Coloured Pearls: Lustrous Hues for Bridal Wear
Posted on 16 January 2018
We have said it many times before and we say it again, there’s something about pearls that makes them totally perfect for bridal wear. Pearls have an unparalleled lustrous sheen that evokes a feeling of purity and commitment – just the right match for a marriage. Aesthetically speaking, pearls also go beautifully with most gemstones and crystals in jewellery designs.
Until the technology to make cultured pearls (grown in and harvested from natural molluscs kept in farms) came along in 20th century, these were among the priciest gemstones. Now, of course, not only are fine quality cultured pearls widely available, there are excellent manmade glass pearls too – all within most people’s budget.
Surprisingly, most people think that pearls are available only in white colour, the truth is that pearls – both genuine cultured ones and glass pearls – are available in many gorgeous hues. While white does remain the most popular colour for bridal jewellery, it is certainly not the only option available to a pearl loving bride.
Before we talk about coloured pearls, let’s talk about two popular types of pearls used in jewellery: these are freshwater pearl and glass pearls. Freshwater pearls are cultured pearls grown in freshwater molluscs. Glass pearls have a crystal core that’s dipped in a mother of pearl like coating several times to create a realistic pearly look. Both types of pearls are lovely and both have their own advantages.
Now, let’s take a look at the colour options for these types of pearls.
Colour options for glass pearls
Being entirely manmade, glass pearls are available in numerous colour options – white, pink, lavender, green, brown, silver, gold, green and many more. However, the most popular colours for bridal jewellery remain white, off white, pink, peach and lavender.
Colour options for freshwater pearls
Freshwater pearls are natural pearls whose creation inside the mollusc shell has been started by an external, man-induced stimulus. Depending on the variety of mollusc used, freshwater pearls can come in several natural hues like white, off white, light pink, dark pink, peach and purplish lavender. Freshwater pearls can also be dyed in other colours.
Again, the most popular hues among freshwater pearls (beyond white and ivory) are peach and pink. While white is a conventional colour that always works, the more adventurous bride can wear coloured freshwater pearls for eye catching impact.
Coloured pearl ideas for bridal jewellery
- Try jewellery with pearls in exquisite and off beat colours like pink, purple, mocha and grey. These colours look simply exquisite paired with white or ivory or champagne wedding dresses.
- Jewellery designers often use pearls to add a softening note of sophistication to a design high on bling. You can take inspiration and accessorise a lavishly embellished wedding gown with a coloured pearl necklace or bracelet or earrings (or any two or all three of them!) with limited crystal detailing for that instant glam with a hint of glimmer look.
- You can also match the colour of the detailing on your dress with the pearl colour in your jewellery. The same colour theme can also be extended to coordinate with your footwear and handbag.
- How about matching your coloured pearls with your bridal bouquet? Think pink roses in the bouquet and pink pearls around your neck for a fantastic look. Or purple irises in the bouquet with purple pearls around your neck for a royal look.