Isn’t January the most wonderful month? Like an exquisite rosebud, her days unfold like petals, to reveal the beautiful moments and magical opportunities that await us at the start of each year.
What exciting, new beginnings does this year hold in store for you?
Jewel of a Year
Perhaps you’ll graduate from university and start your first job. Maybe you’ll get engaged, or married, or experience the birth of a child in your family. You could even find yourself dancing under a starry sky, as you celebrate your parents’ fiftieth wedding anniversary.
Each of these special moments in life marks a transition, a new stage in your journey, a chance to do things differently. The beauty of it is that each milestone holds a chance to begin anew.
Through the ages, jewellery has often been given to mark life’s significant occasions. It is a lasting gift that can be cherished, and passed down through the family, creating new traditions, and reminding the recipients of how much we love them, and how proud we are of them.
A beautiful piece of jewellery is always a welcome gift, but it gains in significance when it is attached to a shared treasured moment. Use the giving of such gifts as an opportunity not just to spoil your loved one, but to encourage, affirm and inspire them as well.
Your child’s 18th birthday is a lovely opportunity to encourage their dreams and acknowledge their progression to adulthood. Your daughter would treasure a gold or silver pendant necklace, a bracelet or a pair of stylish earrings. Your sun loving, high energy child would get much use from a sporty watch.
The key to the front door was traditional 21st gift, and over the years this theme continued played out in stunning pendants on gold chains, or charms on bracelets. Engraved, elegant watches are also commonly given gifts.
Graduation from university marks the start of your child’s journey into the world. It’s a time when they embark on new careers, or perhaps take time off to explore the world around them, and discover who they are or want to be. A quality writing instrument, or an engraved compass in a silver case, make for meaningful gifts.
Sterling silver jewellery or trinkets, have long been popular gifts for Christenings and Dedications. From bracelets and broaches engraved with the child’s name on them, to tiny, delicate signet rings, silver spoons with teddy bears or silver photo frames or money boxes, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to the perfect gift.
Traditional cultural celebrations such as a Bat or Bar Mitzvah are deeply spiritual and meaningful ceremonies. Perfect gifts to give the young lady or gentleman, after the ceremony at the synagogue, include a Star of David, or their Hebrew name pendant on a necklace, or a watch engraved with their initials, the date of their Bat or Bar Mitzvah, and a personal message on the watch casing. Delicate diamond or pearl pendants on a necklace are also popular jewellery choices for Bat Mitzvahs.
Confirmations or baptisms, when the older child acknowledges their faith publically, and becomes a full member of the church, are often marked with the giving of a rosary, or a gold, or silver cross on a simple chain, or an engraved pendant reflecting their name and their date of confirmation. Sterling silver watches, or a charm bracelet with Christian symbols such as the cross, or a dove are also appropriate gifts to mark this important occasion.
When you get engaged, it is the opportunity to show your partner how much they mean to you. It is your declaration of love and the desire to spend the rest of your life with that person.
Choosing the right engagement ring is a very personal choice. While many still choose the traditional diamond ring in a variety of stunning settings, there are those who favour different stones, and settings that speak more to the personality or preferences of their life partner. Such rings often hold an even greater sentimentality to the wearer as it shows how well their partner knows them.
While early tradition saw plain gold bands as the acceptable wedding band, through the years the thoughts around wedding bands has evolved. Today the choices to complement the bride’s engagement ring range from the simple, classic statement, to the lavishly ornate accent.
Each anniversary also has a traditional gift attached, such as silver for 25th, pearl for 30th, ruby for 40th and sapphire for 45th. For 50th wedding anniversary’s gold is the traditional choice and its diamonds for the 60th celebration.
There are few things that will have more emotional impact on your life, and signify change and the start of new things than welcoming your first child. Often the father will give the mother a gift to show how much she and the baby mean to him. Think about incorporating the baby’s birthstone into the piece, and take the opportunity to begin a new family tradition of passing the gift down through to the first born in each generation.
Buying with confidence
Whatever your reason for celebration, whatever special gift you choose to give, remember to purchase it from a jeweller you can trust, who puts service, quality, and integrity at the heart of everything they do.
When you buy jewellery from a member of the Jewellery Council of South Africa (JCSA), you’re not only buying a beautiful piece of jewellery, you’re also buying a promise from the seller that they will act in accordance with the JCSA’s Code of Ethics and Conduct.
This means that you can buy with confidence, knowing your piece of jewellery has a fair market price, its components have been responsibly, ethically, and sustainably sourced, and that your satisfaction with your purchase is of great importance to the seller.