In our world, we rarely have time to really get dressed up. When do we wear our finest and indulge in making our appearance as fabulous as possible? There is one occasion when we can all get out the metaphorical furs and feathers, when we can get dressed up to the nines…… Weddings.
Antique wedding jewelry has to be special. For everyone involved in the celebration, it is an occasion to get out your antique wedding jewelry.
The bride is first and foremost and she is discussed in the section on bridal jewelry. What about the rest of the retinue?
The groom should wear something special to stand out. Luckily many grooms are dressed in black, so any fine antique wedding jewelry is going to stand out in stark contrast to his attire. Cufflinks with matching studs and tie pins, bangles and wrist bands and metal chains are some of the accoutrements a groom might wear besides his newly flashing wedding band. It’s a good idea to find a pair of links that you really like so that you can wear them often after this one single event.
The bride’s mother and the groom’s mother are most likely in secret competition to outdo each other, the bride and certainly their friends and family who are in attendance. Being of a ‘certain age’, they must rely on their jewelry to show themselves off to best advantage. A beautiful brooch is a no-brainer for mother of the bride. She needs to be seen coming, so the more the merrier. The wedding jewelry of these ladies should reflect their respectable age and position. Rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets and possibly a tiara, should be chosen with care to illustrate that these are ladies of class and status.
Bridesmaids and maids of honor are notoriously left as wallflowers at weddings. They should use these opportunities to grab the attention of anyone remotely suitable and make it an event of their own. While choice of dress might not be entirely up to them, they can make sure that the jewelry they wear to the wedding is impeccable and will draw the eye of any suitable prospective suitor.
Many guests, a little sidelined by the events of the day, have nothing much to do but to look around and evaluate what everyone else is wearing. For this reason, no jewelry can be left to chance. Every piece of antique wedding jewelry should be chosen with care.
Weddings are wonderful opportunities to show off your antique wedding jewelry and to observe and enjoy that of your friends and family.
Before we forget, what about the actual wedding bands?
Vintage Wedding rings are a very special category of jewelry. Not to be confused with the gorgeous pieces you will wear as a bride or groom at your wedding, this jewelry is what you will wear on a daily basis, hopefully, for the rest of your life. It's the little band that tells the world you are taken, committed, obligated, a part of upright society.
The most satisfying scenario is to share rings that your own ancestors wore, but failing that, it's possible to find beautiful vintage wedding rings from a variety of eras. On occasion, you can even find a true pair of rings, one for each half of the wedding couple.
On the one hand, you want something that reflects the serious nature of your commitment; something that is practical through good times and bad, and yet, there is no reason to go for dowdy and unimaginative. Vintage wedding rings are a great wicket: comparing vintage to modern wedding rings, here are a few reasons to go for vintage: superior design, aesthetically more pleasing, better made, more sturdy and usually, relatively a lot more affordable.
The old wedding bands are so much fun. Choose from an eternity band of diamonds or something more traditional. Retro wedding bands with intricate designs set with little diamonds and gemstones, often combining red, yellow and green gold. Today, these Retro wedding bands are most sought after.