Wedding Bells Are Ringing!

The weather is warming up, flowers are blooming, and brides everywhere are getting ready to make that special trip down the aisle! Although some might say that a bride’s dress is the most important item worn at a wedding, we believe that wedding jewelry can be just as important in its own way. Plus, jewelry can be worn not only by the bride, but by her bridesmaids and the mothers of both the bride and groom as well!

We decided to create a wedding jewelry display here at Blue Door Beads, but to keep ourselves from getting stuck in a design rut, we decided to use an old custom as our jewelry-making inspiration: the familiar rhyme of “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” Below you’ll see some of our creations, as well as other designs we found inspiring, plus a little bit of history regarding the classic bridal rhyme:

Vintage Wedding bracelet by Jess Italia Lincoln for vintaj.com.

Vintage Wedding bracelet by Jess Italia Lincoln for vintaj.com.

Something Old

Something old represents continuity, the bride’s connection with her family, and/or her past as a single woman. A woman may choose to wear a piece of antique family jewelery or part of her mother or grandmother’s wedding outfit. If something “old” isn’t available, you can easily create an antique-feeling piece of jewelry using vintage or vintage-looking jewelry components, like the bracelet pictured at right.

 

Necklace designed by Sara Mancini of Blue Door Beads.

Necklace designed by Sara Mancini of Blue Door Beads.


Something New

Something new represents the new life the bride will soon begin. Something new should be an object that makes her think of the joys her future married life will bring, so the new item is often a gift from the bride’s husband-to-be or his family. Jewelry-wise, this presents a wide range of possibilities for the husband’s sister, mother, etc. to create a lovely piece of new jewelry for their future sister- or daughter-in-law!

Sara designed the necklace pictured at left for a family friend’s bridesmaids. The rings can symbolize the new family circles the bride & groom will be joining, and/or the new, eternal bond the two share as husband & wife.

Quartz and sterling silver earrings by Lydia Chapman for Blue Door Beads.

Quartz and sterling silver earrings by Lydia Chapman for Blue Door Beads.


Something Borrowed

This item symbolizes borrowed happiness; ideally, the item should be borrowed from a happily married woman so that some of her coupled bliss can rub off on the bride-to-be.

Borrowing a piece of jewelry to wear on her wedding day reminds a bride that her friends and family are there for her should she ever need their help. We went with our own interpretation of borrowed when we designed the pair of earrings pictured at right; we “borrowed” the design from Element4You on Etsy.com.

 

 

Double-strand necklace designed by Lydia Chapman for Blue Door Beads.

Double-strand necklace designed by Lydia Chapman & Sara Mancini for Blue Door Beads.

Something Blue

In many cultures, blue symbolizes fidelity, loyalty, purity, and love; in the past, many wedding dresses were blue. These days, the blue item is often the bride’s garter, so even if the bride doesn’t want her blue item to show, she can still wear it hidden under her skirt.

However, we decided to create a necklace that any bride would be proud to wear as her main statement piece! The rhinestone beads add just the right amount of sparkle, and the blue of the faceted agate and opalite beads is just subtle enough that it won’t take attention away from the bride’s gorgeous gown.

Below are a few more designs that we thought were a fresh take on traditional bridal jewelry. Enjoy!

Bridal tradition info courtesy of theknot.com and Sarah Stefanson.

Photo courtesy of WeddinsBySS on Etsy.

Photo courtesy of WeddinsBySS on Etsy.

Photo courtesy of BeadsStory on Etsy.

Photo courtesy of BeadsStory on Etsy.

Photo courtesy of The Foundary; found on Pinterest.com.

Photo courtesy of The Foundary; photo found on Pinterest.com.

Photo courtesy of Vintaj.com

Photo courtesy of Vintaj.com

Photo courtesy of LizardiBridal on Etsy.

Photo courtesy of LizardiBridal on Etsy.

 

 

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Rita Lund: An Amazing Woman With An Inpsiring Collection

Delicious gemstones in unusual cuts. Rita had good taste!

Delicious gemstones in unusual cuts. Rita had good taste!

One of the many reasons we love working in a retail environment is the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends every day. We have the honor of inspiring complete strangers to find their inner jewelry-makers, or, at the very least, helping them fix a cherished necklace or bracelet. We’re always happy to help people cross one of their “to-do” items off their least, but even more rewarding is the feeling of creating lasting friendships with wonderful customers who bring warmth and happiness with them every time they visit the shop.

Rita Lund, 1949-2014

Rita Lund, 1949-2014

Last month, we received news that a long-time friend and loyal customer had passed away suddenly. Rita’s death hit us particularly hard; she had a come into the shop just a few weeks before we heard the news, so it still felt as though she’d be walking through our door at any moment. Although we didn’t see Rita every day, Blue Door Beads was one of her regular stops on her walks along Piedmont Avenue, and we always enjoyed chatting with her about local happenings, hearing her stories about the decades she lived in the Bay Area, and of course sharing in her joy of all things sparkly.

Although Rita did not regularly make pieces of jewelry, she was an avid collector of a wide range of beads and components, from large carved jade pieces, to funky brass pendants, to handblown lampwork glass focal beads and carefully faceted gemstones. After her passing, her close friend called us, asking if we would be interested in purchasing Rita’s vast collection of amazing beads. Over the past few weeks, we have been steadily adding her collection to our inventory, and we are still putting new items out every day. The next time you visit the shop, be sure to check out the fun mix of one-of-a-kind pendants we have at our front counter, the full strands of unusual gems in our display cases, and the great deals that can be found in our new, color-coordinated “treasure chests”, featuring partial strands of random beads — the perfect place to find some great deals!

Unique metal pendants and lampwork glass beads from Rita's collection.

Unique metal pendants and lampwork glass beads from Rita’s collection.

Although we will miss Rita dearly, we like to think that her creative energy lives on through the lovely beads she enjoyed so much. Not only are we happy to have this energy with us every day at the shop, but we’re happy to share Rita’s positive vibes with those who purchase her unique beads and pendants. 🙂