Getting your ears pierced is a rite of passage in many cultures.
I vividly remember getting my own ears pierced. My mom had a rule that my sister and I had to wait until we were 16 years old. As with most older sister / younger sister situations my sister dutifully waited until she was 16 and I got to get my ears pierced when I turned 13 years old. With the caveat – no dangle earrings!! Well, my best friend and I had a joint 13th b-day party (boy-girl!!) and the majority of gifts were earrings for my newly pierced ears — dangle earrings. My mom sighed. And thus my love of earrings was born.
My daughter just got her ears pierced as her big holiday present. When she was born, I said she’ll have to wait until she is 16 years old. A couple of years ago I said I’d consider 13 years old. Well, she is currently 12 years old. It has been a long, tough year and if earrings bring her a little joy, what’s the difference of six months 12 to 13 years old.
While my daughter is exploring styles and, of course, pushing for dangle earrings I am feeling the itch for new earrings!
For me, earrings are very personal. They are the one piece of jewelry I wear every day. They are an extension of my personality. They have also been a consistent gift of love from my significant other over the decades (!!) of our relationship. Specifically, our source has been a small, family-owned jeweler, Shah & Shah Distinctive Jewellers. I’ve had the privilege of benefiting from two generations of their elegant, creative craftsmanship to represent my life’s milestones – anniversaries, motherhood, holidays, birthdays and sometimes a “just because” – my Shah & Shah jewelry are a blueprint of my adult life through lean times and bountiful times.