From the first rose petal that slips through her tiny fingers to fall beneath the feet of a walking bride, a little girl dreams of her wedding and thinks on this rhyme:
“Something old, something new, Something borrowed, something blue, And a silver sixpence in her shoe.”
To carry these items brings luck, with “something old” representing the bride’s ties to family and days past, “something new” symbolizing a bride’s new life and “something blue” representing, from the Roman tradition and/or Christian association with the Virgin Mary, purity and fidelity. A bride borrows an item from a happy couple hoping to share the luck they’ve had in love, while the Scottish sixpence tradition symbolizes wealth.
Such a bevy of lucky accoutrement can, however, make a bride feel like a walking yard sale. For the tasteful lady, an assortment of sparkling jewels, fitting one or more of the categories, can be both symbolic and chic. And let’s face it: Anything you can say with words is often better said with diamonds.
Antique style 1.18 ct. sapphire, 1.13 ct. diamond and white gold bracelet with matching .44 ct. sapphire and .03 ct. diamond ring, from Fisher & Sons; 14 K gold, 1.5 ct. sapphire and .9 ct diamond-accented ring, from Symmetry Jewelers; Antique art deco 1.01 ct. cushion-cut diamond and platinum ring with sapphire detail, from Wellington & Company.
Tulip-in-the-round necklace with Champagne pearl, by Mignon Faget; Sterling silver fleur-de-lis pendant with rolo chain, by Fleur D’Orléans; 20 ct. diamond and platinum necklace, by Jack Sutton Fine Jewelry; Platinum micro-pavé diamond ring with 4.52 ct. cushion-cut diamond, from Boudreaux’s Fine Jewelers; 14 K white gold flower engagement ring with .75 ct. center brilliant-cut diamond and 8 surrounding brilliant-cut diamonds, 2.25 ct. total weight, by Anne Dale Jeweller; Multi-rose necklace with bronze roses and sterling silver branches, by Thomas Mann Gallery I/O; 18 inch Mikimoto necklace with 7-9 mm. pearls, .84 ct. diamonds and 18 K white gold clasp, from Lee Michaels.
18.25 ct. teardrop-cut diamond cluster and platinum earrings, estate, and 4.71 ct. pink diamond, .79 ct. white diamond and 18 K rose gold ring, estate, from M.S. Rau Antiques; 18 K white gold and 7.96 ct. diamond necklace, estate, and 18 K white gold and 2.25 ct. diamond bow earrings, estate, from Wellington & Company; 2 ct. diamond and platinum chandelier earrings, estate, from Symmetry Jewelers.
Fine silver Bella earrings with Iolite stones, by Dominique Giordano Jewelry; 4.66 ct. Ceylon sapphire, 2.1 ct. diamond and platinum ring, by Jack Sutton Fine Jewelry; Sterling silver and blue topaz “Garden Gate” photo locket necklace, by Monica Rich Kosan, from Adler’s; 18 K white gold bracelet with 36 princess-cut sapphires, totaling 2.06 ct., and 297 brilliant-cut diamonds, totaling 2.39 ct., from Aucoin Hart Jewelers.