CHILDREN'S JEWELLERY: OUR BUYING GUIDE
We have created this guide to help you choose the best children's jewellery for an event or special occasion. Buying children's jewellery is a great idea because it is a precious gift made to last over time. Another advantage is that there is a huge choice of children's jewellery from a wide selection of collections, styles and price ranges for the perfect present for every occasion. Use these tips to help you limit your choices to those that will best suit the event and the child you are a parent, grandparent, godparent or simply a friend of the family.
When you give a piece of jewellery to a child of a certain age (from 4-5 years old), you have to find a motif or style that will arouse their interest or curiosity. Note, however, that children tend to change their interests regularly, so what appeals to one may not suit the other, so it's best to choose timeless themes. For jewellery given to a baby for a birth or christening, it is best to take into consideration the tastes and style of the parents.
Personalising the jewellery you give as a gift is a good way to make it unique and timeless. A personalised engraving, a stone corresponding to the month of birth will be a formidable way for you to choose the perfect piece of jewellery for your child. Please note that jewellery for boys can be different from jewellery for girls.
This guide, which we hope will be as complete as possible, is designed to provide you with a list of reminders and tips to take into account when buying children's jewellery.
Which metal should you choose for your children's jewellery?
According to the relationship you have with the child (parent, grandparent, godfather, godmother or simple relationship) or your budget, you will have to choose the metal that composes your jewel. The metals traditionally used in jewellery are 925 silver and 750 thousandths (18 carat) yellow, white or pink gold. Be careful, we strongly advise you to choose these precious metals. Even if you can nowadays find less precious gold (325 thousandths - 9 carats) or simple gold-plated, a piece of jewellery in these much less precious metals could be considered as a discounted gift.
If your budget is limited, don't forget that you can team up with several people (the godfather and godmother, for example) to give a 750 thousandths yellow gold children's jewel, a 750 thousandths white gold rhodium-plated children's jewel or a 750 thousandths pink gold children's jewel, which will be even more valuable!
Another ery important thing when giving a baby or children's jewellery, 925 silver and 750 gold are hypoallergenic metals. What's more, they can easily be refurbished by repolishing when they have been scratched (which is quite normal for jewellery worn by dynamic children!)
Which children's jewellery for which occasions?
Every event is special in itself. However, it is often an opportunity to dress more elegantly. The jewellery worn by a child can complement his or her outfit. Consider whether the jewellery you are offering should be worn with an outfit designed for a particular event, especially the colour.
Focus on the occasion or event itself. In fact, for those planning to give jewellery to children, the type of occasion may already give you some indication as to the type of jewellery that will best suit the person receiving it.
Baptism is an essential aspect of Christianity. One thing you need to know about giving is that you should always consider the tradition and belief of the recipient. Be sure to consider the images and symbolism represented in the jewellery.
Catholic baptismal jewellery traditionally offered to children are medals and bracelets. Most of the time, the medals and pendants offered to children during religious baptism have as a motif a cross, an angel, a dove, a fish... Cross pendants frequently offered to children are a representation of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
Jewellery offered for civil baptisms. We prefer the personalised bracelet with an engraving of the first name on the front and the date of birth on the back. You can also prefer jewellery for children with a secular motif (boy or girl symbol, astrological sign, tree of life...).
For an Jewish baptism, it is customary to offer a Star of David pendant, symbol of Judaism. It is a six-pointed star made up of two inverted triangles.
For a Muslim baptism, a Fatma hand medal (also called khamsa) will give luck to the child who wears it.
In conclusion, always take the sacrament into consideration when you find baptismal jewellery. Although this is an important aspect in the quest for baptismal gifts, it is actually considered to be one of the most neglected pieces of advice.
The jewels of first communion or solemn communion:
Just like the search for the perfect baptismal gift for a child, gifts of first communion and solemn communion can also take into consideration the type of sacrament being celebrated. Indeed, a child's first communion is an event to remember. Here the child must receive the Eucharist which relates to the birth of a new chapter of his or her faith. For these sacraments, the child is older (7-8 years for First Communion and 10-12 years for Solemn Communion). You will therefore have to be sensitive to the child's taste and style to choose a piece of jewellery that will really please him/her. We can then opt for more trendy jewellery such as an interchangeable cross bracelet on leather.
Jewelry for a birth or first birthday gift:
To celebrate the arrival of a child on earth, it is a common usage to offer a gift. This is now done even before the birth of the baby at a baby shower party (usually organized two months before the term). What could be more symbolic and original to offer a personalized baby bracelet, or a jewel with a natural stone of the month of birth of the child?
The first birthdays are really memorable, it is also the occasion to offer a precious gift. To find the ideal gift, you can consider many options, however, jewelry is at the top of the list. When it comes to jewelry for children on their first birthday, there is often a wide choice of jewelry for girls and jewelry for boys: bracelets, pendants, medals, necklaces... Among the possible themes that will be appreciated for many years to come are jewelry for children with an initial, a zodiac sign, a Chinese astrological sign, a birthstone...
Children's jewelry sizing guide
The sizes of bracelets for children:
When you offer a precious piece of jewelry for children, it is highly recommended to look ahead. The jewelry offered to a baby should be wearable when the child is older, adolescent, and sometimes even as an adult. Finding a bracelet that allows you to adjust it is the best solution. These bracelets with adjustable size are one of the best selling products in the field of children's jewelry. It is better to make sure in the product description that the jewelry is scalable. For example, bracelets and curb chains should have several positions (intermediate rings) or be mounted on an adjustable cord bracelet. The ideal size for a bracelet is one that allows the product to move freely, while ensuring that it will not fall off. The wrist size for children is generally between: 12 to 14 cm (baby) - 14 to 16 cm (child) - 16 to 18 cm (teenager).
Dimensions of medals and pendants for children:
Silver or gold pendants for children are a great gift idea. They are more durable because you only need to change the chain or cord to continue wearing them at any age. The size of the bead (the ring through which the chain or cord passes) should not be too small. They are also less prone to shocks. Baptismal medals are generally between 15 and 18 mm in diameter. The chains are 38 cm long (until about 8 years old) and 42 cm long (until adulthood).
Ring sizes for children:
Although it is less common to offer rings to children, the most suitable ring sizes for children are generally between size 40 (inner diameter 12.73 mm) and size 48 (inner diameter 15.28 mm). If you are not sure about the size, or if you want to give a durable children's jewelry gift, choose a bracelet or medal instead.
Prefer the made in France
Choosing a recognized brand that has been manufacturing its products in France for several years will be for you a guarantee of reliability, quality and authenticity of the materials used. You will also have a close contact person who can be reached by email or by phone in case of after-sales service or special request (product out of collection, very tight deadline for a christening, delivery follow-up...).
Buying children's jewelry: conclusion
So, in summary, choose children's jewelry according to the occasion or event and take into account the traditions and customs related to the event. Select noble materials such as 925 silver and 750 thousandths gold and prefer a French brand. Avoid ephemeral trends and instead choose quality jewelry for the long term by taking into account size recommendations.
Now that you know the basic rules for choosing the perfect piece of jewelry for your child, here are a few reminders to consider when it comes to care and safety.
Special care must be taken with all quality jewelry. It is essential to clean them regularly with a soft cloth or a chamoisine. This will allow the shine to come back and give the silver or gold all its luster. You can also, make them repolish from time to time to give them back their original shine.
Precious children's jewelry should only be worn for special events. When the event is over, store the jewelry in a jewelry box for safekeeping. Never let a child take a nap or sleep with a piece of jewelry. Jewelry worn by babies should be worn under the constant vigilance of an adult.