For centuries brides have been going out of their way to include ‘something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue’ with their wedding accessories. But where did this tradition originate? What does each element mean? How can a representative of each be incorporated in my diamond bridal jewelry?
WHAT ARE THE ORIGINS OF THE OLD ADAGE?
It is unclear when and where the phrase first began, but in 1876 it was referred to as an ancient custom in a scholarly publication. Along with ‘something old, something borrowed and something blue,’ the reporting also contained ‘and a silver sixpence in her shoe.’ This custom is still adhered to in Anglo-Saxon communities. The concept of something old signifies the continuous bond between husband and wife. Something new is about high hopes for the future.
Originally, something was borrowed from a happily married couple that has been together a long time. Preferably, the spouses with a good marriage had healthy children. Therefore, it is like the something borrowed is someone else’s happiness. Something blue symbolizes loyalty, fidelity, and purity. The sixpence in her shoe is placed for prosperity and good fortune.
HOW CAN I INCORPORATE SOMETHING OLD AND SOMETHING NEW?
Diamond jewelry holds its value better than anything else. Ask a parent or grandparent for a treasured piece of jewelry that has been handed down through the generations or requests a special piece from your mother or aunt’s personal collection. Try integrating a subtle diamond-studded necklace or a classic set of diamond studs.Something new can be the unique wedding set you choose to complement your dress.
HOW DO I FIND SOMETHING BORROWED AND SOMETHING BLUE?
If no family heirlooms are available, a beloved family member’s jewelry can serve as both something borrowed and something old. For added symbolism, you might request a special piece of diamond jewelry from your maid of honor. Something blue is a bit trickier, how you incorporate it comes down to your color theme and how it will flatter your dress. For a bold look, you might wear a piece of diamond jewelry with blue sapphire accents. If blue doesn’t fit into your color scheme go with a blue garter or minor blue details on your shoes.