Back in 2005 I bought myself a Mommytags necklace when Riley was born, and now that I’ve got a second child (is that ever going to seem completely normal to me, the notion that I have not a child but children?) I need to get myself a third tag with Dylan’s birth date on there. I suppose at that point it won’t quite have the same military vibe (which I love, because hello, as mothers have we not all joined some sort of poop-smeared Special Forces Brute Squad?), but I dig that piece of jewelry. It’s got just the right feel for me: not too froufrou, perfect for t-shirts and dresses alike.
I like the idea of customized jewelry but there’s a lot of cheesy stuff out there, apparently targeting the cheery holiday sweater crowd. I did some browsing around to see what was available that didn’t seem like it should come with a shot of insulin (note to jewelry makers: if your website automatically starts playing sappy music upon loading, most of us can’t hit the Back button fast enough. Welcome to 2008, where web design should not hold a person down and dry-hump their leg); here are a few of the items that caught my eye:
Mommytags. Obviously I’m a little biased towards these guys since I own one of their necklaces, but really, so cute! Excellent customer service, too.
Isabelle Grace. This designer can create either customized tags or photo charm jewelry — I like all of her options, which are simple without being boring.
The Fine Art of Family. This jeweler creates photo locket designs, in addition to charms and other items. Much more expensive, but some very lovely designs.
Planetjill. Unique, pretty photo jewelry, as well as keychains, engraved items, and more.
Colleen Berg necklaces. Send in your child’s fingerprint (using the kit she supplies for $10), and she can turn it into a cute piece of jewelry. Very cool idea.
What do you think of the “mommy jewelry” trend (okay, I don’t know if it’s an actual trend, but it seems like I’ve been seeing a lot of ads for this type of thing in the back of parenting magazines etc)? Do you own anything similar?