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Eight bridal jewellery superstitions, myths, and old wives tales you need to know before your wedding day

Jewellery has always played a significant role in the world of weddings and marriage. From engagement rings to the ring finger, over the years people have told of superstitions that carry luck, love, and sometimes, caution.

With Halloween and proposal season right next to one another, now is the perfect time to learn about the top eight superstitions related to bridal jewellery.

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Eight superstitions about bridal jewellery that you might not know about

Pearls will result in a tearful marriage

Despite being one of the most popular choices with brides this year and next year, pearls have long been considered symbols of tears, making them a potentially unfortunate choice for your wedding day.

Many people believe that wearing pearls on your wedding day will result in a tearful marriage. This belief is rooted in ancient cultures where pearls were seen as representations of sorrow, exaggerated further by their tear-like shape and sheen.

Despite these old tales, many modern brides adorn themselves with pearls, embracing their elegance and beauty rather than focusing on their ancient connotations.

Drop your wedding rings to rid them of evil

Dropping the wedding rings during the ceremony is thought to dispel evil spirits lurking around. This belief arises from the idea that shaking off malevolent spirits helps start the marriage afresh.

While this is great for the couple getting married, people believe that those evil spirits will then bring bad luck to the person who dropped them.

While there’s no evidence linking a dropped ring to future fortunes or misfortunes, it does make for a funny wedding story.

Engagement and wedding rings are connected to your heart

The third finger on the left hand is often chosen for engagement and wedding bands because of a romantic belief from Ancient Rome.

They called this the ‘vena amoris’ or vein of love, thinking it connected directly to the heart.

However, as knowledge of the human anatomy has developed this has been anatomically disproven, and we’ve learnt that all fingers have a similar vein structure.

Despite that, the heartwarming notion continues to be celebrated worldwide.

Old, new, borrowed, blue blesses your marriage

This fun rhyme is well known with brides all around the world and is meant to bring luck if followed.

Originating from English folklore from the Victorian era, the tradition ensures happiness, continuity, and protection in the bride’s new chapter.

Its tangible impact on luck is purely symbolic, but it is a great way to involve family and friends in the wedding and is a cherished tradition.

Other people shouldn’t try on your ring

This wedding rule suggests that it’s inauspicious for others to try on the wedding ring before the ceremony.

Rooted in old beliefs, it was thought that letting others try on the ring might transfer energies or possibly jinx the upcoming union.

Wearing a ring from a broken marriage is bad luck

Vintage and heirloom rings are a popular choice for couples looking for something slightly different or less expensive, however it is believed that if you wear a ring from a broken marriage then your marriage will also break down.

If you are still set on choosing the ring, it is said that the groom should intentionally drop the ring thrice to banish any evil spirits before placing it on his bride.

While the act of doing something three times is seen as symbolic of completion and perfection in many cultures, it may cause the ring to break so perhaps follow with caution.

Wearing the ring before the wedding brings bad luck

Wearing your wedding ring before the actual ceremony is said to bring bad luck, which makes it a little difficult if you need to try it on beforehand.

This idea likely arises from the notion that preempting ceremonial rites might upset higher powers overseeing the union, along with using your married name before the ceremony.

Despite the threat of bad luck, many couples ignore this, believing in the strength of their love instead.

Insert a sixpence into your wedding shoes for good fortune

Another Victorian era belief, and the overlooked ending to the old, new, borrowed, blue rhyme, is that a bride should have a silver sixpence in her shoe on her wedding day.

Usually done by the bride's father, this belief is said to bring wealth and fortune to the newlywed couple.

Sixpence are no longer in circulation, but they can easily be found online thanks to this popular tradition.

A final note

Every couple’s wedding is unique to them, and whether steeped in tradition or not, what truly matters is the love and commitment shared.

And if you’re looking for the perfect wedding rings for your special day, Lorel Diamonds has a wide range of styles that you’ll love.

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