If you want to help a loved one feel truly special, then there’s nothing that lets them know you’re thinking of them like a gift that has both expense and meaning. To that end, jewellery that has a little extra impact can be a very special gift, indeed. Here, we’re going to look beyond the glitz and glam alone to the jewellery that says something more about its wearer or about the person who gave it.
Meanings of birthstones and metals
The very materials that the jewellery is made of, itself, can bring with it a distinct meaning. For instance, we all know about birthstones. Choosing a piece of jewellery that incorporates the birthstones that represent your loved one’s birth month can make it feel a little more specific to them. There are also certain kinds of symbolism that people attach to different jewels, such as how diamonds are said to represent “eternal love” and sapphires are said to represent, amongst other things, fidelity and faith to a loved one. The meaning of gems can change depending on culture but you can add a little more significance by choosing the meaning that means most to you.
The cultural ties
Jewellery designs take inspiration from all sorts of places, from fashion trends to the natural world and, yes, from our histories and cultures, too. As such, there are some kinds of jewellery that have very specific and special meanings, like the meaning behind the Claddagh ring, a traditional Celtic design that represents love, loyalty and friendship with a significance that changes depending on which direction it is worn. Using your own heritage to deliver a special message to a significant other, or basing it on their own culture can help make your choice a little more unique.
The prestige of the brand
The meaning behind the jewellery doesn’t have to be in anything as overt as symbolism or culture, however. Meaning can evolve naturally, and in the case of jewellery, a sense of prestige and status can attach to certain brands over others, as the history of Cartier Love Bracelets shows. Of course, if you want to offer a loved one that very same prestige then you had better be willing to pay for it, as the most “luxury” brands out there also tend to come with a bigger price tag.
A meaning unique to you
Beyond the meaning ascribed to certain kinds of jewellery, there is also the meaning that you might choose to ascribe to it. Aside from the special significance that certain symbols and designs might have to you, you can add your own meaning to a range of different types of jewellery by choosing inscriptions that you can add to rings, pendants, bracelets, and much more. As such, a heartfelt dedication, a significant date or a combination of special words can help you transform the relatively ordinary into something with much more impact.
Jewellery can be a fantastic gift for any occasion, but if you’re willing to find the types that have some extra meaning to them, then you can heighten the impact of giving it, even more.