Heels & Picks: Timeless Mother’s Day gifts

May. 6, 2014 | 0 Comments


BY ERIN SMITH / Special to the Star-Advertiser

On Mother’s Day, we all want to make breakfast in bed for our number one superstar supporter. After all, Mom puts up with all of our shenanigans, failed tests, early romances, college choices and awkward transitions into adulthood fraught with the occasional bad judgment call. The woman deserves a little spoiling.

Many of us would like to make breakfast in bed for Mom, to prove that we now know how to cook (sort of). But those of us who can’t hand-deliver poorly made pancakes on the big day, we’re in need of options.

(Courtesy Tiffany & Co.)

(Courtesy Tiffany & Co.)

Tiffany & Co. has a line, called the Atlas Collection, that is a perfect little pick-me-up for Mom’s spring wardrobe.

The line of bangles, medallion pendants, wide cuffs and band rings, inspired by the iconic clock tower that presides over Tiffany’s Fifth Avenue store in New York City, are graphic, crisp, classic and elegant. Timelessness is the essence of the collection, with a literal bent; the clock tower’s roman numerals are the basis for the line. The pieces are clean and bold enough to be worn as a single statement but uncomplicated enough to be stacked and layered.

Each piece is available in 18-karat yellow, rose or white gold, as well as sterling silver. One of my personal favorites is a pair of sterling silver hoop earrings that add a bit of understated elegance to the typical hoop style. A tiny stream of roman numerals on the interior is a secret only those leaning in to your ear would notice.

Another version of this earring style is a three-tiered, rose gold triple drop design, where three clocks intertwine and dangle gracefully down the neckline.

The medallion pendants are like watching time rewind when you spin them, reminding you and your Mom of all the years, good times and memories you’ve shared.

(Courtesy Tiffany & Co.)

(Courtesy Tiffany & Co.)

For those with more bold tastes, the Atlas link necklace of sterling silver and 18 karat gold features a cascade of delicate clock faces of different sizes, linked together in a gorgeous line. Only one section is yellow gold, and it stands out as a lovely and cool, understated detail that makes the piece pop. It would make a great gift for a mother who is dresses in the classics, as well as a lovely choice for a mother whose style is a little more individual and eclectic.

I can’t help but think the Atlas bangles would look stunning on Mom’s wrist, especially when layered. Stacking one bangle from each of the available colors and precious metals – white, yellow and rose gold, as well as sterling silver – forms a sleek line that could be worn with a cocktail dress for evening, or a crisp white button up for daytime.

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, so they say. For many people, diamonds take a back seat to Mom, who has been your best friend for a lifetime. If you’re looking to pick up a girl’s best friend for your best friend, however, the Atlas line offers a little sparkle for you.

Many of the Atlas pendants and cuffs feature diamonds; of the diamond-encrusted pieces, the stand out is a rose gold Atlas Open Ring. Bold and graceful, this ring is a conversation piece, with sleek lines and the slow burn of the rose gold hue.

Atlas Collection, Courtesy Photo from Tiffany & Co

(Courtesy Tiffany & Co.)

Atlas Collection, Courtesy Photo from Tiffany & Co

(Courtesy Tiffany & Co.)

With locations worldwide, a little shopping at Tiffany in time for Mother’s Day should be as easy as the May breeze. For Hawaii shoppers there are there are four locations: Ala Moana Center and Waikiki on Oahu, Wailea on Maui and Waikoloa on Hawaii island. Visit tiffany.com for directions and hours of operation.

Happy Mother’s Day to all! And Mom, thank you for all that you’ve done for our family and for what you continue to do. You inspire us all and we love you.
Erin Smith is a singer and guitarist who performs as a solo artist and with Maui-based Na Hoku Hanohano Award-nominated band The Throwdowns. Born in Canada, she moved to Hawaii in 2004 and now resides in Kailua. Contact her via e-mail or follow her on Twitter.

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