Gifts of gratitude
Updated: 2011-05-09 15:16
By Gan Tian (China Daily)
Scratching your head about what to buy for the most important woman in your life? Gan Tian has some novel suggestions.
For the fashion-conscious mother, there is no better gift than a piece from Arte Jewelry's Te Qiero Mama collection. "Mama, I Love you" has six different pendant designs, all with scintillating white stones.
The Julia pendant has a 2.9-carat stone, and is decorated with 21 smaller gems on an outer circle. Feliz is dominated by a 3.5 carat stone, and complemented with 17 stones in the shape of a hook.
If it's crystal she likes, Swarovski may be the right choice. There are three creative accessories to choose from.
California-based designer Kenny Ma created two handbags: Evening Ivy and Evening Flower, both of which are handmade, decorated with gold and silver crystals from the label.
While Ma's creations provide that touch of elegance, French designer Jacques Fath's Chantilly series offers goodwill and good wishes. The series, including two necklaces, three rings and one bracelet, revolves around the four-leaf clover. According to legend, each leaf represents hope, faith, love and luck.
Paris-based Philippe Ferrandis' Charleston and Hollywood series will definitely appeal to Chinese mothers. The necklace is of green jade, with black gems and pearls for contrast. The earrings are also simple, with more black gems and small glittering crystals. Yet another pair features simple and elegant gray pearls.
If she likes traditional styles, head for the handicrafts at Chinese Arts & Crafts. The Hong Kong-based company recently opened two stores in Beijing offering high-end jade products.
Lladro, the Spanish company producing high-quality porcelain figurines, also launched its Mother's Day Collection, all well-deserved tributes to all mothers.
Mother's Love is a portrait of a middle-aged mother listening to her child's story, and in Mom's Arms, a young mother holds her baby in her arms, her calm face and flowing white dress reminding us of a Greek goddess.
Last but not least, Markor Furnishing's sub-label Home Style has a special event for Mother's Day. Magpie containers, a parrot photo frame and a ballerina accessory will be available throughout its stores in China - all at a bargain price. Mothers will love that.
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