Push Presents

Push Presents: The Divisive Trend of Post-Birth Gifts

The arrival of a newborn is one of the happiest moments in a couple’s life, a miraculous event that brings the gift of life into the world. And while the gift of life is certainly the most important gift of all, another type of gift has been steadily gaining popularity – the push present. What is a push present you may ask? A push present is a gift that is given to a new mother from her partner, to celebrate her “pushing” of a new life into the world. While the sentiment behind the push present is one of love, the subject brings up a lot of controversy. Like breastfeeding, co-sleeping and crying it out, the push present is a hotly debated topic among moms.

The Case Against Push Presents

The biggest complaint against the push present is that it is commodifying the natural act of birth. Critics ask, “Shouldn’t the baby be reward enough?”. We live in a capitalistic and materialistic society and some people prefer that the act of giving birth be unaffected by all that. Another negative aspect is that it can put undue pressure upon the partner’s shoulders, in having to spend money on a gift at a time when finances might be extra tight.

The Case for Push Presents

The idea of giving a gift to a new mother is to show appreciation for what she has gone through, both mentally and physically. Pregnancy is an emotional time for a woman as they endure months of hormonal changes and physical discomfort, which culminates in labour and birth. While a healthy baby is the best gift in the world, it is thoughtful to give recognition to what the mother has experienced. It is given by the partner to show love and gratitude.

Push Present Ideas

Jewelry is a popular push present, made fashionable by extravagant celebrity gifts. Headlines were made when Jay Z gave Beyoncé a giant blue tanzanite ring to celebrate the birth of their daughter, and when Mark Anthony gifted Jennifer Lopez custom made canary yellow diamond earrings with a matching ring for the birth of their twins. While most people cannot afford such pricey gifts, jewelry is still a great option for a wide range of budgets. Diamond stud earrings or diamond eternity bands are very popular choices, as are pendants of the baby’s first initial, or a charm of their birthstone. There are no rules which say you must give jewelry, and gifts like a spa package or a new piece of technology can be just as meaningful.

What Moms think

While I am not a mother, being in my thirties I have a lot of close friends who are so I thought I would ask their thoughts on the subject. Out of six of them, two had been given a push present. One received a rose gold necklace to match her wedding band, and one received a new iPad. The ones who didn’t receive presents said they didn’t expect to get anything, and weren’t disappointed. However, everyone said they would have been very happy had they received one and couldn’t see why anyone would be upset by the idea. One friend said perhaps it was just the name “push present” that felt tacky, and not the gesture itself.

To Give or Not to Give

I think it all comes down to whether the partner wants to give a gift, and if they have the finances available to do so. If you want to give your new baby’s mother a gift to celebrate all that she has gone through, then you absolutely should. Just do it because you want to, and not because of outside pressure. The “push present” should not be expected or bragged about, it should be a sentimental symbol of a special moment in life. In the end a push present isn’t going to make the new baby anymore of a blessing, but it might be a bit of icing on the cake!

Have you ever given or received a push present? Would you want to? Let us know where you stand in the comments below!

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Our Favourite Diamond Jewelry Designs

When it comes to jewelry design, everyone is as unique and different as the diamonds they choose. As a fun exercise, I asked some of my friends and family to browse the Kimberfire jewelry galleries so we can find out which designs make the cut. Below are some of the standout mentions in both the diamond engagement ring and diamond necklace categories.

Diamond Engagement Rings

From vintage to glamorous, to modern and minimalistic, and everything in between, here are a few of our favourite ring designs.

 

Vintage Engagement Ring

Vintage Engagement Ring

 

“The Kimberfire vintage engagement rings collection has captured my full attention because of the authentic design and artistry that is displayed in each custom diamond ring. This beautiful engagement ring offers simplicity and elegance. Not only is the diamond stunning, but the band has a gorgeous design.” – Laura, 26

“I would describe this ring as my own ‘piece de resistance’. It is gorgeous; not overstated and the simple detail in the band gives it a little something extra. This thinner band with the focus on one centre stone has definitely caught my eye.” – Amanda, 29

 

PLC64 Vintage Engagement Ring

Vintage Halo Engagement Ring

 

“This engagement ring expresses sophistication and a love for diamonds. This custom vintage engagement ring verifies that diamonds are a girl’s best friend!” – Laura, 25

 

PLC713 Three Stone Engagement Ring

Three Stone Engagement Ring

 

“This three stone ring is beautiful. I love that the side stones are offset rather than on the band.” – Amanda, 29

 

PLC739R Solitaire Engagement Ring

Bezel Set Solitaire Engagement Ring

 

“I love the modern look of this ring, particularly the pink gold. The combination of the sparkle with the practical inset diamond that can be worn without the bother of it catching on gloves (gardening or winter) appeals to me. I have always wanted a unique ring that would still be practical for sports and outdoor activities. I have often wished I had included an inset diamond in the design like this ring has.” – Rhea, 50

Diamond Necklaces

On another jewelry note, whether you desire a delicate necklace to complement or a statement piece to accentuate, below are two of our favourite Kimberfire necklaces. While a delicate necklace can complement your day-to-day look, a statement necklace can make all the difference to an outfit.

 

PLC15 Diamond Pendant

Heart Shape Diamond Pendant

 

“I chose the heart pendant because I love how dainty it is. I also really like hearts incorporated into jewelry. The diamonds are all so tiny and simple, not overstated. It’s perfect!” – Laura, 25

 

PLC20 Diamond Necklace

Diamond Necklace

 

“I selected this diamond necklace because of the cut and shape of the diamonds. I feel that this diamond necklace can be worn as an everyday accessory because of its simplicity and beauty. When I envision wearing this necklace, I see myself wearing this on my wedding day. It is a very elegant and stunning piece that would complement any wedding gown. It would be a lovely addition to any formal or special event.” – Adaline, 29

What Can Your Jewelry (and Jeweler) Do For You?

Jewelry is extremely personal and customizable. At Kimberfire we’re always excited to help our clients create any piece based on their individuality… and their style!

Valentine's Day Jewelry Gift Ideas

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for the Diamond in Your Life

We may be biased, but diamond jewelry is a great idea.

Oh, Valentine’s Day. How can a day that’s meant to be about love end up being so stressful? Of course, it doesn’t have to be. The perfect gift could be flowers and chocolate, cooking a nice dinner, or even cleaning the house. But sometimes you need to go that extra step to really sweep her off her feet.  And I can’t think of a better way to do that than with diamond jewelry.

Now, unless you’re thinking along the lines of our final recommendation (no pressure), I definitely recommend keeping the gifted piece simple, elegant and timeless. This is always my preferred route for surprise jewelry, unless you have a clear idea of a unique style she would love. There is also no need to break the bank for a “just because I love you” Valentine’s Day gift… unless you want to of course.

Starting from the ears and working our way down.

Where else would we start? Diamond stud earrings are a versatile, classic and modern addition to any outfit. They can be worn 24/7, are comfortable and, no matter the size, they always look great. This is one of the great things about diamond stud earrings; you can create a pair for almost any budget.

Style: The classic style is a 4-prong diamond stud earring, but there are endless options, including 3-prong “martini” style studs, studs with a diamond halo around them and perhaps a pair of bezel set diamond studs. These all work well, and are worth considering if you know her style calls for it.

Metal: When it comes to the metal to be used, definitely opt for white gold or platinum, unless she wears exclusively yellow gold or has a stated preference toward it. For the most part, 14k white gold will work well here as there’s not a lot of wear and tear on these pieces. We also make diamond stud earrings in 18k white gold or platinum, if you are looking for something more.

Shape: The most common diamond shapes used for earrings are round and princess cuts, but of course any diamond shape would work beautifully.

Clarity: With diamond earrings, it is common to use a lower clarity diamond (such as I1), as the diamonds are not usually looked at too closely or for a long period of time. This also allows you to maximize the size of the diamonds and can work well if the diamonds have nice, white and well placed inclusions. My preference is to stick to the eye-clean clarity range, being SI2 or above, to make sure they really shine.

Colour: As far as colour goes, keep as close to white as possible. I+ colour is best in my opinion.

Confused? Check out our diamond education section for further explanation on any of the above terminology.

A neckline like that deserves some attention.

If she already owns a pair of diamond stud earrings, a necklace is a great option that can easily compliment her day-to-day jewelry. As with earrings, you can make a necklace for almost every budget.

The classic option is a diamond solitaire pendant. This can be made from any diamond shape but is typically round or princess cut. If she has a pair of diamond earrings she wears all the time then match them in shape (unless you know there’s something else she’s been dreaming of).

Other options for a necklace include a pendant with a halo around it, a bezel set diamond pendant, or perhaps a bezel set diamond “floating” on the chain.

If you really want to go all out this Valentine’s Day, you can always go for more than one diamond. Two, three… or how about 95? A beautiful “tennis” or “riviera” style necklace is essentially a string of diamonds and can be graduated in the sizes used (larger at the bottom and smaller as the strand goes up and around the neck) or can be a uniform size across. Tempting, isn’t it?

Our diamond quality recommendations for necklaces are very similar to those for earrings, but as you spend more on the necklace (and especially if you are going for an option with multiple diamonds) we recommend leaning toward the nicer categories. A necklace is front and centre after all.

If her ring finger is bare… and you’re ready for it.

Finally, Valentine’s Day might be the perfect time to take your relationship to the next level. She might only be expecting flowers and chocolate, but imagine her reaction when she gets a commitment from you like no other? We are always here to meet with you to discuss all the options you have for this most precious of diamond jewelry gifts.

Kimberfire to the rescue with our Diamond Stud Giveaway!

With only 4 days left until the day of romance, we thought we’d help our fans out by giving away a pair of 4-prong diamond stud earrings appraised at $950! One lucky winner will be able to pick them up from our office on the 14th, or if out of town we’ll have them shipped out shortly thereafter – an IOU for diamond earrings along with some flowers and chocolate should be OK in this case.

Enter the contest HERE for a chance to win.

Wishing you and your loved one a very special Valentine’s Day this year, and be sure to let us know how you are celebrating the day in the comments below!