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  • Something New and Blue Wedding Tradition

     


     

    You have probably heard the wedding poem:

     

    Something Old
    Something New 
    Something Borrowed
    Something Blue
    and a silver sixpence for her shoe. 

     

    It is a good luck saying that dates back to the Victoria Era. It was meant to bring items together to symbolize and ensure a long and happy marriage.

     

    Something Old ~ Is a link to family history and represents continuity. An heirloom piece of jewelry, old handkerchief, or some other meaningful token is given to a bride   - most often by a member of her family - to carry or wear on her wedding day.

     

    Something New ~ This represents good luck as the bride and groom embark on a new life together. Many brides count their wedding dress as their "something new" or it may be a gift she receives from her groom or other family member that she will wear on her wedding day.

     

    Something Borrowed ~ It is best if the item that is borrowed comes from a happily married woman. The item is used to represent that the brides family and friends will be there to help her celebrate this most special day. This item must be something that will eventually be returned after the wedding. It can be anything that the bride can wear or carry with her on her wedding day.

     

     

     

    Something Blue ~  Blue is used as a symbol of faithfulness, purity and loyalty. Many brides these days have a lot of fun incorporating their something blue. It could be a gorgeous pair of bright blue shoes under a pristine white gown that peek out gently as she glides down the alter. Some brides wear a bit of blue on their garter, paint their fingers or toenails blue or wear jewelry that houses a blue gemstone of some kind.

     

    A Silver Sixpence for Her Shoe ~ This part of the tradition is not as common here in the States as it is in England. According to the Martha Stewart Weddings website, a sixpence is a coin that was minted in Britain from 1551 to 1967. It used to represent prosperity and finacial security for the new couple.

     

     

     

     

  • Blue Topaz ~ The December Birthstone

     

     

    The December birthstone is.......well, actually there are many stones that are listed as this month's birthstone.  Some of the most common gemstones used are turquoise , zircon, tanzanite and lapis. Look at all the awesome choices December babies have!  Today on the Charming Chick blog we will be looking at blue topaz because it is one the most popular gemstones used to represent this fun filled and frosty month.

     

     

     

    The gemstone topaz comes in a variety of colors but today - thanks to an enhancement process developed in the 1970's - the most popular variety is the blue topaz. This dazzling December birthstone is available is several stunning shades of blue.

    London Blue -- also known as Super Blue, is a deep rich color.

    Swiss Blue -- is a mid-blue color

    Sky Blue -- is a light icy-blue.

     

    Believe it or not, the blue was once considered the rarest of the topaz colors. However, the use of irradiation and heat can turn a colorless or lightly colored topaz into the beautiful blue December birthstone known as blue topaz.

     

     

     

     

    The blue topaz was named the state gem of Texas in 1969 to celebrate a small deposit of natural blue topaz that was found in the state. The blue is also reminiscent of the gorgeous, clear blue Texas sky.

     

     

    The white metals such as sterling silver really compliment the coolness of the stone. A faceted blue topaz will also sparkle and dance as the light hits it.

     

    Topaz was once believed to change color if there was poisoned food or drink nearby. It was thought to increase strength, dispel enchantment and make the wearer invisible -- but only if there was a emergency. That could come in very handy don't you think?

     

    So as you can see the December birthstone is an amazing an interesting gemstone. If you know someone who has a birthday this month treat them to one of our stunning blue topaz jewelry items.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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