When my Mom had me (almost 34 years ago), my Dad gave her a flowery diamond ring which she in turn gave to me when I was about 16. So when I was pregnant with Richard, my Mom hinted to Jon that he needed to get me a similar gift and suggested the Mother/Child jewelry that is so popular. I think at first, he was surprised at finding out that this was a common custom. Then, after thinking about it a while, he realized that the only fine jewelry I wear daily is my wedding ring. He knows that I prefer my artsy, handmade jewelry and love matching my outfits to it. In fact, if I don't have anything on when leaving the house he will say, "Where's your necklace?" and tease me about how much jewelry I have.
So, in sort of ruining the surprise for me, we went shopping together. We agreed upon a feminine, filigree, floral diamond ring (shown below although a little blurry). I love the antique look of it, and like my wedding ring, I wear it every day. (I also love how his little fingers wrap around mine as I feed him a bottle).But I did still end up with a Mother/Child like piece. I was thrilled to see at Bead & Button that Green Girl Studios has a design in pewter. The mother/child is carved into the front side of the heart, and on the back it reads "love you forever". This totally fit my style! Over the last few months I thought about what I wanted to design with it. A necklace? A bracelet? I decided on a bracelet. Okay, now what beads? Something that will go with everything so I did a mix of different metal tones in pewter, copper and brass. Lastly, since my mornings are a little more busy now, I wanted something that was easy to get on. Using black elastic was the answer. I am pleased with how it turned out.