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 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 begun to occur in the USA.
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.
Mother's Day in the USA
In 1905 in America a lady called Anna Jarvis, whose own mother had died many years earlier, declared that there should be an appreciation of Mother’s and the sacrifices they make.
She organised the first celebration for Mothers 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 and white carnations for mothers 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.
The highest number of phone calls around the world are made on Mothering Sunday?¹
Modern Day Mother's Day Gifts
Hearts Are Always A Big Hit
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!
Our real flower jewellery has the added advantage of not wilting, either!
Pendants with Meaning
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.
Our Locket range is available here.
Tree of Life Pendants and Necklaces
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.
A "Marvellous Mum" Bracelet
Last but certainly not least, the much-loved-by-our-customers ‘A Little Marvellous Mum’ bracelet.
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”.