Gifts for mom: Initial feelings on initial jewelry. May 05 2014, 0 Comments

When I had my daughter - all my mom friends proudly sported a charm with their child’s initial.  I wasn’t that into it.  Then I had my son, and I still wasn’t into it.  I am my own person, why do I need to show the world anything but me?  But then, after a very hard day of parenting two children and being fully exhausted, my husband took the kids and I went shopping.  Alone.  As I wandered around the store, I was eager to treat myself to something fabulous… a new bag?  No, I was in diaper bag mode. New clothes?  No, my body was still very much post-baby and I didn’t even want to try clothes on.  I found myself in the jewelry department and came across the charm section.  I suddenly had that post-baby emotional moment of being a mother to those two precious babies that are mine and I would do anything for them.  And all of a sudden I *had* to have a charm to show the world, I am a mama, hear me roar!  I don’t wear my ‘mom necklace’ every day, but I love it.  It has become a regular in my necklace rotation.   And I also love that when I am wearing it and my daughter is on my lap, she will very carefully make sure her letter is on top!   

Fast forward three years and once again I am filled with an emotion of realizing that the two initials I wore around my neck were made possible by a different initial.  Not wanting to add a third letter to the mix, my necklace was special - representing my children, not my husband, and I decided I wanted a bracelet.  After hours on etsy (no luxury of shopping alone in a store for hours….) I found these adorable bracelets.  I love lower case letters and was wanting to add some gold tone jewelry into my collection, so this was the perfect find!  I now proudly wear these on my wrist and everytime I look at them - I think of my husband.  A nice smile throughout the day.


So, while at first I wasn’t into the idea of wearing other people’s initials, I have come to realize that those initials are a part of me and who I am.  I also think it will be a nice item to pass down - maybe one day my daughter will want to wear her K charm, and while it would make me a bit sad to give it up, I would love that it is a piece that she would want that in a weird way, is a piece of me.

Here are some other initial pieces that I love:


Elsa Peretti letter pendants (available in sterling silver, 18k gold, and rose gold)

(feature ‘m’ for Motherburg!)

I love the whimsical look of these lower case script letters

Catbird Jewelry Alphabet Earrings (available in 14k gold or sterling silver)

Who didn’t have initial earrings as a kid?

Not ready to wear initials?  How about a key ring?  A fun way to remember those you love every time you open the door or start the car.






Erica has a MA in Early Childhood Education from New York University. She is currently a stay at home mom to a 4 year old pony loving ballerina and a 2 year old metrocard holding bus driver.




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Jewelry for mom. December 02 2013, 0 Comments

Lately I have been wanting to 'reward' myself. Most of the time it is as simple as wanting a hot drink on my way to work. That is more about not rushing and getting that drink to enjoy on the brisk walk to the train. Recently I went through a series of tests and medications on what has now become a long road to baby #2. This post is about rings (kind of) so I won't go nutty on the fertility road but I will say as I was sitting the other day in yet another appointment I thought to myself I need a little something special. Something special to mark that at least I have tried very hard at something regardless the outcome. 

A more lasting reward I have been eyeing is rings. I have a beautiful ring I bought on an important birthday and I love it. I especially find myself gravitating towards all the delicate rings I keep seeing online and around the neighborhood. I adore these thin rings for you can keep them on and they won't clash with the more costume-ish jewelry one may wear. These little jewels will be my way of celebrating who I am as a mom and I actually have my eye on #1 for my bestie for I know she will love them as well. How do you reward yourself as a parent? Please share!

Ring-ing it in:

1. Threadbare Ring via Catbird

2. Claire Kinder Cuff Ring via Catbird

3. Triangle Ring via Style Addict

4. Gold Hammered Rings via Style Addict

5. Mania Mania Psychic Ring via Shopbop

6. Jennifer Meyer Bar Ring via Shopbop

7. Jennifer Meyer Thin Ring with Turquoise via ShopBop


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