Choosing Meaningful Gifts

We all want our gifts to our loved ones to be intentional. We want them to feel the joy that comes with receiving a truly meaningful gift.

For Valentine’s Day, Christmas, a birthday, anniversary, Mother’s Day, the birth of a child, or ‘just because,’ the perfect gift is something they will treasure forever. But there are so many options out there for fine jewelry, it’s hard to know where to start. Here are our tips for choosing the perfect gift:

Choose fine jewlery created by a true artist.

No Amazon purchases here! Shirley Matteson lovingly creates every single one of her pieces by hand. Read more about the artist here, or check out her process for how she makes her gorgeous earrings. Shirley is a true artist who is constantly creating and innovating unique and special jewels for her fine jewelry.

Fine Jewelry artist Shirley Matteson, in her workshop where she creates jewelry using the cloisonne technique
Fine Jewelry artist Shirley Matteson, in her workshop where she creates jewelry using the cloisonne technique

Choose a gift that is unique.

Because every piece is made by the artist herself, each jewel is as unique as the person who wears it. Her Texas Glory design is trademarked, meaning that Shirley is the only artist who can produce pieces with that design. Her Silver Babies line is a whole collection of creative and different pieces to choose from. Choose the one that speaks to you and know you have a piece of truly special fine jewelry.

Texas Glory earrings with a creative Texas flag design, made using the Cloisonne technique

Choose something high quality that will last a lifetime.

Family heirloom status here. Shirley’s fine jewelry pieces are made by hand, using high quality materials. Many of her pieces are set into sterling silver and come with a silver chain, protective pouch, and rosewood box. All of her fine jewelry is designed to last a lifetime.

Choose a gift with a symbolic meaning.

Many of us have things that remind of us of our loved ones, or that remind them of us. A close friend of mine always thought of her mother whenever she saw a dragonfly. For others, it’s a certain song, a color, or even a place. And sometimes, the symbols that mean the most to us are the ones we share with the rest of the world, the ones whose meaning everyone knows.

Rainbows:
The most common meaning associated with rainbows is one of hope. When a beloved pet passes on, we say they have crossed the rainbow bridge. A rainbow baby is a healthy baby after a heartbreaking loss or infertility struggles. Jewelry with a rainbow design makes a touching gift for those who have been through a difficult time.

Of course, rainbows can also symbolize equality and diversity, and can be powerful and meaningful gifts for those who feel marginalized or as symbols of inclusion and love.

Texas:
Artist Shirley Matteson lives in Texas, and she pours her love for her home into all of her pieces. She’s even created and copyrighted her own design from the Texas flag. Texas Glory is her unique line of creations using this design. For Texans, their home and their flag is deeply meaningful and symbolic.

Butterflies:
Just about everyone is familiar with the butterfly as a symbol of change and rebirth. But butterflies can also carry the meaning of transformation and triumph, and make perfect gifts for mothers or those going through a rite of passage or major life change

Texas Glory earrings with a creative Texas flag design, made using the Cloisonne technique
Texas Glory earrings with a creative Texas flag design, made using the Cloisonne technique

Choose a color that reflects their style.

Show your loved one that you pay attention to the details. Everyone has their own personal style. Choosing a meaningful gift in a color or pattern that matches that style shows that you see them and notice them. We all that one friend that always has something in a leopard print (or monarch print?), that dresses in all neutrals with a bright pop of an accent color, or that wears almost exclusively blue tones.

We all can pay attention to our loved one’s style, notice the details, and choose a gift you know they will wear often. They will think of you and your thoughtfulness every time they wear their fine jewelry, which will be often if it matches their style!

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