Post # 1
I was born in the US while my grandparents were living in Australia, so they were unable to meet me until I was almost a year old. While they were there, my granddad bought a beautiful Australian white precious opal. I adored it my whole life and always tactlessly asked him if I could have it. 🙂 I was thirteen when he died, and he left the stone to my inheritance. Then it was stolen, just as we were going to take it to a jeweler to have it made into a pendant. As you can imagine, I was heartbroken, and cried off and on for weeks.
All these years, I’ve wanted to buy a new opal and have it made into a pendant. I’m trying to decide whether I would be able to get away with wearing a dainty white precious opal in honor of my late granddad on my wedding day.
Something like this…
So give me inspiration. Let’s see your sentimental wedding jewelry that may or may not be traditional “bridal.” 🙂 Or, how did you honor your family members or friends that couldn’t be there?
Post # 3
My fiance just saw this post and said, “Oh, Daisy, you always get ahead of me. Don’t buy the opal.” He said he’s already planning to buy me an opal pendant and give it to me on my grandparents’ 58th wedding anniversary this year! (He spilled the beans so I could tell him how big and what colors my granddad’s opal was.) What an amazing, romantic man I have. :’)
Anyway, I still want to see everyone’s jewelry!
Post # 4
I am wearing my grandmother’s cameo. Her brother brought it back from Europe after WWII, and it is unlike any other cameo I have ever seen. The person he bought it from (people were destitute at that point, so he got it for a song) said it had been in his family for generations.
Post # 5
I love sentimental accessories! I think they add such a lovely touch to a wedding, whenever someone posts a thread about using grandmother’s pearls or veil I’m always clicking the DO IT in the poll.
Post # 6
I wore my mom’s, grandma’s and great grandma’s wedding bands attached to my bouquet.
Post # 7
@BuffaloDots: Wow, that is SUCH a beautiful idea!! I love it!
Post # 8
That opal is gorgeous … and what a sweet Fiance you have!!!
I had the gold heart locket (i need to get a pic of that thing darnit) that my dad gave my mom before they were married. IT”S BIG and every kid from me to my niece that was before a few months before my mom passed away, has gnawed on that thing. It’s big flashy gold.
Inside was the pic he put inside for her, them on a two person bicycle… on the back it says .. “FIRST ALWAYS” and that’s how they signed all their cards to each other. The bicycle built for two thing is a huge deal in our family, it’s a Broadway song(Daisy Daisy give me an answer do) it was something my mom sang to all her kids/grandkids/nieces nephews…. everyone in my family knows this song because of them.
I also wore the claddagh ring that my dad gave my mom on their 25th wedding anniversary, and my grandmother’s costume pearls.
Post # 9
I had a brooch from each of my grandmothers incorporated into my brooch bouquet.
Post # 10
@HisIrishPrincess: That is the sweetest thing I’ve ever heard! <3 I’ve wanted to do something like that and tie the locket to the bouquet. But my mom’s not really a big jewelry person, so hopefully she has something! Or maybe I coul even honor my Future Mother-In-Law that way. Both marriages are something I really admire. It sounds like your parents were the same way! 🙂 Seriously, I am like dying of romance, reading your post. 🙂
Post # 11
I will be getting these earrings from my grandmother on Dad’s side made into a hairclip or something as I can’t wear earrings. My grandmother will be 90 next year and lives in the States so may not be around when I get married and is unlikely to travel all the way over here again.
This hair comb I recently got from my other grandmother, who does live in the same city but is 85, and has dementia, so may not be around to come to my wedding.
It really saddens me every time I think about not sharing the day with my grandmothers, but I do want to honour them in some way and I can do that by wearing these pieces they gave me.
I also plan on wearing a plain gold cross necklace that I got at a street fair about 10 years ago. Couldn’t find it to take a picture of though.
I want to wear my mum’s veil 🙂
Post # 12
I incorporated my grandma’s clip-on earrings into my brooch bouquet.
I love this thread! It’s so sweet to read this stories.
Post # 13
I wore my great-aunt’s (my grandma’s sister) garnet necklace for my wedding. Her daughter was there and I met up with her recently. She told me how much it meant to see them still being treasured (even though they’re not very valuable).
That’s my grandma in blue. She’s 96.
Post # 14
My grandmother had her mother’s wedding ring turned into a bracelet for my something old. I cried when she gave it to me. If I have a daughter, I would like her to wear it on her wedding day and make it a family tradition.
My “something borrowed” was my mother’s promise ring given to her by my father when she was in HS.
Post # 15
I have four grandmothers, and I carried something from each of them on my wedding day. Only one of them was able to make it to the wedding, so it was really special that I had something to remember them all by.
My mom’s mom, I’m told, was a pretty awesome lady, but I don’t really have any memories of her as herself. She passed away when I was only eight, and she suffered from dementia for several years before that. Most of my memories of her are of her in the nursing home asking my mom who she was. For the wedding, my mom let me wear my grandma’s mink stole, which is in amazing shape even after fifty years.
I never met my dad’s mom. She died when my dad was thirteen. I’m told that I get my creativity from her, though. My grandpa got rid of almost all her things years and years and years ago, but he sent me a photograph of her. I put it inside a small locket and pinned it inside my dress.
After my dad’s mom died, her best friend stepped in to help raise my dad and his older brother. She lived just down the street and helped take care of them. I’ve known this woman since forever, and one of my very earliest memories is of her asking me to call her “Grandma”. She’s very, very sick and couldn’t travel to Texas for the wedding, but she did give me an amazing gift beforehand: a necklace made out of the gold from her mother’s wedding band and the diamonds from her mother’s engagement ring. I wore that pinned inside my dress, too. I found this gift to be particularly amazing because even though this woman has blood granddaughters who, I’m sure, would have LOVED this necklace, she chose to give it to me instead.
My dad’s dad remarried a few years after my grandmother’s death, and they’ve been married for about thirty-five years now. The new wife is significantly younger than my grandpa – she’s only ten years older than my dad – and so she’s always been more like a cool aunt than a grandma to me, but she’s still my step-grandma. She gave me fabric swatches from her oldest daughter’s wedding, and those were also pinned inside my dress.
Here’s the collection:
Post # 16
This is the locket my grandma gave me when I got engaged. It was gifted to her by my great grandma who i always wanted to meet.It’s 2 tone. Has pink gold in the middle and the rest is yellow. Im not one for yellow gold so I made it tri color by adding a white chain.
I will also be wearing this Norwegian pin for my grandpa. He passed away in February. I work at a jewelry store and we buy precious metal to melt down. On occasion I take a peak at stuff before we send it out. I almost didn’t see it but I pulled it out and begged my boss not to melt it and that I would give my whole paycheck if I could have it. He told me I could keep it at no cost if it meant that much to me. I stared to cry cause I realized it was the day before my grandpas birthday and I felt like he wanted me to find it. So it’s quite special.