The rise of chic ‘mum necklaces’ – a perfect Mother's Day gift

These sentimental or name necklaces make the perfect gift for any mum this month

A royal favourite: the Duchess of Cambridge in her Daniella Draper mum necklace Credit: Andy Buchanan/Pool via REUTERS

Mother's Day 2022 is just around the corner and if you're stuck for an idea of what to get your mum to mark the occasion, then look no further than this trending necklace style.

You’ve probably seen several iterations of the ‘mum necklace’ over the past few years. It usually features letters on a delicate gold chain, with one to represent each child. Sometimes they’re a little more special, incorporating diamonds, or perhaps a child’s birthstone.   

The Duchess of Cambridge has several versions, the most recent being a £495 Daniella Draper design with G, C and L, her three children’s initials, strung on a short gold chain. 

Holly Willoughby wears a similar Maya Brenner necklace featuring her three children’s initials, while Katie Holmes wears a Jennifer Meyer necklace with a circular charm bearing a diamond-studded letter S for her daughter Suri with ex-husband Tom Cruise.

The latest new mother to sport one of these necklaces is Princess Beatrice, who was pictured in the Swiss ski resort of Verbier on Monday wearing a long gold chain, on which three initials were strung: S, for her three-month-old daughter Sienna, W for her five-year-old stepson Wolfie, and E for her husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. 

It’s a charming idea (pun not intended) and these necklaces are much-treasured pieces that are worn day-in and day-out. But they’ve evolved of late, too. 

Holly Willoughby wore a similar Maya Brenner necklace in a recent Instagram post Credit: Holly Willoughby via Instagram

Today, the letter charm is considered a traditional option when you could wear £1,300 diamond-studded zodiac constellations, like the Duchess of Sussex. And why have a single letter when you could follow the lead of supermodels Gigi Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski, who sport their babies’ full names on their necks.

One brand spearheading alternatives to the classic charm letters is Loquet London, whose hero product is 9k gold and clear sapphire faceted crystal locket into which you can choose any combination of charms to represent the people and things you love.

Since launching the brand in 2013, co-founder Sheherezade Goldsmith says she’s seen growth in demand for bolder designs: ‘Customer's choices have become more playful and precious, choosing brighter and more colourful diamond and enamel charms.’

Part of this shift stems from including children in the design process. ‘Clients often bring their children into the boutique and encourage them to choose their favourite charm,’ Goldsmith says. 

Millie Mackintosh wears a heart-shaped locket by Loquet London, and an initial necklace Credit: Millie Mackintosh via Instagram

‘It can result in mothers having a charm which has no initial significance but ends up meaning the world to them, such as a beautiful but random goldfish that will forever remind them of their little one.’

At Aurum + Grey, founder Talya Paskin offers countless variations on mum jewellery, the latest being a bespoke gold name necklace in the handwriting of the customer’s choice. For the most part though, she believes in keeping the offering relatively classic. 

‘Most mums want a piece that fits with their lifestyle; we call these “second skin jewels”,’ she says. ‘Solid gold so they don’t need to be removed for the shower, lightweight, comfortable and something that will complement anything you’re wearing.’ That said, she has now added larger letter charms in colourful enamel to her offering, in anticipation of the demand for more statement pieces.

Ultimately, the fact that there is demand for both classic and bolder, more trend-led designs, means that there are no wrong choices when it comes to this very personal kind of jewellery. The woman who choses a couple of small, solid gold letters is no less chic than the one who chooses to wear her child’s full name in large gothic script. 

Family tributes: the handwritten ‘Mama’ necklace, £160, Aurum + Grey; right, the bold letter pendant necklace, £130, Mejuri

A fitting tribute: a handwritten ‘Mama’ necklace, £160, Aurum + Grey; right, bold letter pendant necklace, £130, Mejuri

In fact, one of the most important features when it comes to mum jewellery is the opportunity to add to it, so that new members of the family are reflected in it as well as the older ones. It’s a service offered by Paskin at Aurum + Grey, and the Loquet concept lends itself to that as well.

Goldsmith is seeing customers follow Meghan’s lead too though, and layer multiple pieces together - a sentimental take on the ‘neck mess’ idea: ‘We have seen an increasing trend for layering and stacking our lockets,’ she says. 

By having a dedicated piece of jewellery for each child, they develop heirloom potential too. ‘These precious keepsakes [can be] cherished and worn by the parent until the child is old enough to wear it.’

4 best mum necklaces for 2022

4 best mum necklaces for 2022

1. Pink opal and mother of pearl ‘Honey’ necklace, £175, Roxanne First; 2. Letter necklace, £65, PD Paola; 3. Diamond Capricorn Zodiac pendant, £800, Catherine Zoraida; 4. Small round gold locket, £380, Loquet London

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