Do you know someone who is expecting soon, or has recently given birth?
Consider a Push Present.
The popularity of the push present has soared recently. So what exactly is it?
Wikipedia defines “push present” as a gift a partner gives to the mother to mark the occasion of her giving birth to their child. In practice the present may be given before or after the birth, or even in the delivery room.
A recent survey of over 30,000 respondents by BabyCenter found that 38% of new mothers received a push present, and 55% of pregnant mothers wanted one, though fewer thought it was actually expected. About 40% of both groups said the baby itself was already a present and did not wish an additional reward.
It’s a wonderful way to celebrate the new mom.
Some ideas for push gifts include jewelry with the gemstone of the month the baby is due, a gold, silver or platinum disk with names, initials or birthstone. A delicate diamond pendant, pearl necklace or earrings.
The trend has generated a backlash, as some couples dislike the implicit materialism of push presents, and would prefer increased help in chores or baby care, or save the money for the child’s education. Anyway you decide to help the new mom, she deserves some extra love and attention.
According to etiquette expert Pamela Holland, there are no set guidelines for push presents. “The standard is that there is no standard,” she said. “It does make sense to have etiquette around wedding or baby shower gifts because you’re inviting other people into it. But this is far too intimate to have a rule.” In general it is the woman who lets her man know about push presents, not the other way around, although there can be peer pressure from friends to buy one on either the man or the woman.
Diamonds were the most popular gift in the form of an eternity ring, but also tablet computers, charm bracelets and designer watches and handbags were also popular gifts to celebrate a new arrival.
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Whether you’re planning a big trip overseas, a meandering road trip in the mountains, or adventure at the beach, you may wonder about what jewelry to leave behind, what to bring and how to pack it.
Here are some useful travel jewelry tips we found.
A vacation is typically a break from routine and daily worries so most follow the rule of not bringing anything that you’ll worry about losing; and best to to leave expensive items or those with emotional value at home. However this doesn’t mean you should leave all jewelry at home since a vacation is a great time to wear fun outfits and accessorize.
A good tip is to stick with just a few neutral pieces — small hoop or stud earrings, a small pendant, a chain bracelet that will work with multiple outfits. But also throw in a few whimsical statement pieces. They’ll dress up even your most basic travel outfit.
What about your wedding band and engagement ring? Depending on your destination and activities, it’s often best to leave your engagement ring at home and wear just a less flashy wedding band.
Maybe you still want the look of your diamond engagement or wedding ring but don’t want to risk your own. Consider a look-a-like at a fraction of the cost. Colorless or “white” gems, like white topaz or crystal, can play the part of your pricier and more emotionally precious diamond jewelry.
If you do choose to travel with any fine jewelry, this is a good time to set up jewelry insurance for those pieces if you haven’t already.
How do you keep jewelry tangle-free, clean and organized to your destination?
Consider these tips for your next trip:
- Travel jewelry case: If you travel frequently, it might make sense to invest in a travel organizer or roll made specifically for jewelry. It doesn’t have to be pricey, but a good travel jewelry case will have compartments to keep your individual jewelry items both organized and free from tangles and scratching.
- Straws: Keep necklace chains tangle-free by slipping one end through a drinking straw then closing the clasp. Put all the straws in a toothbrush holder to keep your necklaces safe and contained. For a chunky necklace, follow the same process using a toilet paper tube.
- Index cards: Keep earrings organized and easy-to-find by using a safety pin to poke holes through an index card then inserting earrings and sealing the backs. Wrap a cloth around the card then pack it with the rest of your jewelry.
- Buttons: If you have spare buttons (especially larger ones), pair your earrings through the holes and seal the backs, one earring pair per button. When you’re packing for a trip, put the buttons you want to take in a small ziplock bag or wrap them in a small cloth for added protection.
- Daily pill box: They are the perfect size for storing individual earrings, rings and even smaller bracelets and necklaces. By putting just one item (or earring pair) in a box, jewelry stays tangle-free and organized. And since the boxes are connected, you have all your jewelry in one place.
- Small sealable snack cups: These are a great size for storing individual chunkier necklaces, bracelets or earrings, or a collection of earring-pair buttons wrapped in a small cloth.
If you’re flying, pack jewelry in your carry-on bag. Checked bags have a much greater chance of getting lost.
Just remember: You’re taking a vacation to relax and have fun, and to get away from your daily routine. Keep jewelry simple and inexpensive so it doesn’t get in the way.
Happy travelling from The Gold Market Jewelers!
It’s been a long, busy week in our showroom and at the bench.
We love working and helping customers, but we also enjoy having some time off on the weekend.
Have you ever stopped to wonder who invented weekends? As much as we love weekends, would you believe that they’ve only been around for less than 100 years?
During the Industrial Revolution, factories needed to be running around the clock so employees during this era frequently worked between 10-16 hour days. In the 1920s however, it was Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company, that established the 5-day, 40-hour work week.
Even though the federal government didn’t begin to limit companies to a 40-hour work week until 1938, Ford began to give his factory workers a two-day weekend in the early 1900s.
Ford recognized that the economy got a boost if workers have a couple of days off each week to purchase goods and enjoy using them.
Hope you have a great weekend! The forecast calls for snow but you can still enjoy your time off! There is so much to do here in Longmont and in Boulder County.
Our dear friend, Peter owner of Anvil Distillery just stopped by to say hi. If you’re in the mood for amazing hand crafted spirits, check out their tasting room…you’ll be amazed!
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We can’t help being excited that our home team, The Denver Broncos are headed to Super Bowl 50!
In honor of their win, we are dedicating this blog post to gems and jewelry that are #UnitedinOrange . . . Citrine, Garnet, Sapphire, Tourmaline, Opal, Moonstone, and even Coral, which all come in shades of our favorite color of the week.
Stop by The Gold Market Jewelers and check out the variety of jewelry you can wear in orange–and most available in Gold, Silver and Platinum.
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