Jewellery myths and superstitions – we’re not buying them

We’re not much worried about superstitions here at IHD. There are plenty of ladders around at the moment if we felt like walking underneath one, as work on the new studio is well underway. Although if you know Iain you’ll be aware he prefers dogs to black cats.

Big black cat

We do find it fascinating though that there are so many superstitions attached to jewellery and gem stones. Here are a few of our favourite jewellery myths.


It’s unlucky to wear a ring on your wedding ring finger until you’re engaged.

You could probably predict that we’re not a fan of this particular superstition because we’re big believers in using rings as an expression of your personality. And as different countries have different views of which one your wedding ring finger is, it’s your left hand here in the UK, but the right hand in other countries such as Poland and Greece, are you meant to leave both fingers ring-free just in case? What a waste that would be!

unlucky side to wear a ring on your wedding ring.


It’s bad luck to wear opals, unless they are your birth stone.

Opals are an amazing precious stone, ranging in iridescent colour from pale creamy pink to fiery orange through greens and pretty much every colour of the rainbow. Queen Victoria herself tried to dispel this myth by giving them to her five daughters after a huge source of opals was discovered in then-British territory, Australia. We wonder if the person who came up with this idea wanted the opals all to themselves!

Bad luck opals


Wearing pearls on your wedding day symbolises the bride’s tears and will lead to an unhappy marriage.

But what if the tears are happy ones? Pearls are having a resurgence in popularity right now (partly inspired by the Duchess of Cambridge’s classic style) and many brides are offered family pearls to wear on their big day, so if that’s your thing, we think you should go for it. If the current style doesn’t suit you, bring them up to the studio and we can discuss remodelling options to give you something old and something new all in one.

Wearing pearls on your wedding day


Do you know of any jewellery superstitions? Would you wear an opal or a ring on your wedding finger even if you were’t engaged or married?



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