“But I just can’t decide … sigh!”
One of our favourite things about the Celebration Pendant is the fact that it can be personalised, not just on the front, but on the reverse too. This is fantastic news – two surfaces to decorate, double the fun!
However, it’s not always easy …
… sometimes all this choice can be overwhelming and people often ask us how to come up with (or narrow down) ideas to personalise their pendants.
We have taken this feedback on board and designed a range of three ready to wear designs, which give a fantastic starting point. They have a design on one side, with the other side left blank for your own personalisation.
So we thought it would be helpful to talk you through how the original Celebration Pendant came about, and then give some ideas of how this could be adapted for a different person.
This is the first ever Celebration Pendant:
In fact, when this one was made, it wasn’t even called the Celebration Pendant. It was simply a piece our founder Susie designed and had made for herself after the birth of her son.
Susie chose a hand-engraved bee on one side, and the word “Buzz” set with 29 diamonds on the other. So what was the significance of these?
The bee represents Susie’s son, Master Mildred, for a couple of reasons: his initial is B, and he had a toy bee at the time that he loved (and still does to this day). In addition, bees have always been used as a motif in jewellery and in design generally: perhaps most famously, Napoleon used one as his symbol.
Bees represent wisdom, immortality, nobility, and love. They are industrious, and are said to bring good luck and prosperity. We’ll take all of that!
“Buzz” has been Master Mildred’s nickname from a young age. Susie liked the idea of using this word as it has meaning to her, but no one would necessarily know what it means if they didn’t understand the background to it. This means other people have purchased the exact same pendant and it had a completely different meaning for them.
It also happens to go perfectly with “bee”.
And it’s nice to have one side gem-set, with the other engraved.
So, how could you take either the Buzz or the bee, and make them your own? Here are some ideas for things you could put on the reverse side:
We surveyed our followers, and their most frequent suggestion to go with “Buzz”, was “off”. We love this, as it’s so British, and it shows that your Celebration Pendant can be witty and fun.
We also think a gem-set lightning bolt would be a fantastic option – this one has diamonds, but other stones (perhaps rubies) would also work well.
We had fun with this and came up with a lot of ideas.
First, we thought of “Bee lucky”. The word “lucky” is hand-engraved, and looks great plain, or with a single discreet diamond set into the “y”.
but the thing to remember when thinking about this, is you don’t have to be literal. So, “lucky” could also be represented by a four-leaf clover. We have shown options here in yellow gold with hand engraving and a single centre diamond,
or in platinum with emeralds, which we are really loving!
You’ll also notice that we have used different typefaces for “off”, “lucky” and “the change” – this is another way you can personalise your pendant and make it truly yours.
Finally, remember it doesn’t need to be complicated or “clever”. Names, dates, initials and places are all popular options, and we are working on some blog posts on other ideas which will be coming soon – watch this space.
We are continually delighted by the ideas our customers come up with and would love to hear how you would personalise a Celebration Pendant. Please do contact us if you have any suggestions and we will share our favourites.
Love, Mildred xx