Notes from Brittany: Custom Designing Something Old, New, Borrowed or Blue

Something Old Something New Something Borrowed Something Blue the Zachary's Jewelers Way

We’ve all heard the saying, “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” This quirky little rhyme is an age old tradition that suggests certain items that a bride should have with her on her wedding day. But what is the meaning behind the tradition? 


According to The Knot:

Something old

Something old represents the tie between the bride’s past and her family. It represents continuity. 


Something new

This one’s pretty straightforward: “Something new” offers optimism for the future. The couple is about to enter into a new chapter in life, so walking into marriage with “something new” makes total sense.  

Something borrowed

Incorporating “something borrowed” brings the couple good luck. By borrowing something from a happily married friend or relative, the bride or couple ensures a little of their good fortune rubs off on them. 


Something blue

While wearing or carrying “something blue” was also meant to deflect that pesky Evil Eye, the color blue stands for love, purity and fidelity—three key qualities for a solid marriage.” 

These traditions are very much alive today – as many of the old traditions have fallen out of popularity, these are still very trendy. As a bride who just recently got married, when it came time for me to figure out how to incorporate these traditions – I realized how complicated this can get and it made me yearn for my fellow brides-to-be.  


Even if you’re a parent, a sibling, an in law, a family friend or just a friend, listen up! Let me ease the mind of your future bride-to-be, because this can be very simple. Instead of searching endlessly for four items she can wear that not only all go together but don’t take away for her dress can be exhausting. One jewelry piece can be custom created and in a matter of weeks, POOF! She can have a custom-tailored piece of jewelry encapsulating all the traditions in one! In custom design, the possibilities are endless. From a simple sketch, a piece can be manifested into life, even more beautiful than you could have ever imagined. This year we have had a few brides wanting to do just that. 

Custom Starburst Studs with a Touch of Blue!

Custom Starburst Studs with a Touch of Blue!

One of our brides had a grand idea and wanted to incorporate something new with something blue. She wanted custom stud starburst earrings with diamonds and opals surrounding an exquisite Aquamarine center. Her vision came to life when she held her earrings for the first time. We could see it in her eyes that she was proud of her blessed accomplishment – and that she could not wait for the day that she gets to wear them.

How cute did these turn out? We can’t wait until the bride shares photos with us from her wedding in June!  

The Perfect Combination of Something Old, New & Borrowed!

The Perfect Combination of Something Old, New & Borrowed!

A week later, a bride’s mother wanted it all for her daughter. She came in with a perfect strand of Mikimoto pearls and a double diamond pendant to be combined into a new and modern wedding necklace for her daughter. In the center of the necklace – instead of something blue she chose her daughters birthstone; a radiating 7mm green Peridot. Her mom had checked every box – something old and something new. The something borrowed would be the rest of the pearl strand returning to her mother after the wedding, and a play on something blue. 

We are still in the process of custom creating this lovely necklace.

Please be sure to keep up with my Instagram @brittany_zacharysjewelers to see pictures of the final products and stay up to date on all the exciting things going on at Severna Park Zachary’s!  


If you have a custom design request or just want to talk about an idea, please book an appointment below and I can’t wait to meet you. 



Brittany graduated from Florida State with an BFA in Graphic Design. Now, she uses her knowledge of design to create custom jewelry pieces for one-of-a kind clients. Find Brittany, at the Zachary’s Jewelers in Severna Park, MD or on Instagram @Brittany_ZacharysJewelers

“Being able to do two of my passions in one job is truly a dream; offering happiness and love for customers and creatively putting pen to paper.” -Brittany