Wear Your Mom’s Jewelry Day is celebrated on August 8 every year. This day is about taking your mother’s heirlooms, dusting them off, and proudly wearing them. Whether it’s a necklace, a ring, or an earring, celebrating your mother’s legacy is highlighted through these fashion pieces. Just like everyone’s love for their mothers, these precious gems symbolize the invaluable love for our mothers. Whether they’re still living or have passed away, these priceless possessions are a stamp of honoring their memory and the sacrifices they made to raise us. Learn more about the ways you can celebrate Mom’s Jewelry Day.
History of Wear Your Mother’s Jewelry Day
Wear Your Mother’s Jewelry Day was founded by Barbara J. Feldman, who started this holiday on her mom’s birthday. When her mother was diagnosed with dementia, she immediately realized how important memories are and how priceless time is. As her mother’s condition continued to worsen, the line that connects between her and her mother’s memory solely relies on physical mementos.
Her mom was a fashionista and a jewelry lover. One of her mother’s prized possessions was this jewelry box she held dearly. Her mom collected jewelry from all over making each piece unique and deeply memorable.
By the time Barbara’s mom passed away on February 25, 2017, taking care of her heirlooms became her way of coping. She regularly cleaned, repaired, and fixed each piece as a symbol of her mother’s undying love. Barbara did not just make it a solo project; she also shared it with other people. These acts also became ways of coping for her daughters, sister, and niece. For them, it’s not about the monetary value of these pieces of jewelry — it’s the memory they hold.
Barbara made it her life mission to celebrate the connections we have with our mothers who have passed through these tangible mementos. She started this holiday as a way to immortalize the colorful life of her mother and to encourage others to do the same.
Wear Your Mother’s Jewelry Day timeline
The ancient civilization of Iran and the Mediterranean popularize jewelry as artifacts.
King Louis XIV makes it a habit to give his wife, Marie Antoinette, a ton of diamonds.
Jewelry lore notes the first mother’s ring.
Barbara J. Feldman starts the holiday as a way of honoring the memory of her late mom.
Wear Your Mother’s Jewelry Day FAQs
What Is the world’s most expensive piece of jewelry?
The world’s most expensive jewelry is The Hope Diamond priced at $250 million.
Who was the world’s first jewelry designer?
The world’s first jewelry designer is Louis Cartier.
How do I clean jewelry at home?
Dilute your dishwashing soap with warm water, and use this as a solution to clean rings, bracelets, and earrings.
Wear Your Mother’s Jewelry Day Activities
Flaunt your mom’s jewelry
Spend a day outdoors flaunting your mom’s jewelry! Whether it’s a ring, earring, or bracelet, it’s that time of the year to show off what your mother handed you. Just be careful not to lose them!
Clean your mom’s jewelry box
Maintaining your mom’s jewelry box is the best way for them to last longer. Clean each piece with a jewelry solution and check which ones need to be repaired by a professional.
Buy a piece of jewelry
Continue the tradition — buy a piece of jewelry for you to pass on to your daughter. It keeps the tradition alive, making this a multi-generational gesture that lasts a lifetime.
5 Interesting Facts About Jewelry
The first engagement ring
The concept of an engagement ring was proposed by Maximilian of Austria back in 1477.
Jewelry under the sea
According to experts, about 10 billion tons of gold can be found on the ocean floor.
The first synthetic diamonds
The first synthetic diamonds were made in the 1950s.
The oldest piece of jewelry is the 1,000,000-year-old Nassarius shells.
Gold is skin-friendly
Gold is the most-preferred metal by jewelry makers because it doesn’t react to the skin.
Why We Love Wear Your Mother’s Jewelry Day
We love our mothers
Any holiday to honor the memory of our mothers is worth celebrating. Wear Your Mother’s Jewelry Day allows us to uphold their legacy and share their lives with others.
We get to keep a piece of our mom
Wearing our mom’s jewelry is like being with them, even for a day. It helps us cope with the loss while celebrating the life they lived.
It’s a way to start a tradition
This holiday is a perfect way to start a multi-generational tradition that you can pass on to your daughters and granddaughters. Safe keep your heirlooms and let them inherit these one day.
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