The tradition of giving fine sterling silver products to a baby goes back for centuries and even has its roots in the story of the Three Wise Men from the New Testament who brought gifts of precious metals to the newborn Christ child. This is just one of many reasons why people choose to purchase quality silver items to give as gifts for a newborn baby. Christenings, Baptisms, Dedications, First Communion, Birthday, and other special occasions serve as the perfect time to gift retail supply sterling silver to a friend, family member or loved one.
The History of Silver Gifting
The symbolism of silver has retained its power throughout the ages. During the English Tudor era, silver spoons were given to a newborn child, a tradition that is still maintained today. Under the reign of Queen Victoria, people began giving silver trinkets, keepsakes, and jewelry to mark the occasion. In 1551, the first silver sixpence was introduced under King Edward VI, and it quickly became a symbol to the people of good fortune and prosperity. Today, people still give silver pennies and sixpences to babies and young children to wish them well.
The idea behind silver gifting is quite simple. For some, the metal represents good luck. For others, it is a way to create a savings or “nest egg” for the new child for their future. Either way, whether you give baby spoons and porringers or quality fine sterling silver products designed as keepsakes, it is an excellent way to show your support and love for the child and their family. Still popular for births, Christenings, Baptisms, and other religious or cultural ceremonies, sterling silver for retailers is something that is stocked year-round and increased significantly during the holiday season.
Brush and Comb Sets
In addition to the traditional silver spoon and feeding sets, comb and brush sets also remain quite popular in retail supply sterling silver. Simple designs are perfect to use for a baby boy, while more ornate or decorated versions are popular for baby girls. Whether the parents decide to use the set or protect it and keep it for the child when they get older, the gift is a definite symbol of love and affection and is very well received. Some sets may even come with a matching sterling silver mirror, while others are often sold with keepsake packaging and cleaning sets to keep the silver in good condition as it ages.
At JT Inman Company, you can choose from a boy’s military brushes in plain, engine turn style, and Birth Record style, featuring nursery animals and characters. We also feature girl’s brushes with handles in a plain, engraved flourish, and Birth Record style. Combs are designed in a variety of types, including a plain tortoiseshell, engine turn, and cased comb options. We can also create custom and personalized fine sterling silver products in this category for our retail customers, based on their unique needs.
Childhood Keepsake Items
One product in demand for new babies and young children is the Baptismal Christening Shell. Made of fine sterling silver and beautifully crafted in unique shell design, these products can be quite simple or ornate, depending on the style. It is used in the church for the ceremony and then kept as a reminder of the special event. Other keepsake items can include a hinged heart-shaped jewel box for hospital bracelets and gifted jewelry pieces, as well as specialty boxes for curls saved at baby’s first hair cut or a beautiful “tooth fairy” box for saving those precious baby teeth.
A variety of photo frames can also make an excellent baby gift. In particular, the etched Birth Record frame, which coordinates with our elegant brush and comb sets. Nursery animals and characters, along with space to mark the child’s name, date of birth, weight, and length, create a special keepsake that the parents can add their favorite photo to and look back on for many years to come. To see more sterling silver for retailers in our online catalog, just take a look at our website, where you will see a variety of fine sterling silver products for many different occasions. You can also reach our retail sales team by calling 508-226-0080.