IRMA’S selection from the KIM WEMPE Wedding Collection

Thinking about wedding jewelry traditions we came across some beautifully told customs that invite you to get inspiration for your very own special wedding day.

IRMA selected her favourite pieces from the latest WEMPE collection.

Memoire Ring Sunray in 18k white-gold with 17 brilliants, by Wempe Foto © Jasmin Khezri

 

INDIA:
In India, diamonds were first discovered and are believed to protect from forces of evil, things like poison, theft etc. In western areas of India, the bride received iron bangle bracelets instead than a ring. Yet, in other parts a ring is also given for the engagement but on the right -hand.

GERMANY, RUSSIA, NORWAY:
Also in Germany, Russia and Norway the engagement ring is worn on the right hand, in comparison to the majority of the other countries. The ring is worn on the left, as the ancient Egyptians believed that the vena amoris (vein of love) runs directly from the hart to this finger. In Chile men and women receive engagement rings, which they first wear on the right hand and after the wedding switch them to the left.

 

Memoire Ring Sunray with diamonds, Ring Promise by Kim;  diamond bangle in 18k white-gold with 45 brilliants. All by Wempe. Foto © Jasmin Khezri

ITALY:
Italian brides wore green as it was meant to bring good luck. Revive the tradition yourself by pinning on an emerald brooch or tying a green sash around your rehearsal dinner dress.

SWEDEN:
A Swedish bride received not two, but three gold rings from her future husband. One was for her engagement, and on her wedding day, she’d receive two more: one for marriage and one for pregnancy.

GREECE:
In Greek orthodox weddings, the bride and groom wear crowns known as stefana. These crowns symbolize heavenly crowns. Modern Greek wedding crowns are not so simple and are often fashioned from precious metal with gemstones such as pearls, diamonds and gold leaves.

Gold is important in the bridal jewellery of many countries, for example, Nepal, Thailand, India and Indonesia. In Indian Hindu weddings, the bride traditionally wears sixteen pieces of jewellery, which are usually made of yellow gold and are studded with gemstones

Diamant bangle see above and Blu light by Kim in 18k with two brilliants. All by Wempe. Foto © Jasmin Khezri

CHINA:
For centuries, Chinese brides wore the traditional qipao, a bright-red silk dress with intricate gold embroidery. Wear a long gold chain under your wedding dress or a golden brooch in the back of your dress to tie a bow.

NIGERIA:
Statement bead necklaces are a must-have bridal fashion accessory of every Nigerian bride (and groom) who is preparing for her traditional marriage/ engagement ceremonies. Wedding guests wear beaded neck chains to complete their aso-ebi look.

BALI:
Head pieces are a must. Why don’t you weave your favorite necklace into your hair.

 

 

All Jewelry from the KIM WEMPE Wedding Collection. Prices upon request.
Styling and production by Jasmin Khezri for IRMAS WORLD

 

 

IRMA travels the world, writes and illustrates the life she lives.

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