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Beyond Bridal: Something Blue

Beyond Bridal: Something Blue

Everyone knows the saying: something old, something new, something borrowed…

It’s a tradition for many brides, but where does it actually originate?

It’s actually an Old English rhyme, first published in an 1894 edition of the Pennsylvanian newspaper The Warren Ledger, where it was listed as a “Puritan Marriage Custom”.

Something old,something new,
Something borrowed, something blue,
And a silver sixpence in her shoe.

The oddball dropped from the common saying—the “silver sixpence”—was a British coin in use during the 17th to the 20th centuries, and remains in the British version of the tradition.

Quite simply, the saying lists charms thought to bring good luck to the bride and the marriage. The items are quite often family heirlooms handed down for the wedding as a rite of passage, but many take the opportunity to create their own heirloom treasures. Each has its own particular sentiment:

Something old to represent continuity;

Something new to represent hope for the future;

Something borrowed, traditionally from another happy bride, to represent borrowed happiness;

And something blue to represent fidelity, love, and purity.

In British customs, the silver sixpence represents prosperity and future wealth.

Given sapphire’s long association with love and purity, we think there is no better gem to play the part of the bride’s “something blue”: whether it be a pair of sapphire earrings, a ring, or perhaps a bracelet or hair pin.

For the bride wanting a more subtle look, blue topaz or aquamarine offers a subtle breath of blue that pairs well with bright wedding whites.

Check out our selection of jewelry featuring blue gemstones - perfect to complete any wedding day look! 

Alex Billig, Contributor
I am a web developer, musician, and entrepreneur. I was raised in the Hudson Valley. I'm currently living in the Catskills.
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