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:
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.
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.
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.
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!