Look at any wedding magazine, bridal shop, or online shop and you will see a vast array of bridal jewellery. There are many different styles and designs but you will find most of it will include Swarovski crystal in one form or another. There are good reasons for this, Swarovski crystal is the best crystal in the world, it sparkles like nothing else and is guaranteed to look amazing.
The two main finishes of Swarovski used in wedding jewellery are 'crystal' and crystal 'A.B' The crystal sparkles beautifully but is quite subtle as in the Wildheart pendant used in this necklace. This gives a classic look ideal for vintage style dresses.
The A.B has a unique metallic coating applied to the outside facets of the crystals which means it catches the light and also reflects the colours that are worn next to it. It gives a much more eye-catching effect and therefore is used a lot in wedding jewellery and also on bridal dresses and shoes for a gorgeous sparkling look.
The lesser known sister of Swarovski crystal is Swarovski pearls, these are faux pearls but probably not as you've seen before. Unlike lesser fake pearls these won't react to perfume or sunlight and they won't flake. They are made of a base of Swarovski crystal so have a realistic weight and then are given multiple coatings of the pearl finish. The quality control is so high that each pearl will match exactly with the next making them ideal for pearl bridal jewellery where you want perfection!
Cheaper versions of Swarovski crystal are available, (sometimes known as czech crystal) but they don't quite match the look of the best crystal, these are usually set into base metal or silver plate for costume jewellery,whereas you will find most jewellery designers who work with Swarovski crystal tend to also use Sterling silver or gold .This is because it looks amazing for a lifetime, giving you jewellery that you can keep and pass down as a heirloom piece, perhaps for your daughter to wear on her wedding day. When buying jewellery always ask what the materials are, it can mean the difference between a pice to be worn a few times or a piece to last forever.