>12-Sund*, RfauvyS. MB-!*•$•»•»< Radiant luster of pearl adds to bride's beauty READY TO FRAME their engagement picture, and of course their wedding pictures once the event his fiancee Tern Taft. Helping the couple select the frames they will need is Bob Pickett of the Arts and Crafts Shop. The shop has a large selection of takes place on Aug. 16, are James Cowey (left) and frames. (Staff photo) Gems beholders of folklore From the earliest of times through today, people have been fascinated by gems and jewelry. In earlier days, •wars were fought over gems tones, and legends were invented about them. Today, we still search for them, study them and collect them. And, according to Jewelers of America, the national association of 12,000 retail jewelers across the United States, although lifestyles, goals and values have changed, the symbol of love attached to a gemstone has never changed. Symbolic gemstones In which month were you born? When is your wedding anniversary? There are legendary colors and gemstones for every month and for every year of marriage. There's added enjoyment by knowing some of the folklore behind your precious choice. A few examples: • The green emerald signifies growing love. In addition, it was said to strengthen the memory and to help its owner become an eloquent sneaker. It was also thought to give the power to predict the future and to make people more intelligent and honest. • The amethyst symbolized protection, peace, tranquility, piety, spiritual wisdom, humility, sincerity and contentment. It was also said to protect a person against intoxication, to improve the complexion and to prevent baldness. A dream of amethyst meant the dreamer was safe from harm. • The aquamarine, in its shades of blue, comes from the Greek word for sea water and is therefore the gemstone of sailors, possessing the calming effects of the sea, and aids those who travel by water. It was also thought to establish happy marriages. Should harmony flee, it would help reconcile the partners' differences. • The red ruby signified peace and health. Never make faces at a ruby or ignore one, because it will grow dull if slighted or not worn or seen. A joyous time of celebration, the wedding day is preceded by months of planning and happy anticipation. Even 1 detail, every contingency, is carefully considered as decisions are being made about the "big day." From planning the ceremony itself to choosing the ideal setting for the reception, to finding the perfect gown for the bride, attention is given to every aspect of the wedding, right, down to the flowers for the centerpieces and the bride's accessories. A natural complement to her special glow, the radiant lustre of cultured pearl jewelry enhances and reflects the bride's beauty as no other type of jewelry can. For centuries, the pearl has woven its mystical spell as a symbol of love, beauty and romance and, even in early civilizations, pearls were part of the bridal attire. The first written mention of a bride wearing pearls occurs in ancient Hindu legend, which credits the great god Vishnu with the discovery of the first pearl, which he drew from the sea as a gift for his daughter on her wedding day. The early Egyptian Queen Nephretete was resplendent in pearls: Mounted on her crown, worked into her collar, draped from her arms, and sewn to the gilded leather of her sandals, they held a special meaning of feminine perfection for the Egyptians. The early Greeks and Romans also considered pearls to be royal jewels, at times prohibiting their ownership by commoners. However, for the wealthy, pearls were often a large part of the bride's dowry. There is evidence that Pocahontas, with a "royal diadem" of three strands of pearls decorating her hat, and large oval pearls hanging from her ears, was the first American bride to wear pearls. By the 1800s pearl jewelry for the bride was common, and Mary Lincoln was one of many women to be presented with an engagement ring of a single pearl, followed by the gift of a pearl necklace to be worn on her wedding day. Both gifts were considered to be symbols of the groom's love for his bride. With the discovery that pearls could be cultured in live oysters, the custom of brides wearing pearls came into even greater prominence and, today, with a return to the romantic and the traditional in wedding styles, cultured pearls are a favorite bridal accessory. When selecting a strand of cultured pearls to be worn on the wedding day, consideration should be given to matching an appropriate style with the neckline of the bride's gown. With high, round necklines, a multiple strand "dog collar" or a classic single strand choker is the most flattering. For a high standing collar or a scooped neckline, a matinee or opera length necklace is preferable. With a deeper scooped neckline, a luxurious bib of several strands of cultured pearls falling from the base of the throat is alluring and regal. Adding a pair of cultured pearl earrings and, if sleeves permit, a single or double strand cultured pearl bracelet, completes a look of delicate elegance. Now a bridal tradition, cultured pearl jewelry is one of nature's most exquisite creations, able to reflect and intensify the bride's radiant beauty on her special day. Need Trousseau Ideas?
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