What could be more important that antique bridal jewelry?
Don’t forget the rest of the wedding retinue. Antique jewelry is not only for the bride. We have the groom – think cufflinks, studs and tie pins for a start; the bride’s mother who has to vie with the groom’s mother and impress all of her friends and family; we have the bridesmaids who need to be lifted out of their wallflower role. All of these need to think carefully about the antique bridal jewelry that is going to serve that function on this most important day.
There are few occasions in a lifetime when a woman is the focus of attention as when she is a bride. Young ladies (and the not so young ladies), spend months working out every detail of their wedding and their jewelry accessories are a big factor in finishing off their outfit and symbolizing what the day means for them.
Traditionally, brides wear white, but this is not always the case. In other cultures and societies, brides are very brightly dressed. Some serious women and women in some cultures actually wear black. We live in a world where ‘anything goes’, but let’s start with the traditional.
White jewelry for a bride is the most traditional form of jewelry. Pearls are the obvious choice for a bride, although there are those who are superstitious of them. Abraham Lincoln’s wife Mary Todd Lincoln was given a parure (set) of seed pearl jewelry that is depicted in many books on antique jewelry and can be seen in the Smithsonian museum. A wonderful necklace will enhance the look of a plummeting neckline. Earrings are perhaps the most important accoutrement as they frame the face and so choose carefully from the myriad antique jewelry pendant earrings that are available. Do you want them to be big and bold or tiny and tasteful?
You do not need to wear white, nor white jewels when you get married. A young lady from France bought a stunning deep red brooch to be sewn onto her wedding dress. Another bought a large bright, round brooch to wear in her hair on her magic day. You can dare to be different. It is your day and you should wear what makes you happiest.