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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.

Silver "Mum' embossed pendant
"Mum" Pendant £35
Silver CZ Mum Necklace
Silver 'Mum' Necklace with Cubic Zirconia's £29.99
Silver CZ Heart Mum Pendant
Silver CZ Heart Mum Pendant £37.99

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

Open flower pendant with diamond set in the centre
Hot Diamonds Paradise Pendant with Diamond £60
Hot Diamonds open flower earrings set with a diamond in each
Hot Diamonds Paradise Earrings with Diamonds £50
Silver Marcasite Open Heart Stud Earrings
Silver Open Heart Marcasite Stud Earrings £19.99
Silver Marcasite Heart Pendant £27

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. 

Silver and Yellow Gold Double Heart Drop Earrings
Silver and Yellow Gold Double Heart Drop Earrings
Pendant with a silver and yellow gold heart, one sitting inside the other
Silver and Yellow Gold Double Heart Pendant

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!

Real Flower Forget Me Not Heart Pendant
Real Flower Forget Me Not Heart Pendant £29.99
Real Flower Jewellery White Daisy round pendant
Real Flower Jewellery White Daisy Pendant £29.99
Real Flower jewellery Purple Haze Heart stud earrings
Real Flower Purple Haze Heart Stud Earrings £24.99
Real Flower Jewellery Silver Rose Bud Bracelet with oval links
Real Flower Jewellery Silver Rose Bud Bracelet £45

"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. 

Clogau Welsh Gold Heartstrings Bracelet
Clogau Welsh Gold Heartstrings Bracelet £119
Clogau Welsh Gold Lioness Bracelet
Clogau Welsh Gold Lioness Affinity Agate Bracelet £99
Bangle with "I Love You Mum' engraved on the inside.
"I Love You Mum" Bangle £48
Bangle with "An Ocean of Love" engraved on the inside
"An Ocean of Love" Bangle £48

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.

Silver and Welsh gold heartstrings pendant
Clogau Welsh Gold Heartstrings Pendant £99
Silver chain with two hearts, one silver and one rose gold symbolising Mother and Child
Silver and Rose Gold Mother and Child Pendant £75
Silver 'Inner Goddess' pendant styled in a open wreath
Silver Inner Goddess Pendant £54
Clogau Welsh Gold Past, Present and Future Pendant
Clogau Welsh Gold Past, Present and Future Pendant £169
Silver Pendant with Opal Swarovski Crystal and Flowers £59.99
Silver Earrings with Opal Swarovski Crystal and Flowers £79
Rose Gold rose bud earrings with real rose jade
Rose Bud Earrings with Rose jade £48
rose bud pendant in rose gold on silver with rose jade stones
Rose Gold Rose Bud Necklace with Rose Jade £65


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.

Silver Locket with Mum engraved and set with a diamond
Silver Locket with Mum engraved and set with a diamond £79
Round, ornate 'Memory Keeper' silver locket which holds 7 photographs
The beautiful vintage-inspired Memory Keeper locket in sterling silver and opens to hold 7 photographs £250
Plain silver oval locket and silver chain
Plain Silver Oval Locket £48
Silver heart locket which is slightly domed
Silver Heart Locket £48
Oval silver locket with central diamond on chain
Hot Diamonds Inheritance Locket with Diamond £95
Clogau Welsh Gold Past, Present and Future Pendant
Clogau Welsh Gold Past, Present and Future Pendant £169

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.

Spherical pendant in silver and rose gold with cut out tree called 'Family Life'
Sphere of Life Family Tree Pendant £44.95
Spherical pendant in silver and yellow gold with a cut out tree called 'Family Life'
Sphere of Life Family Tree Pendant £44.95
Silver Tree of Life pendant by Jools
Tree of Life Silver Pendant £34.99
Tree of Life silver necklace
Tree of Life Pendant £34
Silver Tree of Life Pendant with Jewels from Jools
Jewelled Tree of Life pendant £75

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.

Trollbeads Hues of Wonder Limited Edition Ready to Wear Bracelet
Trollbeads Hues of Wonder Limited Edition Ready to Wear Bracelet £99
Trollbeads Glass Bead 'Roses for Mum'
Trollbeads Limited Edition Glass Bead 'Roses for Mum' £50
Trollbeads Mum's Bouquet Silver Bead
Trollbeads Silver Bead 'Mum's Bouquet' £40
Trollbeads Limited Edition Italian Glass Bead 'Mamma Mia'
Trollbeads Limited Edition Glass Bead 'Mamma Mia' £40

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 Marvellous Mum Bracelet £14.50
A Little Happy Mother's Day bracelet with meaning card
A Little Happy Mother's Day Bracelet £15.99

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!



² https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/05/150507-mothers-day-history-holidays-anna-jarvis/




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