No, we're not talking about engagement rings; we're talking about all the other jewelry brides wear on their big day. While simple diamond pendants and pearl earrings are certainly the bread and butter of classic bridal jewelry, "classic" certainly doesn't apply to every bride. Today, we have the opportunity to hear from some of the biggest experts in the fine-jewelry world as they divulge the biggest bridal jewelry trends of 2020.
Danielle Gadi of Danielle Gadi PR had a lot to say on the matter: "More so than any specific trend, brides today are about breaking the rules. Gone are the days of wearing a pair of diamond studs with a matching tennis bracelet. While that can always be beautiful, I think today's brides want to have a little more fun and wear jewelry as a way of expressing their personal style.
"Perhaps she wants an artfully crafted ear with a variety of studs, huggies, and cuffs that she's collected over time, each with a different significance. Or maybe she collects vintage jewelry and wants to wear a pair of oversize button earrings from the 1960s. Or she wants to honor her grandmother by wearing her favorite cuff that was gifted to her for an important occasion. As engagement rings become more and more alternative, so is the jewelry women are choosing to wear. And as a fine-jewelry publicist, I couldn't be happier about it!"
As Gadi hinted, according to the designers and publicists we tapped, there's a slew of new bridal jewelry trends any brides-to-be and onlookers alike will fall head over heels for, including alternative hoops, statement stacking bands, and a new color (finally) to consider besides blue. Ahead, read up on all the new jewelry trends you'll see on brides everywhere next year and shop our favorite iterations of each.
"Something blue has recently transitioned into something green. Whether it's a green sapphire, emerald, or jade, the color is on high demand, and it's sure to make an everlasting impression on any bride's special day." — Francesca Simons of Francesca Simons Consulting
"Emeralds are certainly having a moment. We have been getting so many requests for this gemstone and to create more custom pieces for clients. Emeralds are notoriously known as being elegant with the perfect pop of color again white for the big day." — Teresa Panico, head of marketing at Material Good
"While we love our diamonds and don't know many women who don't, we're seeing brides experiment with colored stones on their wedding day, emeralds especially. They feel particularly regal and a bit more unexpected. Set in yellow gold with blackened pavé is our favorite way to wear them; perfect for the bride who appreciates fine, important jewelry but isn't interested in following any rules." —Jenny Klatt and Stephanie Wynne Lalin, designers and founders of Jemma Wynne
"Gone are the days of all-white weddings. Brides are starting to move toward jewelry with an unexpected color or stone as a fun and easy way for her personality to shine through on her big day." — Renna, designer and founder of Renna Jewelry
"You can thank Princess Eugenie's stunning emerald tiara for this trend. This vibrant green stone has royal associations and is popping up everywhere and is sure to replace the blue sapphire as a bridal staple." — Shelley Brown, senior fashion and beauty editor of The Knot
"Clustering—known as mixing diamonds of different shapes and colors—will be another huge trend that's super playful and perfectly pairs with a solid gold band." — Brielle Forman, jewelry publicist at IHPR
"The cluster bridal trend is here, and I see the longevity for this style. Whether it's a cluster single band, triple-band, multi-shape, set in white, rose or yellow, the requests have been pouring in for the newest jaw-dropping cluster look. All my bridal clients have designed cluster rings using a variety of shapes, from marquise to round brilliant cuts, either to replace their traditional center-stone engagement rings or to be paired with. The cluster is a modern statement look that can be easily transitioned from day to night, and we're already seeing this style everywhere." — Francesca Simons
Golden Bridal Hair Accessories
"Brides are opting to invest in simple solid gold headpieces to be worn beyond the wedding day. A solid gold headpiece becomes an instant heirloom piece that can be passed on for generations." — Grace Lee, founder and designer of Grace Lee Jewelry
"I think brides are all about hair accessories, but they want something that won't clash with their other jewelry or with the embellishments on their dress. My silver hairpin is perfect to sweep the hair off the face and looks amazing with white diamonds."—Deborah Pagani, founder and designer of Deborah Pagini
"We're seeing a lot of playful statement earrings in the bridal scene, moving away from the normality of white diamonds and incorporating bolder and more colorful stones in the mix. Polly Wales Estelle Earrings from the latest Stardust collection are a great example of how you can wear a fun statement piece during your special weekend. Go ahead and stand out!" — Brielle Forman
"There's something a little anti-bridal about hoops, which is probably why I'm loving the idea. I think Danielle Frankel showed a few looks with hoops for S/S 20, and it feels right. The good news is that there are endless iterations, so if you lean a little more classic and white gold/white diamonds are your thing, that works. I can't help but go for something a little more unexpected, like heavy yellow gold from the '70s like these from VCA." — Jill Heller, vintage jewelry expert
"The demand for a new, updated hoop has been a nonstop request. A classic discreet huggie just won't do the trick these days, with something more substantial and attention-grabbing is now the key look." — Francesca Simons
"Oversize earrings have serious staying power where bridal fashion is concerned for two reasons: they complement a variety of necklines (like sweetheart, off the shoulder and v-neck) and they cast light on the face, accentuating your features in an uber-flattering way." — Shelley Brown
Wide Diamond Bracelets
"With the daily wrist-stacking trend, for weddings, we think the wider bracelet will be more of a go-to for brides wanting to make a statement instead of the single diamond tennis bracelet. Whilst the tennis bracelet is a classic option for most, the brides are looking to go outside the box and update their look." —Teresa Panico
Diamond Signet Rings
"I can't tell you how many brides I am making signet rings for! Often it is a surprise that is gifted just before the wedding, and it always bears the bride's new initials. From what I have seen, all of my brides are choosing to wear the signet ring alongside their wedding and engagement rings down the aisle. In the past, you would really just see a bride wearing their wedding and engagement rings." — Octavia Zamagias, founder of Octavia Elizabeth
"Stacking bands for wedding bands has been very popular in the past few years. We think mixing metals in your stack will continue to be a trend on the rise. If you have a platinum or white-gold engagement ring, adding a simple gold band between it and a diamond band adds some interest to your wedding set." — Ashley Zhang, Designer and Founder of Ashley Zhang Jewelry
Collar-Length Statement Necklaces
"Collar-length statement necklaces. Necklaces and layering them up have been a trend all year. Chokers and the higher lengths are something we think will carry over into bridal. Our fancy multi-shape diamond necklace measures at 15 inches with a detachable piece at the clasp that can be removed, making it 14 inches—the perfect high-collar length and the option to do both." — Teresa Panico
"Pearls may seem like an obvious jewelry staple, but we're not talking about a simple strand. We're seeing a lot of brides today gravitate towards something a bit more out of the box. Our pearl ear climbers are the perfect way to incorporate tradition with a modern twist. They were an instant hit when we first launched them and continue to be a favorite; the blackening gives them a contrast that feels especially cool. Layer them with a little pearl ear cuff to take the look a step further." — Jemma Wynne
"Pearls are getting cooler and cooler—not just on the street but down the aisle. I think brides will experiment with pearls in everything from chokers to shoulder dusters, statement earrings, cuffs, and hair accessories. Wearing them on your wedding day can be a nod to tradition while also making a fashion statement in how you choose to wear them. I personally love them set with black and white diamonds in an oversize fan silhouette." — Colette Steckel, founder and designer of Colette Jewelry