By Danielle Olivia Tefft, Jewelry Writer
Have you thought about giving that precious little girl in your life a gift of jewelry? Not dime store plastic beads for dress-up, but an actual piece that will last a lifetime? My mother tried to do just that as I was growing up. Nearly 45 years later, I still have three pieces of jewelry she gave to me that I absolutely cherish. And I still wear them.
The first is a sterling silver charm bracelet. The Christmas Mom gave it to me she included its first charm, a running pony. It meant the world to me because I loved horses when I was a young girl, although my family could never afford one.
The second jewelry gift I received from my mother was an adorable gold-tone cat pin with sparkling green rhinestone eyes. Its head moves back and forth when you wear it. I've always loved cats and have owned them my entire life. Now, I am unashamedly the crazy cat lady in my neighborhood. I still wear my little gold-tone cat pin to anchor a scarf about my neck when I'm feeling nostalgic.
The last jewelry gift my mother gave to me when I was young is an adorable rhinestone teddy bear pin. Even in dim light, he sparkles and shines. I don't wear him too often, but someday, I intend to gift him to a little girl who will smile as broadly as I did when Mom gave him to me.
I also have a silver locket from my grandmother. It is from the 1940s or 1950s and has pretty flowers etched on front with red rhinestone centers. I don't wear it, but it is front and center in my jewelry box. Every time I open the box, the locket reminds me of my dear grandmother whom I also adored.
You may think a gift of jewelry will be tossed aside and not appreciated in this era of electronic gadgets and many other soon obsolete items. But trust me. That little girl in your life will undoubtedly grow up too fast. You may not get to spend all the time you want with her on this magnificent blue orb of ours. Make sure she has a few pieces of jewelry in her jewelry box to remember you by. She will treasure them for a lifetime.
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Danielle Olivia Tefft is a professional writer with a lifelong passion for gems, jewelry and fashion. She is a GIA accredited jewelry professional and the owner of online antique and vintage jewelry shop, Treasure Box Antiques. Current projects include ghostwriting jewelry and fashion blogs for clients worldwide. When she is not writing, she spends time in the garden, spoiling her cats and traveling with her fiancé. Would you like to hire her? Visit her website danielleoliviatefftwrites.com for clips, terms and more information.
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