So it’s nearly Mother’s Day – don’t forget the 14th of March or you will be in trouble! I love Mother’s Day not only because I am a mum and get spoilt (a little bit!) and I can spoil my mum and make her realise our special she is to me. But also because it is a celebration of all us Mums or grandmothers or aunts out there who give so much to look after our families in every way – whether it be working to earn money to support our family, cooking and cleaning for them and being their with love, hugs and a listening ear. It’s a day to show love, gratitude and appreciation for wonderful mums everywhere though acts of kindness and mother’s day gifts such as flowers and chocolates.
Where did Mothers Day Start?
The date varies in different countries, in the UK it has been celebrated on the fourth Sunday after Lent since the 16th century, in the U.S. it is the second Sunday in May and is other countries it is 8th March which is also International Women’s Day. It was originally a religious day 'Mothering Sunday' and was to honour and give thanks to the Virgin Mary also known as Mother Mary. People were expected to visit their ‘Mother’ church with offerings of thanks – the main church where their family lived. People often travelled long distances to come home and celebrate the day. The day reunited families and gave domestic servants and apprentices away from home, the chance to enjoy a day with their families and see their mothers. Thus the religious day thanking Mother Mary broadened its scope to become an occasion to thank all mothers.
This day of celebration became less and less popular across Europe until WW2 when Americans and Canadians, in particular, celebrated Mother’s Day, giving thanks to their mothers whilst away at war. The British and Europeans began to follow and since then Mother’s Day has been a firm fixture in the U.K. calendar.
The holiday for Mother’s Day was formed much later than Mothering Sunday, and was created by Anna Jarvis from West Virginia in 1908, in honour of her late mother. Jarvis campaigned for a holiday to celebrate all mothers after the death of her own, and after lots of hard work and determination, President Wilson finally made it an official holiday for the U.S. in 1914.
However, as the holiday grew more and more established it became more and more commercialized much to the disgust of Jarvis, who named it "Hallmark Holiday". Jarvis began to regret what the day had turned into, and spent the last years of her life trying to abolish the day she had created. However this didn't slow the commercial growth of the day and Mother's Day still remains a popular holiday making it one of the biggest days for sales of flowers and cards in many countries.
Mother's Day Traditions
Mother’s Day is celebrated in different ways all across the world from the U.S. where the day starts with breakfast in bed and a bouquet of flowers to other countries who have their own traditions and customs.
India hold a 10 day festival in October which celebrates Durga, the goddess of mothers. Families spend weeks preparing food, gathering gifts, and decorating their homes for the festival.
In Japan, following World War II, a version of Mother’s Day grew popular as a way of comforting mothers who had lost sons to the war. Carnations are given around this March holiday, as they symbolize the sweetness and endurance of motherhood in Japanese culture. Originally, children gave a red carnation to a living mother and displayed a white one if their mother had died.
In Ethiopia the Antrosht festival, at the end of the rainy season, is dedicated to mums. After the weather clears, family members from all over return to their homes for a large meal and celebration. Daughters traditionally bring vegetables and cheese, while sons supply meat. Together they sing and perform dances that tell stories of family heroes.
And in France, in 1920, the government began awarding medals to mothers of large families in gratitude for helping rebuild the population after so many lives were lost in World War I. After the second World War, the government declared the last Sunday in May to be the Day of Mothers. The traditional gift is now a flower-shaped cake.
And finally in the United Kingdom, based on the original tradition of returning to your mother church, it is still a holiday based on religion which many churches giving daffodils to the children to give to their mums.
Mother's Day Gifts
As with any national holiday in the U.K., Mother's Day involves the giving of gifts and cards to show Mum how much she's valued and appreciated. Traditionally, Mother's Day gifts included flowers and a Simnel cake. The flowers were picked by the workers on the way home for a day with their mum. It is still a tradition today to spoil mum with a beautiful colourful bouquet of flowers, as well as less traditional gifts such as perfume, clothes or jewellery.
So, call us biased, but we think jewellery is the perfect Mother’s day gift. A bouquet of flowers may be traditional and beautiful but they are dead and gone after a week or so – so why not choose a timeless floral piece of silver jewellery which she can treasure for ever.
We’ve searched our collection for you and found some beautiful jewellery with a floral theme to help you make your choice.
We’re starting with our Silver & Cubic Zirconia Daisy Pendant which makes a simple statement with plenty of sparkle. Daisies are associated with children and childhood (probably due to all those daisy chains we used to make when we were small) so it makes an ideal gift to present on Mother’s Day. With modern polished silver petals and a centre micro-set with highest quality cubic zirconia stones, this is a bestselling pendant that Mum can wear every day to remind her how special she is to you. (matching silver earrings too if you really want to spoil her!)
If you’d like a bolder, modern flower design then our Silver and Cubic Zirconia Chrysanthemum Pendant may be what you are looking for. With five marquise cut cubic zirconia petals and five super shiny sterling silver petals it’s a thing of joy, which is exactly what chrysanthemums represent. In fact they are thought to be such happy flowers that the Japanese have a special festival to celebrate them! So if you smile when you think of your Mum then this is definitely the silver pendant you should choose.
Earrings are always a thoughtful gift and what could be cuter than our Silver & Citrine Cubic Zirconia Flower Earrings. Beautiful in simplicity - rhodium plated sterling silver flower earrings with sparkling clear cubic zirconia petals and a citrine yellow cubic zirconia centre - they would make a lovely gift to really make her feel special.
No one forgets their Mum and all the special things she does, so forget-me-nots are a great flower to choose to show your appreciation. With our Silver Forget-Me-Not Pendant you can indulge Mum with a cluster of smooth silver flowers on a sleek fine silver chain. She’ll certainly know that she’s not been forgotten.
As a change to silver you could consider adding a touch of rose gold when choosing a present for Mum. It’s very fashionable and looks good with warm skin tones … but can be expensive. At Cavendish French we have the solution; sterling silver jewellery plated with 18 carat rose gold. It may not be floral but it will definitely bring some sunshine into your mum’s life. Our Celestial Sun Rising Pendant is beautifully handmade in sterling silver with a rose gold plated and cubic zirconia sun charm and single dancing cubic zirconia stones free floating in the centre.
Finally, why not choose a piece that incorporates sterling silver and a wonderful splash of colours … and this is just the perfect gift for a loving Mum – our Magical Forest Pendant, handmade in sterling silver and set with a wonderful array of coloured opalique. In the centre of all the colour nestles a polished silver tree of life design - or maybe a family tree. A really special gift for a special Mum.
If none our favourites seem perfect for your mum – head over to our Mother’s Day Jewellery Collection for some more inspiration.
Once you have chosen and ordered your jewellery (we deliver free of charge in the UK in a beautiful complimentary branded gift box) its time to think about the thoughtful little extras you are going to do to spoil your mum. A handmade card, breakfast in bed, a beautiful Sunday lunch or a traditional Simnel cake with afternoon tea. Whatever you choose to buy or do, we just want to wish all Mums a happy Mother’s Day. Remember we are all at different stages of our journey through motherhood but all deserve to be noticed and appreciated for the day.