Notes from Brittany: Mother's Day Design Contest
This past Sunday was our Mother’s Day Jewelry Design Contest Brunch for all the 5th graders and their families from the surrounding elementary schools. Every year we ask all the participating 5th grade classes to draw a piece of jewelry for their mother, and from those entries we choose semi-finalists to attend a Brunch in early May where we announce the finalists and the winners. The winning pieces are created by Zachary’s Jewelers, and are presented to the winners and their families on that day!
This year, on May 5th, we announced the 12 finalists and presented the 4 winners’ pieces. The amount of joy, happiness and appreciation that was present in the room this past Sunday was a true delight! When I saw mothers tearing up and I heard other mothers talking about how proud they were of their child, it gave me goosebumps all over my body – the good kind of course!
Being my first year hosting this event, I have been reminiscing about how truly wonderful all these kids were, and how talented! I still ask myself how we even chose finalists and winners – because to me – all of these kids were winners. These 5th graders spent hours developing these sketches for their mom – and what better of a gift to your mother than a gift made with true love.
Our first winner was Audrey from Oak Hill Elementary. She drew for her mom a geometrical inspired bird in rose gold featuring a dangling heart holding a ruby gemstone in the center. When we asked Audrey what inspired her design, she said,
“My Mom likes birds. Most of my classmates were doing circles but I wanted to do something different, so I did a bird with a ruby.”
Our second winner was Mia from Benfield Elementary. Mia’s design features a 14k white gold heart teardrop pendant with burnished set graduated rubies. When mom saw it for the first time she told us,
“I love it and I’m so extremely proud of her, as always.”
Our third winner was James from St. Mary’s Elementary. His design featured a nautical inspired pendant necklace that was both white and rose gold with a prong set light pink morganite in the center. We caught up with mom to see how she liked her pendant.
“I’m shocked”, she said. “I hadn’t seen the design until today. He showed me the design right before you all announced it and I was surprised.”
The fourth winner of this year’s contest was Lynn from Benfield Elementary. She drew for her mom a modern scalloped 14k white gold setting that beautifully circles around a 10mm black Tahitian pearl.
“She always has a necklace with a pendant thing so I decided it would be a good idea to make her another one like that”,
Lynn said about her design.
It’s the thought that always counts!
This event was truly magical. The best part? I know that these mothers are having a Mother’s Day they will never forget. This event was truly based upon how you can put thought and meaning into a gift and produce a piece with even more significance.
If this event has inspired you, and you would love to gift a custom piece of jewelry, please come in and speak with the Severna Park Zachary’s team.
See more images from the event at Severna Park Voice.
Brittany graduated from Florida State with an BFA in Graphic Design. Now, she uses her knowledge of design to create custom jewelry pieces for one-of-a kind clients. Find Brittany, at the Zachary’s Jewelers in Severna Park, MD or on Instagram @Brittany_ZacharysJewelers
“Being able to do two of my passions in one job is truly a dream; offering happiness and love for customers and creatively putting pen to paper.” -Brittany