Bridal Jewelry Ideas for 5 Destination Weddings

For a lot of brides, choosing the jewelry to wear on their wedding day usually comes down to A) finding a piece in  Mom’s jewelry box that can work as their “something borrowed,” or B) a last-minute race through the “better jewelry” section of the local department store. But for women planning a destination wedding, there’s a better strategy: Choosing a beautiful accessory that complements the surrounding. And now that gift-giving (and receiving!) season is around the corner, it’s just the thing to add to your holiday wish list.

If you’re marrying in Hawaii:

Perfect for a Hawaiian beach wedding: opal climber earrings from Jared

Perfect for a Hawaiian beach wedding: opal climber earrings

These opal climber earrings are designed to trace the curve of your earlobe, a trendy and flattering face-framing look right at home on islands known for their flower-scented air and double rainbows. The gently fanned marquise gems call to mind seashells and ocean froth, and would be the perfect accent to a strapless gown and a tuberose lei. Lab-created opal earring climbers in 10-karat gold, about $200; jared.com.

If you’re marrying in Jamaica:

A topaz pendant captures Jamaica's cerulean waters and free spirit.

A topaz pendant captures Jamaica’s cerulean waters and free spirit.

Here’s how you interpret Jamaid’s turquoise seas, reggae music, and partified wedding scene in a piece of jewelry. A trail of chocolate and vanilla diamonds forms a free-style loop on the topaz pendant, set in 14-karat strawberry gold. Wear it with a simple slip dress, strappy sandals, and the barest hint of a tan. LeVian topaz necklace with total diamond weight of 1/15 carat set in strawberry gold, about $600; jared.com.

If you’re marrying in the Rockies:

Wrist-grazing diamonds marry luxury and Rocky Mountain style

Wrist-grazing diamonds marry luxury and Rocky Mountain style

Whether it’s a mountainside wedding in Vail or a dude ranch in Idaho, couples marrying in the Rockies are drawn to the open skies and pioneer spirit of the West. For a luxe understatement that would look as splendid with a wedding gown as with a pair of jeans, this diamond-studded wheat chain bracelet exemplifies casual chic. Want more impact? Pile ’em on. Diamond accent infinity bolo bracelet in sterling silver, about $170; zales.com.

If you’re marrying on Nantucket:

The hallmark of classic Nantucket wedding details: one perfect pearl.

The hallmark of a classic Nantucket wedding ensemble: one perfect pearl.

No string of heirloom pearls in your family’s jewelry vault? No worries. This cultured pearl pendant is the type of  classic accent that a Nantucket wedding demands, while looking more girlish than grandma. We see it paired with a simple scoop-neck A-line dress and a shoulder-dusting veil. Cultured pearl necklace with 1/20 carat worth of diamonds in 14-karat white gold, about $500; jared.com.  

If you’re marrying in California wine country:

Rose-gold earrings inset with diamonds are a California dream

Rose-gold earrings inset with diamonds are a California dream

Weddings in the Golden State come wrapped in a rosy glow, and these fresh earrings would be a charming finishing touch for any bride, whether dressed in a feather-weight ball gown or head-to-toe lace. There’s an artisinal elegance to the swirling designs with their morganite center stones; a fine fit with wine country’s rolling vineyards and impeccable resorts.  Oval morganite and diamond accent orbit frame stud earrings in sterling silver with 14-karat rose gold plate, about $200; zales.com.

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