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Into the Blue

By Kim Parker 3 Minute Read

Sparkling sapphires make the perfect ‘something blue’ for anyone celebrating a wedding this year


‘Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a sixpence for your shoe.’ So goes the traditional rhyme associated with the lucky talismans that a bride ought to wear on her wedding day, to ensure the very happiest of marriages.

While the poem’s original author is lost to the mists of time, the words themselves seem to date back to the Victorian era. The oldest recording of the poem in its entirety was in the 1871 issue of a London evening newspaper called the St. James Magazine, in an article ominously entitled ‘Marriage Superstitions and the Miseries of a Bride Elect.’ Just two years later, the rhyme appeared in a local Pennsylvania newspaper, The Lancaster Intelligencer, and prospective brides on both sides of the Atlantic have been reciting it ever since.

Traditionally associated with loyalty and faith, the colour blue was also thought to ward off the evil eye, which may explain why women were encouraged to wear it on their big day, either as a garter, or as a piece of fabric stitched into their dress. Princess Diana famously had a blue ribbon sewn into the waistband of her David Emmanuel gown for luck, a tradition that was upheld by her future daughter-in-law, Katherine Middleton, who also had a blue ribbon inserted into the fabric of her Victoriana-inspired dress, for her marriage to Prince William in 2011.

But for those wishing to make more of a statement on their wedding day, sapphire jewellery offers a sparkling way to tap into this rich tradition. Plus, the beautiful blue gem carries a storied history of prosperity all of its own. “Humans have attributed greater sacred and restorative qualities to sapphire than to any other gemstone,” explains the expert gemmologist, Joanna Hardy, in her latest book Sapphire (Violette Editions). “Sapphire’s blue colour has it linked to the sky and therefore to the heavens and to the divine.” Queen Victoria was a well-known fan of the stone and wore a sapphire and diamond brooch gifted to her by Prince Albert as her ‘something blue’ for their wedding in 1840.

These days, modern brides have a stunning range of sapphire jewels to choose from. A pair of simple stud earrings are the easiest way to incorporate sapphires into any wedding outfit, from elegant trouser suits to glamorous ballgowns. Try this pair by Goldsmiths, which feature oval-cut sapphires set in 18ct white gold and offset by white diamonds, or this pair, with pear-cut stones set in 9ct white gold. Add a matching necklace, such as this oval-cut sapphire pendant or this drop-shaped sapphire pendant, framed with a crescent of white diamonds, for an elegant way to tap into the current layering trend – after the wedding, the pieces are sleek enough to be mixed with your own favourite pieces for everyday wear. And why not try switching out a plain gold wedding ring for a shimmering sapphire eternity band, such as this baguette-cut sapphire and diamond ring, or this 18ct triple stone ring? With a stunning sapphire representing your past, your present and your future, it’s the ideal way to celebrate your nuptials and tap into sapphire’s lucky symbolism at the same time.

Find your perfect something blue here at Goldsmiths online or visit one of our showrooms where our experts will be delighted to help you.

Author credit: Kim Parker is a London-based journalist and editor specialising in the luxury market, especially fine jewellery and watches. She contributes to leading titles such as Harper’s Bazaar, The Times, The Telegraph, The Week and Condé Nast Traveller.

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