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Embracing Scottish Heritage With Jewellery of Scotland

In less than a year, Phil and I will be married. I am lucky that we both had similar ideas about what would make our day perfect. A lot of that was to do with going against the grain and not being traditional in the sense of "this is how a wedding should be", but the word "tradition" is interesting, because the more we plan, the more we find it is at the heart of the entire day.


I am all about embracing my heritage, weaving it with modern twists and international influences. With that in mind, we have done a lot of research to ensure we incorporate local suppliers, producers, musicians and rituals into our day on the 1st May 2020.


The theme is "organic celtic" - we try to describe it as a non-cheesy Braveheart feel but people just look worried. Our confetti is lavender. Our music is mainly traditional Scottish, our flowers are thistle and heather. Having said that, our drinks are being served out of a VW Caravan - so its not all strictly traditional ;)


Whilst researching, I was lucky enough to come across Jewellery of Scotland based in Kirkwall, Orkney. Not only do they have a large collection of stunning options, their work is inspired by Scotland itself. From Achnabreck earrings - a rock etched with Neolithic art to Charles Rennie Mackintosh inspired pieces, they have something for everyone.


Of course, stumbling upon Jewellery of Scotland led me to investigate even more for our big day. The kilt pin, for example, has two rumoured roots.


One is that Queen Victoria helped a soldier out by offering him her brooch to pin down his kilt - she was seeing far too much of his anatomy than she wanted to. The second was that pinning jewels on a kilt was a way for Highlanders to showcase their wealth. Despite their income, many would invest in kilt decoration as a form of power. Any semi-precious jewellery could also help pay for funeral costs when the time came. Both are probably true.


A quaich was used in days gone by for the newly married couple to share their first drink. Often, it would contain whisky or a blend of the couples' two favourite drinks to symbolise them coming together (I'm not sure how gin and red wine will taste...). Coupled with a poem or a cry of " Slàinte Mhath " (your good health) it is still used in many wedding celebrations today and will be in ours.

The Luckenbooth brooch originated in the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. Almost heart shaped, it became popular in the 17th century and given as a token of love. The name Luckenbooth means a stall or workshop that could be locked - Edinburgh's first permanent shops going back to the 1400s. They were situated near St Giles Cathedral in the Royal Mile but destroyed in 1817.


There are still many things we need to organise for the wedding, offering a nod to both our Scottish and Italian roots, but Jewellery of Scotland have been fantastic at helping inspire us to bring even more tradition to our wedding. Stay tuned for more updates.


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