Your first piece of symbolic jewelry could have been given to you at your Christening or to your mother to mark your birth.
Symbolic jewelry represents or signifies a special occasion, accomplishment, celebration, to honour someone, achievement, awareness of a cause or stand.
Religious medallions, Diploma's, Numbers, Child's Profile, Sayings are examples of symbolic pieces of jewelery.
Many are engarved with special and personal inscriptions, including the date to commemerate the occasion.
They speak volumes when given--"I am proud of you", "Welcome to the World, Oh Precious One", "Congratulations on Your Achievements/Graduation", "You've Reached a Milestone".
One of my dearest and most cherished pieces is my first tooth that is encased in a gold setting and is worn as a charm on my bracelet.
For the person giving it to you, it symbolizes for them, what you mean to them, how proud they are of you, they stand by you and support you, they honour you.
When a person wears a symbolic piece, it is part of who they are--a collage of their life. You wear them throughout your lifetime. They are conversation pieces too, especially if the symbol is unique. A story begins to unfold as you relive experiences and share your stories with people. Good memories, shared memories--a reflection of your past--eternal in your heart.
The picture of the sterling silver keys up above are examples of symbolic jewelry.
The KEY can symbolize the KEY to one's heart, the KEY of life, hard work is the KEY of success and so on.