Bridal belt, Southern Russia, 1701-1900
Exchanging bridal belts such as this is an old tradition. They are associated with the Jewish religion. They were often given on the eve of a wedding because they were believed to promote fertility. Bridal belts could be expensive so they were sometimes borrowed for the day. The belts of the bride and groom were tied together during the wedding ceremony. This heavy belt is studded with three rows of orange Cornelian. Thirteen stones are in each row. Cornelian is a semi-precious gemstone. It is meant to have healing properties. The rear of the belt is riveted with pierced brass plates.
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The mode or fashion of personal attire and dress, including the way of wearing the hair, style of clothing, jewelry, crowns, scepters, and other accessories of personal adornment, belonging to a particular nation, class, period, or special occasion, including all items worn or carried by people for warmth, protection, embellishment, or symbolic purposes. In English, generally expressed in the singular.