There's no doubt that jewelry holds a powerful story for many of us.  Whether it's a signet ring you inherited from your nana, or a statement pair of earrings you bought for your self to celebrate a promotion, that piece of jewelry becomes part of your life's narrative.  

When my sons were very young and I would have to travel for a night or two and be away from them I would wrap one of my bracelets onto each of their wrists and tell them to wear it and think of mommy's arms wrapped around them.  It was a comforting and special ritual that we shared; when I returned, they would put the bracelet back on to my wrist, until the next trip.  When it came time for me to travel for one whole week (an extremely long time for a 5 year old) to the Couture Show, my youngest son Kenz made a beaded plastic bracelet for me to wear while I was away....so that I would remember him. That bracelet is priceless to me, and as my sons grow up, I look forward to getting more pieces of jewelry to add to my collection from them, especially as they move on from plastic beads...

parting gift bracelet from Kenz - so that I can remember him while I was away at my first Couture Show  

Some of the favorite jewels many of my friends and clients have are the ones they were given in times of celebration from their significant others and/or their children.  With Mother's Day coming up, we've had several requests from our clients to help them not end up with a gift certificate for dry cleaning as a their gift (true story), or a toaster oven (also a true story).  We put together this beautiful assortment of jewels to help.  

While I think that most mothers believe that the greatest jewels of their lives are their children, a little sparkle goes a long way as a visual reminder of that love.

And, just because mothers day is a week away you haven't missed the boat - you can always make a move to stand out and give some sparkle at another time of the year.  Surely your mom will appreciate the effort, no matter the time.

Mother's Day Sparkle Guide

You may be thinking about the next jewelry purchase you are going to make.  You may not be thinking of where you will make that purchase.  I would encourage you to think about working with a reputable independent retailer and/or designer.  You are bound to have a better experience over all, and certainly one that will be more personalized.  Chances are you will have the same sales person helping you out with your purchase along the way, which matters when it comes to purchases that may have some back and forth before settling on the final item.  Whether your style is avant garde or timelessly traditional, a reputable local jeweler will be your best ally.  

Not sure where to begin to find a great jewelry retailer or a designer to work with?  I like to go grass roots for something like this.  Certainly you can ask friends and family members for recommendations.  Scour Instagram using various hashtags (#weddingjewels, #cooljewelry #designerjewelry #instajewels, #showmeyourrings, etc). Being that its heavy on visuals, its an indispensable shopping tool.  

Here's a Buzzfeed article I recently came across that highlights some pretty traumatic wedding jewelry experiences had at a big box chain. Think about the future of that piece of jewelry with regards to the cleaning and maintenance - handing your heirloom piece of jewelry back to the store for a routine repair or cleaning should not be a source of anxiety to you.  

Even if you are a gambler by nature, I would bet that this is one thing you won't want to take a chance on.  Shop local and independent - its good all the way around.  

You can also reach out to us for a retailer recommendation in your area - we've got the scoop!  (info@zaikenjewelry.com)

Sparklingly Yours,

Malak