Unique Wedding Jewelry for the Modern Bride

Earrings, necklaces, and accent rings to complete your bridal look with a contemporary aesthetic

Updated 10/23/17

Photo by Polina Vinogradova

Clean lines, pared-back silhouettes, and crisp tailoring are ubiquitous for modern brides. Though this sharp aesthetic does not mean bare, distinctive jewelry as part of the equation takes a modern moment to megawatt status. Impeccable metalwork, modern-cut diamonds, and innovative shapes are among our favorite jewels for accentuating a contemporary bridal look in just the right way, whether that means a graphic drop-earring, a uniquely set cocktail ring, or hand-crafted bracelet. We’re even for mixing metals for an unexpected look, which once was a faux pas but now feels vivid and fresh with the right juxtaposition.

For brides toeing the line of tradition, imbuing a more classic and minimalist gown with an exceptional bauble or two will perfectly offset the conventional shape and keep the overall look up to date. A one-of-a-kind piece does not mean fully eschewing tradition—an asymmetrical pearl earring, modern pavé cuff, or nuanced necklace will do the trick without feeling overtly edgy.

This modern aesthetic is all about mastering that extra bit of shine without feeling run-of-the-mill and sans an exceeding amount of sparkle—it doesn’t always take a cascading chandelier earring or flashy pendant to feel extraordinary. High-shine metals, whether gold, silver, or a mix of both are entirely eye-catching; innovative settings give glittering diamonds new life; geometric shapes are striking in the daintiest form; and pearls appear current with nuanced details.

And while these pieces are so special, they also can be worn with myriad outfits, lending that unexpected touch to even the simplest combinations. While on your bridal journey, accenting every outfit from your engagement party to your bridal shower to your rehearsal dinner with a one-and-only piece is transcending. But thereafter, the best part about modern jewels is that they can be worn time and again long after your ceremony and honeymoon. It will feel meaningful to know you can incorporate your bridal jewelry into your everyday wardrobe, uplifting a T-shirt and jeans, jazzing up workwear, or for an anniversary look as a sentimental way of commemorating your wedding.

From super sleek to slightly more embellished, shop unique jewelry at every price point ahead to complete your bridal look with a contemporary aesthetic.

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Hirotaka 10K Gold Pearl Earring

Courtesy of Net-A-Porter

SHOP NOW: Hirotaka, $200

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Zoë Chicco 14K Pavé Curved Crossover X Cuff

Courtesy of Zoë Chicco

SHOP NOW: Zoë Chicco, $4,000

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Spinelli Kilcollin Alexa Earrings

Courtesy of Spinelli Kilcollin

SHOP NOW: Spinelli Kilcollin, $7,200

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Simon Miller Arp Sterling Silver Hoop Earrings

Courtesy of Simon Miller

SHOP NOW: Net-A-Porter, $345

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Logan Hollowell Big Dipper Natural Pearl Constellation Earrings

Courtesy of Couture Candy

SHOP NOW: Couture Candy, $750

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Mari Tome Jewelry Cornered Sterling Silver Square Earrings

Courtesy of Mari Tome

SHOP NOW: Mari Tome Jewelry, $100

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Swati Dhanak Asymmetrical Shards Bracelet

Courtesy of Swati Dhanak

SHOP NOW: Swati Dhanak, $9,400

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Arme De L'Amour Chandelier Gold-Plated Bracelet

Courtesy of Arme De L'Amour

SHOP NOW: Arme De L'Amour, $170

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Loewe Earth Gold and Silver-Tone Faux Pearl Earrings

Courtesy of Loewe

SHOP NOW: Net-A-Porter, $375

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Selin Kent Elena Cuff

Courtesy of Selin Kent

SHOP NOW: Selin Kent, $3,250

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charXchen Zhu Ring

Courtesy of charXchen

SHOP NOW: charXchen, $165

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Alexis Bittar Liquid Cuff Bracelet

Courtesy of Alexis Bittar

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $195

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Mari Tome Jewelry Slice Sterling Silver and 14K Rose Gold Necklace

Courtesy of Mari Tome

SHOP NOW: Mari Tome Jewelry, $150

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COS Chunky Metal Bead Necklace

Courtesy of COS

SHOP NOW: COS, $59

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SOKO Sawa Link Drop Earrings

Courtesy of SOKO

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $54

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Charlotte Chesnais Swing Gold Vermeil and Glass Earring

Courtesy of Charlotte Chesnais

SHOP NOW: Net-A-Porter, $385

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Paige Novick High and Low Palm Cuff with Diamond Pavé

Courtesy of Paige Novick

SHOP NOW: Paige Novick, $3,920

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Alighieri Il Leone 2.0 Gold-Plated Hoop Earrings

Courtesy of Alighieri

SHOP NOW: Alighieri, $225

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Kathleen Whitaker Quartz Slice Earrings

Courtesy of Kathleen Whitaker

SHOP NOW: Kathleen Whitaker, $3,945

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Annie Costello Brown Rain Dusters

Courtesy of Annie Costello Brown

SHOP NOW: Annie Costello Brown, $260

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Grace Lee Tri-Linear Whisper mobile 14K Gold Diamond Earring

Courtesy of Grace Lee

SHOP NOW: Net-A-Porter, $445

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Monica Vinader Riva Pod Gold Vermeil Diamond Earrings

Courtesy of Monica Vinader

SHOP NOW: Monica Vinader, $750

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Lizzie Mandler Flat-Top Cuff with Baguettes

Courtesy of Lizzie Mandler

SHOP NOW: Lizzie Mandler, $5,000

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Mango Slim Metal Earrings

Courtesy of Mango

SHOP NOW: Mango, $15.99

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Eddie Borgo Estate Pop Drop Earring

Courtesy of Eddie Borgo

SHOP NOW: Eddie Borgo, $230

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Odette New York Marcel Earrings

Courtesy of Odette New York

SHOP NOW: Odette New York, $225

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Bario Neal Circ Drops

Courtesy of Bario Neal

SHOP NOW: Bario Neal , $475

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Closer by Wwake Lancet Earrings

Courtesy of Closer by Wwake

SHOP NOW: Closer by Wwake, $246

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Aurélie Biderman Duchesse Earrings

Courtesy of Aurélie Biderman

SHOP NOW: Aurélie Biderman, $470

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Kat Kim Wishbone Choker

Courtesy of Kat Kim

SHOP NOW: Kat Kim, $2,500

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Jennifer Fisher Medium Thick Script Earrings

Courtesy of Jennifer Fisher

SHOP NOW: Jennifer Fisher, $485

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Knobbly Studio Softshell Cuff

Courtesy of Knobbly Studio

SHOP NOW: Knobbly Studio, $245

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Article& Ribbon Earrings

Courtesy of Article&

SHOP NOW: Article&, $38

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W.Britt Interlocking Angle Earrings

Courtesy of W.Britt

SHOP NOW: W.Britt, $395

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Leigh Miller Totem Earrings in White Bronze/Brass

Courtesy of Leigh Miller

SHOP NOW: Leigh Miller, $209

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Miansai Eden Earrings in Gold Vermeil

Courtesy of Miansai

SHOP NOW: Miansai, $195

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FARIS Drape Earrings

Courtesy of FARIS

SHOP NOW: Need Supply Co., $325

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Charlotte Chesnais Falless Earrings in Vermeil/Silver

Courtesy of The Line

SHOP NOW: The Line, $625

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Ellery Forbidden Fruit Large Coil Earrings

Courtesy of Ellery

SHOP NOW: Need Supply Co., $485

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CVC STONES Perla + Tempesta Choker

Courtesy of Barneys New York

SHOP NOW: Barneys New York, $6,160

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Sarah Chloe Kaia Bangle

Courtesy of Sarah Chloe

SHOP NOW: Sarah Chloe, $1,150

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