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Posts by : Jennifer Gregory baby bangles , baby earrings

It's only natural that mothers enjoy dressing their babies and small children and an extension of that is the wearing of jewelry.  Jewelry will not only look good but especially on small children, will make them feel as good as possible.

Always ensure you understand what jewelry is made of.  Most metals are safe for most babies, but some can have an allergic reaction to, for example, nickel and lead.  Good retailers will happily reveal the materials used in their jewelry.

Rounded edges are important and if choosing beads, then they must be threaded on a strong material, to ensure they don't break easily.  Just the same, all care must be taken just in case.  Necklaces and chains around the neck are not a good idea until babies are a little older because they are prone to "grab and pull" and can put a broken bead in their mouths and swallow.

Bracelets and anklets are a safer idea as are earrings.  Earrings are worn by babies and children without fuss because they are unaware they are even there!

Little girls enjoy wearing their jewelry, and if it's kept for special occasions, even more so.  These precious items can be put away when they are outgrown and stored as keepsakes until they themselves have children, when they will appreciate them all over again. Even more so!

Posts by : Jennifer Gregory baby bangles , baby earrings

Let everyone know how special your bundle of joy is with a piece of gorgeous jewelry that will reflect both your and her personalities.  Is there a Big Sister in the family?  Don't leave her out, let her feel the joy of this special time, with a child-sized bracelet, anklet or earrings that she will love.  This piece of jewelry will always carry the fond memory of the time she became a Big Sister!

Jewelry has always been popular, including children's and baby's jewellery.  Some cultures still adorn their infants in various  Jewelry such as charms, to ward away evil. In recent times more and more babies are having their ears pierced at a very young age, e.g. three months old.  Mothers enjoy selecting the tiniest of studs in gold, silver, a sparkling precious or semi-precious jewel, or even colourful, enamelled baby earrings in the shape of lady-bugs, butterflies, bears and other animals, stars, moons and sun-shapes.  The range of baby earrings and children's earrings is vast.

Often baby's first earrings, baby's first bracelet, anklet, toe-ring or brooch is preserved as a family heirloom.  A first diamond for example in an earring, is likely to be passed on through the family's daughters then kept for the first grandaughter.

Baby earrings are an ideal gift from grandparents, aunts and family friends. Once in place, baby doesn't feel them and doesn't try to remove them as she might a bracelet or necklace.

As babies grow, so does their love of jewelry.  They love to choose their own children's sized bracelets, necklaces, anklets, earrings.  Children at school are nowadays permitted to wear small stud earrings, even when all other jewelry is banned. 

Posts by : Jennifer Gregory baby bangles , baby earrings

What does it all mean?

Sterling Silver:

Sterling silver is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% by weight of silver and 7.5% by weight of other metals, usually copper. The sterling silver standard has a minimum millesimal fineness of 925.

925 Silver:

As above.  An alloy of 92.5 percent silver with copper or another metal.

Silver Plated:

Describes something that has a thin coating of the metal silver applied to it

Gold Plated:

Gold plating is a method of depositing a thin layer of gold onto the surface of another metal, most often copper or silver (to make silver-gilt), by chemical or electrochemical means.

9K Gold, 10K Gold, 14K Gold, 18K Gold:

Jewellery is commonly made using 9k, 10k, 14k and 18k gold.

When buying an expensive diamond ring we recommend using 18k gold given that the saving you will make on the overall cost of the diamond ring by choosing 9k gold is not significant.

Conversely, when buying a small diamond or gemstone ring then the type of gold is important as its cost may be a significant proportion of the overall cost of the diamond or gemstone ring. 

The other consideration is one of appearance. Generally speaking 18k yellow gold is more yellow than 9k yellow gold. 

Posts by : Jennifer Gregory baby bangles , baby earrings

Of all the various types of baby jewellery, baby earrings are worn with the least amount of fuss by the baby.  They sit on their ears, unfelt and unseen, impressing only friends and family!

It is important that earrings be lead and nickel free to ensure against allergic reactions to which some babies are prone.

Earrings have always been a popular adornment for babies and children.  These days the tradition is being revived and it's becoming increasingly accepted for babies to have their ears pierced at quite a young age.

Tiny studs, often in the shape of teddy bears, animals, flowers or insects are very popular.  For religious reasons, some choose a silver or gold cross.

Choose earings without sharp edges and a firmly held backing plate, also rounded for safety.

As children grow, they will enjoy looking at their baby photos showing the tiny earrings they wore at the time.

Posts by : Jennifer Gregory baby bangles , baby earrings

Mothers’ Day was created for families to show appreciation for the hard work mothers do 365 days a year, caring for and nurturing their families.  A woman’s first real Mothers’ Day is the day her first baby is born and in order to show the love and joy felt by family and friends, a piece of jewelry is often given.  Some examples of types of jewelry given at this special time are:  a brooch featuring a stork with baby, a pram or rocking horse pendant, a charm bracelet with a first charm of perhaps a baby bootee or baby rattle, with room for more to come. Or it can simply be an exquisite pair of earrings.

Each year following the birth of her first child, the family again celebrates Mothers’ Day, to remind her of her special place in the family and the appreciation felt by her children and partner.  These annual Mothers’ Days present further opportunities to show Mother just how much she’s loved, in the form of a special gift:  often a new piece of jewelry.  Again, this could be a new charm for her charm bracelet, a new pair of earrings in her favourite style, a pendant depicting a mother embracing a child, or a brooch featuring hearts intertwined. 

Some jewelry manufacturers design special jewelry for Mothers’ Day gifts.  Usually made in gold or sterling silver, they have a “maternal” feature, emphasising her love for her children.  Examples seen are bracelets with charms which spell out the word “Mother” or simply “Mom” or “Mum” including charms of baby dummies, baby shoes, prams, rocking horses, children’s bikes, babies, love-hearts, and tiny silver frames for photos.  These suppliers come up with new ideas every year.  Charm bracelets are great ideas because a new charm can be added each year, depicting a new baby or new event in the family, every year.  Special events may, for example, be the entrance into school of a child.  I have seen charms with the words, “apple for teacher” written over a red enamel, silver apple, a blackboard with chalk charm and many others.  Another special event would be a sporting achievement of a child, which has involved Mother’s time and efforts during the year:  I have seen baseball charms, ballerina charms, pony charms and many more.  And of course, the most important event of all:  the birth of a new baby. 

These charm bracelets have been made popular by such well-known names as Thomas Sabo, Pandora, Links of London, Tiffany, and others.  They all manufacture charms of their own certain style.  There is a charm to be found to suit every occasion in a mother’s life. 

Whilst mothers treasure even a scrap of paper with her child’s first drawing, these special Mothers’ Day jewelry gifts, given with love from her family, are the ultimate expressions of love and are therefore the most treasured of all.  Worn with pride, they are an item to be admired by family and friends for many a year, treasured as a family keepsake, and to be passed down through the family for generations.