At this time of the year, the airlines are crowded with young kids going home from college. School is over for another year and a new crop of graduates are getting ready to don cap and cape. A new crop of parents are wondering what on earth would make the perfect graduation gift now that the best gift of all, education has been given and come to fruition.
A couple of years ago, my friends approached me to help them find something for their graduating daughter. We went through trays and trays of jewels and finally, they picked a small ring, delicate, beautifully made, antique ring. Totally unique. Special, like their daughter. Beautiful and understated. I know that she will enjoy that ring forever and hopefully, some day, pass it on to her own daughter.
Another young man proudly showed us the cufflinks his parents picked out for him. They were not his first cufflinks, but they were the first antique, quality cufflinks he owned. The pride he took in wearing them was very apparent. Whenever he wears them, he is reminded of that first great accomplishment, his graduation from college.
Whatever you pick for your son or daughter, it should reflect their values and taste. Not everyone is the same and not everyone will like the same style. I know young ladies who love anything in pink. Doesn't matter what - but it must be pink; others love big, while others yet are more understated and like something classic and classy. Oddly, a lot of young men are aching to wear a good ring. The great thing about antique jewelry is that there is something good out there to suit everyone. If you don't like the delicacy of a tiny Georgian ring, then go for the bold shape of Retro, the fine workmanship of Edwardian, the academic interest of Arts and Crafts - you name it, you will find it. Antique and vintage jewelry is as varied as is mankind and makes the perfect graduation gift.