Save, perhaps, for your own wedding day, the day you give your daughter away is one of the most impactful moments you’ll experience in a lifetime. Like any such occasion, you can mark this moment with a gift such as jewelry. So choose a necklace for her and, in honor of this special event, consider choosing pieces with the old Lancashire rhyme in mind: “Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue (A Sixpence in your Shoe).”
For your daughter’s “something old,” you’ll often choose a family heirloom to pass on to the bride and this new branch of the family tree. Perhaps you have a pendant passed down from your own mom or a charm bracelet added to with each new generation. Don’t have a piece you can pass down? Head to your local vintage shop or a site like Etsy to find something she’s sure to love—and ward off the evil eye in the process.
Something new offers even more flexibility in terms of what you might offer. After all, your only limits in this endeavor are your budget and the inventory available. So splurge on a diamond necklace or choose her new necklace based on a quality like her preferred meta—you’ll find pieces in rose gold, sterling silver, yellow gold, white gold, and nearly any other material you can imagine. Of course, for such a special occasion, you must think through your chosen gift—it’s something she’ll remember for a lifetime.
Here, too, you might turn to a particular family heirloom. The intention behind this part of the wedding day “spell” is to share the affections of a happily married couple through a piece of jewelry or other detail. A locket or other heart necklace will drive this meaning home, emphasizing the love that its owner enjoys, and the borrower has to look forward to in years to come. Then, when they return the heart pendant or other borrowed item, the owner will have their special piece back with a bit of extra love worn in.
Traditionally, something blue would be a garter that young women would wear beneath their wedding dresses. However, that isn’t the only opportunity to add a bit of blue to your daughter’s wedding day in the best way. Offer her a necklace made of sapphire, turquoise, or aquamarine—each of these and more will add that beautiful blue detail for your beloved bride and will be the sort of item she can keep wearing for years to come.
The all-too-often overlooked detail of this traditional rhyme is a ”sixpence in your shoe.” However, the English sixpence was taken out of circulation in 1980, making it much more difficult to fulfill this part of the recipe from either side of the pond. So instead, many modern brides will now be given a penny as a sign of good fortune going into their new marriage. This might be a bit more challenging to find in a necklace, of course, but it could be put into an oversized locket or attached to the backside of a pendant.
When your daughter walks down the aisle, you want to send her into married life with all the love and luck in the world. You may not be able to truly control what might happen going forward, but you can offer her these small steps in that direction by subscribing to this traditional rhyme. A necklace is a great way to add some of these ingredients, offering something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue—or maybe even a sixpence-turned-penny, even if it’s not tucked in her shoe.