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Graduation Gifts for Kids? Absolutely!

Tis the season for marking one of life’s most important milestones for the many graduates of 2016.  And while earning that high school diploma or college degree is most certainly an achievement worth celebrating, let’s remember our little graduates, too!

Today, more and more schools are honoring students’ educational achievements along their path to higher education, with graduation ceremonies commemorating the move up from middle school, elementary school, and even Kindergarten.  This is a perfect opportunity to show your little graduate just how proud you are of him or her.  Graduation gifts for kids can certainly take many forms, but this is a particularly great time to begin a commemorative jewelry collection for your child.

I Love You Charm Pendant

I Love You Charm Pendant

Charm bracelets are a very practical choice in graduation gifts for kids, as you can add to their charm collection to commemorate all the many milestones ahead.  A charm bracelet grows with your child, even into adulthood, and they’ll be able to look back on all of life’s wonderful moments through a collection of special charms representing those achievements along the way.

Engraved bracelets and pendants are a great choice in graduation gifts, as well.  Custom engraving gives you the opportunity to add a very personal and sentimental touch with words of love and encouragement inscribed on the piece.  As your child grows and continues to achieve new levels of accomplishment, a wonderful jewelry collection can be built that, much like charm bracelets, can be looked upon in the future as a wonderful set of reminders of life’s great moments.

If you worry about investing in rings and bracelets for younger children, knowing that they will outgrow them, fear not.  Most rings can be resized to a certain point, but children’s rings also make wonderful pendants down the road.  Links can be added to many bracelet styles, creating a piece that will truly grow with your child into the future.

Graduation season is an exciting time.  Amidst all the ceremonies, receptions and parties, be sure to remember that every graduation is a milestone in your child’s life that will be recalled fondly and often.  Commemorating these milestones with lasting and sentimental graduation gifts like personalized jewelry is a great way to ensure that those memories never fade, as your graduate will be reminded of their achievements – and your perpetual love and support – each time they wear it.

Commemorate Life’s Big Milestones with Personalized Graduation Gifts

Whether its high school, college or grad school, graduation is a big milestone for every person who achieves it, and an event worthy of grand celebration.  The graduate is sure to receive many gifts meant to send them on to the next phase of life with confidence and an arsenal of tools for success.  Why not make your gift stand out by adding a personal touch?  Custom engraving is a great way to personalize graduation gifts, offering the graduate a commemorative memento of this momentous occasion, as well as a reminder of your own enduring love and support to be treasured for many years to come.

Custom Engraved Jewelry and Gifts

Custom Engraved Jewelry and Gifts

Engraved Jewelry

Engraved jewelry is a classic graduation gift, and one that can be truly personalized in a variety of ways. Everything from rings to bracelets to pendants can be engraved with a personal message to the graduate.  You might choose to simply have the date of graduation engraved to serve as a wearable reminder of this achievement, but you can also get more personal with words of encouragement engraved into a piece of jewelry, or a sentimental statement.  A monogram engraved into a brand name watch is a great college graduation gift, sending the graduate into the professional world with style and sentimental support.

Picture Frames and More

Engraved picture frames and plaques are also great ways to commemorate the graduate’s achievements.  It’s true, these gifts aren’t wearable like engraved jewelry, but they will make a nice addition to home décor as your graduate embarks upon this new phase of life.  An engraved picture frame with a sentimental photo and personalized with an inspiring message is a gift that will be cherished by the graduate each time they see it.  Of course, you might decide to commemorate this event with humor, too.  Because this is a truly personalized graduation gift, the options are virtually limitless and will truly reflect the unique nature of your relationship.

Don’t Forget the Younger Graduates!

Younger graduates deserve recognition and appreciation of their accomplishments, too!  Kindergarten graduation, grade school, middle school…each of these milestones provides an opportunity to acknowledge how proud you are of your little graduate, and engraved jewelry is a great option, as they will build a collection over time and multiple accomplishments.  A charm bracelet, with a custom engraved charm commemorating each phase is a perfect choice for younger graduates, as they’ll have multiple milestones honored in a single, evolving piece of custom jewelry.

Make This Valentine’s Day Special for Your Kids

When our children were small, Valentine’s Day was simple. We gave chocolates, maybe a stuffed animal or toy and that was it. Now that those children are growing into young adults, Valentine’s Day gift ideas are a bit more difficult to come by. The answer is simple: Teen Jewelry.

 

Message Jewelry for Teens

Message Jewelry for Teens

In today’s jewelry market, the available variety of teen and children’s jewelry is more vast than ever before. The ongoing popularity of charm bracelets offers a Valentine’s Day gift idea that is sure to please any young lady. Pandora Charm bracelets have taken the world of fine jewelry by storm over the past decade or so, offering bead charms of nearly every interest you can imagine from sea turtles to the Eiffel Tower. Whatever your young lady might be into can be found in a Pandora Charm Bracelet bead. Another benefit to the gift of a charm bracelet is that it is a gift that keeps on giving. You can give different beads and charms as the special young lady in your life grows and her interests change.

Of course, young women always appreciate a new pair of diamond earrings or a birthstone ring, or the time tested and highly popular gift of a heart-shaped gold locket.

 

Let’s not leave out the young man in your life. As he grows toward manhood, fine jewelry can be a vital part of his image. Especially today, when “bling” is all the rage, most young men will appreciate a designer watch or gold chain necklace. Even a trendy “dog tag” necklace may be a super Valentine’s Day gift idea for your growing boy. Another popular choice for the fellows is a classic ID bracelet or for those with pierced ears, a nice diamond stud or pair of affordable diamond earrings may be the perfect gift.

 

As we watch our children grow into adults, it becomes increasingly harder to find the right gift to satisfy an often hard-to-please teen. Affordable fine jewelry is one of the most popular Valentine’s Day gift ideas for teens and young adults and can create memories that will last a lifetime. So this Valentine’s Day, as your son’s voice squeaks and your daughter can’t get off of the phone, keep in mind that affordable fine jewelry is often the best Valentine’s Day gift idea you could have.

Shopping For A Bridal Shower

(Finding Fun Bridal Gifts To Help A Friend Smile.)

 

It’s kind of funny that for as much as people dream about getting married, when the time actually comes, they stress out like they’re applying for a mortgage and trying to earn their driver’s license at the same time. My cousin is getting married this August and after the bridal shower she had, full of uptight relatives and a barely breathing bride, I knew I had to do something to help her relax in the middle of it all. Fortunately, we live in the same town, so when I found a weekend in June we had off together, I told her not to make plans. Then I called every fun friend I knew.

 

Whimsical Diamond Arrow Pendant

Whimsical Diamond Arrow Pendant

The good thing is that even though the two of us aren’t super close, we spent enough time as kids so when there was a gap between parties – and that’s kind of what it was – we still had fun talking about her wedding, the diamond engagement rings her fiancé had looked at and the wedding bands they were settling on. In between old heart to hearts, my friends and I took her out to one fun night spot after another, the only rule being her phone was off limits (I had told her fiancé before that she would be home late, but not to worry).

 

The night ended at an all-night diner, the six of us having breakfast and coffee and being very thankful we didn’t have to work in the morning. That was when I gave her what I think was the favorite bridal gift of all. It was a simple pendant, just a gold chain and a dolphin, but I remembered from when we were kids and she talked about how beautiful they were. I told her when she opened it that I didn’t expect her to wear it all the time, but rather let it be a reminder about all of the fun parts of who she was in the middle of the stress.

 

She laughed and put it on immediately, saying she was probably going to need that reminder every day between now and the wedding.

 

Transcending Boundaries

(the perfect gift of wedding jewelry between friends)

When my best friend told me she was engaged to be married, I did not for an instance worry about finding the best maid of honor dress I could find. You see, my best friend Christine and I, Mark, have been friends since third grade. I even introduced her and her soon-to-be husband two years ago at a friend’s Halloween party. There were plenty of double dates – I’ve been married for almost two years – and Todd and I became very good friends. Still, I knew that when the time came for the marriage, I was in an odd position: Todd had his best friends to include, and I looked horrible in a dress.

Unique Jewelry Gifts  at Amidon Jewelers

Unique Jewelry Gifts at Amidon Jewelers

I wanted to find a gift for the two of them that would be something special, so I started by going to where they had chosen their diamond engagement rings and diamond wedding bands. Based on the designs they had, I came up with two pieces of custom design jewelry. Each piece looked the same, but each was also special to them.

Like most people, I wasn’t there when they opened their wedding presents. However, they called me out of the blue to see what I was doing for breakfast one day not long after their honeymoon. They had opened my gift and realized it might be the nicest gift of wedding jewelry they ever received. A thank you card wouldn’t be enough.

I knew what I gave them, but it was still a little breathtaking to see him wearing the tie tack and her with the brooch, each of them a special custom design jewelry piece I created. The best might actually have been about five minutes into breakfast, after they thanked me for the bridal jewelry but before I could actually order, that Todd pushed me out of the booth and the two of us had a great day really getting to know each other. All because I was smart enough to give a piece (okay, two pieces) of custom design jewelry as a wedding gift.

The Language of Jewelry

So many incredible and important events in my life have been commemorated by meaningful jewelry pieces - where they were gifts or conscious fashion accessory choices. My graduation was marked by a gifted pair of sapphire earrings from my mother, prom was made special by my great grandmother’s pearl necklace and my sixteenth birthday was commemorated with a second ear piercing. I hadn’t realized the commonality, however, until I began packing up my things to make a cross-country move. I had to pack lightly. I used an old weekly pill container – the kind that separate your medicines from one another based on what day you are supposed to take them – and placed the earring pairs I really wanted to take into the boxes. My necklaces and bracelets fit snuggly in a Ziploc bag, tucked away in my checked luggage.

 

Stardust Mesh Pendant

Stardust Mesh Pendant

My collection was small and I took almost all of it with me when I got onto the plane. Friends accessories, gifted to me to save from the sad fate of thrift store donation, gave me some of my favorite pieces, including a pair of glittery spider shaped studs and plain silver hoops. Others were pieces I had shamelessly thrifted, like the giant lightning bolt necklace I had gotten from my favorite local resale location. They all had a story. Some of them were more special than others, though. My grandmother’s emerald earring studs, my mother’s sterling silver Celtic style watch, a pair of shamrocks bought for my by an ex-partner I remained on good terms with.

 

Each combination of accessories I chose for a concert, a celebration, a wedding, a special night out, whatever – all of them were carefully curated to tell a story, share a message, or convey a special and specific kind of feeling. The moment it really dawned on me was the morning I was finishing up preparing for a job interview. It was my first interview for a non-minimum wage job. I didn’t have a word for the style I wanted to convey, but I went right for the imitation pearl studs and the hanging necklace of polished purple stone which made a subtle statement against the white of my silk shirt. That same night, I threw on a t-shirt, took out the studs and took off the necklace only to replace them with wild statement pieces for a concert I would be attending. Jewelry is a language I’ve been speaking all my life; I only realized its intricacies as I entered adulthood.

Shopping For An Anniversary Jewelry Gift

My wife and I each buy three anniversary gifts for one another. The first two are done for humor. We have found two separate lists of what each year’s gift is supposed to be made out of, or what theme it represents, and we try to find something small and silly that fits into each category. The third present is the one that really counts, however. That is the one that comes from the heart. I knew that this year I wanted to buy her jewelry, but I didn’t know exactly what I wanted it to be.

 

Pearl Set

Pearl Set

My wife loves diamond and silver, so that was what I had been looking at – silver bracelets, diamond earrings, things that I knew would fit into her collection. I just wasn’t finding anything that jumped out at me. The sales associate at the local jewelry store saw me looking through the display cases and asked if there was something in particular I was looking for. I just laughed and said, “Yes, but I don’t know what it is.” I told him the predicament I was in and he said he had just the right solution for me.

 

When I told him that I had never seen my wife wearing pearls, he said it was because I had never given her any. He said there was a belief, somewhere between a superstition and an old wives tale, where women are not supposed to buy pearls for themselves. The best he could figure out was that it had to do with men who were sailors bringing the pearls back as gifts after having been gone for months at a time. Obviously, that was rarely the case these days, but the practice seemed to stick.

 

The other aspect that made pearls special, he pointed out, was that they were not the type of jewelry a person would or could wear every day. They are saved for special occasions, and that helps to keep the memory of the gift alive throughout the years. She may confuse one silver necklace with another, or forget exactly when she got a certain pair of diamond earrings, but she will always remember when she got the pearl necklace and who it was that gave it to her.

Custom Design Jewelry: The Jewelry of The Future

When it comes to jewelry, there are certain categories that people do not necessarily advertise. Of course, you have your silver jewelry that boasts a fair price tag. Then you have your gemstone and pearl jewelry that contains a very broad selection of styles and colors. Next, you have your diamond jewelry for engagements and weddings. Lastly, there is custom design jewelry

Two Tone Amethyst Ring

Two Tone Amethyst Ring

 

that is as unique as the person who is wearing it. No one is saying that one category is necessarily better than the other. However, some jewelry is certainly more expensive than others. These categories simply differentiate between the various styles of jewelry. Some people will go an entire lifetime without having jewelry from each category and that is perfectly fine.

Custom design jewelry is very specific. Not everyone has the desire to create something from scratch and typically  will purchase jewelry straight out of the display case. There is nothing wrong with that at all. However, if you desire a piece of jewelry that is truly unique, then you will eventually seek out someone who is experienced in custom jewelry design. Not every jeweler is good at this type of work. Some are better than others and some do not do it at all. However, custom designs are becoming more and more popular as time goes on, so it would behoove every jeweler to have a good custom guy on his or her staff. Additionally, the software used to create these custom designs is becoming better and better with each passing year. We live in a technology driven world and it would behoove any business owner to get on board with the latest technological trends and advantages. This will not only make your life easier as a business owner, it will also allow you to grow as a business. Keeping paper records is great, but when computers are so readily available and affordable, there is no sense in doing things the archaic way if you do not have to.

Custom design jewelry is somewhat a thing of the future. Back in the day, it was very rare you would meet people who had a custom piece of jewelry in their collection. Now, you are seeing it more. It is not a thing solely for wealthy people and it is actually becoming much more affordable than it once was. If you are interested, feel free to inquire more about it online or at your local jewelry store.

 

 

Create The Perfect Look With Custom Design Jewelry

Shopping for jewelry can be an intimidating adventure, even if you think you know exactly what you are looking for. It is a major purchase, certainly one of the more important things you will ever buy in your life (especially if it isn’t just a gift but an engagement ring or an anniversary present) and so you find yourself being a bit more exacting with what you want than you would be at the grocery store deciding what kind of potato chips you want for your poker game. The solution to this problem? Get exactly what you are looking for with a custom jewelry design.

 

Thanks to advances in almost every aspect of jewelry production, from access to the raw materials to computer aided design, the opportunity to create a unique piece of jewelry has never been easier or more affordable. Tools have been created that turn the process of custom jewelry design from something that used to take months into something that can be completed in just a matter of weeks. It doesn’t matter what kind of jewelry you are looking for. Anything from a simple bracelet with a unique pattern to a necklace and pendant combination featuring several looks, your custom jewelry design is limited only by your imagination.

 

Of course, all of these advances would mean nothing if there weren’t skilled craftspeople and artisans trained to create these works of art with a passion for doing so. In the last fifteen years the number of people around the world apprenticing with master designers and taking classes with some of the most esteemed companies has increased ten times! Furthermore, once they start learning. they never stop, so they are constantly up to date on the latest techniques, have the most advanced tools, and are familiar with the newest metals and gemstones that are being featured. If you want to make sure that you leave your favorite jeweler with the style that you know is exactly what you want, talk to them about their custom design jewelry services. Part of the reason people love fine jewelry so much is because it makes them feel special. Just imagine how special you will feel with a piece of jewelry designed and created just for you.

 

Shine And Sparkle With Gemstone Jewelry

It kind of surprised me that when people are looking to treat themselves to a new piece of jewelry, they seem limited to looking at only gold or silver items. Don’t get me wrong. These are, of course, two of the most beautiful and popular precious metals out there, and there is a certain versatility that comes with choosing a simpler piece of jewelry, but there is so much more that is out there. As beautiful as a gold bracelet or silver necklace may be, don’t you think it might look better with a ruby or an emerald? Gemstone jewelry isn’t just for birthstones anymore.

 

Sterling Silver and Amethyst Ring

Sterling Silver and Amethyst Ring

 

 

If you buy something that you plan on wearing every day, it is going to quickly lose any special meaning for you. If that wasn’t the case, you’d have five of exact same outfits to go to work in and one outfit that you wore for your nights on the town. Jewelry is designed to not only accent your clothing, but to make you feel special when you put it on, and gemstone jewelry is the perfect solution to help rescue you from a boring outfit. Maybe you have a beautiful blue dress that you know you look stunning in. A gold necklace might look great with it, but that same necklace featuring rubies would make it look even better. That suit you always wear, complete with the same tie, to start your workweek with, is going to look even more impressive with a sapphire or garnet tie tack.

 

Finding the right piece of gemstone jewelry is going to be even easier than you think. Take the time to visit your favorite jeweler and they will work with you to not only select the style of jewelry that you are most comfortable wearing, but also in choosing the right color of stone that works best for you. Whether it’s choosing something that matches your eyes perfectly or partners up with the tone of your skin, they will help you make the right choice. Gemstone jewelry is not for everyday use, but it is going to make every day you wear it feel like the best day of your life.