The tradition of elegant jewelry and beautiful gowns on your wedding day is something that has been passed down from generation to generation. It is a timeless American custom that will most likely never change, just evolve and adjust with times and fashions. One fashion that has never changed is the tradition of pearls on your wedding day!
During the Renaissance, pearls were so highly regarded that several European countries passed laws forbidding anyone outside the nobility from wearing them. Even today, a single strand of white pearls represents a pristine and sophisticated style. The ancient Greeks associated the pearl with love and marriage, and unrivaled beauty. They also believed the pearl would promote marital harmony.
Wearing pearls on your wedding day may appear to be controversial. To some, there is a tradition of passing a strand of pearls from one generation to the next for the new bride to wear on her wedding day. The pearls are worn to “take away the bride’s tears”; to ensure a happy marriage without tears, or to ensure that the only tears shed will be tears of joy. Pearls symbolize love, success, wisdom, health, wealth, and purity.
This tradition does not require that the strand of pearls be passed from one generation to the next, since the bride or someone close to her can purchase a pearl necklace as a piece of wedding jewelry and still follow the wedding tradition. Oftentimes the father or the bride or the groom gives the gift of pearls. Many brides also give their bridesmaids pearl necklaces, bracelets, or earring sets to have others coordinate with the bride’s look on her wedding day!
What other jewelry could better define the marital “couple” than a couple of pearl earrings to match that gorgeous pearl necklace? Pearls are obviously the best choice for wedding accessories for bridal parties, Mother of the Bride and Groom, and of course, the beautiful bride herself.