If you grew up in the 70’s or 80’s, class rings were the rage. Most of us have those expensive class rings in our jewelry box but we never wear them. As my kids are getting to graduation age I started thinking about what memorable gift I wanted to give them. And I can assure you the Josten’s class ring is not it. High school and college graduations are momentous and celebratory occasions. Elementary school and advanced-degree graduates also deserve recognition of their achievements as they enter the next phase of their lives. No graduate is too young or too old to receive a gift. When considering a graduation gift, keep in mind the age and life stage — not to mention personal style — of the graduate. The two things any graduation gift should have? Make it both meaningful and lasting. The right piece of jewelry does both.
For the youngest set of graduates, or those being promoted from elementary, middle or junior high school, a fun but meaningful gift is best. Young girl graduates would love a small pendant necklace to remind them of the occasion. A heart-shaped pendant or small locket will go over especially well with this age. Does your young graduate already have a charm bracelet? If not, think about getting her one along with a special charm to signify the occasion. If she already has one, give her a charm that will remind her of her promotion as she enters the next phase of childhood. Most young girls will also adore a small, personalized pendant, engraved with their name or a meaningful saying, to place on either a necklace or a charm bracelet. Keep in mind you’ll want to steer clear of anything with the year engraved, as class year is usually reserved for high school and college graduations.
High school graduates
High school graduation is perhaps the single biggest milestone in a young person’s life. For some it will also be their final graduation, and even for those who continue onto college, vocational school or eventually graduate school, little will match the emotional significance of this celebratory bridge into adulthood. It makes sense to match the magnitude of the occasion with a gift that will last. For girls, a personalized pendant necklace offers plenty of options. Choose one engraved with her initials, name or graduation year, or combine the year with her name or initials. Depending on what moves her, consider adding an inspirational saying such as “Let the journey begin” or gifting her a pendant with the saying alone. You don’t need engravings to have the jewelry openly celebrate the occasion. A pendant necklace or charm in the shape of a graduate’s cap will also do just that. If your graduate prefers more subtlety, drop the graduation theme altogether and gift her a piece of classic jewelry that will help start he jewelry wardrobe. A pair of timeless stud earrings, a solitaire birthstone necklace or even a simple, elegant birthstone ring would be fitting and treasured for years to come.
When choosing a gift for a college grad, consider something that will last as she or he embarks on the path of independent adulthood. College graduation is an ideal occasion to start or enhance a young woman’s classic jewelry wardrobe. A graduate planning to immediately enter the professional workforce would appreciate work-worthy basics like sophisticated stud earrings, a diamond solitaire necklace or a strand of pearls. Most young women would love a birthstone piece either to start or complement their birthstone collection. Or does your graduate prefer a little flair? Choose a striking gemstone necklace or ring that fits her personal style.
Advanced degree graduates
When considering what jewelry to gift an advanced degree grad, take your celebrant’s life stage into consideration along with his or her new career path. A new doctor will usually be older than a newly minted lawyer. A recent MBA grad may have spent several pre-business school years in the workforce. For a woman entering a professional career with the likes of a law or business degree, opt for jewelry she can wear on the job. A classic pearl strand, a necklace or stud earrings with a solitaire diamond or other gemstone, or a delicate pendant necklace are all good picks. A new doctor or nurse will likely want something small and unobtrusive — and not on fingers or wrists — like simple stud earrings or a delicate pendant necklace. Don’t give a gift that states the year. Class years typically signify high school and college graduations. If you keep in mind the age, life stage and personal style of your graduate, you’re sure to choose a jewelry gift that provides a meaningful and lasting memento of the occasion.
So buy your beads and components on-line, get creative and create a timeless piece for your special graduate!