Monday, September 13, 2010

Why We Wear Pearls at Weddings

Pearls are considered timeless, elegant, and a staple of the bride's attire.  Grandmothers often pass down pearls for their granddaughters to wear as they walk down the aisle. But why?  Pearls are one of the oldest jewels, often gifted to brides because of they symbolize purity and innocence.  They are also said to prevent crying.  How was the tradition started?  According to
In the Rigveda, an ancient Hindu book dating back to 1000 B.C. Krishna, the preserver, brought forth pearls from the depths of the sea to give to his daughter on her wedding day. Thus started the tradition of giving pearls to the bride.
Pearls have been worn throughout history, immortalized in paintings and written memories.  Queens of England are some of the most popular subjects, from Anne Boleyn's pearl necklace with a dangling "B" to Queen Elizabeth II's strands of creamy pearls worn when she wed Prince Phillip.  Check out this fabulous post on pearls throughout history for more info.

Bubble Pearl Earrings, $46 and Bracelet, $68

The pearl's long association with royalty has given them an aura of good taste and sophistication.  Bride's now often opt for a pearl and crystal combination to give them the best of both worlds.  We love the look of pearls whether draped along the neck, worn on the ears, pinned into the hair, or even on shoe clips, brooches, and clutches.

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