The History of Mother’s Day and the Perfect Gift Choices


Are you searching for the perfect Mother’s Day gift to make the mom in your life feel special? This year it’s more important than ever to make sure you show Mom how much you appreciate her. 

As a mom of two little ones under 3, I know just how special the perfect piece of jewelry as a gift is! I treasure the special pieces my family gives me each year, and think of them every time I look at my hand, wrist, neck or ears.

Siobhan Alvarez & Family

Gabriel & Co. is the perfect place to shop for your mother, grandmother, mom of your children or special mama friend this year. This family-owned business knows the importance of finding the perfect gift that mom will love year after year. 

Read on to find the perfect Mother’s Day gift from Gabriel and Co and also learn a little bit more about the history of this day created to celebrate the moms in your life!

What is the History of Mother’s Day?

The real history of Mother’s Day in the United States might surprise you, as it was created out of the work of three women, and essentially began as a women’s movement to better the lives of other American women.

The creation of a national Mother’s Day is primarily attributed to Ann Reeves Jarvis, Julia Ward Howe, and Ann’s daughter, Anna M. Jarvis.

Ann Reeves Jarvis was a passionate Sunday school teacher and activist in the mid-1800s. After the Civil War ended, she proposed a Mothers’ Friendship Day to promote peace between former Union and Confederate families. 

Julia Ward Howe was a famous poet and reformer, who authored the famous Civil War anthem, “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Around 1870 she called for a “Mother’s Day for Peace” dedicated to the celebration of peace and the eradication of war. 

After the death of her mother Ann Reeves Jarvis in 1905, her daughter Anna Jarvis wished to memorialize her life and started campaigning for a national day to honor all mothers. She worked tirelessly to campaign through conversations both big and small with public figures, civic organizations and through letter writing campaigns. 

In May of 1907, Anna memorialized her mother’s lifelong activism with a memorial service held at the Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia, where her mother had taught Sunday school. The following year, on May 10, a Mother’s Day service was held at that same church to acknowledge all mothers. Out of this was born the idea that the second Sunday in May be set aside to honor every mother.

Growing first from local support, to state support and finally entering the national stage, Mother’s Day became the holiday we all know in 1914, when President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill designating the second Sunday in May as a legal holiday to be called “Mother’s Day”—dedicated “to the best mother in the world, your mother.” 

The Perfect Mother’s Day Gifts

Searching for the perfect gift to honor your own mother, grandmother, mother of your children or even yourself this year? Here are some wonderful options available for order now on the Gabriel & Co website!

14K White Gold Octagonal Cluster Diamond Stud Earrings

Beautiful enough for date night yet still simple enough for everyday wear, these 14k white gold diamond cluster earrings are perfect for Mother’s Day.

14K White Gold Rectangular Diamond Pendant Necklace

This chic and simple necklace features a rectangular bar with glittering pavé diamonds. It’s perfect to wear alone or layered with other necklaces, and comes in white gold, yellow gold or rose gold.

Here I am wearing both of these beautiful options!

Jewelry Options for Mother's Day
Siobhan Alvarez

925 Sterling Silver Cultured Pearl Stud Earrings

Whether she wears them to the office or just around the house, these sterling silver pearl studs are a perfect Mother’s Day gift option. Pearls are simple and timeless, and every jewelry box needs a set of pearl earrings

925 Sterling Silver Round Swiss Blue Topaz Pendant Necklace

This blue topaz and sterling silver necklace is perfect for everyday wear. If your preference is another gemstone, this necklace also can be ordered with a pink amethyst instead! 

Cable Bangle Charm Bracelet Stack

If she loves the look of simple charm bracelets, you’ll want to take a look at the more than 2 dozen options Gabriel & Co. has available.

Adjustable Twisted Cable Stainless Steel Bangle with Sterling Silver Lotus Charm

There are so many wonderful options to choose from when it comes to choosing a bracelet that symbolizes some of her favorite things, like this lotus bracelet.

Adjustable Stainless Steel Bangle with Round Sterling Silver Garnet Stone Disc Charm

These bracelets are adjustable and made from silver and stainless steel and certain ones can also be engraved. This option would be perfect to select with your child’s birthstone and have the first letter of their named engraved!

Two Strand 14K Gold Curved Diamond Bar Necklace

This layered beauty is a decidedly updated take on the traditional bar necklace. Available in white gold, yellow gold or rose gold, this is sure to be a piece Mom loves to wear.

14K White Gold Round Sapphire and Diamond Halo Stud Earrings

Has she been searching for the perfect pair of gemstone earrings? These are one of my absolute favorite options! The quality is fantastic and they’re so comfortable for everyday wear. These are also a wonderful option for a mother with young children, as they have a low profile against her ear.

If her preference is a different type of gemstone, these beautiful earrings can also be ordered with an emerald instead.

Bujukan Stackable Bracelets

Stackable bracelets are so popular right now. They’re easy to mix and match, which means they make it easy for her to change up her look. These Bujukan bracelets are a gorgeous elevated choice!

Available in white gold, rose gold or yellow gold, they’re sure to take her breath away. I’m wearing (from wrist down) Style Numbers  BG4216-65W45JJ, BG4116-65Y45JJ, BG4262-65Y45JJ and BG4421-62Y4JJJ.

See all of the Bujukan bracelet options here.

Here I am wearing the double necklace, sapphire earrings and Bujukan bracelets while dressed down in black jeans!

perfect mothers day gifts

Just as Mother’s Day was the creation of multiple women, the modern Mother’s Day celebrates the varied roles of mothers in our world today.

If you’re searching for the perfect fine jewelry gift for Mother’s Day this year, be sure to check out the wonderful options that Gabriel & Co. has!