Jewellery Gift Ideas for Mothering Sunday
Mother's Day - a quick history
Over 40 countries celebrate Mother’s Day around the world and the occasion often occurs sometime in either March, around the time of the Spring Equinox, or during May.
Whilst society has celebrated mother’s way back in history, even since the ancient times in Greece and Rome, we have discovered that ‘Mother’s Day’ began from a Christian tradition of Thanksgiving started in the UK and Europe, which later developed into a celebration to Mother.
According to a fascinating article by History.com, on the fourth Sunday in Lent people were called back to their local church (the “mother church”) for a service of thanksgiving to the Mother Mary. At the time there were many young men and women in service or completing apprenticeships, and many were given permission to be released for the day to attend and so families were often reunited for the day. It therefore became a day of honouring family and often small gifts were given.
This tradition later waned, particularly in Europe, but was to evolve into more of a celebration of Mothers, rather than having a religious meaning. This happened when, during the Second World War, US soldiers stationed in the United Kingdom brought the Mother’s Day tradition of appreciation for mothers by the giving of flowers and small gifts which had already began to occur in the USA.
Mother's Day in the USA
In 1905 in America a lady called Anna Jarvis, whose mother had died, declared that there should be an appreciation of Mother’s and the sacrifices they make.
She organised the first celebration in West Virginia. After it proved popular, she mounted a campaign to have the day recognised as a public holiday, arguing that most public holidays were in celebration of men.
Her efforts succeeded when, in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson declared the second Sunday in May would become the official USA holiday to celebrate Mothers.
Jarvis had used a white carnation to symbolise the day, “The carnation does not drop its petals, but hugs them to its heart as it dies, and so, too, mothers hug their children to their hearts, their mother love never dying,” Jarvis explained in a 1927 interview.²
Prices for white carnations started to rise as demand grew. Then so too did red or pink carnations – these were said to symbolise living mothers whilst it was white carnations for mother’s that had died.
Ironically, as the day became more and more commercialised with gift card manufacturers and florists making the occasion a huge commercial affair, Anna Jarvis became more incensed at what she saw as profiteering from the idea. She was disturbed by what she saw as the gross commercialisation of the day and so she started campaigning against these companies and eventually even urged the government to renounce the days holiday!
She eventually put large sums of her own money into lawsuits to try to stop companies using the word “Mother’s Day” (which she had previously trademarked). Ironically Anna Jarvis never married or had children herself.
Did you know that the highest number of phone calls around the world are made on Mothering Sunday?¹
Modern Day Mother's Day Gifts
Jewellery is the Most Popular Mother's Day Gift
Whilst flowers and flower-themed gifts for Mothering Sunday are still popular, according to March of Dimes, the leading non-profit organisation for Pregnancy and Baby health in the US, the most well-received gift for Mother’s Day is jewellery.
Hearts and flowers are always a hit as jewellery gifts. These beautiful double-heart pendant and earrings will suit all tastes. The larger silver heart, with a gentle fold down the middle, has a brushed effect which looks fabulous in contrast to the highly polished yellow gold on silver smaller heart. The mix of silver and gold means the set with go with anything.
Say It With Flowers
Flower-themed jewellery and our selection of jewellery with real flowers can tick all the boxes for Mum at any time of year, but especially on Mother’s Day!
The Rose collection and Mixed Flower collection are particularly apt for this occasion. Just as good as receiving real flowers but guaranteed not to wilt!
"I Love You Mum" and "An Ocean Of Love" Bangles
These beautiful rhodium-plated bangles are much-loved and each one is inscribed with the meaning on the inside of the bangle, to brush the wrist of the wearer at all times. Beautifully presented in a little satin drawstring bag with a meaning card, and coming in at under £50, they make perfect gifts. You can view the entire range here.
Clogau Welsh Gold
The rare Welsh Gold from the Clogau mine in Snowdonia is used in all of Clogau Gold jewellery. It is a jewellery range which is sure to be treasured over a lifetime. Known as the ‘Gold of Royalty’ after the Wedding Bands of the Royal Family have been made using Welsh Gold since the Queen Mother started the tradition, this jewellery range is loved and collected by an ever-growing fan base.
Pendants with Meaning
The Mother and Child necklace is just perfect for Mothering Sunday. The pendant consists of a silver chain with two hearts, one bigger in sterling silver, signifying the mother, the other smaller heart in 18k-gold-on-silver to symbolise the child (extra gold plated hearts can be ordered separately).
Or the Inner Goddess sterling silver pendant, a contemporary necklace for those Mums who are perhaps not keen on heart-shaped jewellery.
What could be more delightful on Mother’s Day than being given a locket?
A locket can be worn to hold a photograph or small token or lock or hair, close to the heart.
We stock many different styles of lockets here, some plain, some engraved, some stone-set.
A few are shown below but a larger range is available here.
Tree of Life Pendants and Necklaces
Tree of Life necklaces and jewellery are very on-trend at the moment and come in many different styles, from a polished disc, or a spherical pendant or with gemstones added.
Trollbeads Mother's Day Limited Edition Bead
Trollbeads normally bring out a limited edition release bead – many of which become highly sought after for years afterwards.
For 2018 they have released the sterling silver Rose Spacer and the stunning limited edition ‘Mamma Mia’ Italian glass bead.
2019 has seen the release of the Hues of Wonder ready-to-wear bracelet.
A "Marvellous Mum" Bracelet
Last but certainly not least, the much-loved-by-our-customers A Little Marvellous Mum bracelet or A Little Happy Mother’s Day in a beaded design.
These bracelets are fabulous worn alone but are also frequently worn stacked with other bracelets. Each comes on its meaning card, in a ribboned box and with a gift card on which you can write your message.
This particular bracelet, the “Marvellous Mum” bracelet, has a meaning card which reads, “This little heart is just for you because your my Mum and I love you”.
A Little Happy Mother’s Day bracelet has the meaning “this little heart is just for you, because you’re my mum and I love you”.
Remember, whatever you do for Mother’s Day, the real message of the day is unconditional love and nurturing.
Experiences, even just a walk together or a phone call, is worth more than any gift.
Happy Mother’s Day to all those Mum’s out there – it’s the most important job in the world!