Bridal Necklace Trends for 2011

Rather than the traditional strand of pearls or demure diamond stud earrings, this year’s bridal jewelry will be more than just a sedate side note. In keeping with the rich projected color palettes, bridal jewelry will be majestic and charming with decidedly vintage undertones. Strapless dresses are back in a huge way (but did they ever leave?) leaving brides with lots of open real estate for dramatic jewelry.

To complement those swooping necklines, necklaces will be bold and elaborate while maintaining the historic quality of an heirloom. Pearls will remain a major component but will be incorporated into complex layered necklaces and ornate bib designs. Many bridal jewelry designers are substituting black pearls for their white counterparts, giving their designs a glamorous edge and eye-catching appeal.

ADAM Bib Necklace
Photo courtesty of Net-A-Porter

Cascading lariat necklaces that are designed to be worn down the back will also be prominent and are the perfect accessory for gowns with low backs.

Pearl and Silver Lariat Necklace
Photo courtesy of Kiwi Jewels

Jewel-toned accents in necklaces will also be in high demand. Richly hued gemstones, such as garnets and amethysts, will take center stage surrounded by delicate antique brass chain or freshwater pearls. Check out this Regal Necklace design in the Learning Center to see step-by-step instructions for creating this simple, yet stunning, jewel-toned bridal necklace.

Regal Necklace


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    I just had a custom order for a bib style necklace. However rather than the traditional white, the bride was getting married on the beach in Mexico. She wanted a garnet & white color pallet to show off her native american heritage!

    • Tom
    • October 4, 2021

    Nice Post

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