Spring is an exciting time for us as it marks the start of wedding season. For centuries now, cultures around the world have celebrated weddings with various jewellery traditions. At Lemuria Jewels, we love the idea of carrying on these traditions because itís a great way to infuse such a special ceremony with culture and meaning. To give you an idea of how diverse jewellery can be, we rounded up our favourite bridal jewellery traditions from around the world.
While pearls and tiaras are often worn on by brides on their wedding day, no wedding is complete without rings. Exchanging rings is a common practice during wedding ceremonies in the west. Rings serve as a symbol of love and eternity. To this day diamonds are the gem of choice for proposals of marriage in the U.S. However, in European countries, rubies, emeralds, and sapphires are also common.
Traditionally, Greek wedding couples wore stefanas, wedding crowns made of vines and flowers. Today, brides and grooms still carry on the routine - but with modern stefanas constructed with pearls, gold, sterling silver, and crystals.
Huge value is placed on gold bridal jewellery in countries, such as Nepal, Thailand, and Indonesia. It is common practice to give a gold bracelet, necklace, and ring during the wedding. Pure yellow gold is regarded as the norm.
Indian bridal jewellery may appear eye catching and intricate; however, the meaning behind each piece runs deep.
One of the most sacred jewellery customs in Hindu weddings is tying the mangalsutra, a special beaded necklace with a gold or diamond pendant. As a symbol of marriage, itís worn by the bride until her husband's death. Traditionally, the mangalsutra was made from yellow thread painted with turmeric paste.
Brides also wear bangles made of glass, gold, iron, or other metals as a symbol of good fortune and prosperity.
In traditional Hindu cultures, some women wear toe rings, called bichiya, instead of finger rings. Today, some women choose to wear both. Itís believed that the toe ring pushes on the nerves that help keep the reproductive system healthy.
In Ireland, the Claddagh ring represents friendship, love, and loyalty. When worn as a wedding ring, it is placed on the left hand with the crown turned outward and heart pointing towards the wrist to indicate marriage.
Regardless of your culture, thereís no doubt bridal jewellery and tradition play a big role in any wedding day. Stay tuned for our upcoming bridal collection and contact us today for your own customised designs.
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