RECEIVING your first Mother’s Day gift is an emotional moment you never forget. After all, up until now it’s been you bringing cards and flowers to your own mother – and then suddenly you’re the most important person in your own child’s life!
The most meaningful gifts are always symbolic of our most memorable occasions. And Mother’s Day jewellery in particular taps into these feelings of love and family.
What are “emotional heirlooms”?
An emotional piece of jewellery is something precious that a loved one has given us – and something we can later pass on to our children to remember us by. Many of us know how special it feels to receive a ring or locket that our own mother or grandmother wore.
So in honour of Mother’s Day and our Month of Love, we’ve made a list of the most beautiful and significant jewellery items women through ages have worn, and then passed on to their children.
1. Engagement rings
Engagement rings are the quintessential heirloom. They have huge sentimental significance and real value. Also, they don’t just have to go from mother to daughter, as Prince William poignantly proved when he proposed to Catherine Middleton with Lady Diana’s sapphire engagement ring. In fact, they can be re-worn, re-sized, melted down and cast again – or worn as charms on a necklace chain, as a touching reminder of our parents’ love for each other.
2. Diamond earrings
It’s no wonder fashion professionals consider diamond earrings to be a jewellery essential. A classic pair of diamond earrings goes with any outfit and never looks outdated. Plain single-stone studs, diamond clusters, buttons and vividly coloured gemstones set in gold can be worn again and again, from one generation to the next.
3. A pendant or necklace
The fantastic thing about pendants it that many of them are “unisex” and can be given to sons as well as daughters.
♥ Cross pendants are a perfect example. Many people receive cross pendants to commemorate a wedding or a child’s christening. But they’re also timeless fashion items, as showcased by celebrities like David Beckham, Elton John, Cristiano Ronaldo and Kate Middleton.
♥ Lockets and themed pendants, on the other hand, are charming and sometimes quirky personal items of jewellery. These can include initials, birthstones and key necklaces, or unusual pendants that symbolise a person’s favourite sport or hobby.
♥ Finally, there’s always the classic diamond necklace. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a simple solitaire or a full gala collarette. The important thing is that it’s made with real diamonds… and to attest that, your own mother wore it before you!
4. A gold or diamond bracelet
A solid gold bangle or a sparkling diamond bracelet is a jewellery collection staple. Bracelets are effortless to wear and seldom grow old-fashioned. Would you like your granddaughter to have one fine piece of jewellery to wear and remember you by? A diamond bracelet you buy today will be considered an antique in 100 years’ time! It’s an item that’s certain to turn into a much loved heirloom.
5. A full band eternity ring
An eternity ring is a beautiful and traditional representation of the circle of life. These special rings are often given as important wedding anniversary presents or to commemorate big life occasions like the birth of a first child. Few jewellery items are as representative of family ties and deep affection. When eventually handed down from parent to child, they’ll create a legacy of love in your family.
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We would LOVE to hear from you! What is your most cherished jewellery item that you’ve inherited from your mother or grandmother? Which special pieces are you planning to keep for your own children? Tell us in the comments below – or on Facebook and Twitter!