In the dictionary a Lavaliere is defined as,
"a pendant on a fine chain that is worn as a necklace."
me a lavaliere is a very special, sentimental piece of jewelry that
is originally given as a gift to mark a special occasion or a special
relationship. It is then passed down from generation to generation
as a jewel that has been loved and is now being shared.
In my family it's a sweet sixteen tradition but it can be a gift
to mark any moment in time: anniversary, birthday, cherished friend,
new baby, wedding, graduation, Valentine or any occasion worthy
of a treasure.
Naturally, it's wonderful to receive such a thoughtful gift, but
knowing that it begins a family tradition is lovely to anticipate.
Once it starts being handed down it is a jewel with a purpose
to be worn with honor and pride. In my family it's worn every
day. That's the way we do it, but there are no rules.
my lavaliere is fourth generation and my mother's and my sisters'
are first generation each is just as eagerly anticipated by the
next generation. Just as a child is not ours to keep, a lavaliere
has its guardian till - whenever...
PS: If by some chance you lose your lavaliere you must pick up
and replace it with another. And carry on.