The most important milestones in life are traditionally marked by precious jewellery gifts, particularly the giving of rings to mark weddings, engagements and anniversaries. A jewellery gift lasts forever, becoming a family heirloom and providing future generations with a tangible link to treasure. Having a bespoke piece of jewellery designed is the ultimate personal gift. Instead of losing value, jewellery gifts are likely to appreciate in value, so here are some suggestions for jewellery gifts to mark special events in your life.
Jewellery Gifts for New Baby
Perhaps the most joyful time for a family is when a tiny new-born bundle of joy is delivered safely into the world. Of course you want to celebrate with a suitable gift for a baby girl or boy!
When it comes to the christening or naming ceremony, celebrate with a special heirloom gift of jewellery. Baby bracelets in sterling silver or gold are appropriate for a baby girl and can be personalised with a suitable engraving noting the baby’s name, date and time of birth, for example. A pearl necklace or gold charm for a bracelet are thoughtful gifts for a baby girl and may be incorporated into a specially commissioned piece of jewellery when she is older.
Push Presents for New Mothers
Push presents are a relatively new idea, as proud dads spoil and appreciate the mother with a gorgeous jewellery gift after she has given birth. What could be more appropriate than a custom-designed piece of jewellery inscribed with the baby’s name, or perhaps their birthstone set in an exquisite solid gold setting for mum to treasure forever?
Traditional birthstones are as follows:
- January – garnet
- February – amethyst
- March – aquamarine
- April – diamond
- May – emerald
- June – pearl or alexandrite
- July – ruby
- August – peridot
- September – sapphire
- October – tourmaline or opal
- November – topaz or citrine
- December – tanzanite or zircon
A dog-tag necklace could also be personalised with the initials of the parents alongside the child’s name. Such unique jewellery gifts are sure to be treasured forever. Although push presents are traditionally from the father to the new mother, there’s nothing to say that the gift cannot be reciprocated with an engraved ring for dad too!
Perfect Anniversary Gift
The first anniversary of love or marriage is definitely a time to celebrate with a jewellery gift. For her, a simple gold necklace or bracelet may be the start of a lifetime collection of pendants or charms that can be added as the years go by. For him, gold cufflinks, a ring, tie pin, money clip or a chain bracelet would be ideal and can be engraved to mark this significant occasion.
Anniversaries are traditionally marked with a specific gemstone, making any ring or necklace particularly significant. The first anniversary is gold, but if the budget is stretched it can be simple stud earrings for her and a useful gold-plated bookmark or gold-nibbed pen for him.
Milestone Anniversary Gifts for Him and Her
The second anniversary is traditionally marked with a garnet, the third with pearls – or perhaps choose mother-of-pearl for a more unusual anniversary gift. Blue topaz, sapphire, amethyst, onyx, tourmaline and lapis lazuli follow in succession until the 10th anniversary gift, which should be a diamond. Subtle diamond studs (for her and him!), a solitaire diamond dress ring or a diamond tennis bracelet would also be suitable.
The next milestone anniversary gifts of special significance are well known. Sterling silver for the 25th anniversary could be in the form of a collectible coin, key ring, silver photo frame, cufflinks or a silver dollar money clip for him, while a silver bangle or specially commissioned piece of jewellery in silver would please any wife.
Pearl jewellery gifts again mark the 30th anniversary, and pearls come in a range of iridescent colours including green, gold, blue-grey and black pearls (which are actually grey!). Rubies make beautiful rings for him or her for a 40th anniversary gift while gold marks the ultimate 50th golden anniversary gift.
Giving an enduring gift of jewellery for a special anniversary, achievement or the arrival of a new baby is the perfect way to mark that special once-in-a-lifetime occasion. Choosing gold, silver, platinum and precious gemstones shows your loved one that only the very best will do.