Silver and Gold ... which is better for the bridal party? I happen to love both, but my first inclination is to put the finer gemstones like Rubies, Emeralds, and Sapphires with Gold. I have noticed more and more, that my brides prefer sterling silver. Additionally, Oxidized Sterling Silver, Brass, Copper, and Gold Plate are increasingly popular. The latter three are far less expensive, too.
Recently, I did an Oxidized Sterling Silver Necklace and Earring set with Red Swarovski Crystals for a large bridal party. Everything turned out beautifully and the bride loved the antiqued look with the Red Crytals.
She originally wanted a bracelet with matching earrings, but later because of the sleeves of the brides maids' dresses, changed her mind to a simple drop necklace with matching earrings. The picture is of the original bracelet in Oxidized Sterling Silver. I ended up giving it to the bride as a keepsake.