So Jeff and I went shopping for a mother's day gift for his mother this weekend. I had already gotten and given my mother her gift at Easter: a gift card for the Pirates so that she and her boyfriend could go to a game of their choice sometime this month.
Jeff had in his mind a charm bracelet that could have all the birthstones for everyone in the family. Since the family is grown exponentially fast recently and hardly anyone's birth months overlapped, it seemed excessive to try to buy a ring at this time. When we got to the jewelry store we found out that there weren't any linked chains that could be used for charm bracelets. Jeff was a little frustrated that the only options they had in that style cost a couple hundred dollars. Apparently Pandora has quite literally knocked down the demand of the traditional charm bracelet such that you can't even find them anymore.
So, there we were look at Pandora bracelets.The first step was picking out chain which Jeff went with a silver lobster claw. We also decided to get at least one clip in order to make sure that the beads stay in place the way they're supposed to without the risk of them falling off. We went with this one:
We next checked out the different options for birth stones. Jeff wanted to start with just his own and his brother's and for the following holidays we would start to fill in the rest. It sounded like a great idea until we started adding up the cost of the different charms and the add-ons that we hadn't expected, such as the clip. The birthstone charms that the lady first showed us were definitely a) out of our price range and b) completely inappropriate to represent her two sons.
Our second option was a dangling charm for the birthstones but I told Jeff that on my "knock-off" bracelet that the dangling charms tended to press into my wrist awkwardly or get caught on things. So we quickly decided against that particular style of charms. Especially since we were informed that they were discontinued and we'd never have a chance to get a matched set by the time Christmas rolled around.
The third option was a more recent design that wasn't necessarily meant to be birthstones but just came in a wide variety of stone colors. We liked these, but it was still out of our budget to afford both Jeff and his brother's stones and didn't seem right to buy only one of theirs.
So we started contemplating what single charm we could buy that would be appropriate for Mother's Day. Of course considering the occasion we looked at the newest "MOM" charm but decided to not go quite that obvious or cheesy.
We instead got her this:
Can't go wrong with something tropical for this scuba diving family. So now we've got to make sure she knows that we'll fill it in over time and to not rush out and buy all the charms herself.