• Where does the adage come from?
  • How can I incorporate something old and something new?
  • How do I go about finding something borrowed and something blue?

‘Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue’ has been the centre theme of many a bride’s wedding jewellery and other accessories for centuries. What is the meaning of each element? How can I incorporate them in my diamond wedding jewellery?

Where does the adage come from?

The origins and age of the phrase are quite unclear, although an 1876 scholarly publication already denotes it as an “ancient custom”. ‘Something old, something new, something borrowed something blue’ also contained ‘and a silver sixpence in her shoe’, a custom still maintained in some Anglo-Saxon areas. ‘Something old’ represents continuity and signifies the long-lasting bond between spouses. Along the same lines, ‘something new’ offer optimism towards the future of the happy couple.

‘Something borrowed’ was originally used to borrow some happiness from a long-time happy couple, preferably with healthy children to bless future offspring, while ‘something blue’ symbolises fidelity, purity and loyalty. Finally, ‘the sixpence in her shoe’ wishes for good fortune and prosperity.

How can I incorporate something old and something new?

Diamond jewellery withstands the test of time like nothing else, making an old piece as vibrant and brilliant as the day it was forged. Ask your parents for a piece of jewellery which has long since been in the family or ask your mother, grandmother or aunt for a piece of their own in lieu of heirlooms. Subtle pieces will eternally remain timeless, so try incorporating an old set of diamond studs or a subtle diamond necklace, depending on your overall attire.

Your ‘something new’ is the easiest piece to find. Search for the perfect wedding set matching your dress and your preferred look..  

How do I go about finding something borrowed and something blue?

When heirlooms are not available, your family member’s diamond jewellery can double for both ‘something old’ and ‘something borrowed’. You can always ask your maid of honour if she would like to contribute a piece of her own diamond jewellery for an added touch of symbolism. How you incorporate ‘something blue’ is entirely dependent on how the colour matches your dress and theme. You can, for instance, embellish and refine your attire with a stunning piece of diamond jewellery with deep blue sapphire for a bold, but classic look. Does blue not match your colour scheme? Then add a small blue detail to your shoes or opt for a blue garter.

Where can I find the perfect sapphire jewellery to complete my wedding attire? Who can help me assemble the perfect diamond wedding set? Contact the diamond jewellery experts at BAUNAT for the perfect wedding brilliance.

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