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Jewellery is the accessory closest to our hearts, so it is only natural that it – together with the perfect gown and those wearable-all-day Manolos of course – is key to a brides’s ensemble. Whether it is a treasured family heirloom or the perfect gift from a loved one on the day, jewellery acts as a talisman carrying all our hopes and wishes, not to say a little sparkle too. Read on to discover how and why four Vogue editors chose their wedding day jewels – and browse new buys inspired by their bridal looks.
Jewellery and Watch Director
“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”. So the saying goes and so my wedding day jewellery followed. My something old was a narrow gold and silver Tiffany bracelet my husband had given me as a birthday gift on a memorable trip to Barcelona several years earlier. I love mixing metals so I did the same for my wedding band – my something new – and engagement ring. For the latter we chose a David Ashton platinum band with a diamond in a rose gold doughnut setting, with a plain wedding band to match. Antique diamond and sapphire earrings that my grandfather – who died when I was a baby – had given my mother were my something blue, and my something borrowed was a gold and pearl headband as delicate as the lace of my Jenny Packham gown. I’ve since layered my rings with a diamond pavé gold band that my husband gave me when our eldest son was born, and a wide plain gold band that I made myself to mark the birth of our twins. As always with jewellery, the story continues.”
Beauty & Lifestyle Director
My Monique Lhuillier wedding dress had a modest neckline and long sleeves, so there wasn’t scope for much jewellery to be on show. I therefore opted for jewels that each carried special meaning to wear for the big day: diamond stud earrings gifted to me by my parents on my 30th birthday, a tennis bracelet from my parents-in-law given as an engagement gift, an ‘evil eye’ bracelet – a talisman I am never without on a daily basis, even more so on the day of my wedding when all eyes are literally on you – and of course my engagement ring and the wedding band that joined it after the ceremony. For the evening portion of the proceedings I wore an embellished headband from Jenny Packham – as a beauty editor, I am most partial to a hair accessory so it was an absolute given that I would wear one at some point on the day.
Fashion Bookings Director
My husband and I chose my ring together. He knew I would want to choose myself so he proposed with a vintage signet ring engraved with my initials on one side (RV), and ‘Will you be RE’ (my married initials) on the inside, which was very sweet. I don’t have small hands so I knew I wanted something not too delicate – almost verging on cocktail. We spent a day trying things on, drinking champagne, and we ended up at a great little jeweller called Berganza and came home with an art deco ring with a large aquamarine with two diamond baguettes.
My mother passed away when I was a child and in the run up to our wedding my sister gave me her (my mother’s) wedding band for me to use as my own – we had it inscribed with our wedding date and it is my most prized possession. My engagement ring is platinum and the wedding band is gold – but I quite like the clash. The only other jewellery I wore on my wedding day was a simple pair of pearls, (which were also my mother’s), and a white Hermes bangle that I bought for myself, just because!
Retail & Events Editor
When it came to the big day, I wanted to keep it simple. My dress had quite a relaxed feel and I really wanted my jewellery to echo that. The minute I came across Jessie Thomas and her work, I knew I’d found the perfect match. For the day, Jessie kindly lent me the most beautiful pair of 18ct white gold earrings, set with five brilliant diamonds and detachable pearl drops. The baroque pearls complimented the tones and texture of my skirt beautifully, whilst the diamonds gave a perfect pinch of glamour.
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