Birthstone bracelets are small, stretchable bracelets that feature the name of the child. Birthstone or birthstone colour beads are mixed with decorative gold or silver beads and charms to represent the birth month and other attributes of the child. Frequently, religious symbol charms are added when the bracelet is being given to the baby at the time of its baptism or christening. These bracelets are often not made of solid gold or silver so the cost of the bracelet is not too expensive.
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Baptism Bracelet Styles
Baptism baby bracelets come in a wide variety of styles. Many companies offer parents the option of designing their bracelet based on type of stones, decorative beads, gold or silver beads, charms, and chains. This allows the parent to combine the items in exactly the design they like. Usually the decorative beads include small block-shaped letters that spell out the baby's name. Often these are positioned with pearls or birthstone crystals, and a religious charm.
Baptism is a Christian religious sacrament that represents spiritual cleansing and the concept of rebirth or birth into the Church. This act often includes washing, cleansing, dipping, immersion, and performing ablutions where the person being baptised is symbolically washed with water to purify the person in preparation for receiving their official name. This ritual is performed on children and adults. Often the ceremony is followed by a celebration, and the giving of religious gifts.
The birthstone bracelet is particularly appropriate as a gift for a baby because the bracelet spells out the child's name, and is received by the child on the day their name is given to them. This recognition of the name, and entrance of the child into the membership of the Church congregation is often the first interaction the child experiences of the religious faith of the child's parents and family.
Making a Bracelet
Many families choose to make their own birthstone baptism bracelet. This is not difficult to do if you like making crafts. Cut a stretch beading cord 6-inches long. String on letter beads spaced by gold or silver spacing beads in the name of the child. Place crystal beads in the birthstone colour spaced by rosette beads in gold or silver equally on each side of the name. Finish with a decorative gold or silver bead, a religious charm, and a second decorative bead. The strand should be 5-inches long. Tie a secure knot and trim off the excess strand. The knot will hide inside the larger decorative beads.
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