Tradition can be a polarizing word, especially in the wedding business. To some, it represents a time-honored ritual or a respect for family customs. To others, it conjures outdated expectations and a burdensome obligation to the past. But with fresh eyes and a little imagination, some traditions—such as the old English custom of brides wearing “something blue” on their wedding day as a protection from the Evil Eye, a curse associated with infertility—can feel simultaneously fresh and well established.
What began as a country rhyme in Lancashire during the Victorian era— “something olde, something new, something borrowed, something blue, a sixpence in your shoe”—has persisted well into the 21st century as a catchy wedding day checklist. In the past, brides traditionally wore a blue garter to ward off the Evil Eye. Today, according to The Knot, they tend to incorporate something blue as a symbol of love, purity, and fidelity. Why not make that a blue sapphire necklace or a pair of aquamarine earrings in a trendy pastel shade?
We’re convinced that the five jewels profiled here are the perfect touch of blue for any woman on her wedding day—yet work equally well for a casual date or an important Zoom call. From classic styles, such as Effy’s elegant, deco-style blue and white diamond bangle bracelet and Kwiat’s regal blue sapphire and diamond earrings to more contemporary designs, such as Nouvel Heritage’s minimal aquamarine studs and Graziela’s showstopping blue rhodium–plated gold earrings, these dreamy blue jewels make clear that a retailer’s bridal possibilities extend way beyond engagement rings and wedding bands to include jewels appropriate for the big day. Nothing to be blue about here!
Top: Earrings in 18k blue rhodium gold with blue sapphires; $7,800; GrazielaFollow JCK on Instagram: @jckmagazine
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