Top 10 Bridal Jewelry Trends

By Sarah Riddell

We talked with Fink’s Jewelry to hear about the most fashionable bridal jewelry trends of 2019 in our area. Here are some of their top-selling styles purchased by brides-to-be, as well as some trends that we’ve picked up on from our very own bridebook couples!

Statement Earrings

This trend is perfect for brides who want to add just a little something extra without having to wear a bunch of different jewelry pieces. Instead of going with smaller earrings that only add a touch of sparkle, many brides have opted for longer, more intricate styles. Younger brides have started wearing threaders and other linear fashions. Other popular designs typically include chains of teardrop pearls, oval hoops and dangling diamonds.

These diamond statement earrings complemented bride Bri’s lace wedding gown and beaded belt. The Eades-Swarm Wedding, page 66 of bridebook 2019. Image by Olivia Diane Photography.

These diamond statement earrings complemented bride Bri’s lace wedding gown and beaded belt. The Eades-Swarm Wedding, page 66 of bridebook 2019. Image by Olivia Diane Photography.

Metal Mixing

Why choose between tungsten and white gold when you can have both? This is one of the most popular trends of 2019 thus far, and it looks like it’s here to stay. From wedding bands and engagement rings to bracelets and necklaces, mixing metals may just be the perfect way to combine the preferences of both you and your spouse into your wedding jewelry. One of the most popular metal combinations of the year is platinum and rose gold. It also looks like the popularity of incorporating yellow gold into different pieces is back on the rise!

Modern Pearls

Pearls are used in some of the most classic wedding pieces of all time, so it’s no wonder that they’ve made this list! However, brides are now putting their own twist on how they wear these gems. Straying away from the traditional strand of pearls worn as a necklace or bracelet, today’s brides have adopted a simpler, more modern design: one pearl on a thin chain. An alternating pattern of diamonds and pearls is also becoming increasingly popular among brides who prefer their jewelry with a little extra bling!

This alternating diamond and pearl bracelet was the perfect accessory for trend-setter bride Hannah. The Mankin-Parker Wedding, page 70 of bridebook 2018. Image by Anna Bowser Photography.

This alternating diamond and pearl bracelet was the perfect accessory for trend-setter bride Hannah. The Mankin-Parker Wedding, page 70 of bridebook 2018. Image by Anna Bowser Photography.

Stacking

Instead of just wearing one bracelet or necklace, many brides have begun stacking various pieces of jewelry of different thickness on top of one another for a more dramatic look. Many second-time brides this year have actually preferred to have two or three wedding bands of different widths (and sometimes even color) as opposed to an engagement ring and one wedding band. This trend is a great option for brides who want to stray a little bit away from tradition without sacrificing the gorgeous bling of an engagement ring, or for those who just favor a simple metal band!

Unique Gem Shapes

When it comes to stone shapes for engagement rings, modern brides have totally changed the game. While solitaires are considered one of the most common diamond cuts, it seems that brides have opted to branch out from tradition by bringing back vintage styles. Pear, round, oval and marquise-shaped diamonds have been particularly popular this year. You may even come across some emerald-cut diamonds, too.

Bride Meredith’s stunning engagement ring features an oval-shaped statement gem and diamond-studded microband. The Brammer-Patterson Wedding, page 44 of bridebook 2019. Image by Meredith Sledge Photography.

Bride Meredith’s stunning engagement ring features an oval-shaped statement gem and diamond-studded microband. The Brammer-Patterson Wedding, page 44 of bridebook 2019. Image by Meredith Sledge Photography.

Colored Gems

When you think of bridal jewelry, you probably think of stunning rings with some flashy diamonds. However, today’s brides have decided to add colored gems to their wedding bands and engagement rings instead of the traditional diamond-only rings. Some of the most popular stone picks of the year include sapphires of various colors, morganite, emeralds and pearls.

Blingy Microbands

Very thin diamond-studded microbands have become increasingly popular this year. While solid metal microbands have been around for some time and are a popular choice for his-and-hers wedding bands, many of today’s brides prefer theirs with an extra touch of sparkle. This trend is also true of engagement rings—in addition to the one statement diamond, many bands are now covered in small diamonds!

A sparkly microband and engagement ring with colored accent gems for bride Stephanie and a mixed metal wedding band picked by husband Christopher. The Seay-Newton Wedding, bridebook 2018, page 40. Image by Patrick Perkins Photography.

A sparkly microband and engagement ring with colored accent gems for bride Stephanie and a mixed metal wedding band picked by husband Christopher. The Seay-Newton Wedding, bridebook 2018, page 40. Image by Patrick Perkins Photography.

Dainty Jewels

Many brides have opted to keep their jewelry simple and light on their wedding day. Thin necklaces and bracelets with only one diamond or a single colored gem are a popular trend among 2019 brides, as well as classic diamond or pearl studs. This trend is perfect for a bride who doesn’t want to be weighed down by bulky jewels but who still wants to wear a small piece or two that compliments her wedding day ensemble.

Bride Carla chose simple diamond earrings and a lightweight single-diamond necklace for her summer wedding. The Flaherty-Miller Wedding, bridebook 2019, page 40. Image by KK Images.

Bride Carla chose simple diamond earrings and a lightweight single-diamond necklace for her summer wedding. The Flaherty-Miller Wedding, bridebook 2019, page 40. Image by KK Images.

No Jewelry

Up until recently, it seems like jewelry that complemented their wedding gowns was a staple for brides to wear on their big day. However, modern brides have decided to eliminate bridal jewelry completely, with the exception of their engagement rings and wedding bands. This way, the focus stays on the bride and her gown as opposed to these small accessories. Many brides who have outdoor and more rustic-style weddings tend to adopt this philosophy.

Self-Purchasing

We know what you’re thinking: what does this have to do with 2019 jewelry trends? Trust us: it absolutely does! Up until recently, the groom would go pick out an engagement ring for their soon-to-be fiancée and the whole proposal would be a surprise, but now, many couples shop for engagement rings and wedding bands together! While they typically purchase the wedding bands together, the groom usually comes back after perusing engagement ring options with their other half to make the final purchase.     

Bonus: Purchases for the Groom!

Looking for something special to purchase for your soon-to-be hubby? Watches have been a huge seller so far in 2019! Even though these useful pieces had gone by the wayside for a while, they are coming back stronger than ever—especially Rolex watches!

Mark’s masculine watch is the perfect groom accessory - or gift from the bride, or to the groomsmen! The Borman-Francisey Wedding, page 58 of bridebook 2019. Image by Always and Forever Photo.

Mark’s masculine watch is the perfect groom accessory - or gift from the bride, or to the groomsmen! The Borman-Francisey Wedding, page 58 of bridebook 2019. Image by Always and Forever Photo.