We can’t help you with your something old or your something borrowed – ask gram about that – but we do know a little something about something new and something blue. Especially when it comes to your wedding jewelry. But before we provide you with a little inspiration for your something new and something blue, we wanted to look more deeply into this tradition and its origins.
The full version of the rhyme is often written as:
Something old, something new,
Something borrowed, something blue,
And a silver sixpence in her shoe.
Like many wedding traditions (especially those dealing with wedding jewelry and accessories) this one’s history is shrouded in some degree of mystery. We know it was, if not common, at least in vogue among English brides in the late Victorian period. In 1894, it was printed in a Pennsylvania newspaper, where it was called a Puritan marriage custom. Why English, then? Because a sixpence was a silver coin used in the UK from the 17th to the 20th Centuries. They were also used in Maryland, but it’s still more than likely of English origin.
That doesn’t tell us much, of course, but what’s more important is the significance of this tradition. Why, exactly, do brides wear something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue? The something old represents the bride’s connection to her family and her “old life” as a girl. Wearing something new is a sign that the bride is looking forward to her “new life” with her spouse. Something borrowed – preferably from a happily married friend – is a good luck charm and a reminder that loved ones will still be there. And something blue likely had to do with the fact that blue symbolized faithfulness and loyalty. As for the sixpence, it is a talisman of prosperity and should be ideally worn in the left shoe.
And that’s it! This is one of those traditions that means what you want it to. If having something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue is important to you, then have fun (and check out our inspiration board below)! But if it’s not? Then don’t go nuts trying to find wedding jewelry and accessories that will fulfill the rhyme, because it’s just a rhyme, after all.