Mothers Day. Find the perfect Jewellery Gift for your Mum

Let’s be honest here.

Being a Mum is one of the hardest jobs you will ever have to do. Your little darlings will drive you to distraction. And don’t get me started on the responsibility of ensuring they grow into decent human beings and fulfil their potential.

I am old fashioned, in that , I honestly believe one of my roles as a mother was to give my daughter the skills to leave me and be able to fend for herself. She does keep coming back though! The added bonus here is that she brings my gorgeous grandsons with her.

So this shouldn’t be the only day of the year that you recognise your mum but it’s a good start! I would love to help you find the perfect jewellery gift for your Mum

Let’s start with the 1st 6weeks of being a mum. If you get through that unscathed you can conquer the world. And you usually do especially when you feel you need to protect your child.

New mums need special recognition as they need to know they are doing ok. Little bit of advice here – there is no right or wrong way. Read the books by all means but don’t take them as gospel.

This is why I created the Mama et Moi range. A matching jewellery set for mummy and daughter. So your daughter can be just like her Mum.

Before you think I am a totally useless Mother. We are moving and so I have been having a good old declutter. I have found a box with my daughter’s 1st pair of shoes and gorgeous little boots. I even found a little box with her 1st tooth ( the tooth fairy has obviously been very lax). She is now almost 30!

Just a thought, but if your mum has problems doing up clasps, you may want to give her a lariat necklace. It is one continuous length with no clasp. It can be worn many ways, but usually ties in half a knot at the front. Next blog will be be how to tie a lariat!

You will be pleased to know that Mother’s Day is not a celebration that started in the US. It has a long tradition, right the way back to Ancient Greece, honouring the mother as the life-giver. So it hasn’t always been a commercial venture that it could be perceived as today. But it is what you make it. I am sure every single gesture you make will be appreciated and treasured.

Brief History

Mother Earth (Gaia), wife of Uranus, was the personification of nature that gives birth to everything and she was worshipped as the ultimate deity. This then passed to her daughter Rhea, who gave birth to several deities in Greek mythology. Rhea was worshipped as the ‘Mother of Gods’ and ancient Greeks used to celebrate their annual spring festival to honour her.

Ever thought why the date of Mothering Sunday changes every year? Well here in the UK, it is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent. The tradition started back in the 16th century when poor children were given a day off work to go home and honour the Virgin Mary at their “mother church”. The children would often pick flowers to give to their mothers and bake special cakes called Mothering Cakes or Simnel Cakes.

As a result of this tradition, most mothers were reunited with their children on this day when young apprentices and young women in service were released by their masters for that weekend. As a result of the influence of the American Mother’s Day, Mothering Sunday transformed into the tradition of showing appreciation to your Mum.

Mothers Day is celebrated in over 40 countries, but we don’t all celebrate it on the same day.

In Japan Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May and is symbolised by carnations. These represent the gentle strength of mothers who are revered in Japanese culture.

Another country which relies heavily on the giving of carnations and other flowers is Australia. Chrysanthemums are a very popular floral choice, originally due to a marketing gimmick playing on the fact they end with ‘mum’.

Now this is going to appear very ungrateful. But if there is one flower I really don’t like its carnations! Don’t know what the poor flower has done to offend me but they are not my favourite. So its best I don’t go and live in Australia or Japan ( neither are on my list so I think I’m safe)

However you choose to celebrate Mother’s Day, I hope it’s a good day for you x

Pisces, Aquamarines and beautiful birthday jewellery

What does Pisces mean?
The Pisces sign is represented by two Fish tied together, yet swimming in opposite directions. The zodiac symbol represents the duality of the Pisces personality. Pisces people are said to live in two different worlds; reality and fantasy and their zodiac symbol represents exactly that. The symbol of Pisces is associated with religion and the circle of life. The fish encapsulate the chain of human evolution from vertebrae to men.

Pisces dates: February 20 to March 20
Pisces strong points: Tactical, tenacious
Pisces qualities: Coherence, belligerence
Pisces faults: Aggressive
Gems: Sapphire, Aquamarine
Pisces planet: Neptune
Pisces element: Water
Colour: Blue
Metal: Zinc
Corresponding Body Parts: Feet 

The symbol of the fish is derived from the Ichthyocentaurs (a pair of centaurine sea-gods with the upper bodies of men, the lower fore-quarters of horses, and the serpentine tails of fish. Their brows were crowned with a pair of lobster-claw horns. They were called Bythos (Sea-Depths) and Aphros (Sea-Foam).), who helped Aphrodite when she was born from the sea. Most mortals would run a mile when confronted by such beasts!

The astrological symbol shows the two fishes captured by a string, typically by the mouth or the tails. The fish are usually portrayed swimming in opposite directions; this represents the duality within the Piscean nature. They are ruled by the planet Neptune.

According to one Greek myth, Pisces represents the fish, sometimes represented by koi fish, into which Aphrodite (aka Venus) and her son Eros (aka Cupid) transformed in order to escape the monster Typhon, the “father of all monsters,” had been sent by Gaia to attack the gods, which led Pan to warn the others before himself changing into a goat-fish and jumping into the Euphrates. A similar myth, one in which the fish “Pisces” carry Aphrodite and her son out of danger  

Another myth is that an egg fell into the Euphrates river. It was then rolled to the shore by fish. Doves sat on the egg until it hatched, out from which came Aphrodite. As a sign of gratitude towards the fish, Aphrodite put the fish into the night sky. Because of these myths, the Pisces constellation was also known as “Venus et Cupido,”

 Bringing you into slightly more modern times. In the January 1970 edition of the Avengers the supervillain group Zodiac introduced the member “Pisces” whose abilities allowed him to live underwater, which included fins, scales, and gills.

Pisces is a Water signmeaning they are known for their empathy. Similar to Cancer and Scorpio, the Pisces personality is generally more complex than others. As the last sign of the zodiac, Pisces traits are a mixture of the eleven precedent signsHence why the Pisces personality is so complex and layered. 

Positive Traits

Imaginative, These natives are very creative and imaginative, and they can think abstract and come up with out-of-the-box ideas. Their powers of imagination can help them scale great heights

Kind, They are very soft people who will treat others exactly as they want others to treat them.

Compassionate, The people born under this Sign are always in a helpful mood. As they can feel for others, they always sympathise with others and try to help them out.

Intuitive, They are very intuitive. More than rational reasoning, facts and figures, they rely on their intuition while taking a decision.

Sensitive, Affectionate and gentle, they are very sensitive. If there is a setback, it affects them deeply, and they develop extreme feelings regarding the matter.

Selfless, A Fish will go out of his way to help others. However, their selfless deeds may not always be recognised by others.

Negative Traits

(hey we all have our bad points so cut them some slack!)

Escapist, They tend to be escapists. When things go wrong, they will blame it on their bad luck or something else and avoid dealing with it fair and square. 

Idealistic, They are very fussy about how things should be. Since they are very idealistic, sometimes even the best work can seem mediocre to them.

Weak-willed, They get hurt and demoralised very easily. Even with all the talent and resources they possess, their low self-esteem becomes a hindrance in their path.

Over-sensitive, The Fish tend to make a mountain out of a molehill. They take everything to heart and become emotional in the extremes.

Pessimistic, If things don’t turn out as per their expectations, the Fish can lose the motivation to carry on. They tend to look at the negative side more than the positive side of things

Lazy, The Fish can be very lazy about things that don’t matter to them. Their enthusiasm and energy levels last only for a short time

So there you go, Pisceans in a nutshell. So if you are struggling to find her the perfect gift whether it be for a christening or birthday, do have a look and see if you can find then a present they will cherish. x