Metal Sensitivity: Advice From a Jewelry Lover

Metal Sensitivity: Advice From a Jewelry Lover

3 Ways To Design A Mother's Ring Any Parent Will Love

by Tammy May

Do you want to give your partner a ring that symbolizes the love and joy that comes from being a parent? If so, then a mother's ring (or father's ring) may be just what you're looking for. 

A mother's ring is a piece of jewelry that contains elements representing each of the wearer's children. Because this is a fairly new tradition, you have a wide variety of choices when it comes to design. Want to know more? Here are a few ways that you can use this particular style to honor the parent in your life.

1. Birthstones

The most traditional way to design a mother's ring is to use each child's birthstone. Because most families feature children born in all different months, the array of birthstones gives the ring a vibrant color — which is perfect to represent the vibrant chaos that is parenthood.

The biggest challenge is undoubtedly how to use the different colors in a pleasing arrangement, so be sure to find jewelers who can help.

2. Stacked Rings

If you're not one for birthstones, or if your children's birthstones are too similar to provide a nice combination, you might consider stacking rings instead. In the stacked ring style, each individual small ring would represent a child.

How you represent your loved one is unique to each parent. You might use small birthstones or a design that reminds you of each child. You could have the children help pick out a ring that they like. Or you and your partner might design a band that symbolizes your journey to being a parent to that particular child. The choices are endless, but avoid over-embellishing these rings so that they work well when used together. 

3. Messages

No matter what style you choose or what your jewelry preferences are, adding a message to a parent's ring is an easy way to make it special. Engrave the children's names or birth dates on the band. Add a message of your own as a parent or let them give you a message to engrave. Use a favorite quote about parenthood. Or just say how much you love the parent of your children. 

Which of these timeless options would be the perfect way to show your love and appreciation for your partner? No matter what you choose, a mother's ring is one of the most beautiful ways to say "I love you." Get started today by consulting with an experienced jeweler in your area. 


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Metal Sensitivity: Advice From a Jewelry Lover

Ever since I was a child, I've loved the look of fashion earrings. However, I soon discovered that my ears are sensitive to metal-coated earrings. Rather than spend a small fortune for custom made jewelry, I've found retailers that sell hypoallergenic earrings. These earrings are made for individuals such as myself with sensitivity to metals. Check your high-end department stores or local jeweler. You'll find hypoallergenic earrings in sterling silver, white gold, yellow gold, and platinum. The main thing is to never choose jewelry containing nickle, as this is commonly the culprit. A good alternative to metals listed above is titanium jewelry, as this is considered to be hypoallergenic. Also, avoid using harsh detergents or chemicals to clean your earrings and jewelry, as this may cause further irritation. Mild dish soap may work well, but be sure to rinse your jewelry thoroughly.

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