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What is Heirloom Jewelry?

by Natacha Metayer 08 Jan 2021 0 Comments

What is Heirloom Jewelry? 

Heirloom jewelry belongs in a family, passed down through the generations. Why are some pieces of jewelry heirlooms? Value and beauty are crucial, but the family history is KEY. Heirloom jewelry is a symbol of family, love, and accomplishment. Heirloom jewelry is a symbol of family, love, and accomplishment.

Heirloom jewelry traditions invariably focus on special occasions. When you receive a gift from a loved one, you transfer the deep emotions from the event onto the gift. 

That significance makes families create heirloom items to pass along to others. The hope is that future generations cherish the symbolic possessions, too.

This way, heirloom jewelry directly connects individuals to their family history. 

When to Pass Along Heirloom Jewelry 

You undoubtedly cherish your heirloom pieces. So, to pass it along, the occasion should rise to the same emotional level as the item.
Small, inexpensive heirlooms make delightful coming of age gifts. Sweet 16, 18th, or 21st birthdays, communions, bar mitzvahs and graduations are ideal.

Types of Heirloom Jewelry 

Some pieces are more likely to become family heirlooms. Here are some of our favorites:
  • Engagement Rings: Engagement rings are the most common heirlooms. With tremendous sentimental and financial value, they are easily worn, re-sized, melted down or cast again to recreate other pieces.
  • Diamond Earrings: A classic pair of diamond earrings work with any outfit, never going out of style. Solitaire studs are incredibly timeless, easily withstanding generational trends.
  • Pendant Necklaces: Cross pendants with diamonds or other gemstones frequently commemorate communions and weddings. Lockets, initials, and heart-shaped pendants are charming and highly personal items, making them ideal heirlooms.
  • Diamond Tennis Bracelets: A diamond tennis bracelet is certainly a staple in any classic jewelry collection. Easy to wear for everyday or special occasions, diamond bracelets never go out of style.
  • Eternity Rings: The traditional symbol of the circle of life, eternity rings are often wedding rings, anniversary gifts and given to commemorate a child's birth. Representing deep family ties and affection, eternity rings are a legacy of love.


How to Create Your Own Heirloom Jewelry 

Buy a piece wisely, and it will be worn and enjoyed for generations. Consider both style and quality. A solidly made piece should hold up to the wear and tear of the decades. Finally, choose a timeless, classic style that will not go out of fashion.

At JNCY Jewelers, we aim to help you make informed decisions.  Contact Us for more information.
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