In a world of dad-bod jokes and mom jeans, I’m happy to be bestowed with the latter (who’d have thought that the high-waisted fit would ever be considered cool?). But where mom jewelry is concerned, I think that could use a little work.
Often I find jewels that fit the category of “gifts for mom” represent the kids more so than the moms—birthstone jewelry, engraved birth dates, lockets with photos. There’s nothing wrong with that—I myself wear an “E” initial necklace for my baby girl—but how about a little more celebration for the mamas themselves?
I love my “E” necklace. I never take it off. But that has all to do with keeping baby’s name close to my heart and little to do with my own identity: the person that I have become since she made me a mama.
So I instantly became infatuated with the line from Tali Gillette. The designer and mother to a son has created the perfect pieces that symbolize who moms are—how they (and their children) see themselves. Gillette’s Mama collection features the three-syllable mamama—a name the designer’s son gave her (probably as he learned to love practicing his consonants, as my own little one is beginning to do). It’s a nod to who her son made her, but, universally, it represents all moms at some point in time, even once they’ve gone from mamama to mom to mother! (oh, man, I am not looking forward to that one).
I’ve come to learn that mama is also a term of endearment from friends, the spoken language of the so-called mama tribe (a group I think is probably the coolest thing in the world to be a part of). Quite simply, Mama is just a darn good and worthy collection, and it’s not only a great gift from a significant other, but it’s a fabulous purchase for yourself or a fellow mom friend.
I also love Gillette’s other pieces for celebrating moms without being quite so on the nose. Her A Good Egg collection “celebrates the good eggs in one’s life” in a variety of styles. Available in 18k yellow, white, or rose gold, or sterling silver, options range from the simple, smooth shape of an egg, to one with a “mama crack,” one written with the word mama in a spiral pattern, and another that says love (a good push present from a partner, perhaps?).
Mother’s Day is about a half year away, but I don’t think anyone needs such an occasion to indulge in a collection such as this (I sure don’t!). For more information, visit taligillette.com.
Top: Spiral pavé Mama ring in 18k white gold with 0.52 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,950