If on no other day in her life a woman feels like a princess, her wedding day is the one day that she is nearly guaranteed to look and feel like royalty. From her sparkling diamond engagement ring, to her glittering tiara, a bride is adorned with beautiful jewelry that is meant to symbolize the true wealth that love and matrimony should bring her. Vaguely reminiscent of the dowry that was once bestowed upon a groom with his bride, the jewelry that a bride wears on her wedding day is meant to showcase what a treasure she is and how lucky her groom is to have won her fair hand.
Today’s brides don’t come with hefty dowries. Modern brides are no longer considered property, and are just as likely to be the bread winner in a relationship as their soon to be husbands. For this reason, bridal jewelry has changed over the years, and is more geared towards pleasing the bride who will be wearing it than it is towards pleasing the family into which she is being wed. Depending upon her preference, a bride may wear any combination of jewelry, from just her wedding rings to earrings, necklaces, bracelets and tiaras. This jewelry may be gold, platinum or silver and may be adorned with pearls, diamonds, emeralds, rubies or even rhinestones. There are no hard and fast rules to bridal jewelry.
Many brides opt for the rich elegance of antique and vintage jewelry. Whether cherished family heirlooms, filling out the spot of “old” in the litany of old, new, borrowed and blue or recent acquisitions, purchased specifically for the wedding, antique pieces lend a certain charm and class to a wedding look. Many have intricate settings and unusual designs, which make them as original as the bride wearing them.
Regardless of the bride in question, a lot of thought will go into the jewelry that she will wear on her wedding day. Whether she chooses antique and vintage jewelry or has something more modern and contemporary designed especially for her big day, the jewelry that she wears on her wedding day will become priceless treasures to her. Even the least expensive silver and rhinestone choker can be valuable in the eyes of the happy bride who wears them. Much like the bride herself, they are a shining reminder of the love that built the day.