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Bridal Jewelry on a Budget

Story by Northern Star Bridal

There's no doubt about it. Times are tough. But there is no reason why recessionista brides can't have the wedding of their dreams on a budget. Of all the things you will need for your wedding, dress, veil, flowers and shoes, your bridal jewelry is the one thing that you can wear again!

One thing that true recessionistas do is to break down the cost of an item in "cost per use". For example, if that fab pair of shoes you've been eyeing cost $100 and you know that you'll wear them at least 50 times then the cost per use is $2.00. Not bad.

So, if you choose jewelry you can wear again your cost per use comes down. It's as simple as that. It's amazing how many opportunities you can find to wear your jewelry again. Sure, you're not likely to wear your tiara to the office but there's no reason why you can't wear your bracelet out to dinner or your earrings to a birthday party.

Here are 6 tips to get the most mileage out of your bridal jewelry.

1. Go neutral.
White, Ivory or Cream pearls and Clear crystals are the easiest to wear again. Clear AB crystals are beautiful but might be a bit too "blingy" for everyday. Moonlight, Golden Shadow and Silver Shade crystals are also easy to wear and quite neutral.

2. Separate your pieces.
Wearing your necklace, bracelet and earrings all together looks fantastic with your wedding dress but may be too much for other occasions. Try wearing your earrings and bracelet together sans necklace, or wear your necklace with a simple pair of hoops or pearls. Don't be afraid to mix your jewelry up with other pieces in your jewelry collection.

3. Bring it on your honeymoon.
Chances are you'll be going out for dinner a lot which is a great opportunity to wear your jewelry again.

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Kate Moss buys $160,000 wedding ring

Kate Moss has reportedly splashed out $160,000 on her own wedding ring.

The supermodel – who is believed to have got engaged to rocker lover Jamie Hince in Paris, France, last month – has treated herself to a diamond and platinum band based on the Egyptian symbol of long life from exclusive London jewellers Garrard.

A source said: ‘Kate is the main breadwinner in this relationship and has paid for her own ring. She went to Garrard and looked at its selection and a ‘ring visitor’ went to her home to show her designs. She wants the wedding plans tied up by May 1.’

The couple, who have been dating since last August, are said to be planning a summer ceremony. Last week, it was revealed Kate - who has a five-year-old daughter Lila with ex-boyfriend Jefferson Hack - accepted The Kills guitarist’s marriage proposal after he agreed to start a family.

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