So yeah, turning 30 this year and it's coming up rather fast. Eeeeeeep!
I love meaningful jewellery. Ok so no, this isn't a post designed for my husband to spy on, get some inside info and buy me my dream jewellery. Just thought I'd say that! ANYWAY, I love jewellery that has been gifted to me or bought to signify an occasion e.g. wedding ring, maternity ring. I love engravings and personal messages and jewellery that is completely unique to me.
So naturally I've been thinking of a piece of jewellery to signify a good 30 years and the people I've held close within my life so far.
I've always been a fan of charm bracelets, ever since an old primary school friend showed me her one as we snuck into her parents bedroom and got it out of its precious little box in her dad's sock draw. She told me that she was given a charm every year on her birthday and that one day it would be full right up with charms and that she would be old enough to wear it every day. I've never forgotten that memory and have since implemented that same tradition with my daughters. Quinn is about to receive her bracelet and first charm and Zoe her third charm. I love it. Joel thinks I'm nuts. It's a girl thing... it's a Sarah thing. I love traditions, jewellery and meaningful jewellery.
But now I'm wondering about something for myself and can't help but dream about a charm bracelet for myself. But I don't want 30 charms on it (well nearly) and I don't want one every year or over time, I want them all on their now. I want them all to represent all the special people in my life, family, friends, everyone. So as you could imagine the price (I've worked it out) is rather horrendous.
So I did a bit of handy Photoshopping and found some charms to represent my 'people' as best as I can. I see these charms as symbols, representing what these people mean to me. They may not understand them as that particular symbol, or others who know them might not associate them with that particular symbol.. but that is what makes this unique to me.
So here goes:
Zoe: Dinosaur - because she is obsessed right now and I love it. I love that on the weekend we weren't in the toy store's girly section... we spent the entire time with the dinosaurs and transformers in the boys section. This isn't a symbol of what she means to me, it's just her right now.
Quinn: Owl - her name means 'wise' but also as Joel pointed out to me, she's my little night owl.
Joel: Surfboard - because I didn't want to put a lame car on my bracelet. And although the hours that this boy must surf in one day takes him away from me for too long too often in the summer, it is pretty COOL that he can do it at all. I'm still waiting for the tan and beach blond hair... This is another charm that is more to represent the person or person's interests, not what they are to me. COULD NOT work out what this symbol for him would be.
Me: Faery - this should be pretty obvious.
And I'd love a cross to represent my faith and christianity, without which all these people in my life wouldn't be possible.
Dad: Stag - fast, strong, head of the house, father figure, someone who used to hunt deer when I was a kid, we had stag heads on the walls, it is a big part of my childhood memories. It includes growing up on the deer farm, pet deer we had, pet animals we had, the awesome life my father (and mother) gave me on a farm in the majority of my childhood.
Mum: Scotch Thistle - red head, firey, scottish, strong and wise. I contemplated a 'hen' for Mum as it symbolised more of a 'mother' but that was too lame. She's cooler than a chicken.
Sister: Ladybird - I have thought of a number of symbols for Gina but it always came down to this as it is as much a part of her as faeries are for me. I'd also thought of a butterfly or a bird as she is such a beautiful free spirit. She's one of a kind.
Brother: Treble Clef - my brother Dean was the hardest to think up a symbol for. So many different things sums up who he is to me and what he means to me it was really hard. So I thought back to my childhood and what was most significant about him back then and it would have to be his musical ability. He is still the best musician I know and I was constantly in awe and envious of his natural talent. I think all his siblings would agree.
Sister (to be): Angel Wings - Jane, who's about to marry Dean in December would be wings. She is such a beautiful person, so kind, so generous and so real. She has an amazing relationship and connection with God and an innocence that I find endearing and find myself envious of.
Brother: Skull - I chose a skull for Sam because every time I see a skull I think of him. I know he has (the last time I looked) a couple of skull tattoos so maybe that's it, I don't know. It's not a symbol of death, it's just him. Bones, the heart, human.
So I got carried away and thought about adding some charms to represent some friends. I had to stop somewhere though! So not everyone is here (I don't have all night). I'm also not sure I want to share who each one of the charms are. But I'll give you a bit... and you can make of it what you will.
Toadstool: A little friend that is probably my favourite. She is super creative, super cute and little and brightens up my days like no one else. Couldn't be without her, not sure she knows how much I love her!
Book: I have only met this gorgeous woman once in person, but she is another favourite of mine. I have a connection with her that I don't have with anyone else on this earth and we currently have a casual little unspoken book club going on. I love it!
Feather: This was a hard one as all the symbols I'd originally thought of just didn't feel right. This lady is very special to me and I don't get to see her enough. She is very tenderhearted, has that innocence I spoke of above and a beautiful enviable relationship with God it makes you sick. She is very inspiring and loving and I miss her.
Crown: This wonderful human being is so amazing I don't even know what to write here. I'm about to cry. Her charm represents her name more than what she is to me or her personality or our relationship. She means so much to me and I NEED her on my bracelet. haha.
Fox: Hmmm, sly, cunning, gorgeous, sleek, quiet and intelligent. Someone who's come back into my life recently and will never ever leave. I will not let her.
SO, if you were a charm on my bracelet (or on your own bracelet or any bracelet for that matter) what would YOU be?
I'm still not sure I'm actually going to buy all these and do this, I will probably just go with the immediate family set. I have some time and will most likely change my mind but would love your thoughts regardless!