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Ideas for Creating Beautiful and Thoughtful Birthday Jewelry

Celebrate Every Milestone with Custom Jewelry Pittsburgh

Lisa Marie Kotchey Jewelry
August 7, 2019

A birthday is a special day every year that we celebrate another year of life for some of the most important people in our lives. We celebrate loved ones’ accomplishments and the value they bring to our lives every day of the year. Between cakes, special meals, and birthday surprises, we try to throw in special surprise gifts for the birthday girl or boy. An extra special gift that anyone would love? Custom jewelry that celebrates life’s biggest milestones. At Lisa Marie Kotchey Designs, we want to help you create jewelry that lasts forever and always instills that warm, fuzzy feeling in your heart whenever you wear it. That’s why we’ve created a guide to making custom jewelry Pittsburgh as birthdays gifts for the most important people in your life.

How do I Celebrate a Birthday with Custom Jewelry?

Deciding When Custom Jewelry Pittsburgh is an Appropriate Birthday Gift

Charm bracelet

While custom Jewelry is an appropriate gift for nearly any milestone, we recognize that such wonderful gifts are not an everyday occurrence for many people. Making quality jewelry can sometimes carry a heftier price tag than many are willing to spend, which is why custom jewelry - in many families - is saved for milestone birthdays and celebrations.

For many people, the birthdays in which jewelry is an appropriate gift are heavily based on family tradition or culture. In Judaism, a young man or woman’s thirteenth birthday is when they reach adulthood and is celebrated with a large party. Hispanic cultures declare a similar milestone for girls at age 15, while Americans consider the 16th birthday as a time in which more adult privileges are instated. Additionally, some families say that children receive their first watch or pearls at age 18, though this traditional varies widely from family to family.

Custom jewelry for milestone birthdays isn’t reserved exclusively for teens and young adults. Custom jewelry is often a more widely-accepted gift as men and women reach milestone birthdays -- typically considered with every decade of life. As people age, their tastes in custom jewelry become more refined and aligned with a personal taste, which opens up the possibilities of creating more intricate, personalized pieces. 

Ideas for Creating Custom Jewelry Pittsburgh as a Birthday Gift

Design with a Birthstone

Birthstone ring

One of the most classic ways to design birthday jewelry is to utilize a birthstone in the designs. Birthstones are said to date back to ancient times and originate from the 12 stones worn on the breastplate of Aaron, representing the 12 tribes of Israel. Each month has its own stone, assigned as follows:

  • January: Garnet
  • February: Amethyst
  • March: Aquamarine
  • April: Diamond
  • May: Emerald
  • June: Pearl
  • July: Ruby
  • August: Peridot
  • September: Sapphire
  • October: Opal
  • November: Citrine
  • December: Tanzanite

Birthstones can be utilized in a wide variety of ways. When a young girl first gets her ears pierced - in some families, once she reaches a certain age - she will often wear her first pair of studs that reflect her birthstone. As time goes on, birthstones can be used in more intricate ways, such as adorning a pendant or in a custom ring. Lisa Marie Kotchey Designs, a leader in custom jewelry Pittsburgh - has plenty of wonderful ideas about how to make custom birthstone jewelry for your loved one.

Add a Little Charm


One of the most timeless ways to create custom jewelry for birthdays is to create a custom charm bracelet. Charm bracelets - starting with a simple chain - are designed to be added to in all of life’s milestones. In many families, a tradition is created to add a charm on important dates like birthdays, graduations, and more. While charm bracelets come in many different styles, choosing to create custom charms with Lisa Marie Kotchey Designs ensures a beautiful, timeless design. From start to finish, you’ll be able to craft a stunning chain and have input on the beautiful charms added each year. Your loved one will look forward to this tradition and the memories behind each year’s birthday charm.

Redesigning Heirlooms

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One of the most thoughtful ways to utilize custom jewelry Pittsburgh for birthday gifts is to redesign a family heirloom. Many families hand down special jewelry from older generations over time. These pieces of jewelry sometimes include the first pair of earrings a grandfather bought for his wife or a classic pair of pearls from WWII, which while sentimental, can sometimes look dated. The perfect birthday gift for many people involves the repurposing this heirloom jewelry into a more timeless, modern pieces that can be worn for years to come. This jewelry continues to hold a celebratory, sentimental value without feeling dated and is sure to be a wonderful gift on any birthday.

Align with the Milestone

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A great way to celebrate a birthday with custom jewelry is to create jewelry that aligns with the cultural or religious milestone that birthday signifies. Jewish families will often gift their child a piece of custom jewelry with the Star of David on it, and Catholic families will often give cross jewelry for important birthdays. Feel free to work bring your ideas to Lisa Kotchey where she can help turn your design ideas into a reality.

Engrave Something Meaningful

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If nothing else feels personal enough, you can always create custom jewelry with a personalized engraving. Whether you want to give create a monogrammed bracelet, a ring with a special saying, or a necklace with the coordinates of the child’s birthplace, the options are limitless when it comes to a personalized engraving. No matter the birthday, a personalize engraving will always be a meaningful gift.

Ready to design custom jewelry for an upcoming birthday? Get in touch with Lisa Marie Kotchey Designs - a leader in custom jewelry Pittsburgh - to get started with making your design dreams become a reality.