The Importance of Wedding Jewellery in Different Cultures and Traditions
Weddings are significant in people's lives, and different cultures and traditions celebrate weddings differently. One common element in all weddings is the use of wedding jewellery. Wedding jewellery pieces are the decor of the bridal outfit. They accessorise whilst also encompassing mementoes significant to the day ahead. Wedding jewellery plays host to significant memories and values the bride holds dear for this day. This blog post will explore the importance of wedding jewellery in different cultures and traditions.
What is Wedding Jewellery?
On the wedding day, the brides and groom wear wedding jewellery. It includes necklaces, earrings, bracelets, bangles, and rings. The jewellery worn by the bride or groom is often significant to them, the wedding theme and the traditions of their culture.
The Origins of Wedding Jewellery
The tradition of wearing wedding jewellery dates back to ancient times. In some cultures, jewellery symbolised wealth and social status, used to display a family's wealth and class. The use of wedding jewellery in modern times is still significant but more personally reflective of the wearer's own narrative.
The Significance of Wedding Jewellery in Different Cultures & Traditions
Different cultures and traditions have their own unique customs and beliefs surrounding wedding jewellery. Let's take a closer look at some of the most popular wedding jewellery traditions.
Western Culture Weddings
In Western culture, a white wedding dress and veil are the norm. The jewellery worn by the bride is often classed as bridal with hints of white, accompanied by diamonds and pearls to reflect a bride's traditional 'pure' aesthetic. The most common jewellery pieces a bride wears in Western culture are a pair of earrings and a necklace. The only rings you will generally see are the engagement ring and wedding band to emphasise their importance. Wedding bands are essential to the ceremony and symbolise the couple's commitment to each other.
Across Asia Weddings
In Asia, wedding jewellery is typically more elaborate and ornate than in Western culture. In Indian weddings, the bride wears a set of matching gold jewellery that includes a necklace, earrings, bangles, and a maang tikka (a type of headpiece). In Chinese culture, the bride wears gold jewellery, symbolising wealth and prosperity. The bride wears a pair of earrings and a necklace, which the groom's family often gifts. In some Muslim communities, the bride wears a hijab, and the jewellery worn by the bride is frequently chosen to complement the hijab.
In African culture, wedding jewellery is often made from beads and other natural materials. The jewellery worn by the bride is often a reflection of the community's beliefs and values. In some African communities, a bride may wear a necklace made from cowrie shells, symbolising fertility and prosperity.
Middle Eastern Culture
In Middle Eastern culture, wedding jewellery is often intricate and detailed. The bride wears a matching jewellery set, including a necklace, earrings, and bangles. The groom's family often gifts the jewellery worn by the bride, symbolising the bride's acceptance into the groom's family.
Choosing the Right Wedding Jewellery Pieces
Choosing the right wedding jewellery pieces is essential, and there are a few things to consider when selecting your jewellery.
Your personal style should be reflected in the jewellery you choose to wear on your wedding day as it is, after all, your day. The jewellery you choose should be important to you in some way; this could be matching the bridal look or holding sentimental value. Whether you prefer classic, modern, or vintage styles, your wedding jewellery should reflect your taste and style.
It is essential to set a budget and base your choices around that. When you have bespoke jewellery pieces, they will be precise to your wedding specifications, and the designer can work around your price point to design the perfect necklace or earrings for you. Bespoke wedding jewellery is your narrative traced in precious stones and metals; it is made for you to last. While more expensive than fashion bridal jewellery, it becomes a part of your day and pinpoints a cherished moment.
Comfort and Wearability
Wedding jewellery should look not only good but also feel comfortable to wear throughout the day. Consider the weight of the jewellery pieces you choose and ensure they won't cause discomfort or irritation during the ceremony and reception. The best way to ensure the comfortability of your jewellery is to talk to a designer for their recommendations. Designing bespoke pieces will allow you to choose the weight and comfortability of your pieces with a designer's guide.
Our Top-Pick Wedding Jewellery Pieces from LKC
At Layla Kaisi, we understand the importance of wedding jewellery in different cultures and traditions. That is why we prioritise bespoke design; every piece is tailored to each client's unique taste and specifications.
Here are some LKC wedding pieces we love and know will inspire you: