You have the engagement ring, the wedding band and you have planned your big day from the venue to your bouquet to your honeymoon. But what about your something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue? If you are a traditionalist, you might round these items up from your mom, grandmother or women in your bridal party and return them after the wedding, but these also make great themes for your special gift from your groom-to-be. If he is savvy, he will notice the other jewels you are coveting while shopping for your rings or might even enlist your best friend to help select a jewel that you will want to wear on your big day and for a long time after—a lasting keepsake that will always remind you of your distinctive relationship and the romantic occasion that signifies sharing your life with your true love.
Antique and vintage jewelry continues to attract new brides with the romance, enchanting old-world techniques or handmade qualities and one-of-kind designs. The inherent sustainability of of pieces from different decades has generated interest in jewels that are from the Victorian, Edwardian/Belle Epoque, Art Deco eras as well as styles from the mid-twentieth century through the 1970s.
Fred Leighton’sEdwardian pearl and diamond brooch in platinum topped 18K yellow gold can be worn in the hair for those who don’t want a traditional veil and can then be worn any time you want a little jewelry to dress up your tresses. It’s also a beautiful bar brooch that can be worn classically or more creatively, transforming two short chains into a long one buy hooking it in between or to clasp a row of small pearl bracelets or thin chains together around the wrist.
Bentley and Skinner’s Victorian Gold Twist Bracelet with gold locket, featuring a clover of sentimental meaning—a ruby for passion, diamond for enduring love and sapphire for fidelity. This is the ultimate wedding gift if you are an antique enthusiast, desire a jewel such as a locket as keepsake to house treasured messages or photos that bespeak your special bond and have an affinity for bracelets.
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Anita Ko’s 18K diamond huggies with heart diamond drops feature a motifs and silhouette that are popular and reoccurring in jewelry. While hearts and huggies have gone in and out of style in the 20th century—with hearts sometimes being too sweet or girly and huggies tending to look old fashioned —they are sticking around these days when designed to be part of an ‘ear party’ or reinterpreted with the current and relevant vibe that is distinctively Anita Ko.
Whether daring and edgy or pared-down and streamlined, new pieces from emerging and established designers are most desirable when they are in keeping with the bride’s personality and her lifestyle.
Nouvel Heritage’s 18K white gold and diamond Mood bangle elevates a thin versatile bangle with a row of round diamonds. It’s wearable, streamlined and can stack with other bracelets you already own.
Jade Trau’s 18K Rae Diamond Pave Stud Earrings feature two oval-shaped diamonds surrounded by pave diamonds. The angular silhouette and the signature matte finish create a timely modern look and will become a staple in your jewelry rotation.
Inspiration derived from the past—in goldsmithing technique, cut of gemstone, popular style of a certain period is rejuvenated and reimagined with a designer’s distinctive aesthetic for the modern woman in this theme.
TAP by Todd Pownell’smodern alternative to rose cut diamonds and cluster designs designed as only Todd Pownell can master with a bit of a feminine edge and a chic sense of contemporary cool. Here in 18K with prong set, pear shaped rose cut diamonds totaling paired with a cluster of inverted round diamonds.
Mizuki’s 14K gold medium Diamond Star and Akoya station pearl pendant for when you want to feel like a star, want to wish on a lucky star or allow the stars to guide your marriage through life’s small and large occasions and all that comes with sharing your hopes, dreams and goals with the one you love.
John Iversen’s 18K yellow gold four part hydrangea drop earrings with Akoya pearls draws its inspiration from florals that grow in springtime signaling new beginning and turn them into earrings that are elegantly dramatic for the nature lover who has a penchant for making a statement with her jewelry.
Jade Trau borrows from the junior high school days of the 1960s and 1970s when ‘going steady’ was in and receiving your boyfriend’s ID bracelet sealed the deal.
From the serene hues of the sea—aquamarine — to the more mystical shades of the sky such as sapphire, blue continues to be a favorite color among women accented by diamonds. Aquamarine is the stone of hope, truth and tranquility and sapphires, the gem of loyalty, faithfulness and fidelity, all significant meanings for a gift from the groom to his bride
Estate Diamond Jewelry’s pear-shaped aquamarine earrings with a diamond surround are sure to highlight your best features with their calm yet clear and lively aquamarine pear-shaped stones and diamond surround.
Kwiat’s 18K white gold, diamond and sapphire bracelet mixes the beauty of diamonds with barrel shaped stations set with the perfect shade of sapphire baguettes for a timeless piece that features blue gemstones but also takes its cue from the jewelry of the Art Deco period.
Maria Beaulieu’s simply chic 18K emerald cut aquamarine in a yellow gold bezel for the woman who prefers her jewelry with clean, sophisticated lines and a pared-down unstudied feeling.
Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue:
This theme has all four elements going for it and we found them in one beautiful love token—an actual coin—from Heavenly Vices, a U.S. Seated Liberty Dime minted in 1882. The front of the coin was ground down so that it could be engraved with this awe-inspiring scene of a swallow, flowers and leaves. What distinguishes this love token as even more breathtaking is that it features different shades of blue and blue/green enamel and that all this was created in the 19th century. Swallows are known for mating for life. In the Victorian era, they led sailors on their journeys from sea and came to also mean safe home. Where does the something new take form? In the bezel and bail set with diamonds that designer Samantha Jackson creates and in the diamond accented chain from which the token hangs. Could a gift be any more romantic?