Mardi Gras Jewelry
Mardi Gras krewes, the organizations
who arrange various festivities such as balls, floats, and parades during Mardi
Gras, traditionally give jewelry and other favors throughout the Carnival.
Plastic beads and doubloons are the favors associated with modern day Mardi
Gras celebrations, but the jewelry and favors given in the 19th century were a
completely different story. Many Mardi Gras krewes date back to the early 19th
century and had elaborate rituals filled with glamour and pageantry. In fact,
throughout the 1870's-1930's in what has become known as the Golden Age of
Mardi Gras, krewes were known for being regal and decadent. They often wore
jewel-encrusted royal garments such as crowns, tiaras, and scepters to balls
and parades. According to history, any young lady invited to one of the
prestigious balls during this time period was asked to dance with a dashing,
masked krewe member and also gifted with a beautiful token of their
appreciation. It stands to reason that any type of favor given by these krewes
would consist of something very special. The Mardi Gras favors bestowed by
these krewes were often elaborately handcrafted with many dazzling rhinestones
and exquisite workmanship. Each krewe had their own designs which were
embellished onto the jewelry. Recipients often passed these favors through
their family line where they have been worn proudly by generation after
Start your own Mardi Gras tradition by rewarding yourself or somebody else with some of our beautiful Mardi Gras jewelry. You can find everything from jewelry embellished with different symbols of Mardi Gras such as saxophones and masks, to the perfect tiara for those glamorous balls. Jeweled doubloon holders will hold your loot, while elaborately intricate brooches and bracelets recall the glamour of the past. Of course, many of our beautiful jewelry designs are crafted in the traditional gold, purple, and green colors of Mardi Gras. You will love having a special remembrance of Mardi Gras which will last throughout the year.
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