Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but you may be seeing a lot more pearls in 2017… especially at weddings across the country.
From the runways of New York Fashion Week to the necks, ears and wrists of Hollywood’s A-list celebs, pearl accessories are trending and, perhaps not so surprisingly, really starting to take shape in the bridal scene. This is particularly true for Millennial brides who don’t necessarily have any attachment to or affinity for diamonds. Why? Aside from the soaring popularity of pearls, it seems that many of today’s brides have educated themselves on the diamond market – the good, the bad, the ugly.
For years, many brides (and grooms) who are conscious of the way diamonds are sourced have done their best to avoid conflict gemstones. Now, many enlightened couples have also begun to realize that the diamond market is artificial – that most diamonds are typically very expensive simply because the powers that be control how much product heads to market. By limiting supply, you create the illusion of rarity and luxury. But Millennials are very much in tune with this and are turning to alternative gems on their wedding day, be it an engagement ring, earrings or a stunning necklace that complements the dress.
Younger generations are gravitating toward pearls. Lately, The Pearl Source has been selling pearl-centric engagement rings, which seem to be the diamond-alternative of choice for many brides. The Akoya Pearl and Diamond Solar Engagement Ring is one of the most popular. Brides say it has a classic, even retro elegance about it. Another popular choice for the “edgier” bride: the Tahitian South Sea Pearl and Diamond Bella Ring. The dark tone of the pearl contrasts the white gold and bright diamond halo, creating a real visual pop when it’s on the finger.
Whatever your style – classic, vintage, retro, sophisticated – pearls can make a great addition to any wedding day.