As requested - a photo of my crystal necklace
By Judy Evans
February 22, 2020 5:59pm CST
I was born in 1946 and it was usual in my area for a child to receive their first watch around the age of 12 or 13; maybe when they entered high school. This was a symbolic gift in a way, a sign of the child entering a transition period before adulthood. Watches were expensive then and not two-a-penny as they are now. They were to be treasured and admired. Another important milestone was turning 21 years of age, and there would usually be some sort of celebration at this time. Later, 18 became the ‘age of adulthood’. For my 21st birthday, we hired the local country hall and around 60 relatives and friends gathered for a dance. I received some very lovely gifts. My parents gave me a crystal necklace which I wore in Kathmandu at the Hindu wedding we attended recently. Several myLotters expressed a wish to see the necklace so here it is. Did you receive any ‘rite of passage’ type gifts when you were growing up?
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• Cainta, Philippines
Thank you for sharing the picture of your necklace. When I was young, it was also 21 that the girl would be considered an adult with a debut party. But now it is 18 as well maybe because so many are getting married before reaching age 21 .
When I was 4 YO, I was given a pair of real gold earrings as well as a necklace with a cross . But within days, a scammer (a neighbor who came from a family of scammers) "helped" me "putting them away" in my schoolbag for me, in case I got lost. My mother got angry with that neighbor, but she learned to never entrusted me with any valuable things again. (I was a very biddable child .)
• East Tawas, Michigan
Oh my gosh Judy, that crystal necklace is so beautiful! When I graduated from high school(age-17), my parents had a home celebration for me. I received some lovely gifts, one of them was a sterling silver broach from my favorite Aunt:) My uncle gave me a used car, which made me very happy! (photo:above)
It is a lovely necklace. I started younger than you. I got a silver glass (Maybe not the right word, a "timbale" in French) for my birth, stolen in 2016 by burglars, and 1 month later for my baptism a gold chain and medal. I lost this one in a swimming pool when I was 10 or 11, and my mother was not happy.
• Gainesville, Florida
Your necklace is very beautiful Judy! I'm glad you've taken such great care of it over the years. I received a very nice and expensive watch on my 18th birthday. No big party or celebration though, just a small family gathering on my 18th birthday.
• Gainesville, Florida
@JudyEv Gold watches are still popular gifts for those retiring from particular jobs. At least for those people who stay at the same company for decades. It seems these days people bounce around from job to job and career to career, so I'm not sure if gold watches will still be a thing in the near future.