Most of us have heard the saying "something borrowed, something blue, something old, something new." So as wedding season kicks off, we decided to do a blog on a handful of our lovely blue pieces. And don't forget, a blue gift for that special day can also double as something new! With sparkling lapis, dazzling aquamarine, mystical blue topaz and more, we've got you covered!
Many of the necklaces, earrings and bracelets below are available to be ordered from the website and we have a much larger selection to view in our Victoria and Vancouver boutiques. Although many people propose with something other than a ring these days, we have decided to exclude rings from this blog. If you are looking for an engagement ring or wedding band, however, Artina's has a large selection of unique options.
Aquamarine photograph by guest photographer.
When one thinks of blue gemstones, aquamarine is of course one of the first that comes to mind! This bright and stunning stone would be a great gift for someone who has light blue eyes, as it will highlight that feature. Aquamarine is the birthstone of March and ranks at an 8 on the hardness scale. Although it is often associated with 19th wedding anniversaries, that doesn't mean this gem can't make a great present for a bride to be. You will find a lot of aquamarine pieces in our selection of Pamela Lauz jewellery. Like blue topaz, this gemstone is more than fitting for a beach venue, it also has many ties to the sea.
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Blue chalcedony is yet another great gift for a bride. This light, foggy stone is quite stunning, and its paleness would pair greatly with a vintage theme. It is also translucent, giving off a soft, ghostly glow when held to the light. Ranking at 7 on the Moh's hardness scale, blue chalcedony can be worn daily. And a subtle stone like this will be sure to not overwhelm any bridal ensemble. We have a large selection of jewellery sets in this gem as well. Check out Debra Nelson's as well as Janet Stein's if this stone has piqued your interest.
Blue Lace Agate
For all the other girls who love cool tones of purple and periwinkle, blue lace agate is a great option! This stone ranks at 7 on the hardness scale, so it would make a great everyday piece. Another benefit of this gem is that the lines can be bold or faded. This is especially important when you consider how minimalist the wedding dress will be. A pair of blue lace agate earrings that have pale lines may pair better with a more embellished dress than ones with bold lines so as not to make the bride's ensemble look gawdy. You will see this stone featured often in pieces by Honica and Karley Smith.
Blue topaz is a great stone to gift yourself or someone else, on any occasion. It is the stone of November, so if the bride was born in this month, the present has more meaning. These tough gems are also an 8 on the Moh's scale of hardness, making them excellent for everyday wear. Clear and serene like water, this stone would make a lovely accessory for a beach wedding. We have a large selection of blue topaz pieces, in many different styles. Check out Ivan Dobren's and Janet Stein's pages to see some lovely examples.
If you're on the hunt for wedding jewellery a bit more out of the ordinary, kyanite may just be the stone you are looking for. This stone has a more Prussian blue colour and flashes light blue and white when held to the light. Ranking at a 4.5 on the Moh's hardness scale, it is not the sturdiest of gems, however. Kyanite may be best to be purchased in the form of a pair of earrings or a pendant. Honica has used this dazzling stone many times in her Tofino Blue collection. She includes many other adornments and gems in her pieces as well, accentuating the already stunning kyanite.
Lapis is another beautiful blue option. If the bride prefers darker accessories and attire with a hint of sparkle, this could just be the gem for her. With its rich, dark colour and stunning notes of gold, this stone would make the perfect accessory for a more Gothic or eclectic venue. Although a 5.5 on the Moh's hardness scale, this gem is still tough enough to make for everyday wear, especially in the form of a necklace or pair of earrings. Many of the artists we collaborate with use lapis, Karley Smith and Pamela Lauz in particular feature it a lot.
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Who could forget sapphires? With a 9 on the hardness scale, their iconic dark colour and their eye-catching dazzle, you can't mistake this gem for any other. A stone like this will pop against white but also fit darker attire well. A sapphire would also make a great gift for brides who are fans of Princess Diana, as this was her signature stone. Like many of the other stones on this list, sapphires coincide with a month, the month of September. Check out our selection of meticulously crafted Hollie Bartlett pieces, she often sets a sapphire in the eye of a totem she is carving.
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Turquoise is yet another fabulous option. If the bride is very spiritual, this stone makes for the perfect gift! As we said in our birthstone blog, turquoise is “...one of the most spiritual stones among gemstones.” This stone also co-insides with the month of December. Turquoise ranks at 6 on the Moh's scale of hardness, so it is decently tough. Check out our jewellery by Richard Lang and Pamela Lauz to see an assemblage of pieces that feature this stone. Contemporary jeweller Honica also uses this stone alongside many other different kinds in her jewellery.
If you would like to gift a bride something blue, it's always the thought that counts. Going the way of gemstones is so lovely because they have deeper meaning, are a gift that can last a lifetime and are something that can easily be incorporated into any bridal ensemble.
Our selection of blue gemstones and jewellery is not limited to the eight options above, we have a lovely collection of blue Swarovski crystals, blue diamonds, sodalite and more. We are, as always, happy to wrap up this special gift free of charge!
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Writing and photography by Danielle Mier