I had turned 18 when my mother gifted a beautiful ‘bunch of grapes’ gold and diamond pendant to me. It had 16 diamonds and they sparkled like nothing I had ever seen before. That was the first piece of jewellery I had been gifted and even after 21 years, it is still the most precious possession of mine. I remember my mother’s face when her two daughters would get ready, wear fancy clothes and jewellery; how she would beam with pride. I didn’t understand the feeling much back then.
As luck would have it, I also have a daughter. I hadn’t thought much about getting her jewellery apart from when we got her ears pierced with a gold string and bought her a najariya (black and gold bracelet worn by babies in India to ward off the evil eye). As my daughter is in her growing years, she takes a keen interest in observing me when I get ready. She observes me putting my makeup on, helps me select matching jewellery with my outfits, and comments on how a particular piece of jewellery flatters me or not. These are small things but it touches the heart of a mother, especially because when you were a child, you did the exact same thing when your mother got ready.
This interest of hers in my jewellery was like an indication to me. I realised that she was old enough to own her first piece and it was time to get her one soon. Now, I consider myself a practical lady. I don’t like to buy gifts unnecessarily and without a reason. However, as the festive season was approaching, I realised it was the perfect time to indulge in some gold shopping.
I usually buy a silver or gold coin during Diwali. But this festive season, instead of coins, I bought jewellery for my daughter – and not any jewellery, but the perfect one for my daughter.
Buying jewellery can be an overwhelming task due to the multiple stores making claims about the authenticity and purity of the ornament. In Mumbai I am afraid to go to any random jeweller, I trust only one name – Tanishq by Tata as it is India’s national local jeweller.
Hence, my husband and I decided to drop by the nearest Tanishq store. It was mesmerising from the word go. Every single piece of jewellery was exquisite and I was tempted to buy them all, but didn’t I say I am a practical person. They make really dainty kids jewellery and I found a pretty pair of gold earrings for my daughter which is ideal for most occasions. Of course, she would wear it for Diwali, but it would also work for any dressy occasion.
The reaction my daughter gave when I handed her the box was priceless. My daughter’s wide smile and the sparkle in her eyes when she tried the earrings on for the first time!
For all you parents who are planning on gifting jewellery to their loved ones this festive season, these are my two cents when it comes to buying any ornament:
- Invest in gold jewellery instead of buying coins or bars. Most coins and bars sit in the lockers, while jewellery adds to our looks when we step out.
- Buy jewellery from a trusted place only. Quality should not be compromised to save a few thousands, that’s what I believe in. #firsttimemommytip Click To Tweet
- Heirloom jewellery has a sentimental value attached, but gift something new to your child. Something that she can call her own and feel proud to own.
My daughter is on cloud nine on receiving her perfect piece of jewellery. She has already announced it to the world. It makes me happy and proud that I could do to her what my mother did to me – buy a precious gift that we will cherish and will be with us FOREVER. All of this was made possible by the trusted name in the business, our Tanishq.