As a jeweler and Grandmother, I have seen a new fad take over. My
daughter-in-law put a bracelet on my granddaughter at the hospital.
Adalaide has been wearing one ever since, she is nearing 3. Never
once has she broken or taken off the bracelet on her own. She now
has a jewelry box and takes great joy in choosing her own. She is
quite the diva. The jewelry I have made for her includes 2mm agate
with mini heishe twisted sterling. Also a jade bracelet and a
sterling and swarovski bracelet.
Then last month another new mother asked me to not only make her
daughter Nova a bracelet, but also a necklace to match, and now at
about 5 months, Nova also considers the jewelry as stationary and
does not play with them.
We as a society have gotten paranoid of being safe. I grew up in a
time when we biked, skated and rode horses and motorcycles without
helmets and pads. We also survived without car seats. I now would
not have a child in a car without a car seat, but as for the
rest…well it is up to each person to decide for
themselves. I am not bound by fear, it does not paralyze me. We all
When I sell baby jewelry to my two customers, I give them a caution.
For my granddaughter it is verbal, but for Nova I mark it on the
receipt that the item is dangerous and caution should be used.