaner may use an ultrasonic cleaner to remove encrusted dirt on diamonds. Using high frequency sonic waves through the soap solution, the modern cleaner will vibrate the fluid enough to detach any accumulated dirt and grime. However, this method may also cause the stones to loosen from their mounting. As a policy, the professional jeweler will avoid using it unless required.
An Additional Tip:
When washing hands, don’t leave the precious little ring on the rim of a sink. You don’t want the precious little thing to go down the drain. Open it well before you want to wash your hands. That way, you won’t have to choose between keeping it on the rim and wearing it while washing.
Being mindful of the little things can go a long way in extending the life and beauty of the beauty. As a proud owner, wear it occasionally, keep it under strict watch as in don’t touch chemicals when wearing the stuff and stay away from doing anything that might damage the stone.
Keep a vigil on your precious diamond jewelry so as to avoid damaging it inadvertently. Clean it regularly and store it well. Wear it with panache and see it dazzle on that special occasion.
A solitaire is a special stone and it should be treated specially.